This week we will focus on trying something new. New experiences come with a small mental conflict we will have to solve:
On the one hand we are creatures of habit. By nature we (like all organisms) have a tendency to favor what is familiar and to fear the unknown. On the other hand new experiences can improve your well-being.
So don’t be surprised if you hear this squeaky voice this week:
“Try something new? Nah, let’s not. Come sit here with me on our couch in the comfort zone and look at all the things we know so well.”
Be nice to the little creature, pat him, grab him by the arm and then gently, yet also boldly, go where you have never gone before!
Image by A-giâu under CC BY-SA 3.0
On with the show! Let’s try something new.
Maybe you immediately know what kind of new thing you want to try this week and by all means go for it!
But I also want us all to do the same new thing this week, so we can share our experience and see how others handled the same assignment.
I will split it up this week; one assignment we can all try together and besides that make a list of other ways to engage with the principle of the week. So please send me your suggestions for new things to try and I will add them to the list at the bottom of this page (also let me know if I can add your name as a contributor).
Our common quest for this week
The ingredient for this week’s assignment is an ingredient. Find a store that sells food items that are a bit out of the ordinary (for you). Find something you have never used in a dish before and take it home with you. The challenge is to use this ingredient as a starting point for your dinner. Taste your home cooked meal and you have successfully refreshed your life this week!
I would love to see what you made! Send me a picture, a recipe or choose your own way to let me know how it turned out for you. Also let me know if I can share your experience with the rest.
Here are a few optional things to make your culinary exploration even more daring:
– Take home your ingredient without knowing what the heck you just bought. Don’t read any labels, don’t ask the shop owner. At home you can decide to Google it or use it as a mystery ingredient in a way you see fit.
– Cook without a recipe and experiment.
– Invite someone over to share your dish with.
– … (know a good dare? Let me know so I can add it)
The big list of new things
Let’s create a big list of new things to try! You can go here when you are ready for new experiences and scan the list. Send me your suggestions or add them in the comments.
You can try this:
So many things move forward, why not go backwards for a change? Walk to the store or another familiar route, but now do it backwards. Do you see or experience something new? Live a day like any other, but do it backwards; start with dinner, end the day with breakfast. What else can you do backwards?
Play a new game
Invent a new game and play it. Is it a board game? Or do you come up with a mind game you can play while you are on the train?
Take dance lessons
The left-right game
Have you seen everything there is to see around your own house? How about you try the left-right game? It is pretty simple; put on your walking shoes and step outside. From your front door pick a direction, either left or right (preferably the side you use less often). Keep walking until the next intersection and take the other direction. Keep alternating left and right at each next option and see where you end up after half the time you wanted to walk. Now try to find your route back home, bonus points if it is not the way you came.
Buy pink socks
Back to kindergarten
Technically this isn’t a new thing, but there are probably things you did as a child, but never as an adult. What did you really love to do as a kid and still you never did as a grown-up? Do it today!
Wear your partner’s underwear for a day
For some reason the contributor of this great idea wishes to remain anonymous.
… add your suggestion
Recap of this week
This was fun! I tasted some new things this week. Some I liked, some not so much. The fluorescent green calabash Ysbrân bought, was probably my best tasting discovery this week.
I have collected all our tastings in this Pinterest Board, go have a look! Also you can still send me additions (by e-mail as a file or a link to where you posted your picture). I haven’t used Pinterest before, so let me know if this doesn’t work well for you.
Winner this week is Ana! She tried something new 7 days in a row! Ana your price will stay a surprise until we have 7 winners at the end of Refresh Your Life.
Oh, you didn’t know you could win something? Well, I figure it is more rewarding if you start to refresh your life just by tapping your intrinsic motivation. But I just get so happy from hearing and reading about your experiences in this project, that I want to give away some prices anyway.
6 more winners to be named; go fail!
Finally; I also wanted to honor the best addition to the big list of new things to try. So thank you anonymous friend, I walked a day in my girlfriends underwear and it was… ehm … interesting. See the pictures here.