Try Something New Today! Tips to Kick Start Your New Life.
Second Mojo is about new beginnings – hitting “reboot” and finding that new way of being in the world.
Sometimes that reboot is a monumental life shift. You move to a new town where you are transformed overnight into “the new person,” or you get divorced, left to determine what remnants of your former life you were awarded in the break up, or maybe you’ve finally pushed yourself (or been pushed) out of the corporate nest and started a new business, only to wake up to panic filled sweats nightly and asking yourself what the hell you were thinking.
Push Out of Your Comfort Zone
Just as often, new beginnings can be about pushing out of your comfort zone and flying in that scary ultralight, riding a horse down a curvy and steep mountain pass, climbing a pyramid that is much taller than it appears from the ground, or finally learning Italian. Bucket list stuff.
Let’s face it, those are the things that make the best stories. They push the adrenalin, pump up the heart rate and above all, leave us exhilarated and feeling righteous. Empowerment plus.
Your Something New Doesn’t Have to Be “The” Thing
Your “something new” doesn’t have to be life altering or even bucket-list-worthy. It can just as easily be about the small high. The nice and easy ahhh, the small victory that leaves you – “Damn, I just made a perfect chocolate souffle” satisfied. The only caveat is that it is new to you and that it excites you! So let’s get busy and find that “thing” that’s going to get you off the couch today and maybe even launch the new you.
Why Try Something New ?
We are programmed to grow and learn, yet along the way it’s easy to lose the curiosity and energy to do just that. Life happens, and just getting by often leaves us with nothing left. But sometimes pushing out of our comfort zone, doing something a little scary and bold is just what we need to build our confidence and get those creative juices flowing again. New experiences remind us of what we can be. It can be traveling to an unknown location, trying new foods, exploring the unknown in your own ‘hood, or maybe some personal development or creative expression that are your first step in starting over in a big way.
Whatever it is that’s speaking to you, just say “yes” to something new today.
Fuel Your Inner Child and Natural Curiosity
Remember when you were a kid, and every single thing was new and exciting? Being captivated by the sound and feel of the spring rush of a stream in the woods, the smell of a purple lilac and realizing they were everywhere, hopping in a row boat and realizing you were rowing, and could take yourself anywhere. The wonders of discovery were captivating and endless. Guess what? You can still access that inner child. Find that thing that is mysterious and just a little scary, and then shove off – no training wheels, no parachute. Trying new things will get you back on your game, get you engaged, and who knows where it will take you? That Thai cooking class or visit to the local art gallery may just be the springboard for an entire new life. What have you got to lose?
Create Your List – Fall in Love with Life Again
Whether you are ready to kick-start your new life, tackle your bucket list, or just need to beat the winter blues, here are some ideas to pull you out of that rut.
Make your List
Set a timer for 10 minutes and make a list of everything you can think of that you’ve been meaning to do. Then add the things that just plain feel like fun. Some of them will be huge, and some won’t. Just get it on paper – in no particular order.
Follow Your Dream, Change Your Life
Think big picture with the “I have a dream” stuff. That’s right – game changers. Ready to start that new online gig, tired of going it alone and want to bring someone new into your life, absolutely ready to lose that 15 pounds (again)?
Write it down.
Bucket List Busters
Been talking about trying out for a theatre production, celebrating your milestone birthday with a bungee jump, or hiking the Appalachian Trail?
Write it down.
Just Want to Beat the Winter Blues?
This is the easy peasy stuff that just makes every day more fun. The stuff that you can hit today. Trust me. The quickest way to enrich your life and beat the blues is with small and steady steps every week, maybe every day. Spoiler alert – These are the things that saved me. More later.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Log in to meetup.com. This is not a dating site. Browse around and you’re certain to find like-minded people for whatever captures your imagination. My favorite was a snorkel club that explores beaches up and down the shoreline from me.
- Never cooked with zoodles or spaghetti squash? Move over pasta (and carbs). Search some recipes and get started. Or try some of my favorites. See “Squash the Carbs”
- Pay homage to Julia Child with the perfect Boeuf Bourguignon. My triumph was making perfect Yorkshire Pudding. We’re talking restaurant quality. Yah baby!
- Explore your own neighborhood like a visitor. Visit local art galleries, hop on a train, visit a vintage arcade and take a stroll down memory lane, or sit by the water and journal – no phone allowed. My friend who is “All Broadway, All the Time” registered for a Broadway singing class at the Broward Center. She is on fire! We never know what will lead you to finding your lane.
- See a matinee by yourself. And eat ALL the popcorn. No sharing required. First time I ever did this I saw “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.” My all-time favorite even today.
- Spinning class seem intimidating? Just do it.
- Ratchet up your shopping game. Pop in to your local designer boutique, if you have one. Try on that soft as butter leather moto jacket or a red carpet-ready look. Sales folks looking down their nose at you? Look right back up at them. Two words, “Pretty Woman.” Leave your credit cards home for this one if you need to.
- Reach out to someone you’ve been meaning to call- old friend, old colleague, someone in your Pilates class- and have lunch, a drink, coffee.
- Create a spa in your own home. A Year of Bliss for the Cost of a Massage
Life is short. Find a way to make the most of today. To paraphrase Annie Dillard, “The way you spend your days will be the way you spend your life.” Try something new today. You won’t regret it!
What new thing are you going to try? Did a random day ever change your life? Let us know in the comments section below. Scroll down to the white “Comment” box below and share your thoughts!
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