the year of you, day 246

Friday, September 3, 2021 (Day 246)

Relaxing Music for the week: The Joy of Quiet, Rain Mix: Liquid Mind (9:46) –

Question: What does adventure mean to you?

Answer: First, definitions. (1) An adventure is participating in an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. (2) An adventure is an exciting experience that is typically bold, sometimes a risky undertaking. Adventures may be activities with some potential for physical danger such as traveling, exploring, skydiving, mountain climbing, scuba diving, river rafting or participating in extreme sports.

For those that know me, does ANY of those descriptions sound like me? I’ve always seen an adventure is doing activities and undertakings that I don’t normally do and/or are out of my comfort zone. I also believe that everyday life is an adventure, as soon as you wake up in the morning, the adventure begins. I’m convinced that how your start your day determines how your day will go. So your adventure can start in a positive frame or a negative frame – you choose. Adventure for me doesn’t mean that I have to do things that are exciting, unusual, or hazardous; adventure could even be talking a walk around the block, as long as it’s stretching you a bit. Adventure is a little like stepping out of your comfort zone, although stepping out of your comfort zone could be something like going to a lecture that has nothing to do with what you do. It’s about seeing things in a new and different way, which is what I’m sharing in “Other Stuff” below. What if your adventure right now is to be your best possible self or desired future self? What would that look like? Read below for more…

Other Stuff

On Wednesday morning, I decided that I would have my class do something new and different. Over the past couple of weeks, I’m been watching quite a few Benjamin Hardy videos on defining your desired future self. For Wednesday, I had them watch this video:

It was okay, but something was missing. On Thursday morning, I decided that I would make a online poster/slide that identified three things that I really want for my future. Here’s what I came up with:

Then, I had to find the right video that he made that would correspond with what I created, which I found and shared in my Thursday afternoon class:

By showing the video and my example, students had something tangible to identify with. They not only had to write down the three things that they wanted to become their best possible self/desired future self, but they had to share their examples with one or two of their classmates. Some of the shares were pretty superficial, some were pretty in-depth. Of course, in life, you get out of it what you put in, so those that put in more will most likely get more out of it. For more information, check out his article:

But imagine that this is a “project” for a week; it would be interesting to see what they might come up with as a “poster” over the course of a week. And if you really want to embrace it, create something yourself!

Side note: In my poster above, you’ll see on the top left side a picture of the Office of Transitions and Transformation that I propose to create to house the Life Design Catalyst Program; below it is a picture of the Life Design Catalyst Lab/Incubator that would be used to teach all of our classes. In the center and the middle and bottom right are the different activities that we would deliver through the Office/Incubator, such as purpose, designing your life, holistic health, and building a better you, as well as pictures related to connection (top center), travel (middle right), and growth (bottom right). On the top right, is a picture of a $2,000,000 bill, where I’d like to find ways to grow our retirement portfolio by 2025. It was fun thinking about the possibilities of my best possible self/desired future self.


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