Keeping the Adventurous Vibe

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Seek wild adventures.

Keeping that sense of freedom, adventure, excitement we have when we travel is not always a sure thing when we get back home to our routines. We all get really inspired when we wander the world, discover new places, new ways of living and meet people along the way. There's something magical in exploring the world. The vibe is high. We experience a rush of intense emotions, we push our boundaries, our days are driven by curiosity.

How do we keep the high of freedom, creativity and inspiration that flows through our heart when we're back home? Even though you think travel or moving to a more vibrant place will change the way you live, you can still get that feeling anywhere.

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5 WAYS TO ADD MORE ADVENTURE , FREEDOM AND INSPIRATION INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE:

 

 

1. Identify Your Feelings

First step is to get clear on how you want to feel. What is it that you're after when you seek adventure? Do you want to feel free, creative, bold, connected, energized or inspired? Take a moment to think about your high on life memories. Everyone has a different definition of what adventure and excitement entails. When do you feel most joyful and alive? It's not so much about the destination but the feeling you want from that experience. How can you recreate that vibe in your daily life?

 

2. Beginner's Mind

Adventure starts the moment you can see and experience the world with wonder and awe. Shifting your mindset and making an effort to see your life with new eyes. Setting an intention each day to be present and look for the wild in the ordinary. If you spend time with kids, you'll realize how every new experience is kind of magical- from feeling the rain on their skin to riding a bike. It's easy to be amazed while on the road but finding beauty and excitement in your daily life takes more practice, but can be as enjoyable. Make space for the unknown and novelty.

 

3. Make a List

Make a list of all the things you'd always wanted to do or experience and find ways to incorporate some of them in your current life. Get creative and playful. You may not be able to wander for the next 6 months but there's plenty to do around if you're willing to use your imagination. Make new friends, host dinners at home, take a dance class, try a new sport. Capture your city vibe through your camera lens. Move your body and set the goal to hit your daily 10'000 steps. Experiment in your kitchen. Go to the farmer's market. Be of service. Give your time and add random acts of kindness to your week. Expand your horizon. There's a million different ways to add a bit of spice to your life. Outdoor activities will boost your energy and vibe just by being in the wild air.

 

4. Spend Time on Your Own

It's a very liberating feeling- doing things you like without needing anyone to be with you to enjoy a moment. From concerts to snowboarding, an afternoon in nature or having a lunch date with yourself. It's often things we do while adventuring the world but when back home, the free spirit goes back to being quiet. You can still get lost in your city, find new scenic routes, explore hidden treasures, pause to enjoy the view. Read and learn about a new subject or skill. Shake up your morning routine. Find yourself.

 

5. Plan Mini Adventures

Be spontaneous and try something new. Go on a road trip. Sleep outside. Spend time by the sea or mountains. Look at the stars. Organize sunset picnic dinners. Say yes. Find other wild souls as being surrounded with the adventurous one will automatically bring fun to your weekends. Wake up for sunrise. Do more of what makes you happy and less of what brings you down.

 

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Adventure is an attitude more than a place. We create our lives and decide how we want to spend our days. Start with small changes that will create momentum and excitement.

 

Seek what makes you come alive. Seek what lights you up.

 

Let me know in the comments below how you can add some wild vibes to your life!

 

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone. Now.

magic happens I've been reflecting on fears lately. As I took the decision to change quite a few things in my life and stop listening to my inner critic voice. That voice who wants to keep me safe. Safe in my bird's cage while the door is open.

Your comfort zone is that comfy place where you feel protected, where you know how things will turn out. You feel safe. But it's also a place where you can feel stuck, where things are not moving forward and quite boring sometimes, right?

Stepping out of your comfort zone will create amazing things I believe. You will learn about yourself- no matter what the result is. I strongly believe there are no mistakes, nor failures in life, only new opportunities to do things better and learn along the way.

