Part of my retirement lifestyle vision is to try new things. This year I set a goal of 101 New and/or Fun Things. I added fun because I worried that since I tried so many new things the last few years, and I’ve kept doing many of those new things, 101 totally new things would be too challenging.
In April, Leanne (over at Cresting the Hill), perhaps inspired by all the April A to Z bloggers, stated she was doing an A to Z of New Things this year. Maybe her hitting Q early in the year (she quit her job, a prelude to retirement perhaps) gave her hope of getting all the letters also!
So could I make my New Things an A to Z list? This is an update on my New and/or Fun Things goal, exploring that possibility for tracking.
Museums for M was an easy one as earlier this year, I did a slew of them during our Snowbird Adventure – The Dali, The Ringling, The James, and St Petersburg Fine Arts. I’ve really enjoyed them and even went to the Burning Man exhibit (a B?) at our local Cincinnati Art Museum.
B’s are ubiquitous! From lots of Bike Riding in Florida, to joining a Book Club (been on my to-do list for 3 years), to taking a Ballroom Dance class. Dance in general seems to be a new thing this year because I also took a Line Dancing class (probably L as it’s a harder letter to get). I don’t think either dance class will become recurring, but both were a lot of fun.
F is for Food Tours. After enjoying them so much in Florida as a “tourist”, we did a local one here in Cincinnati and had a blast as well. Yes, food is a big part of my life, so new Restaurants for R is a given. This year so far I am up to 21 new restaurants tried – the local Restaurant Week, my Mid-Week Foodies Club, and Foodie Friends all help here.
Another element that is a big part of my life is Theater Going (for T) and we’ve been to five different theaters (in 3 states) seeing 9 different live performances so far this year. Dinner and the theater is my go-to date-night activity!
Should I cheat and put Axe Throwing in the X box since that is such a challenging letter to achieve? Yes, we tried an evening of axe throwing and hubby loved it so much, he wants to do it again! There is another new thing becoming a recurring fun thing. Cooking classes, mid-day movie dates, yoga class, and Zumba all fit in here – new things in previous years that have become recurring fun things.
A few other more unique new things were Poetry Writing (P) at a Women’s Writing Circle, trying Shuffleboard (S) at the St Petersburg Shuffle Board Club (so much fun, another new thing that will be recurring), and a local Yoga Hike (Y) sponsored by LL Bean.
I’m actually up to over 60 New &/or Fun Things so far this year. Some letters will be challenging – Q for sure, but H, I, J, K, U, and V also feel like letters that might be difficult. They have been difficult to identify on other A to Z lists I’ve done like my Jolts of Joy.
Whatever way I track (101 or A to Z), I’m enjoying trying new things and continuing to do the fun ones.
What new thing have you done recently? Anything with Q, H, I, J, K, U or V?
Picture Credit: Me; Spring Flowers continue with blooming peonies.