Why Adventure Is A Mindset & 5 Tricks To Tap Into It

I think we can all agree that we're enthralled with idea of adventure. We say yes to weekend trips, we find ourselves double tapping images of girls looking out towards an epic skyline, we want to collect as many passport stamps as humanly possible... we're those type of people. We want to drink in the world.

The reality of life is that most of us can't hop on a plane at any moment in time. Between physical restrictions, work schedules and limited vacation time and the dreaded financial strain that comes with booking a grand adventure, the truth is... life often gets in the way of letting us live our adventurous dreams.

And that's why living worldly and traveling without travel is something that is so important to us creative adventurers. By adopting a mindset that encourages a curiosity for life, we are able to see the larger scope of the world in our own backyard. By tapping into an adventurous mindset, we can explore while tracing the same steps we've trekked for years. We can discover while staying in our neighborhoods. Yes, adventure is totally a mindset. And sometimes, it can be even more meaningful than a passport stamp. So let's explore this new outlook on exploration together, shall we?

Why Adventure Is A Mindset & 5 Tricks To Tap Into It

1. Observe - Always Be On The Lookout

The art of adventure stems directly from observation. This skill is one that we forget, especially in today's fast-paced, saturated and distract-able society. To sit and notice, without a camera, without a phone is to find a little taste of adventure, no matter where you are. Stop, be still, look and become hyper vigilant. Look for the oddities. Look for the ordinary, and then look deeper. Notice patterns, trace lines in the cracks of the pavement, question sounds... just look closer. Observation is an art form. It takes a willingness to be curious and receptive. But with practice, observation will lead you directly to adventure.

Late this summer while cooling down from my tri-weekly running routine, I started noticing all of the vivid colors of my neighborhoods' front porches. It was like they were asking for me to document them! From that first day on, I made it a point to take a different route home in order to find a new "porch scene" to document and appreciate. And, yes, for those of you asking... I am totally known as the neighborhood weirdo since I started this tradition! I just can't help myself!

2. Do One Odd Thing A Day

Reroute your commute, make an odd choice in your morning routine or switch your meals (eating waffles for dinner is ALWAYS a good idea). By keeping your schedule ritualized, we often forget the joy that can come with some change. Take the scenic route during sunset, go to the nostalgic diner that you pass on your way home, just switch it up. Altering your course, while remaining sensitive and observatory in every turn, can open an adventure in a matter of seconds.

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3. Consider Every Sense

Becoming hyper-sensitive to the smells, sights, tastes, textures and sounds that surround you on a daily basis is something overlooked so often. What are the specific sounds you observe your particular block? How are they different to say, the sounds in the closest park... or even compared to the sounds you've heard on your last grand adventure? Are there similarities? Record them, share them, write about them! How does your backyard (or closest park) shift and change with the seasons? Are there particular foliage or flowers that you look forward to seeing? Go see them! Is there a tree that blooms the absolute best cherry blossoms, or the brightest, most vivid fall leaves? Document it's changes! Is there a texture you see repeatedly used on exteriors of your area? Are they anything like you've seen in other parts of the world? Draw comparisons! See if you can find your own local Taj Mahal! When you consider every sense, picking up on nuances that you often overlook, curiosity takes over and (you guessed it) adventure ensues.

4. Stay Curious, Document Often

Question everything. Find the stories behind what's sitting around you. Don't consider anything to be ordinary. This seems obvious, but boy does it take practice to master! As I've mentioned above, documenting "front porch scenes" was by no means my intention when I first noticed the crazy blooming flowers in my neighborhood. But adding a little dose of curiosity to my routine run has definitely allowed me to gain a deeper sense of appreciation and understanding about my neighborhood. 

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5. Think Like A Newborn... Or A Tourist

Live your day as if you've never seen what's around you before in your life. I mean, that's what adventure is... isn't it?

Living here in Lancaster has definitely opened my eyes to Amish history and culture. So much so that I sometimes forget how odd it can be to drive past two or three horse and buggies everyday to work... like, helloooooo Laura, this is totally not a normal commute thing! I'm sure to many tourists would see a horse and buggy and it would completely make their trip. And that, my friends, is why seeing your surroundings with a fresh perspective can 100% add a serious dose of adventure to your day to day.

Ask yourself... if I were a tourist, what's one thing I'd love to see or do in my town? 

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We are able to travel without traveling. We are able to live worldly without leaving our living rooms. We are able to explore without a passport. Adventure, friends, is right here. Adventure is a mindset. And we're able to tap into it whenever we want.

What are your tricks to finding adventure in your every day?


Bored By Your Local Restaurants? Try This Local Adventure Idea!

Growing up, my small town had a total of three.... count 'em.... THREE restaurants. There was the Chinese restaurant (a classic standby for "multicultural" flavor), the pizza shop (your typical mom and pop shop) and the diner (late night waffles are nothing to be overlooked). Yup, small town living at its absolute finest! Needless to say, eating out was done out of necessity, not necessarily out of the joy of the culinary art form. Does this sound familiar to where you are? There was a time in my life where I could have sworn to be able to pick out these restaurants flavor out of any line up, just based on so often I found myself eating their very familiar recipes. And, I'll be honest, eating out in my area got to be pretty boring.

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Here's the good news... the absolute boredom that can ensue with familiarity, especially when it comes to our standby local restaurants, actually is an opportunity to celebrate and test our own culinary taste! Ready to rediscover your ordinary flavors? 

DO A BLIND SHOOTOUT!

That's right. A good, old fashioned blind taste test of your overplayed menu items.

