25 ways to bring more zest and adventure to your everyday life
Recently I have been getting jealous.
I’ve been watching those travelling, tanned, free-spirited people on Instagram digital nomad-ing their way around the globe and embarking on a new adventure every day. I’ve been comparing my own life, one of comfort, great relationships and predictable weeks, to their lives and wishing I could have what they have.
‘The grass is always greener’, eh!
Can you relate?
But I haven’t let that jealously linger. My travel moment has come and will come again, just like yours. We are so lucky to live in this time of unlimited opportunity but when there are so many experiences to be had we can lose that precious and important feeling of ‘contentment’. When travel and treat-yo’-seeeelllfff aren’t an option we must purposefully open our minds to the people and places in front of us. As my pal Tony Robbins says:
“If you want to change the emotion,
change the motion.”
So here are 25 ways to bring adventure and zest to your life as it is today…
Get up early and watch the sunrise.
Discover a new place to eat and drink in your city.
Join something new and discover an unknown skill. Find out why that's so important if you’re a perfectionist here.
Try out a new diet, perhaps paleo is next for you?!
Reach out to someone to collaborate on a new project with.
Pursue a passion project like making a dress or running an event (I’ve just done this to meet like minded gals in my city with Goal Setting Workshops - if you fancy it and you live in and around Bristol come and join me here.)
Host a party for Halloween, New Years Eve or no reason at all but to introduce all your friends to each other.
Go on a walking tour of your city to find street art, dreamy architecture or a new favourite tree.
Order a new type of coffee to freak out your local barista.
Call in sick and have a mid-week self-care day.
Become the person that always has a fresh joke up their sleeve and delight your colleagues with them daily.
Join something where you’ll meet new people like a book club or netball team.
Get your fella and go have sex outside.
Try a new kind of exercise and see how your body changes. Ever tried barre body, weight-lifting or laughing yoga?
Buy an item of clothing you’d never usually wear but makes you feel like Beyonce.
Start meditating and discover an innerpeace you didn’t know possible.
Do some charity work and feel the warmth that comes from helping people.
Listen, and only listen, to a friend that needs a sympathetic ear, and watch how much this helps them.
Tell your family you love them with words, not just in a birthday card - cheesy but essential.
Remove the ‘should’ and ‘must’ words from your vocabulary and see how this unleashes a freer, kinder side of yourself.
Go on a country walk and take in all the smells and colours.
Compliment every new person you meet, according to the book Captivate this is a surefire way to make a great first impression.
Buy a stranger, homeless person or colleague a coffee, just to delight them.
Reach out to someone you find inspiring and tell them how much they’ve impacted you - I wonder where that conversation could lead?!
Embrace what is and know that when you do that, the world becomes a lovelier, exotic, more enjoyable place to be.
The grass is pretty damn green right where you are.