SOCIAL MEDIA

19 February 2014

How to Have More Adventures


 I dug really hard to find a picture from when we were filming scenes for our spy video, mentioned below. I have a feeling Anna was the star of the scene for this particular day, seeing that she's wearing both a black t-shirt AND sunglasses. Extremely spy-ish.

A long time ago...I wrote a blog post about how I satisfy my impractical craving for adventure when adventures don't seem to be too readily available. However, that post did not contain an exhaustive list of adventuresome ideas, so here are a few more:

1. Wear an outrageously fancy outfit to the mall, restaurant, or grocery store. Make people whisper behind their hands and wonder who you are and why you are wearing what you're wearing. One of the achievements that I'm most proud of in my whole life is that I convinced Angel to dress up with me in our wedding clothes on our 1st anniversary and we went out to eat at Logan's and pretended that we'd just gotten married. People believed us. It was awesome.

2. On a day off when you could catch up on general household chores--put them off just a little bit longer and hold a movie marathon, but do it in style and do it intentionally, not accidentally or in an embarrassed manner. It's not very adventurous to suddenly realize that you "wasted" your whole day on Netflix. Do it on purpose, and with flair! Buy your favorite snacks at the grocery store, the ones that you always say, "No, they're too expensive/too unhealthy." (For me, that's avocados and fake butter flavor popcorn), and dedicate the whole day to an excellent movie or tv series. (Suggestions: LOTR, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Downton Abbey)

3. Start a grand creative project of one kind or another. Once upon a time, I organized my whole family into making a "Spy Movie" that involved all of us kids wandering all over our city wearing black clothes and sunglasses and speaking in code. It didn't cost anything (besides, perhaps, gas for my Dad's car). There wasn't even entirely a plot, but I had a blast making it. The finished project was hilarious. Someday our kids will watch it and be proud of us. Maybe your project is something you could sew, maybe it's a book you write or a scrapbook you finish. Hey, maybe it's getting together with your family and saying--let's clean the entire house today and take boxes of stuff to Goodwill! Completing something is a worthwhile adventure. I could have spent Summer 2009 doing boring stuff, but instead I embarked on my escapade in movie-making, and I know we're going to be laughing at our "Spy Movie" for decades to come!

4.Eavesdrop. Okay, okay, maybe I'm not supposed to suggest that. Everyone, eavesdropping is rude. But seriously, if you just keep your ears alert while you're strolling the mall or picking up needed items in the grocery store, you might happen to catch the most random snippets of conversation--snippets that will fuel your imagination. It's quite an adventure to make up a reasonable (or not-so-reasonable) context for a random sentence you just happen to overhear.


What's your best way to turn an average day into an adventure? I'm always up for more ideas!
Elizabeth M said...

Grand creative projects are the best! I used to choreograph dances for my siblings to perform for our family - costumes and all. I highly approve of all your movie/TV suggestions.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Ha ha! Loved these ideas.

When I still had my scrapbooking business we had to attend trade shows twice a year in the States to sell my newest lines to the wholesalers. One year I had a wedding line coming out. So I decided a great marketing scheme was for myself and my husband to dress up in wedding dress and tux and do the show like that.

Since we actually eloped when we were married I didn't have a "real" wedding dress so I had to go out and buy one. I got one used that I absolutely loved and quite enjoyed wearing a big fancy fairy gown the whole show.

Everyone at our hotel congratulated us and people stopped their cars etc. We walked a block to the trade show so we saw lots of people out every day plus of course the people at the trade show.

By the 4th day of the trade show people had caught onto our scheme. Some asked how many times we planned on getting married.

It was a blast though. And we did like you the first couple of days, just pretended we had just gotten married.

bisous
Suzanne

Brianne @ Lamm to the Laughter said...

I use a plain ole average day to cook something really time consuming or difficult or crazy! I also set up an obstacle course in my house... for my dogs :)

Rea Alducente said...

