So many people tell me “I could never live in the country, I’d be so bored!” So, I thought it could be fun to compile a list of things that keep me from ever being bored. In fact, I’ve never been so busy with stuff to do. Here are some ideas for things to do when bored in a small town (Hint: the #1 thing this list has in common is to do what makes your soul happy).
#1 Start a blog or vlog 🙂
Were you the type of person that always had a diary or journal growing up? If so, maybe blogging is for you. What do you have to lose? You’ll learn SO much in the process and have fun sharing all your thoughts and ideas with the world. This is a great resource to get you set up with a blog. If you’re having a tough time coming up with things to write about, check out these 103 blog post ideas.
#2 Explore the outdoors
Living closer to nature has made me want to be outside all of the time. It’s so easy to become depressed if you’re not getting sufficient vitamin D and the best way to get this is from the sun. We like to go on hikes, paddleboard, kayak, or simply just walk up and down our dirt road. Check out sites like alltrails.com to find some hiking trails near you.
#3 Fall in Love with Cooking
When I was working in the city, I hated to cook. I would get home from work around 6:30pm and scramble to make something. But when you have more time, cooking can be an enjoyable experience. Check out some of the recipes on my blog for some inspiration. One of my favorites is this Creamy Thai Stir Fry with Coconut Milk.
#4 Have Bonfires (lots of them)
Ok, so I’m obsessed with bonfires now. Well, I’ve always been, but haven’t had the space for them until now. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy – just a couple of cinder blocks or rocks will do! 😉 I think I’ve always loved bonfires because they seem to melt away people’s walls and make room for good, authentic conversation.
#5 Help out your town
Helping your community is a great way to meet people, make a difference, and feel like you’re part of a team. It’s super rewarding to help paint a building in your town and then be able to drive by and see it every day. If you’re looking for ways to help revitalize your town, check out mainstreet.org for some ideas.
#6 Read Good Books & Watch Documentaries
How can we ever be bored with all the stuff there is to read?! I remember watching Twilight and being so jealous that the vampires lived forever and got to read all the books. Right now I’m reading the books Lab Girl by Hope Jahren and Walden by Henry David Thoreau. Since I can’t read all the books like Edward, documentaries and movies serve as a good way to get similar information quicker.
#7 Learn to Garden
Gardening is such a relaxing way to spend some time outside. I’m still a total newb at this, but I’m planning on diving into this much more after the new house is finished. My friends have been taking this Permaculture Course that they highly recommend.
#8 Create art, write a book, learn an instrument
Art and the countryside have a rich tradition. Famous painters like Georgia O’Keeffe, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh chose nature as their muse with homes in the country. I can see why. I’ve taken so many pictures of pink sunsets that never do them justice. In those moments, I feel like I could get closer to the actual beauty of nature through paint.
#9 Learn Astronomy
One of my favorite things about living in the country is looking up and seeing the stars. Seriously, what is more romantic than sitting outside on a blanket, sipping wine, and talking about the universe with your partner? One of my favorite apps is Google’s sky map that helps you identify stars and planets by pointing your phone at the sky.
#10 Turn a Hobby into a Business or get a remote job
There are few things more rewarding than doing what you love and getting paid for it. We’re living in an exciting time when you can be an entrepreneur from anywhere and do business with the world online. If you’re interested in working from home, check out my detailed post here.