Famous Athletes With Interesting Hobbies Outside of Sports

Professional athletes do amazing things in front of countless fans, but what they do outside of sports sometimes goes unnoticed. The famous athletes we know can’t just be inundated by their sports. The same as anyone of us, they need other hobbies to keep a level perspective on their lives.

Iit’s fun to know what sports superstars do away from the court without getting weirdly invasive. So, here is the list of some interesting hobbies that famous athletes pursue when they have spare time.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Bingo

It can be hard to imagine that this man with world-class skills, and willingness to flaunt in front of millions of people likes playing something as simple as a game of Bingo, which he used as tool to pick up on English numbers and sayings.

Rajon Rondo- Roller Skating

Rajon Rondo of the Chicago Bulls started roller skating as he was a member of the Boston Celtics.

When people think of finding a hobby that they want to become good at, slapping some wheels on the feet and gliding around and having to try not to break any bone isn’t the first thing to come their minds. It did for Rondo, though, and he looked to have a strong handle on roller skating, too.

Michelle Wie – Painting

Like any other ones, professional athletes also need an outlet away from work. For Michelle Wie, his job is golf and his release is painting. And painting isn’t just a hobby for Wie, she’s incredible at it.

While some of us can hardly draw stick figures with any consistency, it is cool to see that Wie can express herself via one of her favorite hobbies. She usually shows off some of her work through her social media accounts.

The nice thing about this hobby is that it’s never a competition. Anyone can pick up a pencil and paper to get to work the same way.

Ten Cheap And Fun Hobbies That You Can Get Into (part 2)

3. Writing

You keep writing all throughout school and college, and when you have graduated, it’s the last thing you want to do and you probably don’t think of it as a hobby. However, writing can be good for the soul. If it’s difficult for you to work through things out loud or to vent to people, writing down your thoughts can help you make sense of it.

Additional, it can be an amazing creative activity to write poetry, a short story, or even a novel. It is also a cheap hobby because you only need a pen and paper, or software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

If you have any message to spread to the world, blogging can be a great way to get it out. There are many free blogging sites available on the internet.

4. Cooking

Although spending time in the kitchen can make some people miserable, others may thrive when experimenting with different ingredients to make their favorite dish.

One of the best parts of cooking is that there are so many recipes available online these days and you don’t need a cookbook at all.

5. Volunteering

Volunteering might not be considered as a “hobby,” but it’s certainly an activity that people can enjoy in their spare time. It also has a lot of benefits. It makes you feel good when you’re able to give back or help you make new friends and get involved in a friendly community of volunteers.

Moreover, volunteering at an organization can help you develop new skills that can help you boost your resume.

6. Get Artsy

Most artistic hobbies can be done on the cheap, particularly if you consider one-time investments pay off in the future. For example, you can design graphics on the computer or you can attend a free class at a craft store.

Ten Cheap And Fun Hobbies That You Can Get Into (part 1)

Hobbies have been proven to boost levels of well-being and even improve job performance. The perfect hobbies are ones that make you tap into your energy and creativity but don’t tap into your wallet significantly. In this article, I pull together a list of some great hobbies that you can get into just with little financial investment.

Here are some of the best cheap but fun hobbies:

1. Hiking, Walking, or Biking

Instead of going to a gym, you can take a walk around your neighborhood or apartment complex to remain active. Look for local trails which are for beginners and reconnect with nature.

If walking isn’t your speed, buy a cheap bicycle and bike around your city. If you’re in a big city, rent a bike for one day and decide if it’s worth investing in biking.

All that hiking and walking require are decent shoes and comfortable clothes, which you probably already have. Having a water bottle along with you while doing these hobbies is useful, but it’s not essential if you’re doing a mile loop.

They are great activities for a couple, for the whole family, or for friends. Having a bonfire after going for a late-night walk or bike ride around town is a great way to end a night.

