What makes you different? You love adventure. Like really truly love adventure.
But what about those of you who don’t? It looks cool and all. It seems fun. It makes for good stories. But it’s so much work. You’re not sure where to even go or what to do. Your comfort zone is so much more predictable. So you stay put.
Last weekend was the first time in at least a decade that I’ve skipped town for a girls trip. What the heck? How did time slip through my fingers like that? I’m normally so quick to jump on any adventure that I was shocked when I realized I hadn’t made it more of a priority. Especially with my favorite girl, the sister of all sisters, the one who’s been there for me through thick and thin. It was about time.
Portland and Cannon Beach were calling our names. So Ash and I made our Oregon adventure happen. And we made it happen big (while staying on budget). We almost got stampeded by a herd of elk, collected seashells and driftwood as we skipped waves, found sea anemones and jellyfish in a secret cove, ate way too much good food and watched a random wedding after walking barefoot on the beach all day. It was absolutely perfect in every way. And by the end of the weekend we felt refreshed and ready to go home and tackle mom life and work life again.
That’s exactly what an adventure should do. Enrich your life and propel you forward to make the most of your daily adventures at home.
Regardless of what type of adventurer you are (or aren’t), here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years that make getting out the door and off-grid easier.
Start small. An adventure can be as simple as a walk to your local park. Or a drive to your nearest lake, river, mountain or ocean.
Less is more. Don’t over-plan your adventure. Choose one activity for the day and leave plenty of wiggle room for spontaneity.
Be flexible. Adventures are all about letting go of routine and trying new things. Put on that scuba gear, learn to mountain bike, go to a climbing gym, skip the nap and rest in a hammock.
Go prepared. Think smart (and plan ahead) by packing a few basics like extra water, sunblock, a hoody, and snacks. Maybe even throw a blanket and frisbee in the trunk too.
Embrace the weather. You can’t control Mother Nature, so adjust your mindset instead. Smile at the rain. Jump in the puddles. Run in the wind.
Look for the little things. Check out the main attractions, but wander a bit too. Get down on the ground and build an ant house with your kids. Peek around the corner of the rock and spy on the chipmunk eating acorns. Listen to the sound of water rushing down the creek.
Don’t overthink it. Go into your adventure open-minded and ready to relax your brain. Take three deep breaths, then leave your worries at home. It’s crazy cool how an adventure can actually clear your mind and allow it to subconsciously work through problems, making them not so much of a problem anymore.
Ask the locals for recommendations. That goes for you adventurers who are staying close to home too! Don’t be afraid to talk to people. Put your phone away, give someone a compliment and create conversation with them. Some of the best recommendations I’ve ever gotten have been from perfect strangers. And some of those perfect strangers have turned into lifelong friends.
Share your adventure stories with family & friends! If you can inspire just one person to step outside and enjoy nature this week, you’ve given them the gift of peace, solitude and confidence. That’s something to feel good about. Even better if you invite them to join you next time!
Let go and have fun. Be a kid again. For real. Who cares if you trip and fall while you’re skipping along the beach? What’s it matter if you get a few scrapes and bruises from hiking that mountain? If anything, you should be proud of yourself for adventuring so hard that you have something to show for it! Once you let go of your inhibitions and allow yourself to have fun, you’ll be surprised as how much happier you truly are.
That’s it. Easy peasy, right?
One thing you’ll learn quickly from me is that I truly believe memories are more important than things. They always have been and they always will be. That’s an unchangeable fact of life.
Step outside with me and I’ll walk you through how to make more memories and worry less about things.