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Not Dating Yet? Here Are 7 Things To Occupy Your Time!

Are you currently in between relationships and unsure how to occupy your newfound free time? Maybe you’ve decided to wait until you’re a little older to start dating. Or perhaps your parents have decided that you’re still too young to date. Whatever the reason may be, if you’re not currently dating, here are a few things that you can do to help fill your time:

  • Make a list of all the books that you’d like to read and get started. Reading is a great way to fill  some unoccupied time. In fact, you might even consider starting your own book club. You and a group of friends could meet up weekly or monthly to talk about a preselected book. Here is a list of books that you could use to get started.
  • Plan a regular Girls Night Out with a group of friends. If some of your friends are dating or have other responsibilities, then it doesn’t have to be the same group of friends each week. The idea is for you to be able to have some wholesome fun with other people. Preselect a day, time, and meeting place, and have some fun!
  • As an alternative to a Girls Night Out, you could start a Girls Night In tradition. Instead of going out, you and a group of friends could stay in, grab a few good movies and some snacks and enjoy each other’s company.  Hey, you might even want to turn it into a slumber party!
  • Are there things that you’d love to do but have never had the opportunity to try? Would you like to ride that new roller coaster at the amusement park or check out that new adventure movie? What about that dance class, drawing lesson, or cooking seminar that you’ve had your eye on? Well, why not try it out now? Make a list of all the appropriate things that you want to do and finally do them!
  • Join an extracurricular club, sport, youth bible study, or youth group. This is a great way to fill any unoccupied time!
  • Be a leader and start your own group! Share your talents with other girls. If you’re good at drawing or singing, start a club where you can teach other girls. Do you like to bake? How about getting a group of bakers together to host a bake sale? You could donate the proceeds to a good cause.
  • Take time to pamper yourself! Go get your nails or hair done, or better yet, do them yourself. Experiment with new nail polish colors or try a new hair style! Drop some lavender into the bathtub and take a bubble bath. Try giving yourself a facial. Google “homemade facials” or “natural facials” to find some great recipes for natural and inexpensive facial scrubs/masks. Pampering yourself doesn’t have to be expensive if you use your imagination!

There are so many things that you can do to occupy your free time. What are some other suggestions, ladies?

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  1. Godsrose1997

    Posted by Godsrose1997 on February 2, 2014 at 18:11

    This is an awesome post !

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by CrrrrrrystalM on July 16, 2013 at 21:57

    Really great ideas, and I’m not allowed to date till I’m 18 anyway. And I’m a HUGE reader. Anyone recommend any good books?

  3. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on June 20, 2012 at 09:56

    one thing i want to do is a hat club…where i host tea parties and the only rule is that you have to wear a hat. i personally love those two things: hats and tea parties.

  4. Loving.Lexie

    Posted by Loving.Lexie on May 9, 2012 at 16:25

    SO true 🙂 I’ll be starting a drama club this summer with my sis!! Keep us in your prayers, pleasse 🙂

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by amandarocks on April 28, 2012 at 06:22

    sing and dance

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by christylato on April 18, 2012 at 22:10

    Awesome! These ideas are great! Thank you so much Aysha!!!! <3

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by mwoodcoppell on April 14, 2012 at 18:10

    I am waiting until I’m 16! This Christian guy and I decided to wait for 16 to come around which is 2 whole years!!!

  8. Moe

    Posted by Moe on January 8, 2012 at 06:48

    you should make an article on how to get over a breakup. you are a great writer!

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Dancer4Him on November 30, 2011 at 21:26

    Help! I’m running out of excuses as to why I don’t date!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by AbbyLovesToDance on February 5, 2012 at 20:17

      Excuses? Don’t use excuses! Tell them the REAL reason. Instead of lying. If they can’t accept it, thats their problem.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Dancer4Him on November 30, 2011 at 21:14

    Try henna. It’s really fun to do with friends or by yourself, and it’s so pretty.

  11. Posted by on November 5, 2011 at 14:18

    Great article! 🙂

  12. Posted by on October 30, 2011 at 18:38

    I love this article. I am currently in the sixth grade, and people are already dating and doing sexual things. I know some people who read the cosmo mag! People really need to realize their age and take their time to grow up. I admit, I have never kissed a guy or had a boyfriend. (I have been asked out, and I always say no.) Even though this is something a girl really loves. I am proud that I am single, and I know there will be someone out there eventually. 🙂

  13. Posted by on October 30, 2011 at 16:42

    ok question how about if i want to date how can i, when can and what should i date???

