DIY Ideas to making 2017 your very own Adventure

I’ve taken it upon myself to declare 2017 the Year of the Adventurer. Actually, between you and me, I hereby declare every year the Year of the Adventurer. After all, every year deserves to be a grand and epic adventure, don’t you think?

What do I define as one? Honestly, just about anything…it simply depends on your outlook and perspective. To me, an experience can be another word for adventure. Wow, think how many experiences you had in 2016. And can you imagine how many you’ll have in 2017? Oh the variety! Oh the thrilling, challenging, monumental, uplifting, empowering and awe-inspiring experiences you might encounter…if you are open to them.

For Christmas this year, Matt and I chose to have a theme, as we often do, for our gifts for each other. While living in Australia after college, we traveled to Bali, Indonesia just before Christmas. Our theme was “from Bali + max of $10”. I gotta tell you, you could get a lot for $10 in Bali in 2003. This year’s theme? YOU ARE AN ADVENTURER.

This is the ONLY photo I could find on my computer from our 2003 Bali trip. Of course it’s of a monkey with ginormous balls. Why wouldn’t this be the only pic I saved on my computer? Well, either way, I was impressed. At the monkey. And no, this was not a part of Matt’s gift. Though I did frame this image and give it to my brother, no joke.

If you’ve been following my blog or any social media outlet of ours, you might have noticed I’m quite private with our personal life. I have an inside deal with me and social media. I have vowed to not post anything public about how special our anniversary was or how much I love him on his birthday, or how he loves me on mine..this is something I simply prefer to share privately with him (as it is, in fact, for and with only him). Just a personal preference. Yet I’m daring to stretch a bit today by revealing part of my Christmas present to Matt (shh, don’t tell him). Why? Because I had so much fun creating it and I’m thinking you might dig creating your own DIY 2017 Adventure ideas, too!

What’s the budget for these ideas? $0. Zero. Zilch. I highly encourage you to use what you have around you.

Either DIY project can be for yourself, a friend or loved one…

What you need:
  • Mason jar (or any container that floats your boat)
  • Cut pieces of paper (make it colorful for extra pizazz)
  • Extra paper to create label
What you do:
  • Decide if this is for you, a friend or a loved one.
  • Using any type of paper, create label to place inside of jar (I used the backside of an old calendar page). Example title: My Year as an Adventurer. My promises to living my Adventure. My 2017 Adventure Promises. 
  • On small strips of paper, write down any and all promises / intentions for living your year as an Adventurer. Here are a few questions to spark ideas: What adventures will you go on? What do you want to experience this year? How do you want to feel? How you will take on daily adventures? What is your outlook on an adventure? What is your outlook on a challenging experience? How can you a challenging situation more of an adventure as opposed to an ordeal? How can you live your life as the adventure it deserves to be?
  • Place your written intentions into jar.
  • Tadaaaaaa! If this is for you, keep your jar in a place where you’ll see it often.
  • What next? Open your jar and peruse your intentions every quarter or so to see how you’re doing with your intentions. Even better, keep them on your coffee table and share them with a friend! Makes for a unique conversation!

Next up, looking at your year ahead…

What you need:
  • 1 medium / large mason Jar (to place your adventures)
  • 1 small mason jar (for unused strips of paper)
  • Cut pieces of paper (make it colorful for extra pizazz)
  • Extra paper to create label
  • Optional: stickers or labels to decorate lid of jar (I used my unused stickers from my 2016 Erin Condren LifePlanner)
What you do:
  • Using any type of paper, create label to place inside of the medium / large jar (I used the backside of an old calendar page). Example title: My 2017 Adventures, Our 2017 Adventures. 
  • Place all previously cut strips of paper into the small (unlabeled) mason jar. Keep this next to your other jar, with a pen handy to be able to write on a whim.
  • Extra cool idea: Remind yourself daily of what an adventure is. Write down your definition of an Adventure. Place this on the label of your jar.
  • What next? Anytime you experience an adventure, write it down! The good, the bad, the awesomely ugly (and of course the hilarious). Remember, an adventure can be as simple as having a randomly funny conversation with a stranger. Two days ago a man stopped me in front of Sprouts to pet our dog Mozzy. He went on a 5 minute tangent about the oddity of dogs (did you know Rhodesian Ridgebacks were bred to hunt lions? That’s the word on the street, apparently.). Moral of the story: give an opportunity a chance…who knows what you might experience. An adventure is something you learn from. Maybe you learned something new about yourself – write it down. Anything worth remembering. An adventure can also be anything that’s out of your norm or your comfort zone. Something that expands your perspective and outlook on life. Oh the possibilities!

