What Does Being Adventurous Mean?

DEATH VALLEY - CALIFORNIA

DEATH VALLEY - CALIFORNIA

Last week, we reached 3,000 followers on Instagram. We were well chuffed and I posted up a pic with a pretty long caption to say thank you.

I realise that we use the word adventure A LOT. It's on our about us page on this blog, our Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram description. Geez, it was even in our wedding vows! But what is adventure? And what does being adventurous really mean?

ADVENTUROUS - adjective
willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas, or experiences.
— https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/adventurous

I think that definition sums it up perfectly. You'll see through our blog posts and pictures that we love the outdoors, we love snowboarding, we love to travel, we love to be active, we love hugging animals. But through all of that, we're really about trying something new. We're creating memorable experiences, stepping outside our comfort zones and enriching our lives by doing so. And I think that is what being adventurous is really all about.

Does that mean you have to hit the nearest bungee jump to find your next adventure? Hell no! Unless of course you want to. I think we all have our own version of what adventure means. It's totally personal and I really encourage you to find the adventure that awaits you in your everyday life.

LOCAL POUTINE IN CANADA - NOT SO GOOD....

LOCAL POUTINE IN CANADA - NOT SO GOOD....

WHY DO I NEED ADVENTURE?

Aside from having some awesome experiences and creating great memories, there is a bit of science behind the benefits of finding adventure and stepping outside your comfort zone. Lifehacker.com has a great article about this and explains in more detail the following benefits:

  • Increase in productivity - you get more done.
  • Ability to deal with new and unexpected changes - when something happens that you didn't expect, you won't freak out.
  • Ease to push boundaries and create new benchmarks - things that you once thought were hard, become easy.
  • Ability to brainstorm and harness creativity - you'll see more options in situations than you did previously.

I personally feel that through the experiences and adventures that I have sought out, I am happier, more confident and look at things with far more appreciation.  

There are a couple of moments that stick out in my mind as I write this.

The first is when I tried a Canadian cocktail called the Caesar. I was horrified when I first heard about it. It's a jacked up version of a Bloody Mary made with Clamato - a combination of clam juice and tomato. Sounds gross right? It took me a while to try it but I finally did and found out that I really like it! And I mean REALLY like it. Don't knock it 'till you try it.

The second memory (and a pretty significant one) is the first time I went snowboarding. I cried. Probably every day for 5 days. At the time, I never would have expected it to become one of my greatest passions. I'm so glad I persisted.

BLACKDOWN TABLELANDS NATIONAL PARK - QUEENSLAND

BLACKDOWN TABLELANDS NATIONAL PARK - QUEENSLAND

ADVENTURE IS EVERYWHERE

You don't need to hop on a plane to a faraway destination to find adventure. Adventure is everywhere. Just take a moment to look around you. Try a new cuisine, walk down a different road in your neighbourhood, take a drive to a town you haven't been to before, pick up a musical instrument, try pilates or yoga or boxing or painting!

What do you think? What does adventure mean to you? And what's next on your list? Let me know in the comments below! (Make sure you click on 'subscribe via e-mail' to be notified when we write back).

Jen

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