Let’s talk about: trying new things

When Ian (my husband) and I were in the mountains a few weekends ago, we went to the awesome Nantahala Outdoor Center and spent a few hours on the new Zip Line Adventure Park, a 600-foot zip line and two-level ropes course.

This was a new experience for me—I haven’t been rock climbing in years, and somehow in the years since, I’ve turned into a fraidy-cat. Lately, when I consider activities that include ropes and harnesses, my mind starts on an endless loop: I’m going to break my leg, I’m going to break my leg, I’m going to break my leg…

You guys, I did it anyway. And it was a blast.

The whole experience made me realize all over again just how important it is to try new things.

Mood. There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline rush that comes with pushing yourself—whether it’s trying something completely new, pushing your body a bit harder than you normally do, or even just doing something out of the ordinary, like traveling to a new place. It’s a mood-booster.

Inspiration. As a writer/editor, one of the biggest parts of my job is coming up with new ideas day after day. It’s not always easy, and there’s something about stepping outside your comfort zone (literally and figuratively) that seems to turn on the creative part of my brain. The past few weeks have been pretty great for brainstorming, and I can trace the spark back to that ropes course.

Happiness. When I start to feel like my life is an endless loop of the same old routine, day after day, I am not a happy girl. I know that I need a change of scenery every so often—and now it’s crystal clear that if I want to maximize the benefits of that change of scenery, I need to branch out and try some new things. And maybe remind myself of some things I used to love, but haven’t done in a while.

I’m always trying to connect the dots between mood, my creativity, and how happy I am. And—in case you’re wondering what this post has to do with a blog about natural beauty—happiness is more powerful than any beauty product out there, in my opinion. (Plus, it helps you live longer!)

So, how long has it been since you tried something new? —Aleigh

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