Okie dokie, my creative cats. There’s more where this came from, yet we’ll let these projects marinate for a bit, first. This way, you’ll be able to soak up all the flavor. Don’t be shy, share what you’ve created in the comments section below! I’d love to see!

Now I’m hungry thinking about marinating yummy things. I did just take a make-your-own-kimchi class at the Fermentation Farm. Maybe it’s time to spice things up with some probiotic awesomeness. My gut is already dancing with happiness just thinking about it. Until next time…

Oh wait. You’re still here? Fantastic! Are you looking for more New Year adventurous & empowering experiences? Check out these resources, I think they’re right up your happy & curious alley…

If you want to whole-istically empower your daily lifestyle from the inside out (meaning your mind, body and lifestyle):

If you’d like to reflect on 2016 while embracing the possibilities of 2017:

5 THINGS: A Personal Exploration Worksheet to celebrate your year past & create what’s to come…

I love questions, especially introspective ones. Don’t you? Asking, answering, pondering. It’s all brain expanding. Yet I’ve noticed my most AHA! moments appear when I actually write down my answer to a personal question compared to simply thinking about it. Why is this? I’m guessing it has to do with centering my focus on one thing and simmering down the constant chatter going on in my head (right now it’s saying how much I love this music I’m listening to from the films Australia and Cloud Atlas).

When we have to choose our words more carefully, we are more mindful of the energy we use, as well as sharing an accurate portrayal of our perspective. We are simply more mindful of the words we choose. At least that’s how I feel. How about you? Do you find writing to be a useful resource for personal reflection, brain calming practices, and to clarify issues? Let that marinate for a moment, if you’d like (see, I love questions). 

With that said…

At the culmination of last year, I created Your Year in Review Worksheet, 8 questions to absorb the year’s nutrient dense experiences while hydrating your inspiration and motivation for the next. I highly encourage you to partake in this worksheet. It’s fun, reflective, nutrient dense (as suggested) and fuels your internal inspiration.

THIS year, I have chosen to share 5 THINGS: 10 questions to celebrate where you’ve been and explore where you’re going. Each question asks for 5 “things” (and maybe a few bonus opportunities) to help you wonder in awe over how great you really are! Yep. You really are a spectacular spectacle. Seriously, there’s only one of you in this whole ginormous world. Only YOU can make the unique impact on this world in a way that only YOU can…and choose to. Pretty rad! It’s like we’re all super heroes with our own special powers. In fact, maybe we need to make this worksheet 11 questions, the 11th being: What’s your super hero name and special power? Let that marinate for a moment…

Without further brain chatter,
please enjoy this opportunity to embrace your very own super hero personal exploration:

The first half of 5 Things provides an opportunity for you to observe, reflect & grow from your year past. There is always something to learn from an experience…if you are open to it. This is your chance to expand your perspective and appreciate how far you’ve come this past year.

The second half will focus on the present, which in turn dictates your future. Your mindset today influences your outlook on life and yourself. Looking at your year ahead, this is your opportunity to imagine, initiate & decide what’s to come.

My one non-negotiatable request: Write from your heart & gut. Put aside any expectations or assumptions, whether they stem from you or an outside influence. This is YOUR worksheet and YOUR life. Let’s act accordingly. Good talk.

My curious-like-a-cat request: You’ve done a fantastic job reflecting and creating by putting pen to paper. Now what? Pick your favorite or most eye-opening answer in the comments section below. You never know, you might inspire someone else with your words. (I’m pretty sure you will…you are a super hero, after all) 

A Personal Exploration Worksheet (Dec ’16)

A Personal Exploration Worksheet (Dec ’16)