#Idareme February: 28 days, 28 new things

January was a difficult month. To be blunt, it sucked. While it was really tempting to continue to stew in the grief of loss, I needed to shake things up in February & inject some positivity, excitement, & wonder back into my life. I came up with the idea of challenging myself to try something new every day for the month of February.

“All too often we let the fear the unknown stop us. But pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones is actually good for us. Trying new things not only helps us to vanquish those fears, but it also allows us to expand our minds and learn—both about said new thing, and about ourselves.”
-Maggie Peikon

I didn’t stress over what my new thing would be each day. Sometimes it was obvious, & sometimes it was 10 p.m. & I hadn’t tried anything new yet, so I had to get creative. Regardless, it was challenging & enjoyable.

Here’s what I did:

1. Tried bookcrossing

2. Jumped off the diving board at the local pool

3.Played squash

4. Drank a double-double

5.Took on a solo renovation DIY

6. Tried a chia seed drink

7. Made a DIY headband

8.Made overnight oats (To make, layer the following in a mason jar & leave in fridge overnight: 1/2 cup quick oats, tiny bit of vanilla extract, sprinkle of cinnamon, 2 tbsp. almond milk, tbsp. of chia seeds [they’re optional], 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt, sliced strawberries)

9.Took my Gr.11s to the local Lodge to interview seniors for the “Gathering Wisdom” project

10. Took the Anthony Henday around the North side of Edmonton

11. Visited the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

12. Ate my first maki cone & tried a new roll

13. Made an at home oil + honey deep conditioning treatment

14. Taught Brian aquafit

15. Tried a new brainstorming technique: Iconic Figures

16. Went to my first Oilers game @ Rogers’ Place

17.Made a lucky paper starhttp://www.craftpassion.com/2013/12/curled-paper-star.html

18.Seen Garth Brooks in concert

19. Watched ear candling

20. Tried having a Chopped competition

21. Tried a Qi Gong video

22. Listened to a new podcast: Missing Richard Simmons

23. Started a new series: Kindness Diaries

24. Installed Privacy Badger to block spying from invisible internet trackers

25. Watched the Oscar-nominated shorts

26. Drank a Starbucks sample

27. Hosted a Creativi-tea activity

28. Posted a message to the Canadian Armed Forces Members

I chronicled this challenge on instagram. To see my thoughts about the experiences each day, check out the posts below.

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The takeaway
If you’re in a rut & feeling frustrated, give this challenge a try. The new things can be big, or little. Either way, they’re a reminder that the world has plenty to offer, sometimes we just need to make an effort to look ?Be curious & open to explore. It makes every day better, I promise.

Interested in giving this challenge a try yourself? Here are some additional ideas:

  • Try Tai Chi (check online for videos)
  • Check out an art show
  • Go for a backwards walk
  • Calligraphy
  • New Pinterest craft
  • Play a new board game
  • Play a new card game
  • Walk to work or take a new route
  • Eat vegan or vegetarian for a day
  • Learn to change a tire
  • Get acupuncture
  • Creative challenge: take one object & take photos of it from 7 different angles
  • Make origami
  • Have your palms or tea leaves read
  • Try shopping on Etsy
  • Watch a sunrise & a sunset in the same day
  • Have a tech. free day
  • Have a progressive meal
  • Order dessert first
  • Go to a live game of a new sport: hockey, basketball, baseball, football, etc.
  • Try a new workout (Rowing intervals or hot yoga anyone?)
  • Play a new sport (I tried squash!)
  • Learn a new style of dance
  • Workout at a new time (yup, try getting up early before work)
  • Go for a barefoot run
  • Ride a segway
  • Try a new food (the ethnic aisle at the grocery store is great for this one)
  • Cook a new food/dish (homemade icecream?)
  • Throw a dinner party or a murder-mystery party
  • Check out a new restaurant or shop at a new store
  • Donate to a new cause that you really care about
  • Write a letter to your MP or MLA about an issue thats important to you
  • Capture your day in pictures: try taking a photo every hour
  • Join a new gym
  • Learn to count from 1-10 in a new language
  • Try cake decorating
  • Attend a Paint Nite
  • Visit your local library
  • Watch a classic movie that you’re secretly ashamed you’ve never watched
  • Play bingo
  • Get hypnotized
  • Milk a cow
  • Take on a new project at work
  • DIY spa treatment
  • Try Uber
  • Try Postcrossing
  • Geocaching

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