I have been pretty timid for much of my life:
I didn’t speak to most adults until I was, like, eight.
I rarely did anything that would make me stand out or push me out of my comfort zone.
I had a great fear of being embarrassed, which meant I hardly ever tried anything new.
But the moments in my life when I let go and just LIVED without worry, without concern, and without judgment are some of the greatest moments of my life.
Finally saying yes to a date with my husband even though I didn’t think he was “my type” (btw, who knows that at 21-years-old?).
Volunteering to be Shirley Temple (which involves singing in front of everyone) for a 7th grade history project even though I had never sang in front of anyone ever.
Dressing up as Pippi Longstocking as Halloween in the 3rd grade even though I got royally picked on by the boys in my class.
Going to the University of Wisconsin even though I’d never toured it.
Giving a career in animal behavior and welfare a try even though I graduated with a degree in genetics, didn’t get paid a lot, and was treated like I didn’t have a “real job” by others for years.
Moving to Wyoming even though we knew absolutely no one and nothing about the state.
Becoming a dance teacher at age 30 even though my only experience was dancing ballet until age 18.
Buying a house back in Wisconsin even though I had never set foot inside of it.
Signing up to run a half marathon even though I had never ran more than a mile in my entire life.
Opening up my heart to becoming a mother even though I had no idea what I was doing, how it would change my life, and how it could end in heartbreak.
The fear, embarrassment, and worry that “it wouldn’t work out” that were present at the time that I said “Yes” to these adventures has been replaced with feelings of great pride - even for the events that were messy, didn’t go as planned, or that horrified me at the time.
Since having my daughter it has become even more clear to me the things I want her to learn from my example and the things I don’t.
I want my daughter to know that life is only as bold and as colorful as she dares to let it.
I want her to know that she will find amazing people in your life when she is vulnerable and open.
I want her to know that there are amazing things on the other side of fear.
I want her to know that she can accomplish great things if she is persistent.
I want her to know that there is no “perfect moment” other than right now.
I want her to learn all of these things because I am living, by example, to teach them to her every day.
In order for her to be all of those things, I have to be all of those things too.
That’s the real inspiration for me to start this project: to be the role model I need to be for my daughter, to be the super hero I need to be for myself, and to, hopefully, inspire other Moms that they can do the same.
For my Summer Adventure List, I want to focus on being healthy and active, enjoy the Summer sun, and take advantage of any “fourth trimester” adventures I can have before my little peanut grows out of her “loves to be quietly held for hours, doesn’t grab everything off the table, adorably tiny newborn stage.”
Lil’ D is just over two-months-old, has finally crossed the seven-pound mark, and is finding her smiles, her familiar faces, and her independent personality. She changes every day, though, and that makes me want to take advantage of every moment with her.
I’ll have most of the Summer off from work, so it’s the perfect time to reestablish some healthy habits and routines now that I have a little monster living in my house.
Being in Wisconsin, we really cherish our warm weather months, but because Netflix is often tempting (especially to an overtired #FirstTimeMom), I made sure to include some good outdoor adventures.
my summer adventure list
Drink the newest Starbucks drink
Eat a crazy donut flavor
Go out for ice cream
Go to the zoo
Go to a movie by myself
Enjoy the sunshine
Go to a local microbrewery
Take a hot yoga class
Get the best cupcake in town
Have family photos taken
Eat fresh fudge
Learn to grill
Throw an axe
Take a Mommy + Me yoga class
Take a Barre class
Spend the day shopping with my BFF
Take a garden yoga class
Go out for pizza
Take a walk in a local park
Drink a milkshake
Go out for happy hour
Eat something deep-fried
Go to a DIY class
Swim in a pool
Eat a popsicle
Take a Baby Art class
Take yoga on top of a mountain
Go to the library
Go to the aquarium
Take a brewery yoga class
Make homemade waffles
Go on a road trip
Run a 5k
Go to a small town festival
Go to a local coffee shop
Go to a local Farmers Market
Walk along the water
Ride a tractor
Go to a botanical garden
Complete two workout programs
Play arcade games
Go on a date night
Have a snuggle party
Go on a day trip