2. Reading

Reading is a cheap hobby with a lot of benefits. It can serve as an escape, forces you to focus on something meaningful, and can spark creativity or inspiration.

You can try audiobooks if you’re not the page-flipping type. You can take them anywhere and listen to them while walking or biking.

Instead of buying books, you can borrow them from the library. Many libraries have expanded their digital selections, so the chance of being able to borrow an ebook or audiobook is greater than ever. There are also many websites that offer free ebooks, although they tend to be older.

Making Paper Dolls With Your Kids

 

Kids nowadays seem to be missing out on a “real” childhood. When we were children, we used to play hide and seek, tag, red-light green-light, or some arts and crafts project. Kids now are so absorbed with experiencing the latest technology and rather contact with friends on social media than meet face to face. What attracts them is the “We have free Wifi” at restaurants or public places and you can barely grasp their attention to have a family dinner. There is also less appreciation for homemade gifts or board games than before. Everything is offered by apps and available in the palm of your hands. How can we drive children’s interests to the simpler things instead of owning their own electronic device? Try doing something active and creative with them.

How to Make Paper Dolls

Making paper dolls with your kids is a fun project! Whether you are having a play date or sleepover or are spending quality time, it is a great activity to take part in with your kids. Encourage them to make some paper dolls and tell them an identity or background stories. This activity is also inexpensive because you can use paper in your house. By this way, you will no longer have to spend a lot of money on Barbie and friends, Barbie Glam convertibles, and Barbie dream house.  Moreover, playing with paper dolls give your children the opportunity to progress their motor skills and bring out their imaginative side. Studies show that making kindergartners and special needs kids cut out paper dolls is an effective occupational therapy practice.

Barbie vs. Paper dolls

I’m sure there is not much excitement in buying a paper doll from Barbie while paper dolls can help kids be able to create a true representation of what people look like. We parents can help them understand the realistic standards of beauty instead of being misled by Barbie dolls and the media. For many years, people have been angry at Barbie for not creating dolls with practical proportions. Unluckily, young girls playing with Barbie dolls are inspired by their beauty and try to emulate them when they grow older. So, encouraging your kids to make their own dolls and make replicas of themselves to solve these misconceptions.

Barbie announces skating star Tessa Virtue doll as part of ‘Role Models’ series

Tessa Virtue, a Canadian figure skating star, is getting a Barbie which was made in her likeness. She joins the iconic line of toy dolls as part of “Role Models” series of the doll brand Barbie.

Tessa Virtue’s doll features the red dress that in real life, she wore in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games’ free dance when Virtue and her partner Scott Moir won their second Olympic ice dance gold.

“SO EXCITED & HONOURED to be part of it,” Virtue tweeted. “More to come, need to collect my emotions first.”

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ended the Pyeongchang Games as the most decorated skaters in the history of Olympic with three gold and two silver medals and then were named The Canadian Press team of the year 2018. Meanwhile, the Barbie website calls Virtue “one-half of a team known for their legendary elegance, athleticism, innovation, and their unparalleled ability to skate in unison.”

“The Barbie role model program is Mattel’s way of honoring women who are breaking boundaries to inspire the next generation of girls. Tessa, like other honorees, was chosen because through hard work, determination, and dedication, she shows girls every day that you can be anything,” brand manager for Mattel Canada, Lisa Perry, said in a statement.

The “Role Model” dolls are part of the 60th anniversary and International Women’s Day of the brand Barbie to inspire the next generation by shining a light on women that are breaking boundaries in a variety of different career fields. Barbie will honor more than 20 women from various continents and countries, ranging from 19 to 85 years old and speaking 13 different languages.

Other women who have been a part of the series include aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, model Ashley Graham, tennis player Naomi Osaka, journalist Ita Buttrose, movie director Ava Duvernay, world-renowned chef Hélène Darroze, and gold-winning Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim.

How to Make Synthetic Doll Hair (part 2)

Step 4. Press a sewing needle to the glue.

