For those who know me well, you’ll know 2 things.
– My term days are very routine.
– My holidays are impromptu and spontaneous.
Both have a common theme though.. I make the most of my time, opportunities that come my way and I love what I do.
With another amazing trip under my belt from the last school holidays, it is safe to say I am happy to be home and back into the swing of things for the term once more.

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”  This quote got me thinking.

In our everyday life, this may be as simple as ordering something different at our favour cafe or even trying somewhere new.  In walking a different path, who knows who we may come across.  In cycling rather than driving, imagine the benefits!  In switching up our routine, stepping out of our comfort zones, trying something new, imagine what we may achieve.

There is something to be said for that ‘first time’ feeling.  A nervousness and an uncertainty that can be unsettling but also exciting.  Thoughts alongside vary.  “What if I don’t like it?” “What if I can’t do it?” “What if I’m not good enough?”  But flip this round, shout down the little voice that questions, because what if you love it? What if this is your ‘thing’ and you had never realised it?

Either way you win.  A new taste, sight, encounter or skill learnt that adds to your journey and those initial concerns dissolve and are replaced with elation, relief, joy and achievement.

My recent trip to NYC had 2 firsts which I would do again without any hesitation – neither option available to me in NZ so an opportunity that didn’t even require thought.                                                                 – Cronuts; like no other, made by the original chef and ‘melt in your mouth, thank goodness I don’t live in New York’ amazing.                                                                                                                                                             – Soul Cycle; a spin class on E, dark apart from the candlelight and an occasional disco ball, tunes cranking and a vibe that lifted your soul while your body slogged out each song, beat, groove.

I have an addictive personality and am super uncoordinated so neither of these things worked for me really BUT I loved the experience of both and the thrill of discovering something new.

We are now in full swing of the term and although it can become all too easy to slip back into everyday routines, I want to encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and try something for the first time.
Whether it is putting your own health first, trying a new type of exercise or exploring a different running route, approaching the same situation in a new way or opting for change..
Don’t wait until you have more time, more money, until it gets warmer or you’re fit enough.. Just do it.

What are you waiting for girls?  Go forth and conquer – you’ve got this.