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Summer Vibes

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Remember being a kid and going to school on the last day before summer break?  That kind of nervous, excited energy you had all day waiting for that final bell to ring, and then walking out the doors like the world was yours!  Summer meant freedom and playtime, and that doesn’t have to change when we become adults. (I also give you permission to stay home when it snows, and take naps when it rains).



While most of us don’t have the entire summer off, you may be lucky enough to have some flex time or summer Fridays.  If you are like me, your inner child wants you to go to the zoo, or the pool, or the museum, or somewhere fun to play.  But guess what – the real kids will be there, too.  And that can have more of a detention vibe than a summer vacation vibe.



In Columbus, OH, though, we are fortunate.  We have a vibrant, growing, young adult population and local businesses that care about our stalled state of maturity.  So much so that many of them have created special adult-only, after hours events to help you get your recess on.

Here is a quick look at a few worth checking out this summer:

  • Cosi After Dark @ Cosi Center of Science and Industry
      • In addition to revisiting the staples like the high wire unicycle and the planetarium, each month features a special theme and exhibits where you can learn about something new like Dinosaurs, Unicorns, or even Brewing and Distilling (Aug 29 – FYI). Come after work and enjoy food, adult beverages, and science; varying Thursdays throughout summer
  • Cocktails at the Conservatory @ Franklin Park Conservatory
    • Adulting at the conservatory without the crowds, revel in all the beauty inside and enjoy cocktails, games, food trucks, and live music outside; usually the last Thursday of the month through October
  • Blacklit Psychadelic Party @ Columbus Museum of Art
    • Get your groove on at this after-hours dance party set to a far-out wonderland of blacklight visions in the utopian exhibition Blacklight Magic. Take a trip with a live performance by the Wet Sun Light Show and all-vinyl psychedelic sounds from DJ Lady Sandoval; Thursday July 25th.
  • Craft Brew at the Zoo @ Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
    • “Tap” your wild side at this 21 and up brew celebration featuring beer from Columbus Brewing Company, food, and live entertainment by Sugar Ray; Friday August 23rd
  • Outdoor Movie Nights @ Genoa Park, presented by NightLight 614
    • Since we are talking about the 90’s, catch some of your favorite throwback movies like Heavy Weights, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and the Princess Bride all on the big screen and in the park; Thursday nights throughout summer



The Impetus

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“So, what do you do for fun?”

I hate that question! First of all, lazy! Unoriginal. Come on, try a little harder to relate to me, please, sir! But really I’m just being defensive because this question often makes me realize how uninteresting I can be at times.

In a world of online dating and social media influencers, if you aren’t a travel-blogging model-activist launching your latest non-profit tech start-up, you can feel a little boring and inadequate.

“I should have never quit playing the drums in high school.” “I should have taken Spanish instead of French class.” “I should really spend my Saturday nights on Youtube learning how to hip-hop dance.” Ok, maybe that one is better for Monday nights : )

Why as adults do we stop learning new things? Most people would tell you that they DO want to spend more time learning something new (hobbying), and most people could name their top subjects/activities top of mind.  So what keeps us from following through? 

There are actually a lot of barriers, so don’t be too hard on yourself. The sheer volume of options is on one hand a gift, but can also be paralyzing. Finding opportunities that fit your schedule and budget can also take a lot of time to research. And maybe most importantly, fear and avoidance of expensive, long term commitments, just in case it isn’t your thing after all.

Like most bad habits, it takes a conscious effort to change. If you don’t feel good about your physical health you buy a gym membership, hire a personal trainer, eat better, and commit to certain lifestyle changes in order to make a difference. We should care for our brains and our mental health the same way. Learning makes our brains happy!

To transform from a “dreamer” to a “do-er”, start by taking inventory of the following:

1. If you could learn anything by osmosis, what would it be?
-Let’s take osmosis off the table just for a second, because, you know – reality. How difficult would it be to take just one class/lesson?
-Who teaches this magical subject or skill near you?
-How much would you be willing to budget for this experience, just once?

2. If you aren’t sure what your one thing would be, do you have a category you think you would most enjoy?
-Are you into health and wellness?
-Do you love cooking? Or want to learn how to cook?
-Is there an inner creative inside of you screaming to come out?
-Do you want to make things with your hands?

3. How much time would you be willing to commit to a new endeavor?
-Can you give yourself one hour a month for learning?

I began my rant with a quote, so I’ll go out with one, too. Let this one simmer…

“It’s not what you are, it’s what you don’t become that hurts the most” – Oscar Levant

Yours in Hobbying,

Jackie, Founder – Hobby Hour