Before the beginning of 2017, I vowed to live life on purpose and out loud. It was my desire to try new things and perspectives. I've made some unexpected friends during this time and it has truly enriched my life. When I decided to add Kuinua to my list of new challenges I knew that I wanted to extend the inspiration from View Woman's morning motivation posts. I also knew that I could use Kuinua as an accountability measure. So, how coincidental is it that the same week we launch Kuinua is the same week my Fit Chick workout class starts to plan an adventure that is sure to push my comfort zone limits? That was no coincidence. It was meant to be.
I, along with 10 other women from my workout class, spent a weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas and hiked the largest rock of its kind in the United States - Enchanted Rock.There are a few reasons why this adventure may have been the highlight of my year of 'new things'. These women I know only from spending an hour three times a week from 7-8 in the evening. We chat on Facebook in our workout group and we've become closer than I expected during the year that I have been a part of Fit Chicks. Here's the first major reason why this was huge for me: we shared hotel rooms. There was four of us in each room except for one. That means I slept in a bed with someone other than my husband or my children. I can't remember the last time I shared a room with someone, let alone slept in the same bed! This was major. My personal space was completely invaded, but I didn't die.
The other major reason this trip pushed the limits was that it was an outdoor activity - hiking alongside all of the birds, bugs, amphibians, and reptiles. I don't usually 'do' outside activities. I'm not a fan of nature and I am definitely a little concerned when it comes to the inhabitants of nature. I spent a portion of my Saturday morning climbing a gigantic rock with no hiking experience and the ambition to get it done with other women with the same goal. There was no bickering, no drama, and no jealousy. It pure fun and excitement.
Here's what I know - trying new things is scary. Who am I kidding - terrifying is a better description. At the same time, it can be fulfilling and exhilarating. I experienced both ends of the spectrum and I can honestly say that I would do it again. The best part about my experience is the inspiration we were able to draw from each other while we pushed ourselves to the very edge of our limits. Because of this awesome encounter I am able to possibly inspire someone else.
We are already in the fourth month of the year - 25% of 2017 has come and gone. Have you decided on what new things you want to try? There's still time. Don't wait. Do it now. Take the limits off, step out of your box, and enjoy the moment. You will thank me later.
Until next time in the safe place,