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DaddioM Wed, May-04-05 15:26

New Challenge.. looking for ideas...this might be fun too
Hi Everyone

I'm in a challenge... and I'm trying to set my goals. I'm doing something different and I'd like your suggestions.

I'm kinda in a funk/rut, call it what you will.. not every day.. and it's not TOO bad, but for a very "half full" person like me.. it's time to make some changes.

I'm trying to shake things up a little, so I'm thinking part of my challenge will be to do something I haven't done before either weekly or bi-weekly. Doesn't have to have anything to do with food or exercise.. could be a play, hot air balloon ride, ANYTHING.. so I'm looking for ideas. It could also have to do with food or exercise.. dance class, learning a receipe (currently I'm good at breakfast and suck for everything else).

Here are a few ideas I received from someone. I'd like to triple this list. I bet a lot of us could benefit by doing something like this.

1. Rent a metal detector and go to the beach or park.

2. Go to a flea Market.

3. Get a tattoo

4. Treat yourself and rent a really neat car that you could never afford to buy.

5. Bake cookies and give them away to someone who needs cheering up.

6. Buy something very different at the deli to try.....snake meat? Pickled pigs feet?

7. Go walk barefoot on the lawn, lay down and watch the clouds for half an hour.

8. Call someone you haven't talked to in a couple of years.

Well.. that's it for now.. all suggestions encouraged and welcomed!! I put this in my journal.. and it created a fair amount of interest, so I'm not the only one I guess who has thought along these lines.


MetalMom Wed, May-04-05 16:19

Cant say I'll try the snake meat or pickled pigs feet but getting a new tatoo...Now there is something I wouldn't mind

petersn78 Wed, May-04-05 16:51

How about...
doing some deep breathing exercises
planting a garden
going to the zoo
go rock climbing indoors/outdoors
Bungee jumping I dont know how daring you want to be:)
redecorate a room in your house
fix up a piece of old furniture
clean out the garage
go to an amusement park and ride the scariest roller coaster
have date nite with spouse and tell him/her how much you appreciate them
be a big brother/big sister to a child
volunteer for a local organization
adopt an animal
learn horseback riding
go camping and rough it without all the "extras"
Those are just some ideas. Not saying that I've tried all of them..Well good luck:)

KryssiMc Wed, May-04-05 17:59

How about:

Get a library card and use it.
Go to a museum
Learn a new language on CD while in your car (will take awhile!)
Go to Home Depot and take one of their quick seminars. Then go home and build it!

Good for you...sounds like you're on the road to personal enrichment. Keep us posted on the things you do...sounds like interesting reading!

Quest Wed, May-04-05 18:02

Let's see...

Pick an opera, learn about it and borrow or buy the CD.

Try a piece of equipment at the gym that has intimidated you.

Cook a whole fish if you've never done that (I haven't)!

Memorize a poem--how about one of Shakespeare's sonnets?

murrie Wed, May-04-05 20:29

I don't have anything to add (but I will when I think of something). I just wanted to "bookmark" this thread so I will remember to do some of these things. What a great idea!

DaddioM Wed, May-04-05 22:14

WOOHOO!! This is wonderful!! Keep it up!! I LOVE this!!


...what can I say.. I just like the group hug smiley!:lol:

WONDERFUL ideas so far!


black57 Wed, May-04-05 22:18

1. How about joining a reading group.
2. Learn to play the flute.
3. Go to a rock concert and rock like you will live forever.
4. Talk to someone waiting in line at the grocery store instead of picking up a magazine.
5. Go to a farmer's market.
6. Shop at Goodwills.
7. Go to a park and sit on a bench.
8. Write a poem.
9. Read the comic strip.
10. Walk at the mall, not to exercise but to explore all the stores there.
11. Plant some flowers.
12. Go to church or synagogue.
13. Go to the zoo.
14. Go to an amusement park.
15. Take a road trip on one tank of gas. Go somewhere that is nearby but unknown.
16. Take some art classes.
17. how about spring cleaning my bathroom?...Okay your bathroom ;)

petersn78 Wed, May-04-05 22:44

Oh I forgot...
How about
getting something pierced?

mayleesa Wed, May-04-05 22:45

hey as a travel nurse i try to learn something new at each assignment .....

so far
in el paso i took horse back riding lessons
in oakland i took up wine tasting
in los angeles i learned to SCUBA dive
and now in portland i'm learning to drysuit scuba dive cause it's cold waters houston though i'm sure the water is warmer near galveston or south padre and scuba is fun fun

hope these helped and good luck!!!! :wave:
other things i'd like to try include
learning to ride a motorcycle

Ayustar Wed, May-04-05 23:02

Something I want to try:

Build a model city.

This is what I have to do one day. That would be so much fun!

Gailew Wed, May-04-05 23:25

Hold a pencil with your toes and draw a picture.

Hold a piece of paper on top of your head and draw a picture. (These first two are a lot more fun if you do them with kids)

Make up your own crossword puzzle. Personalyze it for a friend and send it to them.

Make up your own comic book, complete with cover and advertisements.

Draw an advertisement for a store as though it will be in the next newspaper.

I guess you can tell I like to draw. :) Should be obvious I grew up without much tv.--Gail

Quest Thu, May-05-05 05:36

This is similar to Daddio's idea about renting a car you'd never really about trying on some clothes that are very "not you" or are too formal for your lifestyle--just for fun. I never went to a prom when I was a teenager, and maybe one of these days I will go try on prom dresses (if I can find a very private fitting room!).

black57 Thu, May-05-05 07:13

How about getting a paper route or start a small business like card making.

