12 Resolutions to be More Adventurous in the New Year

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Looking for resolutions you will actually stick to because they’re something you actually want to do?Β Maybe you haven’t pushed your limits this year, tested yourself or just done anything that was exciting enough to tell the story. Here are a few tried and tested ways to be more adventurous in your every day life and get out of your rut in 2016…

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1. Say “YES” to new activities

…to everything. To all things. Say your friends wants to go paddle boarding and you hate the ocean… guess what? You’re going! The only way to conquer fears is to actually face them. Say yes to more things, even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy them. You never know ’til you try!

2. Try new foods

This year I introduced my boyfriend to sushi, acai bowls and even goji berries (which he now won’t go a day without would you believe). For us it is quite comical because he grew up on a farm and rarely gets away for adventures, whereas I am the opposite and absolutely love to introduce him to new things. You may not be able to travel everywhere all the time, but you certainly can experience the world in your own hometown just by branching out a trying new cuisines! Japanese, Thai and Mexican are a few of my favourites… what are yours?

3. Go somewhere new every weekend

Just because you can’t always jump on a plane to foreign lands doesn’t mean you can’t explore more this coming year. Think closer to home – like a local swimming hole, a day hike in a national park, a trip to the beach or just a picnic in your local park. Exploring where you live can be just as exciting as going to somewhere on the other side of the world – you can’t tell me you’ve tried every single restaurant in town, been to every attraction within a 100kms radius and have nothing left to do! There’s always plenty to explore nearby.

4. Spend more time outside

Whether that means packing a picnic lunch to get out the house, creating a mystical garden over the space of a year or two or just riding a bike down the street like you did when you were a kid… get outdoors and see the sunshine.

5.Β Learn a new skill

This year I plan to take up water colour painting. I have absolutely no clue how to water paint, but given we live in a digital world where new skills are a mere google search away, I figured why not?

6. Book a last minute trip somewhere

For a (very) long time I suffered from severe listitis. That is, I couldn’t go a day without writing lists and planning everything in my life down to a fine art. Travel was one of things I completely over-planned and before getting on the plane I would know exactly what I would be doing every day for the duration of my trip – down to where I would eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I finally learned (over the last couple of years) to shake it up and now very rarely make any plans. Its nice to just jump on a plane without any ties once you arrive. Often I don’t even book a return flight home.

7. Read more

Being adventurous doesn’t just have to be outdoors climbing mountains, it can also be in the way you spend your time and how open you are to new ideas. Reading more will result in an ongoing education and you’ll always be learning more about the world around you which will inevitably make for a better time overseas when you do go on a grand adventure.

8. Learn a new language

It isn’t easy learning a new language, especially after you’ve hit adolescence. However there is a secret to learning a new language and even if it is just to reach a conversational level, it is a great way to keep your mind active.

9. Go on more road trips with friends

Weekend – check. Car – check. Friends – check. You’re road trip ready!

10. Make new friends

Whether you change jobs, start a new school year, join a new group or just meet new people in daily life, make the extra effort to find out more about them and if your interests align (or even if they don’t) spend some time with them! You never really know a person ’til you put in the extra effort.

11. Try new Adventure Activities

Step things up a notch by trying something outside of your comfort zone like rock climbing, abseiling, kayaking, white water rafting or bungee jumping. PS: try more than one!

12. Be unpredictable

Grab the check every so often for your lunch with a friend, invite more people out to lunch, try a different scent of perfume… just break the old traditions and become a newer, better you!

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    January 14, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Hey Brooke,
    this is such a cool list! Needless to say that we try out at least 10 out of the 12. Thumbs up for your great ideas and keep the good work going. You’re on a very good way!
    Lots of love from Germany. <3
    xx Anna & Vanessa

    January 7, 2016 at 7:15 am

    This is great! Glad to see that other people have similar goals for a new year rather than your typical “lose weight” and “be healthy”.

