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Branching Out.

On my eighteenth birthday, I jumped out of a plane. It was the first in a series of decisions I made just before college to try as many new things as possible. And after taking that first leap, I was addicted. I joined a choir (despite not being able to carry a tune). I learned to knit. I attempted French. I rode an elephant in India and searched for tigers in the jungles of Cambodia. I took a flying lesson,


lived on a farm,


and learned about the sweet (and scary) world of beekeeping.


Then, something happened. Work happened. Bills happened. My adventurous experiments slowed, and eventually stopped altogether. It's been a while since I've pushed myself to try something new - and I miss it. I'm dying to start again. 

So here's my idea: I figure, being adventurous doesn't have to occur on a grand scale - no airplanes, elephants, or international travel required. Trying something new can be as simple as attending a workshop, whipping up a new recipe, riding a bike instead of taking the bus. Starting next week, and continuing on a semi-regular basis, I'd love to share my return to the adventurous here on my blog. I can't wait. I hope it'll be inspiring - for me and for you, too.

In the meantime, have a very happy weekend! I'll see you Monday.

27 comments:

  1. I was just thinking about this a few minutes ago, as I searched through my old travel blog from when I studied abroad in Costa RIca - I was looking for ideas/tips for a friend that is going there soon, and I got all nostalgic for all of my wild, crazy, adventurous times. I miss them! But I've found that it's totally possible to have those smaller adventures in everyday life too - I just moved to LA 6 months ago and I've been going on as many adventures as I can since I got here, and it's helping to ease my wander/experience lust. Great idea, looking forward to seeing your adventures!

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  2. How exciting! I can absolutely relate to what you're talking about--what's happened to all the crazy, life-enriching things I used to do?! Looking forward to following along with you, and hopefully taking on some small adventures of my own!

    Happy Friday :)

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  3. It's official, you are much cooler than me. I'm inspired and excited already! I can't wait to see what's next!

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  4. This is such a great idea! I also find that as work and, you know, other general grown up stuff became more of my life, little (or big in your case!) adventures fell to the wayside. Totally inspired and thinking on some stuff I can do too! Can't wait to follow along!

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  5. I'm so excited to see what you come up with! I hope a bit of your adventures rub off on me and get me inspired :-)

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  6. stoked on this idea - and looking forward to the ADVENTURE updates!

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  7. I love love love this idea! I can't wait to see what you come up with. You've already got some amazing things under your belt! Good luck!

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  8. you go, girl!can't wait to follow along.

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  9. I so much enjoyed learning about your amazing adventures! You're awesome! Loved seeing the pictures, too!! Last year I promised myself I would try something new every month, in order to find out what it is I'm passionate about. I was going to start posting about it with the beginning of my blog, but then somehow forgot about the whole thing. Thanks so much for inspiring me to get back on track. I can't wait to see and read about your adventures!!

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  10. you're amazing. I can't wait to read about your adventures in your own backyard...this IS NYC after all:)

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  11. I love it! I've been thinking about doing something similar so this will definitely help inspire me. You're awesome. xo

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  12. awesome! cannot wait to hear about your new adventures. you're inspiring me to make some of my own.
    thanks

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  13. I can't wait to hear what you come up with! I've been feeling exactly the same way, and even entertained the idea of taking a children's book writing&illustrating workshop, we will see- you're inspiring me to get with it!

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  14. Thank you so much, everyone! I'm so glad you're excited. I am, too!

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  15. Shoko that's just wonderful! Let the adventures begin...

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  16. yippee! let's plan something adventurous for when we're there in april!

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  17. Mag, yes! Let's discuss soon.

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  18. Wow you did so much before you were 18! Trying new things is always wonderful though! Hopefully you can find something you like soon! Hopefully you can stop by my personal style blog sometime too :) :)

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  19. i just had the same realization this past week after going to a documentary showing, on climate refugees.

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  20. Wow, this is such an inspiring post (again and the most)! You've tried so many great things and it sounds like a great idea to try it again. You makes me want to try something new too and I will! xo akiko
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  21. I recently wrote about this exact same thing! Little adventures rule!

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  22. Thanks for this post! I think I've forgotten about this. I guess the hunger comes and goes?

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