Adventure List

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Most girls have a closet full of clothes and shoes with the tags still attached, waiting to be worn for that perfect occasion. This girl has a closet full of notebooks, journals, and post-it notes filled with nothing but blank pages and the intimidation that only a perfectionist can put on their perfectly clean, unused pages (and I have a closet full of clothes with the tags still attached). Additionally, this girl has a Bucket List the length of the Great Wall of China (which is on the list) that only continues to grow as she waits for the perfect day to begin checking them off of her list. So before I end up on an episode of TLC's Hoarding: Buried Alive, I decided it was time to put these little beauties to good use. 

Each notebook will be dedicated to a chapter of this journey, assigned a list of adventures to be completed within it's pages.
Each page will be dedicated to a day within the chapter for nothing but old-school documentation of each moment, thought, and note that I have along the way.

One of my favorite quotes is: "To change one's life: 1. Start immediately 2. Do it flamboyantly 3. No exception", so I've decided, will be the theme of this first chapter.

Let's break it down.

START IMMEDIATELY

It doesn't matter if it's a Sunday at 10:50am or your birthday or the same day you woke up late and got chewed out by your boss. Just start. Start today. Start when you aren't prepared. Start when you have a million other things going on. Start when you're in a bad mood. Start when you're uninspired. Start when it would be much easier to stay standing still. Start when you get told “no” or that your idea is stupid. Start when you trip up the stairs, say something stupid, or just ate six pieces of pizza for dinner. Start when you feel fat, have a bad hair day, or your kid vomits in the back seat of your car. You will never be perfect and there will never be a perfect day. Just start. And start every morning, afternoon, and night of every day; just because the gun is fired and you are off of the starting line doesn't mean you won't have thousands of times along the way that you will want to stall out and quit. Start and start and start again. 

DO IT FLAMBOYANTLY

I believe in sharing your goals with others - anyone and everyone who asks. I believe in creating obnoxiously large goal-setting spreadsheets to hang on your wall so you can get the satisfaction of crossing items off of your list. I believe in vision boards to jostle up your motivation when it's lagging. I believe in connecting with others who are working towards similar goals. I believe in power poses and taking up lots of space. I believe in having a strong WHY behind your goals and having copies of that WHY everywhere you go so that you can refer to it when you want to give up. But I also believe in wearing hot pink lipstick and glittered Keds. I believe living life with an enthusiastic rhythm is the only way to live. I believe that we spend a lot of time playing it small and trying not to stand out when the world and that isn't getting us anywhere. I wasn't always this way, though. I literally talked to NO ONE for the first ten years of my life, so if I can get "weird", you can to. Be loud. Be proud. Be totally vulnerable about what you are working on and let people get excited with you!

NO EXCEPTIONS

You wouldn't skip out on a meeting with your boss, so don't skip out on meetings you are setting for yourself. Break down your goal and put that time on your calendar in the brightest, boldest, most obnoxious color that you can find. You will have to change if you want something to change. You can't keep going on about your normal routine and expect things to happen. You may have to wake up earlier. You may have to cut back on the amount of time you spend re-watching Real Housewives on Bravo. You may have to say "no" to the things (and the people) that are getting in the way of you living your best life.  


