Ring! Ring! It’s Adventure calling. Do I pick up or do I let it go to voicemail?
Usually, I say “no” to his invitations because there are clothes to be washed, meals to be made and so many other things to get done at home. This time, however, Adventure didn’t just call. He showed up at my front door with his friend Summer Sun. My family and I all said “yes” to Adventure’s invitation and over the span of 7 days, we:
- listened to stories at the library
- tasted summer fruits at the farmer’s market
- had two play dates with friends
- celebrated my mom’s birthday
- watched two live musical performances
- explored the botanical garden
- fed ducks at the lake
- watched chickens lay eggs at the egg farm
- got nudged by sheep and a llama at that same farm
- walked in the park picking up rocks and sticks
- ran through sprinklers
- chased the waves at the beach
- picked fresh strawberries at the strawberry farm
- saw a whale wash up on coastal rocks
At the end of those 7 days I learned that adventure isn’t about a specific activity. Adventure simply creates an opportunity for my family to explore, learn and connect. We got dirty. We talked. We encouraged each other and laughed…ALOT!
At the end of the week, I sure was tired, but a good kind of tired. The kind where my body is weary, but my mind and spirit are refreshed.
Those 7 days were filled with purpose. Those 7 days were spent, not wasted.
My 7 day take away: When adventure calls, say “yes.”
I’m finally ready to admit it. I am not good at multi-tasking. For years, I told myself (and others) that I was good at it. I even took pride in my ability to do many things at the same time.
But, after giving birth, I came down with a terrible case of Mom-nesia. I couldn’t remember simple things, like how old I was or where I left my keys.
Stop multi-tasking and start single-tasking
For my first challenge, it seemed appropriate to spend 7 days with a single focus. What better way, than to single-task?
What would life be like if I was fully engaged in the task at hand instead of managing multiple things at once?
Could I still accomplish everything that needed to be done?
Would I enjoy life more?
I am a creature of habit.
I drive the same routes. I eat at the same restaurants. I order the same food. I wear the same outfits. And I’m fine with it.
In fact, I like it.
But recently, something in me yearns for growth.
Growth doesn’t come from maintaining the status quo. Growth comes from trying new things, experiencing new challenges and understanding new insights. So in the spirit of my instagram, (everyday life from a new perspective) I created the “7 Days of…Challenge.”
It’s simple. 7 days of doing something differently than I do it now. (i.e. 7 days of waking up early, 7 days of cooking dinner, 7 days of adventure.) After I finish the challenge, I’ll write about how it went and what I learned.
Why 7 days? Is it because it’s the number of completion? Is it because it’s lucky?
Mostly because it’s less than 30 days and more than 0. I’ve always been better at sprints than at marathons. I can do 7 days.
On March 4th (get it? march forth…I couldn’t resist the pun) I’ll be posting the results from my first “7 Days of…Challenge!”
If you’re up for it, join with me!