Adventure is essential to living a vibrant life-giving life. We often narrow our definition of adventure a bit too much. Is adventure really only for those who are sky-diving or jet setting around the world? I think not.
Finding your adventure is such a fun experience that it is a shame that not everybody is doing it. As with all things, creating an adventure-filled life requires some margin to get curious about what you find adventurous to begin with and what you define adventure to be. It requires intentionality. It also requires the vulnerability to push out of your comfort zone and possibly "fail".
Steps for creating a life full of adventure
Here are a few ideas to get your started:
Sky diving - yeah, it had to make the list :)
Trying a new recipe/food
Trying anything new - music, dance, coffee, etc.
Exploring a new city
Going to a new farm, city, theater, children's museum
Reading a book that would be out of your normal choosing
Doing a social experiment - blessing a stranger, buy their coffee
Swim with your kids instead of sitting on the side
The possibilities are endless...
Possible side-effects of adventuring:
An increase in energy
A new zest for life
Strengthens relationships when done together
Before you know it, your life will be full of adventure. You'll also gain clarity, energy, passion, and be further on your journey of creating a life you love!
One of the perks that comes with moving is this idea of getting a clean slate to design your life on. What activities do you want to include? What relationships do you want to build? How do you want to spend your time? Moving allows for this natural fresh start, and with a bit of intentionality you can harness this season, even if you aren't in the middle of a move.
Spend some time dreaming and thinking about what you want your life to look like. Imagine a clean slate (an empty calendar) and visualize placing or writing each thing into your life. What do you want your days to be filled with? What friends will you be able to give/receive mutual support.
All of us have core values. Moving is a great time to assess your core values and see if your life aligns with them. What core values do you need to spend time on? Schedule these in.
ie. - marriage, schedule a weekly or twice a month date night. Homeschooling - choose a good book and schedule when you will read it, attend a home school conference, etc.. If you need ideas for how to make this a reality in your life, I would love to work with you and create a life-giving plan so you can thrive.
My core values include: marriage, homeschooling/parenting, personal growth/learning, travel, reading, optimal health/energy, spirituality.
We knew going into this move that our ability to travel (core value) would greatly increase in our new location. This was a big plus and we have been intentional about keeping margin in our schedule so we can travel once a month or so to visit family or our dear friends in FL.
Friendships and community played a huge role in the house/area we chose to live in. We have been blown away by how this decision has already surpassed our expectations. We chose a house that is a lot less functional for our needs, but on a block that has amazing families. This is an essential core value for this season in our life.
With all of these lofty ideals, moving also has a tendency to derail even the best of intentions. Its just a lot of work, period! This is where letting go of perfection, embracing the simple, and celebrating all of the successes that are happening becomes a great way to take care of your soul.. (thanks to my coach Kelly for tuning my heart into the art of celebrating!)
Some goals I set at the beginning of the year were: cook 4-5 dinners a week, exercise 4-5 times a week, walk daily, simplify, read out loud nightly to the kids, and plan a historical travel trip.. We experienced some sickness and a bit of fatigue with the move, so I am giving myself a lot of grace, but I am settling into a rhythm and I am well on my way to these goals.
Moving gave me a boost in my focus for the life I wanted to create and since intentionality is something I was already working on, the flow to jump back in made it easy to resume once I had enough space to do so.
So whether you are moving and want to utilize that journey to create a vibrant life or could use a boost in your intentionality, here is a good place to start.
So here is to setting out and doing one thing this week for your soul.
As always, I would love to hear from you in the comments. What are you going to do? What is your next step to intentionally create the life you love?
I am learning the art of listening to my voice.
Allowing failure into my life, so I can start living fully instead of playing it safe.
One day I woke up and realized that amidst my beautiful life I had stopped listening to my soul some time ago. (ok, it has actually been a journey over the last 5 years, but it felt like it happened overnight)
I became aware that I often replace my voice, with the voice of something else: what I thought other people wanted, fear, rules and religion, status quo, etc.. I have learned to manage that voice very well, but in doing so I have lost the way to my soul. In trying to keep the "ugly" voices away I have also squelched the freedom of the beautiful voices to live fully.
So I am on a quest to open my heart:
To the hurt, fear, and anxiety, but also
To the passion, freedom, and creativity that live within me.
Sometimes this looks like choosing where to eat, or asking my hubby to help with a chore around the house. Other times it looks like writing a blog (when every fear alarm inside is going off), or being vulnerable with someone I trust. It also means sitting with those dark emotions. Acknowledging them and making space for them, this is where the magic happens.
Here are the steps I am taking on this journey.
This will become second nature over time and the peace and clarity that you gain are well worth the learning curve.
Let me know in the comments where you are going to start listening to your voice?
Hey, I'm Julie. I love books, coffee shops, traveling, and exploring. Homeschooling Mama to 4, wife of 15 years. Enjoying the journey and learning to add a bit more of summer into my everyday life.