I love that photo above, the view is also very charming! I think it's really cool that you and your husband wore your wedding clothes on your anniversary. It's nice to feel the freshness of marriage! And I love Starwars too! I'd love to have a movie marathon just for Starwars :)

Julie said...

We add adventure to our day by doing nature walks or playing in blanket forts. Often our floors are made of lava! ;) I'm here from the comment promise hop by the way.

LoriBosworth said...

Those are great ideas! I also love the Grand Creative Project. I think you can treat each day as an adventure by being open to new connections, new friendships and new ideas. Exploring your neighbourhood as if you were a tourist can also be adventurous!

Jen K said...

These are fantastic ideas! I especially love the first one. People should have more fun with life!

Charlene Maugeri said...

That spy movie sounds awesome! I think you should share it with your readers sometime ;) And going along with the last one, I love people watching and making up back stories for everyone who walks by!

Nicole Marica said...

This is such a neat post! I love your spontaneity and creativity! Going out to dinner in your wedding attire? Freaking awesome!

Erica said...

I love your spy movie idea! I remember getting my girl friends together and dressing up fancy to celebrate my brother's graduation... except he was in another city so we took a life-size photo of his face and stuck it on a stick and took him with us to MacDonalds for our very fancy dinner.
My favorite way to find adventure is to follow people (Stalker!) which we did on the train in Cologne to go to a medieval fair, but which I also did back home when I followed a car until it stopped because they had the same town's number plate as me so I thought I must know them... turns out I didn't.

Eva Marie Taylor said...

Love the spy movie! In high school my friends and I would make music videos. I kinda want to do that again!
Eva Marie

Caitlyn said...

Love these ideas! I'm all about the adventure. I like to go walking through hiking trails and take pictures of all of the beautiful things I find along the way. :]

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Melissa said...

I love this! I think life is always an adventure if you can just take the time to think about all the exciting things happening in your life :)

Jessica Cook said...

Such a great idea!!!! Everyone could use a little more adventure in their lives!

Broke and Bougie said...

Netflix Day with snacks = my favorite. With eavesdropping on my neighbhors in my apartment building a close 2nd. Glad someone out there gets what I consider an adventure!

Ali Hval said...

Oh gosh, I love that first one, hahaha! I mean, right, though? We girls have all these fancy formal dresses hiding in our closet that we can only don to fancy restaurants and events, so why not wear them other places, too? I am so sticking that on my list. Life's too short to not wear our cute, fancy clothes!

AwesomelyOZ said...

Lol it's not eavesdropping, it's called people watching and it's a great tool to learn about society and others :) Avocados are my favorite! :) I love dressing up Fridays at work, why? Because that's casual day for most people so that way I stand out in my pretty dresses and heels suckas!!! :) Happy Hump Day Rachel! -Iva

Megan Walker said...

Great ideas! One of my resolutions this year was to create a blog, and I have loved all the things I have learned in the process of making it and all the people I have met because of it.

Inge Jane said...

Great ideas for adventures!! I should have more "intentional" movie marathons for sure haha.

Natalie Barletta said...

loved these ideas!

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

Oooh I love these ideas! I like the intentional movies day one because I have definitely done it unintentionally a few times before :)

Alice Johnson said...

I love a good old fashioned eavesdrop! I also like trying out new accents and creating new life back stories when bored with friends in a new city (where I am unlikely to see anyone again!) all harmless fun (unless the back story is a scary one). I've done the first one as well. Haha :)

Thrifty Firecracker x

Theresa Sutton said...

These are awesome. I admit, I'm planning on stopping by Walmart in my ball gown next month. Mr. A and I have decided to attend his battalions military ball and I'm just looking for an excuse to be glamorous in public. I have some more to add to your list--(p.s. I stole these from a website, I'm not actually this creative)

Make vanilla pudding, put it in a mayonnaise jar, and eat it in public.
Become a teacher. Make a test where every answer is “C.” Enjoy the show.
Wear a t-shirt that says, “Life.” Hand out lemons on a street corner.
Hire two private investigators, and get them to follow each other.
Major in philosophy. Ask people why they would like fries with that.
Go into a crowded elevator and say, “I bet you’re all wondering why I gathered you here,” with a straight face.
Run into a store and ask what year it is. When someone answers, yell, “It worked!” and run out cheering.
Change your name to Simon. Start speaking in the third person.
Follow joggers around in a car, blasting “Eye of the Tiger” for encouragement.

