Trying New Things

Okay, so you guys know how much I love Rachel and Dave Hollis – I know I made a big long blog post about how offended I was over their divorce and blah blah blah but like for real, I still love them. I just listened to Dave’s new book last week and re read Rachel’s book Girl, Stop Apologizing 2 weeks ago in prep for her new book coming out the end of this month.

They are all about habits and growth and learning and changing and healthiness and waking up early and drinking your water and getting that sleep in and setting goals. I’m always inspired by their content and it makes me want to be a better person and strive to be my best.

So I’ve had this nagging thought lately – which honestly truly started from true curiosity. I’ve battled my demons with self hatred and self loathing, (read more on that here and here) but this is different.

Rachel and Dave have always hosted this Next 90 Days – essentially you live your best life and make a conscious effort to thrive using the Five to Thrive. The five to thrive consists of

  • Waking up one hour earlier than you normally do.
  • Move your body for at least 30 minutes/day.
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of water/day.
  • Give up one category or kind of food you know you shouldn’t be eating.
  • Write down five things you’re grateful for every day.

So I love the idea of it but I can’t stick with it. Well, I guess I should say that I haven’t stuck with it in the past.

I keep having this reoccurring thought. Once I’ve seen how good change can be in my own life, I want to change everything. I want to try new things! So I got thinking about this thought: What’s something that is so not me?

Here’s a few things that first pop into my head:

  • Hiking
  • Getting my hair/nails/toes done
  • Wearing makeup everyday
  • Piercing my nose/getting a tattoo
  • Anything athletic
  • Coloring my hair
  • Taking time to hang out with my friends
  • Making date night a priority
  • Running
  • Eating tofu

These are all things that I just don’t do! So I want to try them. Every day, from October 1st to January 1st, I want to try something new. I want to switch it up. That starts with hiring a personal trainer. It starts with putting a limit on the amount of time I spend on Facebook. It starts with spending some money on myself and cutting/coloring my hair for the first time in as long as I can remember. It starts with waking up before my kids do and going to bed at a decent time. It starts with making plans and keeping them.

I had never once been mountain biking before about a year ago. Yes, I loved riding bike as a kid but really truly mountain biking? I had never thought that was something I could do. Now, it’s a hobby of ours! Read more on that here

I was SO terrible at managing money. I didn’t think I would EVER make it in life without hauling around credit card debt. But I tried something new. I fell in love with Dave Ramsey’s teachings and paid off over $30,000 in one year. Read more on that here

I was convinced that I was going to stay working at a critical access hospital forever and that was just what was best for my family. Now I know how much I love working at a big hospital with so many opportunities I don’t think I’ll ever go back. Read more on that here

I was so scared to start a blog based on what other people would think of me. Why would anyone care what I have to say? 360 days later as I’m sitting here and typing my 239th blog post, I’m earning close to $250 in revenue from my blog this month and I’ve found a creative outlet for the first time in my 25 years that suits me!

So to heck with it! I want to spend the last 90 days of possibly the shittiest year ever, (2019 wasn’t anything super either) running my life on my own terms, trying things I’ve never done before, and doing things that make people say “Kalissa would never do that.” I want to do things that are nothing like me. Because…WHY NOT! Somedays it may be as simple as waking up at 6 am and doing a full face of makeup to sit at home in my sweats. Somedays it may be going on a run. Someday, it might be getting a tattoo. I want to do things I’ve never done.

So anyway, those are thoughts from a sleep deprived Kalissa. What is one habit or hobby that you thought you would NEVER keep that has stuck with you? What’s one habit or something you want to create for yourself? Are you up for the challenge? Leave a comment.

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  1. Amy
    September 24, 2020 / 2:08 pm

    Love this topic. I was just writing out a new blog post myself. I want to make a goal to have a blog post once a week on Tuesdays and call it ‘Show your talent Tuesday’. I am interested in other people’s talents. We all have them. I love to quilt. Currently I am renovating the house I grew up in. Just painting a room takes some talent. I want to see what others are doing and maybe I will find some inspiration and so will they. Thank you for your blog. I find inspiration and laughter daily.

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