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When I first started this blog, not only did I want to create a place to gather myself (literally and figuratively) I also wanted to challenge myself to do something new, as in draw a different type of picture, write a different kind of article, share a different kind of thought, and so on. I have done so many new things since starting this particular blog and many of those things were a direct result of all of you. WordPress has also provided each of us with so many useful and thoughtful tools and prompts that it’s been hard not to try something new by default or osmosis or something.
What’s wrong with learning or just doing something new? We spend so much of our lives on auto-pilot that we forget to indulge in new things.
I know, who has the time, right? You do! I promise.
Do 15 New Things in 30 Days
Incorporating new things into your life in a month is easy and it doesn’t always have to take a lot of time or money. Below are 15 ideas to get you started. Feel free to switch them up, and add some of your own.
1. Learn one new foreign word that you can interject into every day conversations. For instance, most people know that “caliente” means “hot”. Learning expletives is up to you.
2. Watch one TV show that you haven’t watched because you think you will hate it. You never know, you may just love it if you give it a try!
3. Volunteer at your local public broadcasting company for a fund raiser. They are always looking for people to man their phone banks. Your help is needed and will be greatly appreciated.
4. Donate blood at your local Red Cross or community blood drive. If you have a rare blood type, look into banking it.
5. You can watch all kinds of foreign TV online. Try a show from the Middle East, Asia, or even Russia. You can do it while enjoying a snack or beverage from the culture to enhance your experience. You just may find your next favorite TV show!
6. Buy only “Made in the U.S.A.” regardless of what it is. Read the labels. Make a conscience effort to buy American made everything, if only for a day.
7. Download a free Ap and teach your kids something about money, budgets, or finances. Make a game of it where they actually have a chance to earn something.
8. Consult a decorator (even if it is just for fun). Many offer free consultations and most will offer loads of ideas as they are through your home.
9. Take a walk alone through a public garden. Bring a journal, sketchbook, or camera to capture your thoughts, feelings, or mood. We spend too little quality time with ourselves.
10. Start a blog about anything. What are you an expert in? What hobbies do you have? Write about it. Readers all over the world will thank you for it.
11. Shop local! This is different from “buy U.S.A.” because the idea here is to make all of your purchases in your own neighborhood/town/city keeping the tax dollars in your own community.
12. Make a date with a child. Whether it is your own child, a nephew, grandchild, or even a close friend’s kiddo. Make a date to be a kid with a kid.
13. Try the latest recipe for something that is gluten free and made with only organic foods. Your family, your taste buds, and your body will love it.
14. Learn a new foreign phrase that could be helpful if you were in that place you have always dreamed of going. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to say things like: “Thank you!”, “Where is a bathroom?”, “Please, I need help.”
15. Make a “Post for Peace“!
Whatever it is you choose to do isn’t as important as the act of learning, doing, and just having the experience. What other new things you can bring into your life?
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