Hello everyone! It’s time to talk 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 every day! They’ve been helping me (and fellow participants) engage the world in a new way. 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, what was I up to in week three?
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!
This week was a hard one for me. We were in Budapest for almost the entire week, and for multiple reasons the city just really drained all of my motivation and happiness from my body. I completed what I could! But there are just some weeks where it’s harder than others, you know?
Sunday, November 13 – Contact your favorite celebrity and ask them what’s on their bucket list.
When I saw this on the to-do list, I was super pumped about it. But then Sunday came and went and I completely forgot about it! And then it was Tuesday, Wednesday, and finally Thursday… What can I say? It’s been a week!
So I finally made time to reach out to my favorite celebrity. My current celeb-crush is Mamrie Hart. You might not have ever heard of her (SHAME ON YOU) but she’s a pretty well-known YouTube blogger, and she has written, produced and starred in two movies. She’s pretty much a badass that I want to be best friends with. Seriously, check out her channels You Deserve a Drink and Mametown.
Anyway, I reached out via YouTube, since that’s her turf. I asked her what’s on her bucket list, adventure (or drink) wise and I’m hoping she responds!
Monday, November 14 – Take a selfie with a stranger.
I didn’t do this. After complimenting someone random last week I was pretty much
Tuesday, November 15 – Learn about an art form/style new to you.
All around Europe I’ve been in love with the different types of handmade ceramics that are available to buy. I’ve even managed to snag a couple of pieces that I can fit into my bag! So I decided to learn more about ceramics in theory, and hopefully in practice once we get home.
“Known as an important plastic art, “Ceramics” (derived from Keramos, Greek for ‘potter’s clay’) refers to items made from clay bodies and fired in a kiln to obtain the finished form. Outside of art, due to new technological processes, the term ceramics now encompasses a wider group of materials, including glass and cements, so clay is no longer a key component.” Citation.
I had no idea that there was so much to learn about ceramics. For instance, I’m prone to calling everything “pottery” when there are differences: “fine art pottery” or “ceramics” describes artistic works and “pottery”is what we know as functional, every day pieces like pots and dishes. However some pottery can still be a work of art.
Some experts believe that the first examples of fine art potter occurred approximately 25,000 BCE! Figurines were discovered at Dolni Vestonice in the Czech Republic. There has been some ancient pottery unearthed in China that are said to date from 30,000 BCE.
There’s so much more to learn about ceramics, such as the different types of pottery (earthenware, stoneware, porcelain) to how it’s made. I can’t share everything, but it has been really fun to learn about something that I’ve not only seen all over the world, but things that I use every day!
Wednesday November 16 – Go to bed early today, so you can enjoy tomorrow more.
Someone telling me to go to bed early?? Sign me up! I found myself in bed by nine with an alarm set for six the next morning. After reading for a bit I passed out, and when I woke up I felt so refreshed and ready for the day!
It sounded a bit silly when I first saw this challenge, but so far it might have been my favorite. I think I might have to incorporate this in to my every day life!
Thursday, November 17 – Organize a costume or theme part and invite your friends.
As I might have mentioned before, we won’t be home until January. Since we’re moving home after three long years, we’ve decided to throw a party when we get back.
Enter New Hallo-Giving-Mas Year. We are having a couple of friends gather seasonal alcohol (both fall and winter brews), we’ll be making a giant feast of all of our favorite holiday foods (candy! turkey! cranberry sauce!) and partying all night. Not only will we have a theme, but we’re going to urge guests to dress up as their favorite holiday, in whatever form that might take. I think I might try to dress up as an overstuffed Thanksgiving guest (helllooo yoga pants) I can’t wait!
Friday, November 18 – Pick a new recipe and make it tonight.
I can’t really make many new dishes when living out of Airbnbs. Most stays we’re lucky to have access to a pot AND a pan. So I’ve been compiling some recipes I want to try when we get home.
When you can’t have something you automatically want it more, right? Just me? I’ve been craving some good Thai food ever since we left Seattle. This salad looks super yummy, but if anyone has a killer Pad Thai recipe, SEND IT TO ME IMMEDIATELY.
It’s been so cold where we are that all I want to eat are soups. This soup looks amazing, I wish I had access to a blender right now.
And finally, look at these blondies! I’ll take two batches, please!!
Saturday November 19 – Have recess. Blow bubbles, hula hoop, run around, play games, etc.
I took some liberty with this one.
It’s Christmas market time here in Europe, and I LOVE it. When you were in elementary school, did you ever have Santa’s Workshop? You know, where the teachers and parents set up an elaborate room somewhere in school with all kinds of toys and gifts that you were able to order and buy for your parents? It would be a surprise for your families when you had Christmas presents that you found all on your own!
I remember always feeling so important when I picked out my own presents. I was so adult.
So I treated my recess like it was that Santa’s Workshop day (because that recess was the best one all year). I ran around looking for small presents for my family, drank hot chocolate and asked an adult for help. Just kidding on that last part.
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!
I’m obviously going to need a a retrospective post on this challenge for the days where I’m planning months ahead. However I think it’s kind of cool; I’m planning and doing all of these challenges that will enhance my every day once we get back, too! It’s a win-win situation for sure!
I hope you all had a fun weekend and did something adventurous! Let me know in the comments if you’ve completed any of these challenges or are going to sign up and finish the challenge with me!