Place a sewing needle along the glue line you have just applied before the tacky glue gets dried. It helps to pinch the synthetic hair together under the needle. You should pinch the hair as close to the needle as possible. This process helps to force the glue to seep through the hair and glues all the strands of hair together at the center. Keep the needle there until the glue dries.

  • Once again, because this may be difficult to do on your own while you have to hold the hair in one hand, and the needle in the other, you should ask a friend for help.

Step 5. Remove the sewing needle.

When the glue is dry, remove the needle carefully by sliding it out from the hair bundle. After having removed the needle, you can flip the hair over. You should have two distinctive halves of hair with a dip in the center where the needle has been.

  • As with the previous steps, you can ask a friend for help with this one. It is helpful and easier for you to do if you have a friend hold the hair in the right place while you slide the needle out.

Step 6. Glue the hair to the doll’s head.

Use hot glue for fabric dolls and tacky glue for plastic dolls. Don’t use too much glue because it may seep through the hair, creating knots in the hair. Apply a thin glue line to the center of the doll’s head. Press the hair’s center strip to this glue line and keep it pressed there till the glue dries.

Lift up one side of the hair at this part and apply a thin glue line, spreading it around the side of the head. Just use a tiny bit of glue. Repeat this method on the other side of the doll’s hair.

Press all the hair down so that the glue can bond to it.

Step 7. Style your doll hair.

Style your doll’s hair however you want. You can braid it, curl it, cut it shorter, or put it in a ponytail.

How to Make Synthetic Doll Hair (part 1)

Step 1. Remove the synthetic hair from the bag. This may be difficult because the synthetic hair is fine and sometimes tangled or bunched up when being packaged. Remove the small bunches of hair slowly at a time, smooth them out when you go, and remove any fuzzy bits.

  • You should use your fingers periodically, or even a doll comb, to comb through the tangled bits of the synthetic hair because it can get tangled easily.
  • Keep removing each small hair bunches and smooth them out until you have a long line of hair.

Step 2. Cut the synthetic hair to the length you desire. When you have removed and sorted the synthetic hair, you can cut the hair to the length that is appropriate for your doll. Cut it to the length that you desire. Because the hair will drape over the head of your doll, you should cut the hair to double the length of the doll’s hair that you want.

  • Synthetic hair may be difficult to cut because it’s usually unwieldy to handle. Therefore, you should dampen the hair to make it stay together more, helping you better judge where to cut.

Step 3. Apply glue to the center of the hair of your doll. Tightly wrap the hair strands around your pointer and middle finger. You should wrap the hair so that the hair’s midpoint is resting on your index finger. Then vertically apply a thin layer of tacky glue across the center of the strands. You should cover as many strands as you can.

  • If you have to struggle to move the glue in a straight line, ask somebody else to do this part for you. It may be hard for you to hold the doll’s hair with one hand and maneuver the tacky glue with the other.

 

How to Make Yarn Doll Hair (part 3)

Step 7. Repeat this process with less yarn. You need to redo this process one more time. But you should stop winding the yarn after having moved about 1 – 2 inch across the DVD case.

Then, if you have any trouble keeping the yarn in place with your fingers, secure the end of the yarn by using a piece of scotch tape.

Remember to wind the yarn around the case, use tape to secure the smooth edges, and cut the yarn by tucking a pair of scissors under the notch in the DVD case.

When you’ve finished, secure the strands with tissue paper and sew down.

Step 8. Glue the larger piece of doll’s hair to your doll’s head. Grab the larger piece of your sewn bunch of yarn hair. Remember that it has a part which runs roughly 3 – 3.5 inches in length. Prepare your hot glue gun. When the glue is hot enough, put a line of glue down on the seam you have just made and then press it to the head’s top center of your doll. Hold it until the glue gets dried. After that, you can flip over the hair and enjoy your finished doll hair.

