Friday, March 6, 2015

On trying new things

One thing that I believe is essential to growth - spiritual, mental, and physical - is trying new things. Not that you have to try something "new" every day or even every week, but every once in a while doing something that's a little out of your comfort zone. Heck, it could even be doing something you're used to doing, but doing it in a different way.

Some new things I've tried recently:

+Praying out loud and writing my prayers down. Not necessarily a "prayer journal" but I would write them down on any piece of paper I had handy.

+Going to a new gym and trying new workout routines. I used to do strictly weightlifting, but now I go to a fun interval training class twice a week and I swim twice a week, in addition to shorter weight sessions. 

+Making less blog-related commitments. Even though I finished school, my job still took up a lot of my time, and I wanted to use my evenings to relax with my husband instead of always being on the computer. Now I try to keep it to 1-2 nights a week with only 3 (ish) blog posts per week.

+Calling my girlfriends. This one is my favorite. Sure, I kept up with my girlfriends via texting, facebook, etc, but it wasn't the same as actual conversation. Wedding planning brought lots of phone calls and fun chats and I decided it was actually nice talking on the phone so now I try to make a point to make phone calls at least once a month to far away friends.

Some new things I plan on trying soon:

+Using a planner....HA just kidding. I've tried that one one too many times to be silly enough to think it would work.

+Figuring out some ways to eliminate frivolous spending. The first step I took was cancelling all subscription emails to all clothing stores, and it's seemed to help. What are your recommendations?

+Participating in my first obstacle race. I've signed up for the Mud Mania race in Auburn. As the site says, this ain't your mama's 5k: it's a bootcamp style 5k course with over 20 obstacles along the way. They've been hosting it in Auburn for the last three years, and the proceeds go to helping assist veterans in the area. I'm pretty nervous about it, but excited to cross something off my bucket list at the same time. Anyone that's done one before have any tips? Anyone want to join me??

What are some new things you've tried recently?

11 comments:

Christine said...

Cancelling your email subscriptions to clothing shops is a great way to eliminate frivolous spending! I think that's a great idea.

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...

HOW DO YOU LIVE WITHOUT A PLANNER?!?!?! I have also been trying to write down my prayers- but I have been failing MISERABLY. Have any tips?

Ralph Marion said...

Something I really have been doing more is trying to eat different thing than my usual stuff. I'm a picky eater, so for me this can be challenging at times.

Kels @ BlonderSide said...

Oh I totally agree! Trying new things can be scary sometimes but It's such an important part of growth like you said! I haven't done that specific mud run but I have done one and it was super fun! Do you have a group or are you doin it solo?

Kelly Louise said...

hahaa I make false planner commitments all the time too. I bought two for 2015 and haven't bothered to open one of them yet. but I do think about them, if that counts...

Kayla MKOY said...

I absolutely LOVE this post! Calling my girlfriends is something I try to make more time for. Even those I see often, being able to just call "just because" is so refreshing. Also, praying out loud is something I want to get better at. I actually just bought a journal yesterday so that I can write my specific prayers down!

Diane said...

I completely agree that trying new things is crucial! I struggle with it as well but I'm proud to say that I'm going to be doing a in-post collaboration with Chits & Giggles, something that terrifies and excites me at the same time! In general I've been trying to step out of my comfort zone and take Sweet Catastrophe to the next level.

Shelly said...

idk if youre a target junky like me, but I've gotten in the habit of going to walgreens or kmart (now that I live near one) when I need household things I would normally have gone to target for. The item may be more expensive at walgreens, but I only walk out with what I intended to buy and and not 5 new shirts and pair of shoes. target suckers me everytime.

Jordan @ All The Small Things said...

I did the Bad Ass Dash last year, which is a 4 mile race with I think like 32 obstacles or something (don't quote me on that number, but it's a lot), and I did it without really training for it at all, and I swore up and down the whole time before that I was sure I was going to die. And there were a few times during the race where I was like "uhhhh, yep, death is iminent for SURE," but I actually survived, and was really none the worse for the wear, and totally had a lot of fun! And believe me... if I could finish that race while being fat and out of shape, you can definitely do this obstacle race without a problem. Seriously, you've totally got this, and you will have so much fun, you'll hardly realize you're doing a race! :)

The Jessa Olson Blog said...

I love your goals. I love planners but I haven't been using them as much as I thought i would. I also want to run more races but can't find any near by.

Tami @ Friday Morning Buzz said...

Calling girlfriends is such a necessity but sometimes it's hard to make it a priority! Thank you for the reminder of how great it is to catch up NOT over text.