Last year, I came across a site called 52 Dares, which is run by Erin Dullea, the purpose of which is to encourage people to step outside their comfort zones by taking one dare a week for a full year. I’m totally a sucker for challenging activities, so I signed up for the weekly dares!

Aaaaand…I never got around to them. They kept coming into my inbox, and I kept thinking I don’t have the time, or that I’d eventually do a bunch of them in a row to “catch up,” but it never ended up happening.

Thankfully, I had the foresight to save them all and tag them in my inbox. When New Year’s Day rolled around I thought it might be a good idea to get back to this and start 2016 in a daring way! But there’s a little more to it than that.

At the end of 2015, I started seeing a psychiatrist and a therapist. I realized that, throughout my life, I’ve had a consistent issue where I’m easily distracted, where I put things off, where I “don’t worry” about things (but of course everyone worries, and so when you don’t release it properly, that worry can manifest itself in other, less-ideal ways), where I’m always late, or can’t find the time to do stuff. All of the problems and concerns in my life (my finances, my eating habits, where I am in my career) seem to be interconnected with all this stuff.

Long story short, I’ve sought professional help to try and figure all this out, and what I can do about it. “Overwhelmed” is a word I’ve used a lot. “Anxiety” is a word my therapist has mentioned a couple of times, which seems strange to me, because I don’t consider myself a particularly anxious person. Be that as it may, we’ve talked about routines being very important for me. Not just for the stuff that I need to “get done,” but for myself. I don’t really give myself proper down time. I don’t relax enough, or get enough sleep, or pay enough attention to my spiritual well-being. Even when I think I’m “relaxing,” my brain is racing with things I “need to do.” Is it a wonder that my mind is constantly racing when I don’t take the time to give it a break?

So, what does this have to do with 52 Dares?

  1. It’s a routine – it’s something small, but fun, that I want to build into my week and stick to/prioritize.
  2. It’s something that I’m doing just for me. These activities are purely for me to recharge, or reinvigorate my creativity, or just test myself.
  3. In addition to the Dares themselves, blogging is a good routine that I’m trying to build into my week and stick to/prioritize. So, I’m incorporating them into The Experience to keep me coming here.

So, on Sundays I’ll post that week’s challenge, and I’ll write about what or how I did on the following Saturdays. Got it? Good!

Now, I can’t stress enough that this is not my content. I’m only writing about my experience with this. 52 Dares belongs to Erin Dullea, and you should totally check out her site! Now, for the good stuff…

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The GF’s TARDIS in Joshua Tree.

THIS WEEK’S DARE: 

Hit the open road.

…And you’re off!

Your adventure has begun. Let’s kick it off than with a little taste of freedom.

Get in your car, hop on your bike, or lace up your shoes – and hit the road. Play some tunes. Feel the breeze. Take in your surroundings. Let yourself fall into a day dream of all the possibilities that await you.

Because anything can happen.

Go where you haven’t gone before. Or go a little further. Give yourself plenty of wide, open space without needing to go or be anywhere specific.

Just go. 

Who knows where it might lead you?

Bon voyage.

I have no idea how or when I’ll do this, but I’ll figure it out and tell you all about it on Saturday! Until then, have a great week, everyone!