If you plan on retiring early, like me, you have to have hobbies. They are part of your retirement ecosystem. Myself, I enjoy photography, an expensive hobby that I’m not very good at. I especially enjoy photos from my travels. Fortunately, these hobbies work out perfectly for a blogger!
An added bonus of writing this blog, is a need for content. I enjoy getting out and shooting photos but I can get lazy and spend too much time on other things. Now I NEED to go out and snag a few photos a week, which has helped self regulate my photography sessions. I always enjoy the sessions and find that self managing myself in this way is super useful. Kill two birds with one stone.
Finding a way to build your hobbies into your life before retirement will help you plan better. You may not enjoy a hobby after a while, you might take it really seriously. Knowing what you like before retirement will help you plan ahead. You can’t always be sure, but it’s vital to try!
Hopefully I’ll continue to enjoy my hobbies, and maybe even profit from them one day. You never know!
I’ve been reading http://www.reddit.com for a long time. Typically I’d waste time reading useless junk. I mean I still do, but I used to, too. All jokes aside, there is a tonne of great resources on Reddit and tonnes of talented people. Find me at /u/torontosurvivalguide
Below are some subreddits that contain a treasure trove of useful information to help make you more self-sufficient:
I hope you find something you like!
You may have noticed I try and start every post with a photo. Photography is a great creative outlet that pays dividends. I’m not a great photographer, but I’m getting better. Photography also gets me out of the house and exploring areas I haven’t been before. Returning to places you have been to take photos and get another perspective on something you know.
I use a Canon EOS Rebel T5 with an 18-55mm lens. This is a starter level DSLR and a great camera to start learning with. Don’t get a DSLR until you’ve mastered using your phone or a simple point and shoot camera. Once you get a DSLR, your photos will have better image quality. Learn all of your cameras features as well.
I paid for the large part of my camera with Shoppers Drug Mart points. Typically, I only purchase sale items at Shoppers as it’s quite expensive but the points do add up slowly.
One day I would like to make money off of my photos using something like 500px or selling direct to a buyer. However, I’m not banking on it!
I hope you enjoy my photos.