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DARING TO DARE: WEEK 2

Wanna know how I did for Week 1? Check out that post HERE.

Also, a reminder that these dares are 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!

How will I top being naked on the set of a TV show? Hmmm....

How will I top being naked on the set of a TV show? Hmmm….

THIS WEEK’S DARE: 

Write down your dirty dozen.

Oh yeah, you’re getting dirty this week!

Grab a pen and paper (let’s do this old-school) – and create a list of twelve daring things you’d love to do.  They’re called “dirty” because this list is NOT about writing down nice, this-would-make-my-mom-proud goals that perhaps you should do. You’re going for experiences that would make you feel alive.

Be prepared for some of these to have a “but…” attached to it. Like you’d love to learn to play piano, but you’re too old. Or you’d love to do a super sexy photo shoot, but you don’t have the body for it.

Never mind any of that.

Dream it up. Put it on paper. Hang it somewhere you’ll see it often. Let this list come to life.

And then take one step this week towards making one of the dirty dozen happen. One step, my friend. You can do it.


Let’s see what I come up with! I’m actually excited to brainstorm this! Have a great week, everyone! And if you’ve got things you’d like to dare yourself, tell me about them in the comments below!

DARING TO DARE: WEEK 1 RESULTS

I meant to do this yesterday, but I was at a WriteGirl event all day and came back exhausted. However, last week I did manage to make a go of my first weekly challenge:

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?

I had an evening of wandering on Wednesday…

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East Coaster with an umbrella walking in L.A.

I had an appointment in West Hollywood, and afterwards, I went to a cafe I’d never been to (Caffe Primo, which is pretty rad!) for dinner and free wi-fi so I could get you my Legend of Billie Jean post. After that, I decided to take a walk. Who says “no one walks in L.A?” Not only do I walk in L.A, but I’ll even do it in the rain. Though I don’t own an umbrella myself, The Fiancee had one in her car that I borrowed for the day. So I was prepared for the evening’s inclement weather.

Well, sort of. The umbrella was small, and my pant legs and sneakers ended up getting soaked, but weirdly enough that made me feel like I was at home. Moments of me walking through NYC in the rain, sitting in damp jeans on the subway, dodging away from traffic spraying water onto the sidewalk….I’d missed that. And so I found myself strangely enjoying the chill in my bones as I wandered around West Hollywood – an area of L.A. I’d been to before to get to specific places, but never really explored.

I ended up at Book Soup, a bookstore I’d heard of, but never been to. I really love it. It’s organized really well, they have a great selection, and the staff was ridiculously helpful. I found some familiar faces on the shelves in the memoir section…

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Two of my favorite ladies on the shelf at Book Soup! “Drawing Blood” by Molly Crabapple and “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)” by Felicia Day.

…and even though I’ve made myself a promise not to buy any books this year (except for Jonathan Safran Foer’s when it comes out in September), because I want to read all the unread books on my shelf first, I made no such promises about notebooks. Ended up buying a 3-pack of Moleskin blank books.

As I exited the store, I noticed this across the street…

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RIP Tower Records

At first, I thought Holy crap! Didn’t Tower Records close? Is this, like, the last one or something? It is not. It’s an empty store. I went over to investigate, and it looked so sad and empty, and suddenly I felt really old. I remembered going to the Tower Records on East 4th Street in the Village near the Tisch building after class when I was at NYU. That place was the jam.

Anyway, I proceeded along Sunset after that, and I decided I wanted to do something I never had before. Go to a bar alone for a drink. I don’t know why the idea of that made me nervous – I’ve eaten alone and gone to the movies alone before, but drinking alone is different to me for some reason. Bars are inherently social, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to be social. I just wanted to sit and have a drink…

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After not feeling the vibe at several other bars, I ended up stopping at The Den for a beer. It’s a bar that lives up to its name – really cozy and homey. Even better, they had karaoke on that night! I thought briefly about putting a song in, but decided against it. I was sopping wet and would’ve looked like a stray cat at the mic.

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My beer keeping warm by the fire.

So, I got a Delirium Tremens and made my way to the outdoor area, which had picnic tables and a fire pit! It was the perfect place to warm up after being out in the rain, which had obviously stopped by this point: I sat with a beer and people-watched as I wrote in my journal, and it was really nice. It’s really difficult for me to shut my brain off a lot of the time, but doing this – wandering into a bar with no particular place to be and nothing to do just to sit and chill and write was exactly what I needed.

All in all, I’m glad this dare allowed me to do something I’d always wanted to do, while giving me a night where I could allow my mind to quiet down and simply take in the scenery without being the least bit productive.

Not a bad first dare!

Daring to Dare: Week 1

 

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!

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