Jul12

25 new things

Hello friend,

Earlier this week I wrote about a post I had read over on Shawn’s blog, Awesomely Awake, about trying new things.  Inspired, I decided I was going to write a list of 25 new things I wanted to try before the end of the year and challenged you to do the same.  I hope the list will help me step out of my comfort zone, be more intentional and seize my days!

It turns out that a list of 25 new things to try in six months is pretty difficult (or am I just making it that way!?).  So, I’ve moved the goal posts slightly, and written a list of nearly 25 things to accomplish by December 31st, 2013. I’ve really tried to pick things that make me a little nervous … or a little excited, and stay away from picking things just for the sake of picking them.

Here we go…

25 new things

  1. Sew a piece of clothing just for me
  2. Run in a fun run
  3. Climb a mountain
  4. Travel to China with my girls
  5. Homeschool Ava for a term while we’re in China
  6. Interview someone I admire for my blog
  7. Cook a recipe out of one of my ‘daunting’ recipe books
  8. Volunteer
  9. Take a night school class
  10. Get some professional photos of myself
  11. Participate in an international mail swap
  12. Eat Chinese street food
  13. Try a new cuisine
  14. Do a stair climbing challenge
  15. Go to the ballet
  16. Camp out in our backyard
  17. Go to an All Blacks game
  18. Walk the Auckland Coast to Coast
  19. Try indoor rock climbing
  20. Read a ‘classic’
  21. Make a teepee for the girls
  22. Get up and watch a sunset
  23. Take the girls somewhere on the ferry
  24. Take a family road trip somewhere new
  25. Write and publish a manifesto for A Happy Adventure
Maybe you don’t want to make a list of 25 things.  Maybe, instead you’d like to think of 5 things you’d like to try before the end of the year.  Or maybe it’s just one thing before the end of July.  As Shawn said, be bold – it may not go as you’d imagined, but it will definitely be an adventure all the same!
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6 Responses to “25 new things”

  1. July 13, 2012 at 1:27 am, Sandra said:

    I MUST add something to your list – a little tweaking. If you are going to go to an All Blacks game, how about a bit of face make-up? Just saying…..

    And the indoor rock climbing is good fun. Kids do it here as well.

    I imagine that NZ is a lot like Canada – lots of outdoor and indoor sporting activities.

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    • July 13, 2012 at 8:09 am, Hana said:

      Hi Sandra, you’re right – NZers are sports OBSESSED!! You can only imagine how our nation’s collective happiness is based on how well the All Blacks are doing.

      OK – I will amend my list and add face paint – my gals will be well-impressed with that addition! Also will look into rock climbing and see if I can take the girls too!

      H xo

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  2. July 13, 2012 at 2:37 am, Jill Flory said:

    Wow! That list makes me ready for a nap LOL!! Good for you getting it down and putting it out there. My advice for the piece of clothing for yourself would be a skirt – they are oh so simple and easy to alter if the fit is off a little at first!
    I came over from Jennifer Carrols blog!

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    • July 13, 2012 at 8:12 am, Hana said:

      Hi Jill – Welcome! Yep – the list seems a bit daunting – I’m gonna have to get my act in to gear and start!

      Thanks for the advice about the skirt – that does sound like a good idea!!

      H xo

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  3. July 14, 2012 at 4:07 am, Shawn said:

    Love your list. It is a bit ambitious so whatever doesn’t get done can easily be added to the following year’s list, right? We’re doing the international mail exchange right now … I’d love to participate with you! Enjoy working on making your list come true! I’ve had a running list for a while — many things have gotten done as a result. Many others still sit in that dark closet of fear. ; ) xoxo

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    • July 14, 2012 at 8:46 am, Hana said:

      Hi Shawn What a good idea – I should have a kind of rolling list, one that I can keep adding too. I think I do need self-imposed time limits though, otherwise I will have a few that sit in the ‘closet of fear’!!

      Guilty secret? It took me 10 years to get my full drivers license. I kept my restricted for ten whole years because I was too scared to sit the driving test. In the end it wasn’t until my restricted license expired that I actually sat the full test… so my closet of fear is pretty deep!!

      H xo

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