MammaC Thu, May-05-05 08:16

How about doing something nice for someone you don't even know. Something like giving a rose or flower to the cashier in a convenience store, or taking cookies to the library, or paying for someone's coke or burger who is in line after you, etc.

DaddioM Thu, May-05-05 12:22

WOOHOO!! Love the ideas. Apparently I'm not alone in thinking of things different to do.

Keep em coming!


Chasintrai Thu, May-05-05 13:28

What great ideas!

Browse a section in the bookstore/library that you've never been in
Take a college class
Go hiking

seesah Thu, May-05-05 13:42

You've got lots of great ideas Daddio! :thup:

Here's some that I've done: :read2:

Get a massage
Give a sincere compliment to someone at least once a day
Fly a kite!(I recently did this & I hadn't done since I was a child) :D
Stay at a bed & breakfast or hotel for the weekend
Learn to play the piano
Take Salsa dance lessons (believe me, the ladies love a man who can dance, especially this one!) :D

Well, I have drawn a blank for now, I'll keep checkin' on ya! Oh, hey, it'd be cool to keep us posted on the ones you have been doing! :spin:

black57 Thu, May-05-05 20:20

Seesah, I was coming back to add fly a kite. I recently bought one but I've yet to fly it.

Here's another one. Wear an Ohio State sweat shirt and see how many Texans say " Hey, I am from Ohio! I like your shirt!"

DaddioM Fri, May-06-05 15:09

GREAT ideas everyone!! I think I may take someones suggestion and compile these all into a list when we run out of ideas!


Nancy LC Fri, May-06-05 16:26

Originally Posted by Quest
Let's see...

Pick an opera, learn about it and borrow or buy the CD.

And for extra bonus points, try to sing all the parts yourself in the shower!

(Recommend Wagner for this! Ride of the Valkyries gets the blood stirring)

JeniInWa Fri, May-06-05 17:53

Wrap yourself in saran wrap naked for a surprise for your wife. LOL!!!
Don't forget to have her take pictures... or maybe YOU should take pictures of her reaction LOL!!!

black57 Fri, May-06-05 23:47

1. Go ice fishing.

2.Play a game of jacks in the mall. I did that with my son.

3. Get a whoopie cushion. Go to the mall and sit next to someone who is also sitting. As you sit, kindly say hello to that person. Before they can return the greeting, sit on the whoopie cusion.

4.Volunteer in the children's ward at a hospital.

5. Watch the collection of Andy of Mayberry DVDs and just laugh.

DaddioM Sun, May-08-05 14:25

:Party: Happy Mother's Day:Party: WOOHOO... this is to all of you that came up with suggestions so far, and to all of you that will still...


gendeclays Sun, May-08-05 19:51

~Go build with Habitat for Humanity for a day.
~Pick a work and learn it in as many languages as you can.
~Take a first aid/cpr class and get certified.
~Get a box and see if you can fill it with things for charity.
~Mow a lawn or trim some bushes for an elderly neighbor, or one with many kids.
~Pick a country you'd like to go to, study up, plan the trip and find out how much it would be. Start a bank!
~Enter a contest. Anything! Photography, drawing, poetry, whatever!

black57 Sun, May-08-05 21:40

Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes.

Become a tourist in your own town. Get on a tour bus and go to places in your own area that you have never been./ Go to a bar that has jam sessions. Jam sessions are events where people can sit in with the house band and perform like one of the band members./ Do you sing or a singer wannabee? It is Karaoke time!!!

Ohhhh, go to a Star Trek Convention!!! Resistance is futile! ;)

Go visit the basement of the Alamo. :D

Quest Mon, May-09-05 07:09

I like the idea of wearing a college or university shirt and seeing what reactions you get. I was travelling with my daughter while she was wearing a Syracuse sweatshirt (she actually does go there) and I was amazed how many people struck up conversations with her (admittedly it was during basketball season, and admittedly they were all men and she's a 19 year old woman, but still....)

Charran Mon, May-09-05 07:48

Start a scrapbook photo album. Every day ( or how often you feel like it), take a picture of something that has some kind of importance to you, something you just like the look of, something that strikes you as interesting, things or people you are grateful for...just use your imagination...the possibilbities are endless. Then when the pictures are developed, put them in an album and write a short blurb about each one and why you took the picture. I find these albums really help you to take notice of your surroundings and become very aware. In later years, if you choose to share it with someone special, they will get a wonderful understanding of the person you are and get to know you in an extraordinary way!

Learn a new sport.
Take up a new hobby! ( How about photography to do that album...LOL)
Sight-see in your own city ( If you're like me, there are many things in my own city that tourists have seen that I haven't)
Learn a new word everyday and then use it as many times as you can during the day.
Join a book discussion group.
Watch a TV program that you never have before, or try watching a different station, like the history channel, or life network. ( Might find out some interesting things)
Drive a different way to work.
Talk to a new person at the office who you don't know very well.

jobun Mon, May-09-05 10:53

Char -- I was going to suggest site seeing in your own neighborhood - or any historic site in your area

learn to cook a dish you've never tried before
take a long walk on a beach or by the lake
take up kick boxing or aerobics ( :) )
write a short story and send it into a magazine

moondanzr Mon, May-09-05 14:13

Hi Mike!

Great thread! How 'bout

Taking a gentle form or yoga or learning meditation or both.
Making an all organic veggie garden
Learning something usually female (like quilting, crocheting, knitting or needlepoint)

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