Last night, my friends and I were discussing the benefits of when we try something new; how it has immeasurably made our lives better in times of difficulty. Even something simple, like joining a ballet class, proved to one friend that it doesn’t really matter if you are terrible at what you try — having fun just trying is what made her feel amazing.
Maybe you aren’t ready to whip out the tights and bust a move, but there’s no sense in wasting a perfectly good weekend without trying something new. And if life has been kicking your ass a little, this would be a nice way to give yourself a break and just have fun. Below are a few ideas to get the brainstorm going!
Try Cooking Something From Scratch
Go for something that’s complicated for you. Something that will take time, patience and lots of steps. Many believe cooking is a fantastic form of meditation as it requires us to be present and mindful of what is happening. And a meal’s success can be a positive experience that sticks with our self esteem for years to come. So really enjoy this — don’t add any pressure for it to be perfect for your roommates or family. Just something you’ve always wanted to try; something just for you. The benefits will be palpable.
I get it — learning a new language is hard. But don’t let the formalities and pronunciations stop you from trying to learn a new way to meet the world. Even if you can’t imagine how you’d ever go to Paris any time soon; if your heart has always wanted to learn French, learn French! Life’s short! And you’ll be surprised at what comes your way the minute you align yourself to what you love.
For the past few years, there has been one app I have trusted to get me through all my travel communications – Mindsnacks. The delightful, fun, game-based learning app that will have you speaking the basics of any language within minutes. If you are on the go this weekend, this is the perfect way to think about learning something new. Check ’em out.
It was by accident that I stumbled onto the Inside Chanel web series this week. I was looking up some things for work and when I found these videos, I was mesmerized. For years, I’ve put brands like Chanel on a shelf of the unattainable, not really thinking of how the brands started — only what they represented to the world. But as soon as I learned how Gabrielle Chanel started “at zero,” as Karl Lagerfeld says, and reinvented her life on her own terms, my eyes were lifted.
In grade school, they had us pick heroes to look up to. I think it was so that we could make a vision for ourselves of how to get through school and become something substantial. But as adults, we aren’t often asked to connect to the selves we’d like to be anymore — we are kind of seen “as is.” And that’s not really fair or accurate. In fact, during these modern times, we adults are experiencing change at a much more rapid pace than anyone else has in history. We accomplish our goals, change homes, make new friends, open new emotional wounds or change our favorite foods within months — not decades. And all of these experiences constantly shape our perceptions of who we are and where we’d like to go next. We are rarely “as is” for long. It’s exhausting, sometimes damaging and more than we did in our youth, we could benefit from having a hero to navigate us through this.
Consider perusing the biography section of the bookstore or the documentary section on Netflix this weekend and just see who’s out there. Is there someone that you can look up to now? To help you find the next steps of your life in a way that feels right for you? I think the romance of complete adoration for a hero is hard for adults, because we all know behind some measure of success is a shady side we can’t admire. Even Chanel was rumored to have dated some questionable gentlemen that I just can’t respect. But none the less, I admire what she made for herself. I admire how hard she worked to make it. And connecting my ambitions to someone who also dreamed big, makes life feel hopeful again.