Married White Female Seeking New Experiences

At the end of every year I sit down with my datebook/journal and I inventory my year.  I started doing this years ago on a very macro level but each year I get a little more detailed with what I track; how often we eat out opposed to cooking for ourselves (no contest, eating out always wins); how many movies/videos I’ve watched (too many) and how many books I’ve read (always pretty consistent); how often and where I’ve traveled (never enough); how much hiking and biking I’ve done, etc.  As  I was doing my inventory for last year it occurred to me that it was a pretty good year for new experiences.

Many of these experiences came from our trip to Belize.

Scuba Diving

I have a love/hate relationship with the ocean… meaning I’m terrified of being eaten by a giant sea creature.  But Scuba was awesome!

Rappelling and Ziplining

The first rappel was terrifying.  The second was so much more relaxed.  Ziplining was a ton of fun.

Ocean Fishing

Caught a bunch of fish, best was an 8lb Yellow Striped Snapper.  Hooked a 45lb Tarpon but it got away.

Standup Paddle Boarding

Super fun and nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be

Some of the experiences happened right here at home.

Off-roading in the Jeep

I had so much fun I forgot to ask the husband if he wanted to drive through a mud puddle!

Goat Yoga

Yes, yoga with goats.  It’s awesome, everyone should try it!

Mountain Biking

I’m still not sure if I like it or think it’s a form of torture, but I keep doing it, so…

It also occurred to me that though I’m sure I try something new every year (certainly I must, right?) I’ve never really put much thought into it, it always just happens organically.  When I came across this quote by Paulo Coelho, around the same time I was doing my inventory, that says If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal, it really spoke to me.  So this year I decided to take charge of my experiences and set a goal.  Since only three of last years experiences happened here at home opposed to while on vacation I set a goal of five new experiences for the year.

Well, here we are six months into the year and I have surpassed my goal!

Hike Like a Woman Arizona Local Hiking Group

If you told me 6 months ago that I would be leading a local hiking group I would have told you you were crazy. I’m an introvert with social anxiety… but here I am doing exactly that, and it’s been great!

Woman’s Retreat

Following that whole social anxiety thing, I would have never thought I’d sign up for a woman’s retreat, but it sounded like fun so I did it. I’ve been on two now and already have the third paid for!

Rock Climbing Wall

I had no clue how difficult this would actually be. Oh the feeling of accomplishment when I got to the top!

Giant Swing

My scream is from pure exhilaration and not from fear.  This was so much fun!!!

Geocaching

Not really my thing, but I enjoyed learning how to do it, and who knows I may do it again.

Camping By Myself

My first time camping 100% by myself… no husband, no kid, no dog, no one else around for miles, just me and nature. It was amazing, truly a liberating experience!

Standup Paddle Board Yoga

This was everything I had hoped it would be and more… and yes, I fell in, twice!

I don’t know if I reached my goal so quickly because seeking out new experiences has been in the back of my mind or whether the life changes I’ve made in the last year have just led me to them.  Either way they’ve kept me from routine and I can’t wait to see what the next six months brings!

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Married White Female Seeking New Experiences

    1. Thanks! I don’t usually go out looking for new things, they seem to have a way of finding me, probably because I’m so open to trying new things. Start small with modifications on things you already do and like… for instance, I love yoga, so goat and SUP yoga were bound to be winners!

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    1. Many years ago I was trying to decide whether I wanted to treat myself to a full day at the spa or go sky diving for my birthday. A very wise friend of mine told me to always go with the experience. I have lived by her words ever since!

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