YOLO: A New Experience Every Month

I set the goal at the beginning of 2016 to intentionally seek out one new experience every month… I called it my “YOLO List.” This was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and I’ll definitely keep it up in 2017.  Below is a list of what I’ve been up to – this color font indicates it was something that scared me. It is worth mentioning that those (scary!) things were the ones I’m especially glad I did.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

I recently read the book Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Typically when I read something that gets all the wires in my head crackling and popping, my entire world starts being seen through its lens; this book was no exception.

Most people close to me would say I’m extroverted, but the truth is, I’ve worked hard to become this way. This book made me question just how much I’ve conformed and molded because of the ‘extroverted ideal’ and which introverted aspects of myself I haven’t allowed space for.

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My Unplanned Year 4: 100 New Recipes

One of my goals this year was to cook 50 new recipes using the Oh She Glows Every Day cookbook. The recipes are SO delicious and fun to make, that I ended up changing my goal to 75 recipes… and then to 100 recipes.

Making new things every week has helped me become a much more confident and  comfortable cook. I’ve also dramatically broadened the range of meals I know how to make, and no longer feel panicked when invited to a potluck. I guess it’s true when they say practicing doesn’t need to ‘make perfect,’ but it inevitably makes progress!

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