For me yoga is one of the places where I try that extra push. Staying longer in an asana, trying a headstand without the wall behind me, go to workshops with more advanced yogis. A few weeks ago, I attended a 108 Sun Salutations event at one of the yoga studio I go to. I had planned to go to a class a few days before I saw that this special class would take place instead of the normal one. My first reaction was "oh my...I'm not sure I can do this". 108 Surya Namaskar sounds like a lot! Will I be able to do it? Will my body handle so many suns salutations in a row? I never did this before! I hesitated again even an hour before the class. "Oh but Maris, do you really want to do it, it's your weekend, do something relaxing instead." But then I realized that it was my inner mean voice talking, my ego, my fear. So I said no and decided to ignore her. I went. I shared my practice with a room full of other yoginis and I did it. It felt great. I let go of what was no longer serving me, the changing of seasons and transition to winter was the perfect time and opportunity to do so.

I've made a promise to myself to keep stepping out of my comfort zone, to gently push myself. As much as possible. It can be small things, as long as you start. Just keep stepping out and believe you can do it, trust yourself. The more you experience overcoming your fears, the more it'll make you stronger and expand your circle of comfort zone. I can see that I'm keeping the spirit of trying new things and activities, things that intimidated me. Slowly I can see my confidence increasing and believe I can do anything. There's a feeling of freedom that comes with it and it is priceless. You will never know what your are capable of doing if you don't try. You might be surprised of how well it turns out!

What small steps can you take to get out of your comfort zone? What's the worse that could happen if you decide to try that new sport, go on a solo trip, sign up for that theater courses? Where can you go the extra mile and gently push yourself?

Start today. It's time to fly! :)

Happy day Sunshines!

xx

5 Ways To Add Some Bliss To Your Day!

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Do you have the sunday evening syndrome? Not feeling very excited to leave the weekend behind and say hi to monday? If there is no doubt that a weekend filled with fun activities brings more joy than a day spent inside an office, sometimes life happens and we have to take jobs we're not so passionate about while working on achieving our dreams. That's kind of where I am at the moment. My days are not my ideal days yet but I am working on it and I believe that I will be enjoying my own schedule and freedom soon. In the meantime, I have a job that helps me get there. I really believe in making the most of each day and try to add some happy vibes along the way.

Here are 5 ways to add some Bliss into your day:

 

  • Take time for yourself

Find a moment each day for yourself and do something that makes you happy. Even if it's only 5 minutes. You could wake up 30 minutes earlier to meditate, enjoy your breakfast, go for a run, do some sun salutations or just simply take time to get ready for your day instead of rushing out the door with a cup of coffee in your hand and being stressed out because you are late again. My wellness morning routine is an essential part of my day as I need that time for myself before a day spent sitting at a desk. It definitely brings some good vibes to have some "me" time.

  • Act like you are on vacation. 

Yes. You read right. It's all about finding some fun during the day and if you have to wait for your 2-3 weeks a year to unwind and enjoy yourself, than it would be pretty depressing. At least for me. So what I came up with, or I should say my mom, as she joked one day after a work day, "oh so you're on holiday now" and I said while laughing, yes until tomorrow morning, how great is that! ;) Since then we often keep joking about the vacation thing on week nights or weekends.  But I realized that it actually gives you another perspective of your day. The attitude changes and just thinking for a second that this time off after your office hours could be spent as a vacation time makes it more fun! It's all about changing your mindset.

  • Get moving, get some air

Go out on your lunch break, breathe some fresh air, meet some friends, go for a walk/run. It will disconnect you from your office and will give you more energy for the afternoon or after a busy day. Doing a sport you love will release endorphins- the feel good hormone, which will boost your mood and energy!

  • Have some fun & laugh!

Charlie Chaplin said "A day without laughter is a day wasted". Yep, couldn't agree more! Don't take yourself so seriously. Laugh at awkward situations, sing while listening to your favorite music on your way to work, enjoy the pouring rain, be a kid, connect with friends, talk to strangers, do something new, be creative.

  • Be grateful

Being grateful brings happiness. Studies have shown that being grateful and showing love  increases your level of happiness. List 5 things before going to bed that you are grateful for each day. You will start to pay more attention to the little things that put a smile on your face and think about what will be on your daily grateful list.

What brings happy vibes to your day?

Happy fun day!

xx