Monday, May 16, 2016

4 Steps to a Life of Excitement!

Life is busy, your town is boring, 
and you feel like there is never time to get out. 

Let's fix that.

4.) Train yourself to notice the little things.
It's easy to get caught up in the mundane daily tasks of life, I get it. But that doesn't mean that the world around you is dull. Notice the quirks and the unique, interesting appearances of people; step outside in the day and watch the cloud formations or go find a place at night to see the stars; stop by the park on your way home and spread out a blanket in the grass - you'd be amazed how much there is to see if you got down on eye level with the lawn. Consider taking your lunch breaks outside when the weather is nice or read an inspiring book over your daily break times to learn how other people take in the world around them.

3.) Prioritize.
What do you do when you aren't at work or bogged down with school? A lot of people hop onto Netflix, social media, or play video games. No hate to those who do- they are great ways to relax and even socialize to some degree. But have you ever considered that the reason you don't get out more isn't your busy life, but how you choose to use your downtime? I spend my fair share of time online, but making a goal to enjoy the outdoors at lease a couple times a week- even for a little while- really helps me feel better. Sometimes I'll take a long walk in the park or around the neighborhood, sometimes sketch or read a book outside, sometimes I'll just find a nice grassy spot and take a 15 minute power nap in the sun. Even in the midst of an absolutely crazy week (I'll be honest, my schedule tends to overwhelm many who see it), getting out more is doable if you really set your mind to it.

2.) Pretend You're a Tourist.
I know this sounds a little lame at first glance, but hear me out. I live in the little Lewis-Clark Valley; I often hear remarks from the locals that they get bored (even from some who enjoy being outside!). But here's the thing: there is actually a lot to do here, if you take the time to research a little. We have many miles of biking paths and hiking trails, tons of historical exhibits, a bunch of sporting goods stores that will rent out all sorts of fun gear (my favorite thing to borrow is the hobie cat kayaks), and if you are have a little extra money to part with, there are the summertime hot air balloon tours and Hell's Canyon jet boat excursions. Then there are all of the unique local restaurants that I still have yet to try, the ice rink, the roller skating rink, and all sorts of other fun. Boring? I think not. Check out your local Chamber of Commerce and find out what things there are in your area that you haven't yet tried!

1.) Take Day Trips.
I make it a goal to go on a hike once a month; sometimes it is a day hike at the nearby Hell's Gate State Park, but often times I drive out of town for a change of scenery. Even if you are not a hiker, I encourage you to try and take a monthly day trip! It doesn't need to be far or expensive; some of my trips are only 30 to 45 minutes away, but just picking one day a month to take in some different sights is extremely refreshing. Research places online and find out about interesting local shops, restaurants, parks, hiking trails, and more! Even my longer day trips (up to 3 hours away) often do not cost much more than a tank of gas and a meal or two out (sometimes not even that, if I pack a sandwich). Taking frequent day (or weekend) trips all year rather than one extended vacation gives a much greater sense of accomplishment.

You don't have to be bored!

Sarah Iddings is pretty much never bored,
and if she thinks she is about to be, she always 
has her writing and social media to keep her occupied-
Follow her on Twitter & Instagram @Adventureofsair,
and check out her photography blog, Captured Yet Fleeting.
She can be contacted at
Happy trails!

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