The first step to being brave
is being scared.
Dig deep to find superpowers
you never knew you had.
Comfort zones will surround you,
Stagnation will set in.
Be scared and then be brave,
Only then will life begin.
We’re all climbing up that steep ladder called life, one lap around the sun at a time. My grandma always says, the older you get, the faster it goes. It feels like I was just planning my super hip Laguna Beach-themed 14 year old pool party, and yet here I am, writing about turning 27. Time flies whether you’re having fun or not, and our increase in age is inevitable. So, rather then complain about that slippery slope of getting older, here are 27 things to do that are more productive and fulfilling…
- Get sweaty. Whether it’s running, jumping, lifting, or dancing, incorporate physical activity into your daily life.
- Take yourself out to dinner. Or lunch, or breakfast. Get comfortable spending time with yourself by keeping your phone in the car.
- Book a solo trip. You’ve mastered the art of dining alone, now go ahead and see the world with the most badass travel buddy out there— yourself.
- Drink a beer. A good beer. In the shower. There’s nothing a nice shower beer can’t cure.
- Clean your space. Vacuum. Dust. Declutter. Donate the things you don’t need. If you live as if you’re always expecting a wildfire, you begin to realize the material possessions you truly care about.
- Cook. Get creative! Try different spices and recipes, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Sometimes they lead to a whole new creation.
- Meditate. Practice the art of stillness. Developing a mindful meditation practice has been my super tool in combating anxiety.
- Stretch. Amazon prime yourself a foam roller, and roll with it. You may surprise yourself with how flexible you are— mind, body and soul.
- Read something someone else wrote. Whether it’s a book, blog, or magazine. Fill your mind with the musing of others.
- Read something you wrote. I know personally, I’ve got a plethora of old notebooks hiding under my bed. Dust off the cobwebs are tap into thoughts of the past.
- Play an instrument. You don’t have the be the best, you don’t even have to be that good. Just try. Activate a new part of your brain.
- Organize your photos. You know you have to. When’s the last time you went through your photos from that trip in 2014?
- Take some more photos. Go outside. Find a pretty flower. Snap some shots.
- Get a pet. There’s nothing better than some unconditional fluffy love.
- Do your laundry. And then put it away. Don’t leave it in that pile one “the chair.” Be responsible, you’re almost 30.
- Write for yourself. Let your mind flow and your pen go.
- Write for others. Perhaps it’s a blog about 27 things to do that are more fulfilling than complaining about turning 27…
- Buy yourself a nice shirt. It’s got to be a shirt, and it’s got to be a nice one. You’ll feel that confidence dripping when your strutting around in that $30 diddy.
- Learn the lyrics to your favorite rap. A little swag never hurt nobody.
- Practice a new language. Duolingo is calling, and you should answer.
- Draw or paint or sketch. A free flowing creative mind is a peaceful one.
- Write a letter. It can be a letter to yourself, or to someone you care about. Whether or not you send it is up to you.
- Learn to do a handstand. It’s easier than you think. Engage that core
- Garden. A little chlorophyl goes a long way. Dig into that dirt, go green. Bonus points if you see worms.
- Reflect over the last 27 years, or the last 27 minutes. Allow the lessons of your past to fuel your present.
- List your goals. It will bring you that much closer to achieving them. Be proud of your progress and empowered on your journey.
- Eat some cake. And eat it for breakfast. Live your life, you’ve made it this far!
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Tough as a rock,
strong as a stone;
take a deep breath,
and go alone.
Luck favors the bold,
so go and be brave;
you never know who’s following
the path that you pave.
Whenever someone says, “Travel solo?! I could never do that!” I say, “…not with that attitude.” 😏 There’s a tremendous amount of empowerment that comes with going somewhere on your own. Somedays often turn to nevers, and if you spend your life waiting to coordinate with the schedules of others, you may never climb that mountain, or see that beach, or taste that poutine. It’s ok to be nervous, nerves are cousin to excitement. Embrace time spent with yourself; the Earth is awesome, and so are you. 🌎
Welcome to Canada, eh?! As a New Yorker, Montreal was an easy trip to make. My ride on the LIRR to JFK was longer that my flight… (which probably isn’t shocking to all of you LIRR commuters out there!). If you have a long weekend, hop on a flight, a train, or drive on up to Montréal!