Quests, Adventure and my 2015 Word of the Year

The idea of questing really appeals to my geeky/adventurous side. When I wanted to go to the Retreat Retreat in July of 2014, I set the intention and made it happen. I created Hustle Quest, which consisted of several services in my Whirligig Social business, in order to reach my goal of spending a week in Whistler, BC.

Ramit Sethi’s post Why You Should Start a Quest was well-timed since I was just thinking last night about my 2015 word of the year. I have plenty of local adventures planned as part of the 35 by 35 Quest. Those experiences and adventures are top priority for me in 2015. I’ve scheduled the “schedulable” stuff in my calendar already, and have budgeted out the money I’ll need to make those things happen.

The following quote is the first thing you come across in chapter 1 of Chris Guillebeau’s new book The Happiness of Pursuit. I recently purchased, but haven’t yet finished, this book. Have you read it yet? I’d love to know your thoughts.

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your front door. You step out on to the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you’ll be swept off to. —j. r. r. tolkien


Here it is: my 2015 word of the year:

Explore 2015 word

“I read with every broken heart, we should become more adventurous.” – Rilo Kiley

This is the year of More according to Ramit Sethi (clearly, I’m a fan-girl), and it’s the year of exploration and not waiting (but instead making them happen) for me.

One of the movies I watched over the holiday season (instead of typical “holiday” movies) was One Week. It’s a movie starring Joshua Jackson (you know–from Fringe . . .and, I guess Dawson’s Creek, too) as a man who finds out that he has stage 4 cancer. Instead of starting treatment right away, he decides to take a spontaneous trip from Toronto to the Pacific Ocean (past Vancouver Island) upon seeing “Go West, Young Man” under a rim of a Tim Horton’s coffee cup. Although I love (LOVE) seeing the “world’s biggest” stuff he comes across and the scenery he passes along the way, I especially love the thoughts that the movie provokes. Namely: what would you do if you only had one day, one week, one month to live? I’m going to tackle this, more fully, in another post. But, one thing I thought of was: have more adventures.

There are always (and there always will be) things that come up when I think about going off and doing something or travelling somewhere. I started this year by planning for adventure in a way that allows me to see what’s coming up but also feels spontaneous and free. You see, I haven’t come up with my full list of 36 before 36 yet (things I’ll start doing from July 1st–the day after my 35th birthday).  I have some more dreaming and scheming to do for my bucket list, which will likely lead to some ideas for my 36 by 36 list. What things go on my lists? Things that make me think “I’ve always wanted to. . .” and things that make me feel excited about the month ahead, knowing I’ll get to go to or do or make whatever it is. No more boredom. No more waiting for exciting things to happen.

Another quest, which I will start in 2016, is the one where I visit every Canadian province and territory for at least 2 weeks each, by 2022. I have a few guidelines to follow for each one, including: I must connect with 2 new people, I must visit at least one museum/art gallery/cultural institution, I must visit more than one town/city. . .and others I’m still thinking of.

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