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So we are a couple weeks into the new year. You probably already had time to blow off some of your resolutions. Egh maybe next year .. No! Here is my challenge to you. (I wish I could take credit for this, but I owe it to a friend on Facebook.) Anyway, it very simple, it’s all you and and there is only one rule: try something new each week for a year. At the end of the year you will have 52 new experiences to reminisce about.

I have friends that are trying to visit a new place each week. I amended it slightly for my tastes by simply saying: do something new each week.

So for the first week, we spotted a coupon for a quirky rotating sushi bar in the area. We have probably driven by it a thousand times but picked a day and made it a point to go. It was pretty cool! Sure, I’ve had better sushi, but I had never been to a rotating sushi bar.

The second week we were feeling lazy and preparing for one of us to go out of town. So we picked a new recipe to cook. Nothing crazy, chicken Parmesan. But neither of us had ever made it from scratch. It’s actually pretty simple. And when my coworkers saw and smelled my lunch, they were pretty impressed.

So don’t over complicate it. Just do something new. Watch a foreign film, pick a direction and drive for a few hours, make a date of it or try to meet someone when you are on your adventure, just do something new to expand your world. You might find some new things to like. Or at least you’ll know for sure what you don’t like.

Break the routine, crawl out of that rut. Maybe you will be the world most interesting man!

One more thing: take pictures! Post your new experiences on social media. Think of the fun it will to look back at your year.!

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“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

– Henry Ford

I’m notorious for always finding things I want. I’m not a shopaholic by any means, but I see new electronics or big ticket items I want all the time. But as I get older I find it easier to realize that want vs need is very different. Even though I always find new things to want, I have to remind myself that I have much more than I need.

It doesn’t take much to enjoy life and find happiness. In fact, you can do it with very little money if need be. You have to pay your bills and be over that stressful hump. But after that, the simplicities of life can be extremely cheap and greatly pleasing.

Every so often I take a weekend and make myself see how little I can spend. I find myself enjoying making breakfast at home (instead of going to the local coffee shop), going hiking (for free), grabbing a good book or magazine and relaxing at the community pool (for free), or having drinks with good friends at home with the game on (pretty cheap once we all contribute to the menu). Point being, some of life’s most relaxing moments cost very little and provide a great return.

So the next time you stress and wonder if you can afford some item or get envious at your what someone else has, ask yourself if you really need it or if you just want it. Instead, take a walk down a snowy road, enjoy the park and hearing the breeze blow through the trees, or digging your feet in the sand while you relax to the sound of the waves.