One great way to live a well-designed life is to make sure it’s filled with fun and adventure. Adventure is defined as “an exciting or very unusual experience,” but despite its spontaneous associations, you have to be pretty intentional about adding more adventure to your life.
Luckily, there are specific (and simple!) steps you can take to make it happen. And it doesn’t have to be outside of your comfort zone or your budget!
There are a lot of great ways to add more adventure to your life. We’re sharing a few of our favorites here:
Make Room For It
As with anything, if you want to add adventure to your life, you need to make room for it. Get out your Day Designer and set aside some time for fun and adventurous activities. You don’t have to do something every day or even every week (unless you want to!), but try to block out at least one day a month that you can devote to something exciting, unusual, or slightly outside your comfort zone. You don’t do what you don’t plan, so be intentional about adding adventure to your life and make room for it.
Try Something New
It’s easy to get stuck in a routine—especially when you love planning a well-designed life as much we know you do! And while we’re all for a good plan, sometimes it helps to shake things up a little. While you probably still need to go to work every day, try leaving a little earlier and taking a new route on your commute. Or go to a yoga class at a new studio. Or simply go out to a concert on a Sunday night instead of staying in. It’s easy for any of us to get a little stuck in our ways. Try “un-sticking” yourself and brainstorm all of the new and different (and fun!) ways you can spend your precious time.
Meet New People
Meeting new people is one of life’s greatest adventures. By venturing outside of your established relationships and connecting with new people, you’ll have an opportunity to hear new stories, participate in new activities, and and grow in new ways. There are plenty of ways to meet people, too—networking opportunities within your professional community, meetings at your childrens’ school, extracurricular sports teams, non-profits to volunteer with, and so much more. Find an opportunity to work and play in community with new people, and revel in the adventures you can share together.
Pick Something That Scares You a Little
While adventure doesn’t automatically equate to doing something “scary,” it can make for a worthwhile experience to pick an activity that pushes the limits of your comfort zone in a way that seems fun and exciting. For you, that might mean starting up a conversation with someone you’ve noticed at your local coffee shop—or it might mean jumping out of an airplane! Whatever you pick, just challenge yourself—and perhaps learn that what you thought was scary is incredibly fun after all. If nothing else, you can take pride in having pushed yourself farther than you thought possible.
Just Say “Yes”
Here’s the thing: You don’t even have to think very hard about this whole “adding adventure to your life” thing. Life will be a constant adventure if you just say “yes.” Say yes to the new opportunities that come your way—that side passion project, an invitation to join the neighborhood tennis team, meeting your new friend for lunch. While there may of course be certain things you still decline, add in saying yes and look forward to the adventure that naturally shows up in your life!