In 2011, I made the only New Year’s Resolution I have ever kept. I decided to try 52 new experiences, one for each week of the year. After going through a painful divorce in 2010 and spending most of that year curled up in a ball, I was ready to embrace life again in 2011. I vowed to try 52 new things. I put no parameters on my goal. I simply needed to try something I had never done before. I started by going to a Buddhist Meditation Group. In the weeks that followed, I tried everything from Afghan Cuisine to pole dancing to parasailing. This resolution didn’t seem like a chore at all. It was fun and exhilarating. The year flew by, and I didn’t want to stop trying new things. For 2012, I have tweaked my original resolution. This year I have promised to try 52 new experiences with my children. Many of the new experiences won’t be new for me; however, this year’s focus is on enjoying time with my kids. Children already have a sense of wonder about the world. I want my kids to retain that sense of wonder, experience life like the miracle it is, and have fun while we are at it!
The purpose of this blog is not only to share our new experiences but to inspire others to get out of their comfort zone and try something new each week. I hope you’ll share some of the new experiences you’ve tried after reading about ours.