If glue cannot hold the hair in the exact place you want and if your doll is fabric, you can sew the hair directly to the doll’s head. Then take an extra piece of yarn and backstitch the hair to the top of the head of your doll by using a long needle. It is more helpful to go over the seam twice.

If you’re making yarn hair for a plastic doll, you may want to use tacky glue instead of hot glue. However, remember that synthetic hair seems to look better on plastic dolls.

Step 9. Add a side part with the smaller strand. Take your smaller strand of hair with the part running 1 – 2 inches in length. Repeat the same process with the larger part. However, slightly place the part to the right or left of the center of your doll’s scalp to create a side part as well as to add some layers to the hair of your doll.

Step 10. Style your doll hair. You can braid the hair, paint the hair, cut the hair, make a ponytail, or do anything else you want. You can just leave it how it is if you don’t want to style it.

Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Gets Her Own Barbie Doll

 

Being a tennis star with the world No. 1 spot, two grand slam titles, and recently Naomi Osaka has been honored by Barbie.

It’s to recognize the 21-year-old’s win at the 2018 US Open as well as her second consecutive grand slam title at the 2019 Australian Open that helped Osaka rise from world No. 72 to No. 1 – becoming the first Asian to hold the position.

The announcement that Naomi Osaka is to be celebrated with her own Barbie doll comes when toy manufacturer Mattel marks the iconic brand’s 60th birthday while March 8 is also International Women’s Day.

Osaka, whose father is from Haiti and mother is Japanese, tweeted earlier this week that she was proud of being considered as an influential female figure to young children.

She said: “Recently a lot of parents have been coming up to me and telling me that their kids look up to me, those words literally blew me away. I was honestly so shocked and felt this huge responsibility because I remember how important my role models are.”

“Fast forward a few days and I’m here at Indian Wells, I see all these kids that look so happy to see me and they ask for pictures and autographs … Honestly I wanted to cry because my heart feels so full in these moments and I realize that it isn’t just about tennis, it’s about inspiring the next generation.”

She also added: “Honored to be selected as a Barbie Role Model to help inspire the next generation of girls,” alongside a hashtag, “You can be anything.”

Kristina Vogel

Naomi Osaka is not alone in having the inspiring efforts that are celebrated by Barbie.

Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Kristina Vogel has also been commemorated by Barbie, with her doll sitting in a wheelchair.

“As a brand, we can elevate the conversation around physical disabilities by including them into our fashion doll line to further showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion,” said Mattel last month.

How to Make Yarn Doll Hair (part 2)

Step 4. Use tissue paper to secure the yarn.

Cut off a thin tissue paper piece roughly 4 by 8 inches. Lay the tissue paper piece on a flat surface. Put the taped portion of the yarn between each tape strand on the tissue paper issue. Fold the tissue paper over this taped portion of the yarn, then make the yarn sandwiched between the tissue paper.

You must have a long line of yarn strands with the tissue paper locating on the halfway point between the strands. By doing this, hair is forming and the place of the tissue paper represents the place of the doll.

Step 5. Sew the yarn to the tissue paper.

Sew all your yarn strands together, working through the middle of the tissue paper. Sew up the middle vertically so that you have a straight line of the thread which goes through all your layers in the center. You should have a hair group on each side which meets in the middle, where your thread helps to hold the strands together.

  • You can sew them together manually if you are savvy with a needle. Otherwise, if you have a sewing machine, you can use it to sew a straight line through them.
  • Use tight and small stitches. They help to keep the hair secure.

Step 6. Remove the tissue paper.

Now your strands are sewed together, therefore, you can remove the tissue paper at the sides of the sewed line. Remove it gently, slowly, and carefully in order not to tear out any thread. Tweezers may be helpful. All that should remain are the two yarn doll hair strands with the thread which holds them together in the center.

Try trimming some of the tissue paper off with a small pair of scissors if you’re struggling to remove it. Make sure to be careful not to snip any of the yarn by mistake.