The Value of Adventure

I have a question for you. When’s the last time you had an adventure?

You know, like a real-deal adventure where you step away from your daily roles, experience a place you've never been, and meet new people?

Whether your answer was a year ago or never, as women we need adventure. It’s essential for our sanity, creativity, and happiness.

Good ol’ Merriam says adventure is:

1: an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks

2: an exciting or remarkable experience

Adventure often involves risk, but not necessarily danger. I find that women can confuse the two and in doing so, they limit themselves in trying new things.

However, when we do the same things, with the same people, in the same places, day in and day out, our perspectives get skewed, our energy becomes stagnant, our individuality is stifled, and our minds grow dull.

More importantly, the routine of our daily life makes it impossible to break the negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs we all have. Things feel so permanent when we’re stuck in the day-to-day grind, and so real we don’t feel empowered to make changes.

Guess what is one of the best ways to help your mind be open to change, to new thought patterns, to different ways of being?

Trying new things.

Yep, stretching out of your comfort zone and doing things differently are the best ways to grow—which is also known as adventure. ;)

So, this summer I invite you to get out of your neighborhood, mix up your normal routine, and have an adventure. To help you get started with your adventure planning, answer the questions below.

6 Questions to Help You Plan Your Next Adventure:

  1. Do I want to go alone or with someone?
  2. If with someone, who?
  3. How much time do I have?
  4. What type of adventure would make me ridiculously happy (bike along the ocean, hike to the top of a mountain, camp in the wild, see a live concert, visit a new park, take a walking tour of your city or town, swim in a river)?
  5. Why do I want to go (explore a new area, relax, challenge myself, learn something new)?
  6. On a scale from 1 to 10, how excited am I about this adventure? (If you’re a 7 or less on the scale, start over with the questions and uncover a different adventure.)

Now, in order to make your adventure a reality you need to start reading and researching. Find blog posts, magazines, or guidebooks to help bring it to life. Seek out images that inspire and excite you; ones that spark the desire to explore and remind you of why you want to do this.

Also, start talking about your adventure with other people, both to see if anyone has ever been to get their tips and to hold yourself accountable. If you tell people you’re going to go on your first backpacking trip or take a surf lesson, you’re much more likely to follow through and make it happen.

With love and gratitude,