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Not only is 2020 a new year, it’s also a whole new decade! Setting new goals and intentions for the upcoming year might feel a bit more monumental when you could set not just year-long expectations, but ten-year-long ones. With that in mind, why not set some fun goals along with your career/family/life goals?

Self-improvement doesn’t have to be—and shouldn’t be—stressful or daunting. Learning new skills and challenging yourself creatively can actually help you succeed in other areas of your life. According to a study in the Journal of Leisure Research, having a hobby can increase satisfaction in your day job and significantly decrease the risk of burning out. Additionally, having a hobby that is a creative outlet or physically challenging is proven to decrease stress! Why not make one of your goals for 2020 to stress less by learning a new creative skill or taking up a new hobby? Here’s a list of some fun classes you can try out to find what you like!

Gardening

Gardening is a great way to reconnect with nature and get a bit of exercise while you do it! The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers a variety of classes from home landscaping to establishing prairie communities. Learn more at here.

Cooking & Baking

Cooks of Crocus Hill offers a fun range of cooking and baking classes such as “Cooking For The Busy Professional” and “Flour Power.” Check out all their courses on their website.

Running

If you’re thinking about getting into running, or getting back in to it, having a support group is a great way to keep you going and learn tips and tricks. The Twin Cities Running Club is aimed at “all runners of all abilities” so you don’t have to be a marathoner to feel included!

Yoga

Have you thought about trying yoga but didn’t know where to start? Yoga and a Pint happens every Saturday and Sunday at Lake Monster Brewery and is a perfect relaxed intro into yoga!

Ceramics

Working with clay is both a creative and physical workout! Caufield Clay Works offers beginner wheel throwing classes that include a glass of wine and you get take home your two best pieces. Register for a class or learn more at caufieldclay.com

Printmaking

Ever thought about how things were printed before you could just send it to any color printer? Learn about the process that goes into traditional printing at Highpoint Center For Printmaking.

For even more art classes, such as glass blowing and painting, check out the White Bear Center For The Arts for an entire list of their class offerings at whitebeararts.org

 

Now that you have the resources to find your next hobby, what are you waiting for? Discover a new way to stress less in 2020 and reach your goals!

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