Don't Stop Exploring: Finding Adventure in the Every Day

We are humans & humans are creatures of habit. We tend to find a routine that works for us & stick to it. That's great but it doesn't challenge you or get you out of your comfort zone. We go to work, have class, meet up with girlfriends Friday evening for girl's night, go to date night with the boyfriend once a month. Everything is set to a schedule, a certain time, place or specific day to do things.

Then I realized that's kind of boring. For example, my girlfriend & I meet up every Tuesday. Most of the time we end up going to a brewery, if not the same exact brewery which we frequent. Tuesday isn't the boring part. What's boring is this rigid routine we created for ourselves. Same time, same place. 

Somehow I got it into my head that maybe we should do something different. Maybe we should attend a movie or try that new Thai restaurant. Go mini golfing. I've never done paint ball. That sounds interesting. Anything other than "the usual" which is an actual phrase that we use. 

don't stop exploring

Granted we meet in the afternoon so options are limited, but there's so many ideas we aren't even aware of. All we need to do is open our eyes & explore. This week we switched it up & went to a movie: Cinderella. It's the first time we went to a film together. Normally we sit around watching Netflix.

However, going out gave us more memories. We went to dinner, sat at the bar, & BOOM! ended up getting a drink on the house. That would never have happened if we just did "the usual." We went to the theatre & saw it was totally empty. We started hooting & hollering about our own private viewing. That is until a couple of girls walked in & we embarrassingly speed walked all the way up the stairs toward the top of the theatre. That would never have happened if we just did "the usual."

Break free. Break free of your comfort zone. Do something new. Here's to those little adventures we create, those memories that you'll eventually longingly look back on. My questions to you are:
1.  Do you find yourself having a routine? Doing the same things every day? 
2. What are some ideas for me & other readers on different things to do? How can we mix it up?

Here are 5 options. Keep the list going in the comment section :]
1. Feed birds at a lake
2. Workout with a friend at the gym
3. See a movie at the theatre
4. Go to a local coffee shop & try a weird drink
5. Have a picnic


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52 comments

  1. Nice post. It is a good idea to have some variations in your activities :)

    www.maireem.blogspot.com

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  2. Incredibly positive and inspiring message <3 I've recently started exploring my own city, and I'm always surprised to stumble upon new adventures! Sometimes acting like a tourist in your own city can switch things up <3

    www.SHVETA.com

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    1. Oh exactly! Being a tourist in your own town can really spice things up. :]

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  3. So true! Great option to have a picnic! Hopefully it gets soon warmer over here! :-D

    JOURNAL OF STYLE

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    1. If it doesn't, my boyfriend & I did an indoor picnic with a blanket & everything. :]

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  4. Love this!! I'll continue the list by adding going to a comedy show & a boat ride!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA

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    1. Both of those are great ideas. My boyfriend love comedy show. :]

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  5. Great advice. Always try something new. It's getting warmer outside, and there's so many great things to do. I love Southern California. Maybe the beach would be a good plan too?
    http://askmelissaanything.blogspot.com/

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    1. Beach is a wonderful idea. Both driving there or taking the train (which would be a whole adventure itself). :]

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  6. All so true. I do love trying weird drinks every time I go out, whether it be at a coffee shop or a bar. Always a little surprise!

    Breakfast at Gracey's

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  7. This is so great! So inspiring!
    -Hannah
    www.sweeterthanserenity.com

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  8. I think looking out for new places to visit will be a great way to break out of a routine! It awakens the adventurous spirit and make life more interesting!

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.com

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    1. Gotta keep that adventure spirit awake! :]

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  9. Get on a bus/train spontaneously and explore that place it takes you :)

    http://ourlittletreehole.blogspot.com

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  10. I have a routine and I agree with what your'e saying :)
    Try hiking!

    Neeny x

    neenyslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hiking is perfect. Not too hot yet. :]

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  11. This was a really great post and I definitely agree. I think there are a lot of positive things to say for routine, and I actually need routine in my life very much - but I also think it is VERY important to break with that routine now and then and do something new and adventurous. It keeps life exciting and fun and you are able to discover new things about yourself and the world that way.

    Rae | love from berlin

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    1. Oh I totally agree. Structure can be really useful. I like knowing that I have work & then time to workout. But sometimes I need to mix it up or I'll go crazy. :P

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  12. I've always wanted to go paintballing too!! I love the idea of constantly exploring. I think it brings a new lesson every time. One thing I want to start doing is taking short weekend trips. Love this post!

