Something New a Day

Something New a Day

It’s not often you get told “You’re a Two” without feeling offended. Luckily, in this case, it wasn’t a scale based on my looks…

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I love learning new things or even re-trying things I’ve done before. During my 6-month trip through Asia last year, I made it my mission to say yes to most things and try something new every day, otherwise, I might regret not doing it. This was a pretty easy task since I was in a new country ever few weeks and there was so much new to me! I was in my element.

I qualified as a PADI Advanced Scuba Diver, rode a scooter through mountains, zip-lined over steep drops, learnt new languages… the list goes on.

Since being back in England, I’ve spent my time focusing on work — setting up my freelance graphic design business as well as launching this travel blog. I’ve had my head down with the plan to save enough money to get my to my next big adventure. I’ve pretty much put my life on hold (in the big scheme of things) and it’s taken a lot longer than I expected. I keep telling myself “It’s ok, it’s an important time for me to figure out what I want in life”.

What I didn’t realise is that I hadn’t actually been enjoying life as much as I should be. I hadn’t done anything for my personal wellbeing or pushed myself to learn something new.

So when I recently heard about a personality test called the Enneagram Test (free to take), I thought it’d be good to try out. After all, I love learning, especially when it means I can use what I’ve learnt to grow as a person and improve my life.

It turned out that I’m a Type 2; the Helper. I’ve spent my whole life helping people, trying to please people — detrimental to my own happiness without me realising. One quote I read was:

“Spiritual growth will come to you when you can acknowledge your own needs” — Enneagram Explorations

So I’ve decided to give myself a challenge: to try something new every day for a month. Ranging from big to small. #TrySomethingNew

  1. Rock climbing / bouldering
  2. Visit Stone Henge
  3. Create my own jewellery in Hackspace
  4. Try out a Zumba class
  5. Join in with a water aerobics class
  6. Learn how to Salsa dance
  7. Get my makeup done by a professional
  8. Hire a stylist
  9. Hike around Peak District
  10. Wakeboard in Holme Pierpont
  11. Get my nose pierced
  12. Carve a candle into something interesting
  13. Participate in a First Aid course
  14. Experiment with calligraphy
  15. Join in on a gallery tour/talk
  16. Make one item of clothing using a sewing machine
  17. Hire a scooter for the day in the UK
  18. Road trip through Europe
  19. Learn to dance to house
  20. Volunteer to help the homeless

What’s on your list? I’d love to hear suggestions so I can potentially add to my list! Comment below, Tweet me or email me.

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