31 Days of Everyday Adventure: Week Two

31 Days of Everyday Adventure

It’s that time again! It’s week two of the 31 Days of Everyday Adventure!!

Every day in November I’m completing a challenge given to me by Shelly from The Goal List. These challenges are small and unique tasks that are designed to enhance your days. They’ve been helping me (and fellow participants) engage the world in a new way. And let me tell you, it’s working! I’ve been doing things (almost) every day that I wouldn’t have done on my own. That’s what is so cool about this challenge.

So let’s dive in to week two, shall we?

Check out Shelly’s recap post from last week to see what everyone else has been up to! She’s recruited some fellow bloggers (Randi at Life’s Simple Adventures and Lara from Lara Krupicka) who are also having fun completing these challenges. Check out their blogs to read more, and then stay because they’re fab bloggers!

31 Days of Everyday Adventure

Sunday, November 6 – Read a book about someone doing something amazing.

For this challenge, I’ve decided to read The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt, by Eleanor Roosevelt. Thanks, Seattle Public Library for letting me download books all the time to read on my phone. I’d be lost without a good book.

Eleanor Roosevelt was a remarkable woman who did some truly remarkable things in life. I’ve always been a huge fan of her husband, but I’ve never really dived into Eleanor’s life. I know the basics of everything that she did, but I know there’s so much more to learn. There’s nothing that gets me more inspired than the stories of strong, kickass women.

Monday, November 7 – Wake up early and watch the sunrise.

So the sun rises at 6:40am in Budapest. Do you know what time the sun came out today? Well, it didn’t.

Tuesday, November 8 – Compliment someone you don’t know.

I was actually really nervous about this task. I’m not good with talking to strangers (or some people I actually know, for that matter), so the thought of complimenting someone was a bit overwhelming. So I went and sat in a park near our apartment with my journal and got comfortable, waiting to see someone I felt comfortable complimenting.

My first attempt wasn’t bad. I saw a woman walking her two greyhounds in the park, and as she walked by I smiled and told her that I thought her dogs were beautiful. She smiled back and politely thanked me. I was expecting more of a reaction; whenever someone compliments my dog, I swoon and melt into a puddle of feels.

I saw two girls who looked about my age walking towards me. The one girl had on a gorgeous faux-fur coat in the prettiest shade of green I’ve ever seen. I of course had to compliment her on her coat. She was actually really receptive; she smiled and told me where she got it. There was a little more conversation and they were on their way.

Complimenting a stranger was nerve wracking, but it was also nice. I made the day for the second girl (she said so herself) and I felt good making other people feel good. You should try this!

Wednesday, November 9 – Record something ordinary in a brand new way.

I gotta be honest, it was hard for me to get out of bed this day. All I did was watch live streams of the news on my laptop and cry a lot.

Thursday, November 10 – Write your favorite quote on a sticky note and leave it somewhere for someone to find.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

I have many, many favorite quotes. But when I read this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt a few years ago (probably somewhere on Pinterest, that’s where I get my news inspiration) I tried to live my life by these words each new day.

I’ve had to learn the hard way that you simply cannot please everyone in your life. And trying to do so will only wreck havoc on your mind, body and soul. Too deep? Maybe. But the point is I think that as long as you follow your heart you won’t be steered wrong.

Friday, November 11 – Introduce yourself to a neighbor you don’t know.

I’m going to bench this challenge until we get back home. Since we officially have a home to return to now, I’ll be able to introduce myself to all of my new neighbors come January!

I’m thinking of baking some cookies or some other treat to introduce myself and say hello. Would you like it if your new neighbor brought you treats, or is that something that only I dream about?

Saturday, November 12 – Go on a scavenger hunt.

I had planned a really great photo scavenger hunt for Saturday. It included a lot of fun things, and even Ryan was really excited for it. It took a few hours over a glass of wine to complete, but I was really pumped to do it. Not only is this something I’ve never done, but it was going to be a cool way to explore Budapest!

But then on Saturday the heavens opened up and it literally poured buckets all day. We ended up going to a few museums and ruin pubs instead. This will also have to be benched, but we have plans to do it on Monday.

It’s not too late to sign up for The 31 Days of Everyday Adventure!

Head here to find out more information and to join me in this challenge! I can personally vouch for how fun, as well as rewarding, it has been this week! Check out my post from last week, and let me know if you’ve done any of the challenges so far this month!


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  1. I love these challenges. As an English professor, I read a lot of books, so I like the challenge to read about someone doing something amazing. I especially like to read inspiring travel narratives.

  2. I love this idea! It’s a fun way to get out there and do more, and the list aspect of this would probably help to keep me accountable for checking things off. I am always at work well before sunrise, but maybe I should keep that early alarm for one weekend day as well and actually ENJOY the sunrise. 🙂

    1. I agree – having a list and being able to cross things off is certainly helpful (crossing things off is so satisfying). AND an added bonus is that now that I’ve been setting the alarm to wake up for the sunrise I’m actually waking up earlier every other day, as well!

  3. Ooohh! This sounds like such fun (maybe a little too adventurous for me though). I get so nervous talking to strangers, I end freezing and looking really awkward. The scavenger hunt sounds amazing though! Have fun tomorrow completing it!

    1. Thanks, Anne! I took an extra long coffee break in the morning in order to get up the courage to complete the tasks. And then it was over in the blink of an eye!

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