When I began New Things, I was in a place where I felt like I had just existed in life. In 2009 a chapter of my life had come to a close and I was excited about new beginnings, but I continued to live in a place of fear and entrapment. Even though I was on a spiritual journey that I loved, I lived the rest of my life as if I was trapped in a belief that life was a chore and we were slaves to life. Although somewhere within me, I knew that life is supposed to be explored and enjoyed, my own fear would not allow me to live it out. Somewhere along the way I had lost the ability to feel, and I didn’t even know my own likes and dislikes.
On my 37th birthday, it was apparent to me that life had become a mundane series of events and if I had nothing on my calendar, I had nothing to look forward to. I knew this was not the way to look at life and there was so much more out there for me. A couple of friends had taken me out to new places for my birthday and this sparked something within me…I had to learn to experience new things each day of my life...at least for a year! Or at the very least, I had to look at life in a new way if I was ready to live life abundantly, as God has promised.
I would often tell myself that I wanted my kids to experience and see a life where anything is possible, and the only thing that limits us is our own fear and thinking. New things actually came to me during my prayer time right before my birthday, when Spirit said; “There are so many new things for you to experience.” I asked what those were, and I was reminded of all of the things I had never experienced; yet I wanted to try. Many of them my former 300-pound body was not physically able to do (like zip lining, riding some rollercoaster rides, playing soccer, bull riding, wearing cow boy boots and so many other things) yet I was still living like I had this limitation.
It was time to live differently and experience all God wanted to manifest in my life. On April 1st, 2012 (my 37th birthday) New Things was born. I was committed to trying something new every single day for the next year. It didn’t have to be grand; although it could be…bucket list items could really become a normal thing and not just a “maybe”. Experiencing something new each and every day seemed to be a pretty amazing way to experience this world. However, the key was to really savor and feel the moment…not just go through the motion of a new thing.
New things turned out to be life changing. I learned little things and big things. I began to find that everything seemed to be new. I was now able to look at something regular in life and see the newness in life. It turns out that all things can be made new; it’s our perspective that needs to change. Being present with everything really helps!
I also learned to release my own mental limitations. Fear really is debilitating and keeps us from living the lives we desire. I found myself realizing that if I could imagine something it can really happen. When I find myself doubting those things I want in life, I ask myself “why can’t it happen”? I usually find it is my own thinking or excuses that are the real obstacles.
Though I plan on writing more about new things and my experiences, here is a list of many of the new things I experienced. Keep in mind it wasn’t just about the new thing, it was totally about being present and feeling everything about the new thing. For instance, it has been several months since I got the new bath mats, but I still take time to notice how they feel under my feet, and why I loved them so much (I do this with many of the new things I experienced during this time…I take time to enjoy the moments). Even after the 365th day of new things, I find myself still finding new things! Life really has become an adventure…
Sold my first home
Different chip varieties (this was almost an excuse for trying new chips…I believe they are a food groupJ )
New types of birthday candles for every birthday
My first solo spiritual retreat
Fruit infused pedicures
Gluten free bread
Combined Easter and Birthday celebration – symbolic because I consider both to be a renewal of life!
Argon oil and various essential oils
Mango vanilla covered almonds
Baseball game in the suite
Dave Mathews Band
Mac Book Air
A new car (after twelve years)
New hair colors
Wore a watch (after I stopped about 10 years ago)
Mochi Ice cream
New ways to decorate – using garden and household items for center pieces using only home-grown items
First football game (Texans)
Rode the train in San Francisco
First time in LA
First time I took pleasure in being lost (I got to enjoy the beach where I otherwise would not have)
First visit to Walnut Creek
First visit to Austin (almost monthly now)
Made many new friends
Skydiving(was the last one)
Karaoke in public
New recipes (even mom tried gluten free)
First time to dress and celebrate Halloween as an adult
New authors (I would never have considered)