Chapter one: 160 days of adventure

August 29, 2018 - February 4, 2019

  1. Make s'mores
  2. Watch the waves
  3. Get fit
  4. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the patio
  5. Go to a water park
  6. Dress up for Halloween
  7. Go to the movies by myself
  8. Get a manicure
  9. Stay in a cabin in the woods
  10. Drink hot chocolate
  11. Go to a Taylor Swift concert
  12. View the Fall leaves
  13. Bake a pie
  14. Stay awake until midnight on New Year's Eve
  15. Make soup
  16. Get lost in a corn maze
  17. Go somewhere haunted
  18. Go antique shopping
  19. Watch the sunrise
  20. Watch the sunset
  21. Visit a Farmer's Market
  22. Take a yoga class
  23. Have something pumpkin-flavored
  24. Go to an Ed Sheeran concert
  25. Get outside and enjoy the crisp Fall air
  26. Donate
  27. Make homemade salsa
  28. Eat a caramel apple
  29. Go to a football game
  30. Wear a cozy sweater
  31. Pick apples
  32. Go to a small town festival
  33. Start a DIY project
  34. Burn a yummy candle
  35. Use a bath bomb
  36. Play trivia
  37. Go bowling
  38. Go to the zoo
  39. Blow bubbles
  40. Meditate
  41. Explore a small town
  42. Go to an old movie theater
  43. Eat at a historic restaurant
  44. Visit a farm
  45. Go to an ice castle
  46. Go to a weird museum
  47. Marathon watch a television show
  48. Go on a sleigh ride
  49. Cook a holiday meal
  50. Drink matcha
  51. Spend a day at the mall
  52. Wear flannel pajamas
  53. Learn about aromatherapy
  54. Run a Turkey Trot
  55. Try a new workout class
  56. Go snowshoeing
  57. Drink apple cider
  58. Go to a Fall festival
  59. Go for a moonlight hike
  60. Carve pumpkins
  61. Wear high heels
  62. Eat in a diner
  63. Give myself a facial
  64. Warm my feet by the fireplace
  65. Go out for breakfast
  66. Wear cowboy boots
  67. Decorate a Christmas tree
  68. Enjoy a snow day
  69. Bake cookies
  70. Go Black Friday shopping
  71. Make jam
  72. Go to a State Fair
  73. Go to a Christmas market
  74. Go to a local coffee shop
  75. Tour a historic building
  76. Wear something that sparkles
  77. Try a macaron
  78. Take an adult ballet class
  79. Take an outdoor yoga class
  80. Hike behind a frozen waterfall
  81. Eat fondue
  82. Go to an aquarium
  83. Get a massage
  84. Buy myself a bouquet of flowers
  85. Go to a local smoothie shop
  86. Have my palm read
  87. Get latte art
  88. Drink a boba tea
  89. Wear red lipstick
  90. Wear a pantsuit
  91. Eat a cupcake
  92. Go hiking in a state park
  93. Go to a chocolate shop
  94. Throw a dog birthday party
  95. Spend the day in an art museum
  96. Eat dinner in a fancy restaurant
  97. Go on a hike
  98. Wear red
  99. Shop small
  100. Indulge in my favorite treat
  101. Eat the best (veggie) burger in town
  102. Eat food from a food truck
  103. Celebrate something big
  104. Take a barre class
  105. Drink egg nog
  106. Bake bread
  107. Go to street fair
  108. Build a snowman
  109. Go ice fishing
  110. Go to a local bakery
  111. Eat at a German restaurant
  112. Eat at a waterfront restaurant
  113. Go out for pizza
  114. Eat at a sandwich shop
  115. Sit at a pottery wheel
  116. Perform a random act of kindness
  117. Drink boba tea
  118. Paint my nails black
  119. Make fresh pasta
  120. Make homemade pizza
  121. Go to a hibachi restaurant
  122. Drink a milkshake
  123. Eat a crazy donut flavor
  124. Go to a fudge shop
  125. Make snow angels
  126. Make caramels
  127. Bake a cake
  128. Eat fresh baked cinnamon rolls
  129. Have a white Christmas
  130. Get a pedicure
  131. Go to a vegan restaurant
  132. Get a subscription box
  133. Spend the afternoon in a local bookstore
  134. Pickle something
  135. Go to a casino
  136. Go to a historical museum
  137. Tour a cave
  138. Walk through a mirror maze
  139. Go to a Puppy Yoga class
  140. Eat dessert for breakfast
  141. Eat breakfast for dinner
  142. Act like a kid
  143. Put a streak of color in my hair
  144. Eat a huge piece of cake
  145. Go out for lunch
  146. Hold something creepy crawly
  147. Wear funny socks
  148. Go to a natural grocery store
  149. Go to a hockey game
  150. Play a board game
  151. Make snow ice cream
  152. Have grilled cheese with tomato soup
  153. Walk through a snow flurry
  154. Ride on a pontoon
  155. Make rice krispie treats
  156. Drink a Pink Drink
  157. Drink green juice
  158. Take a trip to Ikea
  159. Eat something dipped in chocolate
  160. Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte