A great way to get some excitement and fun back in your life is to take the time to try something new once in a while. You can try something new just for yourself, or if you're home with a little one most of the time, you can certainly find a million new things to try with them or even your entire family. New activities and ideas help us grow, and become happier, healthier, more interesting people. Even if you HATE that skydiving class you try, hey, it's a great conversation starter at your next BBQ or family holiday. And it's pretty impressive too!
Here are some great ideas for new things to try, anytime:
-Try a new type or sport or exercise class, like tai chi or mountain biking or camping or mommy-and-me yoga
-Try a new creative hobby, like pottery or photography or watercolor, or learning an instrument or a new language even
-Try bringing new life into your home, by planting a garden, or fostering a pet from a shelter for a while or just making a birdhouse and bird watching right outside your home.
-Try reorganizing your room or kids' room, or family room and find fun new ways to use your existing space and stuff
-Try making the effort to talk to a new mom or neighbor, and make a new friend.
-Try freshening up your look with a new haircut, or a couple of new accessories in a totally different style from what you usually wear every day.
-Try a new type of cuisine, either just by going out to eat or by looking up some recipes online. In the past couple of years, I have discovered and grown to love Vietnamese food, Indonesian and Indian food. Yum!
-If nothing else, try a new magazine subscription for a while, or reading a different type of novel or even website. There is so much out there to inspire you in so many ways; don't get stuck in a rut and forget to branch out once in a while!
Doing new things is a quick and easy way to expand your horizons, put some thrill back in your life, and to keep growing. And it's usually lots of fun too. Even if it's not, you'll have learned something new about yourself (hey, so you HATE horseback riding or raw seafood, good to know!) You'll only be more self-aware and interesting for having tried it out anyway. And that will help you refocus on finding other new activities you WILL really love and benefit from in the long run. Check out your local community centers, YMCAs, school message boards, even coffee shop bulletin boards and free local newsletters for ideas.
Have you tried something fun and new lately?