Let’s begin with the belief that it is possible to have more, to do more and to be more. What is it that you want? What gets you excited and what are you passionate about? If this is easy for you to answer, then now is the time to get doing these things.
This blog is dedicated to the ‘here’s how’ part of enjoying your micro adventures. For many people the challenge of adventuring can be the uncertainty about what is possible. This may lead you to adopt an experimental approach; try new things in order to discover what you love and feel passionate about. It can begin with the simple act of getting some ideas down on paper and having a go.
Me~ I want it all. I want to get busy enjoying the numerous activities that I already love and I want to try new things…and I want that for you too!
The last blog addressed the joys of micro adventuring as a great way to get started; start small, build bigger and see where that takes you.
Everything begins with an idea, then it takes shape and you get started. This can snowball. That one thing can lead to another. You grow wings, can get inspired and new ideas pop up. Cunning plans get hatched and before you know it you are going places, seeing things and loving that you are making it happen.
I love writing my ideas down. It’s the best way for me to get started. My understanding of this is that the art of writing things down can symbolise the act of committing to action. It is well recorded in solution focussed therapies that getting people to put pen to paper can shifts them from contemplation to action.
This can also be a help if being spontaneous is tricky for you, or if you find it hard to remember those great ideas you came up with a week ago. Just so long as it doesn’t become that unhelpful ‘to do’ list that can then become unachievable, it. I have decided to call mine ‘possibilities list’.
If you want one, then why not get busy with that? I advise you to put it somewhere visible where it will be seen regularly so it acts as a reminder to you. Maybe the calendar, the fridge or on your phone?.
Alternatively, what about a lucky dip? You could write down some ideas for adventuring on post it notes, put them in a jar and each week, pick one out. Then you commit to making that one thing happen. You could even invite a friend to put in a few wild cards, so that there are some surprises in there to keep it exciting.
A micro adventurer that I like to follow advocates committing to a micro adventure every month. Alastair Humphreys loves sleeping under the stars and being outdoors. He reminds us that adventures are at our fingertips and can help our lives become more fun and fulfilling. For me, this approach to doing more feels possible.
My favourite present this Christmas was the gift of adventure. This was for my husband Rob. He was gifted a letter explaining that each month this year he will receive an envelope. This will contain details of an escapade arranged just for him! All he need do is show up and enjoy the experience. Some of the adventures will involve travelling to new places, activities in the outdoors or trying something new. None will be of any great cost but all will be at a micro level, fun and memorable.
Perhaps you might get inspired and create similar adventures yourself or for another person that you take part in too. When it comes to generating the ideas for this, you can look to other people or the world wide web to help you.
So far on my micro adventuring list I have; watch a film at a pop up cinema, enjoy a street food event, go to two music festivals, have more beach fires, I want to visit 3 new places, have a biking adventure on a Scottish Island, visit a honey farm, find funky cafes in unusual places, try archery and learn a creative skill! If you like any of my ideas…. Have them! Often other people’s adventure ideas inspire and generate more.
Whatever you decide to do, we are on this journey together. I would love to hear how you created possibilities and grabbed the opportunities for mico adventuring that are around us on a daily basis!
In the meantime – Happy adventuring!
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I plan to dedicate my next blog to a surprise topic so watch this space! As ever I will sharing some tips from my extensive coaching experience to help you to get clear on ways to healthy and audacious life. Want to know more about how to live an adventurous life?
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