Lady Lilith said...

Nice adventures. Small and easy to do everyday. When I want a small adventure, I usually do random blog searches. It is so much fun to see what other people like or are up to.

Patty said...

WOW. A spy movie with your family, Now that girl is creative! An adventure we just had was going to Salvation Army and picking out clothes for each-other...happy valentine's day to me! ;)

Jennifer MommyLifeAfterPh.D. said...

Love these ideas. We used to make movies with friends in high school based on classic lit. Sorry, my nerd flag is waving, but I'm owning it!!!:)

Angela Reasonstodress said...

You are like the most creative person! A spy film with your whole family!? .... Your family is so lucky to have you.

Carolynn Markey said...

this post made me smile! If I'm bored, I just make myself go outside. then I either am not bored, or I'm cold, and then I appreciate my boredom better. :P

Krysten Gautreaux said...

I remember when I wore this fluffy tulle skirt out to the mall and got TONS of looks. It was super fun!

Rachel said...

Such awesome ideas!
Wedding dress dinners, movie marathons, and creative projects---I would love to!
www.floralandfudge.blogspot.com

Bekah @ re•solve said...

Eavesdropping is the best. Naturally, I call it "people watching" as that is more socially acceptable. I love your wedding attire ruse!

Corinne said...

I love number one! Ha, one time me and my friend went to Blackpool (a seaside town in England known for drunken nights out and hen do's) and we pretended that my friend had just got divorced and we were having a divorce party, that was fun ;)

Corinne
www.skinnedcartree.com

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I'm alllllll about #2! I did that yesterday and I'll probably do it tomorrow, too! :)

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Maybe I'll wear my prom dress out sometime soon- I always did want to wear it again!

Anna Belle said...

You are so right about lazy days: purposeful ones feel amazing - procrastination ones are never as good... I am definitely planning a purposeful one for this weekend!

My husband and I love travel, but that can be hard to do during the semester, not to mention expensive, so this spring we are trying to do a few small trips in the northeast (driving or buses). So we just bought tickets to spend my birthday in NYC next month - and see Waiting for Godot with Patrick Stewart (nerd adventure)!

Anna Belle said...

Can I hire someone to play "Eye of the Tiger" for my while I jog? That would be too much fun!

Haley said...

Airport eavesdropping is easy to do because everyone is in such close proximity.. and I always find airport exchanges to be so interesting. People are grumpy, snappy or really excited to be seeing someone or going on a holiday!
The dress up idea is fantastic. On my last day of high school I wore my prom dress to school. I had to!.. when would I ever wear it again!?
I love that you and Angel went out in your wedding attire.. How funny!

Smallnhot Sarah said...

Great idea ! I love to eavesdrop too ! hahah Especially in the washroom.. :D

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Mica T said...

The movie idea sounds like such fun! :) And the wedding idea...that would have been awesome! :)

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Anonymous said...

You and Angel are so hilarious. I love the wedding clothes idea. I might have to do that with hubby one year. Sounds like even if we told them we were doing it for anniversary that it could be fun. LOL. Thanks for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! xo

April @ 100lb Countdown said...

I'm pretty boring, so I've never planned an adventure even though I've had my share. I'd love to do this with my kids. Living purposefully! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style.

Tameka Brown said...

Loving #1. Nice to have you on Countdown In Style.

Catherine Gacad said...

one year, one of my new year's resolutions was to do something i'd never done before once every month. so i got a brazilian wax, i traveled to places (local) that i'd never been, i volunteered at a different non-profit. love the idea of a month of adventure.