Mindset – 13 Days of Christmas – Trying Something New!
Mindset – 13 Days of Christmas – Trying Something New!
I’m doing something a bit different this week, as it’s Christmas, I also wanted to take stock of what I’ve covered as we approach the end of the year.
You will have frequently heard me talk of Age Life Balance as a journey, and indeed it is! I wanted to check that I was actually taking on board some of the things I write about, and even though I try not to be preachy, that I was indeed ‘practising what I preach’.
A couple of themes that sprung to mind included: having a growth mindset and trying new things. As humans, we are often creatures of habit which keeps us doing the same old things. I admit I am guilty of this as I get caught up in the bustle of day to day routines. However, when I stopped to think, I realised that it would be interesting to see how many things I was willing to try that don’t currently form part of my regular habits.
13 new things
As part of this revelation, I’m proud to tell you about some new things, and a few old things I’ve done since the beginning of December:
1. Wear something different – and not something black. I changed my style and included two Christmas jumpers. This forms part of a whole new style quest that I’m on which I’ll share more about in the New Year.
2. Try some some new recipes. I love cooking, but I typically cycle around the same recipes occasionally adding in a new one. Lately there have been more new ones than regular ones, with some delicious results – including cookies and fudge!
3. Draw! – I was on a course last week where I had to draw my 12-month ‘vision’ in 15 minutes. Initially I felt a bit uncomfortable, “what would I do with all that time?”, but I soon got into it and actually really enjoyed it. I even got a few compliments from others, which was a massive boost!
4. Sing carols – I attended two Carol Services in our village church earlier in December and quite enjoyed them. Then someone had the brilliant idea to sing some carols at work, to kick start the Christmas spirit and to raise some money for charity. I got roped into joining the ‘choir’ and had a brilliant time. I really can’t sing for toffee, but that hasn’t appeared to be a barrier – definitely a case of the more the merrier.
5. Dance – ballet and something else. I’ve already mentioned the clubbercise class I did at Eden Hall in my ‘a little bit of what you fancy’ article. I’d already decided that I wanted to start dancing again and asked for a Ballet DVD for my birthday. I learned ballet as a child, as many young girls do, but I hadn’t done it since. I’ve done the DVD once so far and really enjoyed it. Now I just need to keep doing it!
6. Drive in different conditions – the weather is typically sporadic in winter at the best of times, but recently I’ve driven in snow, ice, sleet as well as the typical winter conditions of darkness, fog, rain and winter sun. Usually I avoid the snow and ice, but I’m being brave and learning to cope with the conditions.
7. Run in snow and ice – I woke up to snow on my birthday, which was a real first in my memory! Although I’m often out running early at weekends I decided to let the sun rise fully before setting out. I enjoyed a very nice snowy run mid-morning and didn’t even get wet feet until I was almost back home. The following week I ran twice in icy conditions – white and black ice – and lived to tell the tale.
8. Car maintenance – I managed to sort my car out when the windscreen wash needed filling the other day. This may not sound like a big one to some, but to me this felt like a minor achievement – anything beyond opening the bonnet. It’s also made me realise that I should learn to do a few basic car / bike maintenance tasks, as you never quite know when these might come in useful.
9. Playing games – at the weekend I visited my uncle who is convalescing after a brief episode in hospital, and I learned a new card game. We have played this as a family a couple of times since. Great fun, as long as you don’t mind losing to some competitive children!
10. Enjoying science fiction – I listen to audiobooks as well as reading normal paper books, it helps to while away the time when I’m travelling, walking, can’t sleep etc. I’d recently run out of books until my new subscription kicks in in January, so I found one that I’d downloaded for my husband. Initially sneering at science fiction, I reluctantly gave it a whirl and found out that I love it!
11. Strength training. I already mentioned the Pump class that I did at Eden Hall. I’ve also re-started using exercise weights at home to help strength my upper body.
12. Control over my finances – as an accountant I’ve always been in control of my own personal finances. I’ve recently started working with an IFA (Independent Financial Advisor) to help optimise my retirement plan. Although this felt weird, I know that I am not an expert in this field and I am benefiting from someone who is.
13. Flying a kite! Terrific fun on an unusually windy Christmas Day!
I also thought I’d mention that I tried something recently that I really didn’t enjoy: anchovy paste. I tried my best to like it, but I guess this is just an acquired taste! My husband seems to love it.
So, what have I learned and why am I telling you all this?
• I’ve learned that it’s fun to try new things and to step out of your ‘comfort zone’ from time to time.
• Some things may be a slight adjustment or twist from the norm, while others could be a whole new experience.
• Some things you’ve enjoyed in the past – even the distance past – might be of interest again, now, or in the future.
• It can give you confidence to continue along a new path or indeed try other new things.
• Some you may like and others not so much, but you won’t know until you try!
Overall, I’m really proud that I have tried all these different things. Some I may continue into 2018 and others I may just store away for another day. I will certainly continue to embrace further opportunities to try something different! I encourage you to try something different and let us know how you get on in the comments.
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