  14. Posted by on October 26, 2011 at 08:17

    Great article! I will share this with some people I know! I’m 15 and I don’t plan on dating until I’m 18+ and I’ve definitely kept myself busy all these years! I read nonstop! Lots of Ted Dekker books and of course….the Bible:) I have sleepovers and I live right nextdoor to my cousins so I’m always doing something!

  15. Posted by on October 24, 2011 at 05:20

    I am 18 yrs old and have never had a first kiss… so I know, it’s ok to be single (at least for the time being) I’ve always figured if God wants me to have a boyfriend, he will bring the right man into my life.

  16. Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 22:46

    Something you can do that not only fills up time but earns money is babysitting! Put your service out there; make cutesie little business cards for yourself, or take a nice walk and while you’re at it put babysitting flyers in your neighbors’ mailboxes. Best yet, start a tandem babysitting business with your bestie! Sure, you won’t make quite as much money because you’ll have to split the pay, but it’ll be double the fun if half the money. If you’d like, take babysitting classes before hand. They’ll come in handy in case of emergencies, and you can also put the word “trained” or “experienced” on your cards/flyers and watch the calls come pouring in 🙂 Have fun!

  17. Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 19:59

    I love these! All really good ideas 🙂 I am currently dating someone but I always put relationships with my friends and family and God first!

  18. Posted by on October 21, 2011 at 11:54

    i love milk and cooooookies, wink, wink

  19. Posted by on October 21, 2011 at 11:54

    are u seriouse. nobody should be dating before u are about 16 i am not and i prefer that to everybody else

  20. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 14:45

    Listen to uplifting music, of course! Get in the dance move by listening to some Christian artists that will keep you on your feet such as: TobyMac, KJ-52, LeCrae, or Group 1 Crew! Have fun praising God! 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Dancer4Him on November 30, 2011 at 21:24

      Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin are really fun to dance to. If you want something more upbeat, listen to Dc Talk, Barlow Girl, or Five Iron Frenzy.

  21. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 13:25

    Those are some really good ideas!! But a few more are this: Read your bible a lot and pray a lot to!!

  22. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 12:11

    try something new like if you’ve always wanted to join art club or something like that

  23. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 11:16

    thns this really helped me read book..

  24. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 11:14

    thnx this rlly helped 😀

  25. Posted by on October 20, 2011 at 08:09

    Can you please write about the book called ‘Kisses from Katie’? Or if you have not read it yet..do so. Its amazing. The book made me relize that I want to do mission work and raise money for children in Uganda. I would LOVE to see a post about the book on here, to get people to know about it. Such a blessing it is.

  26. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 23:30

    You forgot about taking up a hobby! Hobbies are a great way to preoccupy your time. For me, I love painting as I find it to be very stress relieving. Cooking, reading, writing, photography, hiking, etc. all some good examples.

  27. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 19:52

    One fun activity that NEVER fails at entertaining is sewing crafts! You don’t have to be super creative to make yourself a purse, plush stuffed animal, a skirt, dress…the possibilities are endless! You can Goolge it OR buy a craft book from the book store. I highly recommend “The Cute Book” by Aranzi Aranzo, “Cute Stuff”, or “Cute Dolls” by the same author.

  28. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 19:52

    HOMEWORK. Blech. 😛 But, hey, it’s important, and it keeps me occupied. I’m 15 and I don’t have a boyfriend, so I’m waiting a while. Homework is what keeps me busy. And band. 😀

  29. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 18:58

    I occupy my time by talking to God,playing my Flute,surfing the web and sleeping. I love sleeping,lol.

  30. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 18:22

    Love the girls night in Idea! Me and my besties have a sleepover almost every 3 months, we are sophomores now and we are all going our seperate ways after graduation, I am so glad we have that time together!

  31. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 17:05

    This is such a timely article for me personally. I really appreciate all that project inspired does for us girls. You are such a blessing

  32. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 16:41

    read your bible! being single is a time to get closer to your loving Father! go to youth group, it’s always a fun time to hang out with other Christians 🙂

  33. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 16:31

    GREAT article to teens!!

  34. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 16:09

    Not sure. I spend too much time on the internet… What other things are there that you can really do? So much things cost money these days.

  35. Posted by on October 19, 2011 at 14:26

    Great tips! I espicially like the Girls Night Out/Girls Night In idea.