This local adventure idea came straight from one of my favorite podcasts, Totally Beverages And Sometimes Hot Sauce, podcast that profiles liquids and features a weekly blind shoot outs of anything (and I mean anything) beverage related. After taking a note from these rad dudes' podcast format, I can honestly say this local adventure idea allowed me to see another side to those very familiar flavors and, even more importantly, was just down right fun to do (especially as a group) and I can't wait to do more sooner rather than later! 

So, here we go. The logistics...

1. CHOOSE YOUR CONTENDERS

Choose a few restaurants (I'd say five max!) with the same menu item you're dying to compare to each other. There are TONS of options to choose from. Pizza slices, drip coffee, ice cream, house salads, chocolate chip cookies! I could keep going. The trick here to choose something you think you're so familiar with, it'll be a no brainer. And then do your research on other places that serve that same item.

For example, there was a time I could have sworn I was the Hershey's Moose Tracks ice cream queen (a local ice creamery... kind of)! With this in mind, I could go to my local grocery store and pick up two other ice creams with similar ingredients. 

What snacks or treats do you always resort to? Is there a local beer you live for? Do you always find yourself going for wings at the local drinking hole? These menu items are a great starting point. You might shock yourself after you do your do your final reveal! 

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2. MAKE YOUR ORDER TRULY "BLIND"

Okay, once you've determined exactly what you'll be tasting... there a couple ways to organize your shoot out so that it is really and truly a blind one (meaning, those who are taking part will not be able to recognize the order/color/amount poured/etc.). This can be a dicey thing, especially if you're taking this thing seriously like I do!

The easiest one? Have someone not joining in on the fun, or someone willing to be the "secret keeper" rig the order in which your treats are served. The second easiest one? Get a blindfold and have everyone participating go in line order together as you taste.

The least easiest one but keeps everyone involved? Have all glasses, bowls or plates in a non-viewable area and place different colored paper at the ready. Have one person go in individually to place these papers under the eating vessel and notating which color goes with which brand, restaurant or whatever you're tasting goes with which color. For example, blue is Hershey's Moose Tracks, yellow is Talenti, etc. This person should stow away this guide until the final reveal. Next, have another person go in and change the colors. They also will notate their changes. So for example, blue is now green, yellow is now red, etc. After all is done, the two people who wrote down the info use the second person's choices to map back to the first person's guide. Confusing, I know... but thorough!

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3. TASTE & TALK

The best part. After reviewing the options of what is in front of you... EAT and chat it up! Most importantly, talk about what are your guesses are. Are there any discrepancies? Which one do you like the best? Anything you absolutely hate? Are there any confusing flavors that just throw you off? 

4. THE FINAL REVEAL

Let the truth fly free and relish in the fact that you not only got to taste something delicious, but also learn to appreciate those classic (and sometimes boring) standby menu items! Or you can shock yourself with new favorites to try! 

5. AND TA-DA! RENEWED LOCAL LOVE

Need I say more? 

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What's something delicious (and maybe over-ordered in your life) you would do a blind shoot out with? 

Living Worldly: Finding The Wide World In Your Local Area

I'm so excited to introduce our newest blog series we'll be updating regularly! The idea is simple. How can we find the world at large in our own neck of the woods? Stay tuned because we'll be sharing ideas, tricks and resources to help you find a little taste of Europe, Asia and beyond... wherever you live! 

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The idea of this new series came from the incessant Pinteresting that happened after I graduated college and found myself "fun"-employed for some time. It was a dark time, people. Anyway, in the time I spent pinning my little heart out, I became reallllllllly obsessed with French women's street style. This fixation served my wardrobe in a big way, but it also dawned on me that my adult #goals were somewhat worldly. When I like to imagine my Pinterest perfect adult life, it looks a little something like this...

Dress like a French woman (obviously), cook/love like an Italian, curate a home like a Scandinavian, adventure like an Australian, and have a appreciative mindset like the Japanese.

I could go on. There are so many places in the world that I've yet to traipse through, but I love picking up on the strength each culture possesses in relationship to my everyday, real world life. Because let's be honest folks... as adults we have to dress ourselves, we have to have a home to reside in, we have to cook for ourselves (etcetera, etcetera, etcerta!) so we might as well do it with the aptitude of these awesome cultural strong points, right? 

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That's the thing about living day to day isn't it? We get into these norms. The routines of waking up, doing our thing, resting and doing it all over again. These are our traditions. And they can get tiring, and even boredom inducing.

And that's why infusing this idea of Living Worldly makes it all seem a little more glamorous, doesn't it? I'm not just cleaning my closet... I'm creating my French curated closet filled with classic, well tailored pieces. I'm not just shopping for my living room, I'm hunting for clean, intentional, handcrafted pieces that will stand the test of time, just like the Scandinavians. It adds a bit of a twist on those routines, doesn't it? Those small things can be infused with a worldly approach to living.

Just think of those cultures you love. Drink like a German! Have passion like a Russian! Have kooky, cool interests like a Korean! Live in the sun like a Greek! If you're like me you'll find these thoughts creeping into your mind in the simplest of moments in day to day life. 

It also is a challenge to seek a taste of these culture's sights, tastes, smells and beyond in our own neck of the woods! Local adventure to find your town's best cappuccino or most European street anybody?

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If there's one thing I've learned from starting this lovely blog and podcast, it's this... there's more of the world in our day to day lives if we're willing to look for it and live vicariously through it. We just have to look. And we just have to try. This new series is something I'm so incredibly excited to explore more here on the blog. Lots of cool things to do and see with this new outlook on local adventure. Stay tuned!