    Xo Miriam
    www.scriptsofflair.com

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    1. Oooh I like the weekend trip idea. That's a great one, Miriam. :]

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    2. Oooh I like the weekend trip idea. That's a great one, Miriam. :]

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  13. I can totally see what you mean! I stick to the same routine most of the time, but I also love to try new things, and it's always good to do so with a friend - to create new memories. Awesome post!

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    Mathilde | MATHILDE JULIE

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  14. Great post!!! Try a new restaurant Is always fun. Hurray for urban spoon app it has a section for a roulette and it picks for you.fun stuff!

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    1. Ooh I should try Urban Spoon; I've heard of it. :]

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  15. I needed this today! I love just going for a walk outside or a trip to the farmers' market - I'm always inspired by something! Thank you for the insight and inspiration :)

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    1. I'd love to go to the farmers market. Good one! :]

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  16. Wonderful post! My usual spots to visit are gardens and museums, but it's fun to do different things some of the time.

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    1. Those are both wonderful. After all it might be a totally different idea than what others are thinking. :]

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  17. This is such a true sentiment! I want to keep on trying new things as often as I can. I've found that I don't even have to travel very far to find a whole new world of possibilities I wouldn't even have been aware of if I hadn't strayed outside 'the usual.'

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    1. Exactly. It's all a matter of perspective & what you do with your time. :]

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  18. Such a positive beautiful post! I agree, it's so important to take time to do not only the things you love the most but also to discover yourself and the world around you!!

    Love,
    Whit

    http://www.whitneyswonderland,com

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    1. True! The world is big but you have to open your eyes to see it. :]

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  19. LOVELY POST!<3 especially the idea of picnicking :)

    xoxo
    Chic Dream Jar

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  20. I think it is really important to change things up... you are so right about the same thing over and over... it gets boring and you get stuck in a rut.

    I walk a lot in the decent weather, even with that I change the routes up often and I keep it more interesting by seeing different places on my walks... now if I can talk some friends into walking with me... they think I walk too fast :-)

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    1. My favorite thing about walking is finding all the street art! :D

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  21. Fabulous post! It sounds weird, but I've gotten really inspired lately with my Fitbit and challenging friends to step counts over the weekend. While we may not have time or live too far away to meet up, we challenge each other to get outside and get moving. Urban hiking and photo walks are my favorite things to do outside in the spring -- finding new ways to appreciate the city that I live in.
    xo Chelsea
    http://chelseapearl.com

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    1. I'll have to check Fitbit out. Sounds like a great way to keep you accountable. :]

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  22. Such a great list of activity!! Very inspiring!
    Thanks for sharing
    Xoxo
    http://www.sweetsimpleday.com

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  23. I love this post with trying new things!!! Especially when it's Spring time and it feels so good for the soul to do new things!!! LOVVVE it!!! Thanks for the inspiration! Gonna keep doin' it!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

    www.BeckermanBlog.com

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  24. This is a great post, I was just talking to my husband about something similar.. we get into ruts so easily these days! I'm all about adventure.. if you remember to mix it up now and then, life never gets boring! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Totally, doesn't have to be every day. But once a week or every couple weeks take the time to do something different! :]

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  25. I'm all about having a routine, but this is a great reminder to be bit more spontaneous and branch out. Thank you for sharing!! xx

    lovejoanna.com

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  26. I friend and I do this thing we now call Tea Time Tuesday. It started when we would hang out between classes on Tuesdays. (Because that was the day our schedules gave us down time at the campus) We both love tea so we would almost always have that. But that is about the end of the "routine" there. Each week one or both of us would bring something different to try and share. Different teas, sweets, breads. Funny enough later semesters gave us both time on Tuesdays (lol) to spend together. We started getting more adventurous with our quest to try new things. We would go to new places and explore the town together. It was a lot of fun and it encouraged us to be on the look out for new things.

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    1. That's such a great idea. That's kind of what my friend & I do. Although we definitely need to switch it up more. :]

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  27. I like this post!
    It is definitely easy and comforting to be a creature of habit. I definitely am (: but you're so right that it is important and good for us to switch it up.
    Some things I really like to do are go for a walk around the neighborhood and look at all the different plants (really nice now that it's spring and almost everything is flowering), go to the library and look at books in a topic I'm interested, go to the local yarn shop or garden store etc
    Great post!

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    1. Ooh great idea. Spring time journeying is the best. :]

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  28. Carmen, very inspiring thoughts and great blog you have! I will be spending sometime here :)

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  29. Aww this is such a positive and inspiration post, I love this so much :D

    Rebecca Coco

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