    January 7, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Great list! More than a few of these popped up on my resolution list for 2016. Looking forward to making 2016 the best year ever. Wishing you all the best!

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    January 5, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I love your resolutions! Hopping on the plane is always fun, but I also had a blast visiting little hidden spots around my town. I hope to do the same this year and see more of what my city offers. πŸ™‚


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    January 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Love that kind of list… Just wrote mine on my blog πŸ™‚

    January 4, 2016 at 9:34 am

    These are some great resolutions. Saying ‘yes’ more is something I try to work on everyday. πŸ™‚

    January 4, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Such great resolutions! I am all about exploring my hometown now that i’ve moved back home :-]

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    January 2, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Yes! Needed this x

    January 2, 2016 at 12:43 am

    These all sound great. I should definitely work on saying yes more to things.

    Dith Yasuri
    January 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Happy New Year …and so now the adventure begins.

    Aaren Griffith
    January 1, 2016 at 7:27 am

    You will love water color painting. My one advice is patience and take a step back while you are creating your master piece and appreciate the beauty you already created. The hardest thing with water color for me is over doing my colors. Sometimes the light pastel will make your painting. Good luck and I am taking your advice on trying something new as much as possible!

    January 1, 2016 at 3:23 am

    I went to comment in here then got completely distracted that the date is listed as the 1st January, and you’re all in the future to me in the UK! Anyway, back to my point – we tried new adventures in the UK this year and it was the best thing we did. Adventures on your back doorstep can be just as rewarding as taking a long haul flight πŸ™‚ Happy New Year, Brooke! x

    January 1, 2016 at 3:03 am

    I think I suffer from ‘listitus’ too… Although, I am trying to be more spontaneous and as you said, make random plans and just go with them! Reading more and spending more time outside are also 2 of my goals for 2016 – I find myself way too often with sore thumbs from the amount of time I spend on my phone and laptop -if that isn’t a sign to step away from technology, I don’t know what is!

    Kendall Simmons
    January 1, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Lovely post! Making more time to read and taking more short weekend trips are on my list as well! Happiest of new years to you!

    Elizabeth | Something Saturdays
    January 1, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I’ve been doing new things every weekend for 3+ years! You do have to make an extra effort on the weekends where you don’t feel up for it but it’s totally worth it in the end! I’ve explored so many places and done so many things that I wouldn’t have done otherwise!

    Hannie Arden Blaise
    December 31, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    THESE! These are golden. Totally agree with all of these and I’ll definitely take these to my own resolutions.

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    December 31, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Great tips, I might follow some in the new year and see where they take me!

    Have a wonderful New Year, I wish you all the best!!!

    Laura Mareno
    December 31, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Loved this! I definately have to make this happen! happy new year! πŸ˜€

    December 31, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I like the post very much. I would like to follow all the RESOLUTIONS.

    Holly Atkinson
    December 31, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    This is super inspiring and motivational for 2016! Loved this post!

    – Holly x

    Annika Ziehen
    December 31, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Love number 1 – something I also remind myself to do more – be the Yes Woman at least once a week!

    December 31, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Great idea for resolutions ! πŸ™‚

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    December 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Love these tips Brooke, definitely worth to remember for the next year! Hope you have an awesome 2016, enjoyed reading your blog a lot this year πŸ™‚

    December 31, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I love this! Especially to try new adventures and to read more!

    December 31, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Enjoy reading your blog. Have a nice week.

    December 31, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Love these ideas… I’m looking for a course to take this year to learn something new, too, and making a list of new markets I want to visit! Always good to make every day an adventure πŸ™‚

    December 31, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I look forward to reading about your adventures!

    Brittany Justham
    December 31, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    These are great resolutions! I could definitely implement some of them in my life as well. πŸ™‚ Great post, Brooke!

    December 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Read more, say yes, and go some where every weekend are definitely up on my list too! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing brooke! I hope you have a brilliant 2016! πŸ™‚

    x Carina / Running White Horses