I am really making an effort lately to try new things. Whether that be a fitness class, a lifestyle change, or doing something outside my comfort zone, I’m learning that it’s important (and very fulfilling) to continuously challenge yourself. I think that I was pretty successful at trying something new and not just settling on the “same old same old” in 2017. Below are 5 new things I tried this year.
1. Taking a cake decorating class
I’ve brought this topic up a couple times before, but it’s just because I really enjoyed it! I loved the cake my husband and I got for our 1-year anniversary and thought, this is something that I want to try to do. So, I signed up for a class at a local bakery. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. This isn’t something crazily out of the ordinary to try, but it was new to me, and I’m glad I did it.
2. Running my first trail race
I am very much a road runner kind of girl. While I do enjoy nature, running on trails really intimidates me. I generally look at the ground the enter time so that I don’t trip and fall. My husband and I signed up for a 2.35 mile trail race (which is a new thing for him, he is definitely NOT a runner) with a group of friends. It was pouring rain and the path was very muddy and crowded, but it was so much fun! There was a great after party with food, beer and a pretty decent DJ.
3. Switching jobs after only working in my current job for less than a year
I started a new job this past July. But before that, I was working for a major corporation. When I applied for the corporate job, I thought it would be a good fit. Actually, you know what, if I’m being totally honest, I think I was just trying to get out of my last job and that clouded my judgement. Anyway, I knew pretty quickly after I started that it was not a good fit. I tried to duke it out, and find aspects of the job, or the company even, that I enjoyed. But it just wasn’t happenin’ and my work product suffered because I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing. I felt that leaving a job after working there for less than a year would reflect negatively on future job prospects. I could just hear the questions: How do you know that you didn’t like it after so little time? How come you didn’t try to make it work? How come you took the job in the first place, that seems like a poor sense of judgement.
I actually started interviewing six months after I started working this job. But then I talked myself out of it and thought I should try to like my current job. Welp, a couple months after that I had really had it and started interviewing again. I started this blog as a result of all the frustrations I was feeling. You can read my first post here. I think it’s important to learn that if you’re really unhappy with something, it’s ok to change your situation. Regardless of what experts/family/friends have told you. You know yourself better than anyone. I could write a whole blog post about this topic. The important thing for this post, is that I did what I thought was a risky career move, and its worked out for the best. I’m at a job that is a much better fit for me, and I’m a lot happier.
4. Running earlier on the weekends
At least once or twice a week, I proclaim that “I’m getting up early to run.” I set-up my running close the night before, set my alarm and try to get to bed earlier. And every time, I’ve had the same reaction: my alarm goes off and I hit the snooze button. And then I hit it again. And again. And finally I turn off my alarm and give in to getting some more sleep. I’ve been doing this for years, seriously. When I was training for my last race, there were a couple weekends where I was busy all weekend, so I thought, I have to do this, I HAVE to get up early if I want to run. And you know what? I did. Maybe I’m able to do it on the weekends because it’s not quite as early as during the week, but I think it’s a step in the right direction. I’ve been getting up early on Saturdays pretty consistently now, and I hope this sticks. I think a goal of mine will be to ooze this skill into a weekday run.
5. Applying to run for a charity for the Boston Marathon
I had been thinking about running for a charity for quite a few years. I applied to a couple each year, but all charities get hundreds, if not thousands, of applications and my chances were pretty slim. To be honest, I was also really intimidated by the amount you have to fund raise to be on a team. I didn’t feel confident that I could do that. Over the past few years, I’ve known at least one person who was on a team and fundraising. I learned a lot of different ways to fund raise simply by following them. I’ve also realized that my network has grown quite a bit over the years. Between working in public accounting, volunteering at different events and getting to know more people through friends and my husband’s networks, I finally felt confident that I could do the fundraising, which is half of the battle when you run a marathon for charity. So I took the plunge and applied to a few different teams. I don’t know if it was luck, or my detailed fundraising plan, but I was selected to run for 261 Fearless! Making the team felt like a big success but it’s just the beginning. Now I have to actually raise the money, and, oh yeah, train to run a marathon! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m so glad I had the confidence in myself to try!
2017 was a good year of trying new things and facing uncertainties. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!
What’s something new that you’ve tried recently?