10 Steps to Enjoy More Adventures this Year
How can you be more adventurous in your every day life ? Let’s see how you can push your limits without even have the feeling to really doing it. To be excited by something is already a great start, now you just have to try it… Let’s do it baby, 2016 is the YEAR of change !
1. Try new Adventure Activities
I’ve tried rock climbing last year and I have to say I just love it now. By trying something outside of your comfort zone is a very nice way to be adventurous! There are so many different activities you can try like kayaking, rafting…
2. Make new friends
By making new friends out of your circle, it can be a wonderful challenge. If I didn’t sign on the Polyglot Website to make new international friends in Paris, I wouldn’t have meet Bridgette and Adam who actually introduced me to my husband and I won’t live in Chicago!
3. Learn a new language
It isn’t easy learning a new language, but it can be an amazing opportunity to learn more than a language. The culture and a body language who are coming with a new language are really interesting to learn as well.
4. Spend more time outside
It can be small things as a picnic or a little hike. However, to be outside is so refreshing Just get outdoors and see the sunshine!
5. Say “YES” to new activities
…to everything. To all things. Say your friends want to go paddle boarding and you hate the ocean… guess what? You’re going! The only way to conquer fears is to actually face them. Say yes to more things, even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy them. You never know ’til you try!
6. Try new foods
Last year, my boyfriend introduced me to veggie burger, sunflowers seeds, quinoa… Today, I won’t go a day without these new discovery! It’s so great to experience the world only by food and guess what… No need to go to Japan to have sushis. Let’s have some adventures with Indian, Mexican, African cuisine!
7. Go somewhere new every weekend
Just because you can’t always jump on a plane to foreign lands doesn’t mean you can’t explore more this coming year. Think closer to home – like a day hike in a national park, a trip to the lake or just a picnic in your local park. Exploring where you live can be just as exciting as going to somewhere on the other side of the world.
8. Learn a new skill
This year I plan to do more creative activities like painting! I realize how I used to feel so relaxed after.
9. Book a last minute trip somewhere
We live in a society where everything has to be listed and over-thinking. Its nice to just jump on a plane without any ties once you arrive. Sometimes without any plan you can see amazing places that you won’t ever find in your guide book!
10. Get off your beaten track
Each day can start to feel monotonous. By sticking with this routine, we close ourselves off to new opportunities for adventure. Try taking a different route during your daily routines. Hop on a bike to work or catch the local bus, which, let’s face it, is always packed with interesting characters.
Over to you, how would you like to feel more bold, gutsy, alive?
10 Simple Ways to be Happier in 2016
I decided to pick 10 small reminders to be happier this year! As I can be pretty nervous sometimes, these simple ways, I hope will help me (and you!) worry less about those things that do not matter at all and subsequently spend all of our energies on the things that do matter: loved ones, seeing the world, being successful in your own interpretation of the word and being happy in your own way.
1. Wake up early
One thing I will not be doing in 2016 is spending any more time than necessary in bed. I believe with a good night of rest, you keep a good system going, but never spend too long getting up in the morning. Get up!
2. Eat like a king for breakfast
This year, I would like to explore the way to eat like a king for breakfast and started eating less during the day. Followed by a light dinner around 6-7pm so that I had digested before bed in the evenings.
3. Walk whenever I can
Time by yourself should be enjoyed, not feared and it’s a great way to exercice… So this coming year I pledge to spend more time walking everywhere!
4. Listen to your heart & your head
To listen the both (heart and head) you’ll consider what it is prompting you to make a decision: are you acting on impulse (heart) or are you overthinking it (head)? Consider why you’re feeling the way you are and make a rational decision that considers both. They’re both important in the long run!
5. Accept yourself (& own it)
One thing I can say for certain is that the last couple of years have been incredibly refreshing in terms of self acceptance. As a confused young adult who never really saw where she fit in, these last couple of years travelling and the expatriation in Canada then USA have taught me that the only way to figure out who you are is to spend time with yourself, take risks, accept yourself, and be proud of who you are. Just do it.
6. Take care of your body
It is always best to nourish your body and give it what it needs, when it needs it… you’d be surprised how much more productive you are when you are treating your body right!
7. Make each day count
Jump into any opportunity. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my travels and expat, it is the more we push ourselves, the more we realise the only boundaries we have are the ones we set for ourselves.
8. Work Hard, Play Hard
Spend more time with friends. Have a glass of wine. Make a day trip to the beach. Dance the night away. The calculation is simple: work hard, play hard. You’ve gotta earn it to enjoy it.
9. Be selfless
It is good to spend time with yourself but it is also good to spend time with others. A helping hand can often make someone’s day – be that a neighbour, family member, or a stranger on the street. Always give more than you receive. My favourite quote of all time by J.K. Rowling: “If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals”.
10. Talk yourself through it
Learn to reassure yourself when your are wasting your energy on something without any interest. Sometimes you’ve just gotta talk yourself through it (out loud), take a few deep breaths and get over it.
Over to you, what do you plan to change in your life this year?
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.