When was the last time you felt adventurous?
I’m one of life’s adventurers; I like to continually challenge myself and improve my life, staying positive and upbeat through all life’s twists and turns. Like the rest of the nation, my expeditions have been rather curtailed in the past year, however, that hasn’t stopped me from having “mini” adventures exploring locally and learning new things – even indoors. I’ve found there are new experiences to be had everywhere!
Here are a few mini-adventures from my recent past to inspire you and challenge you to think about life a little differently – I would love to hear what you’ve been up to too; mini-adventure or otherwise!
The “I have fallen over and cannot get up” adventure
I truly love walking, it’s one of life’s little joys; taking the dog for a walk, stretching my legs and getting some fresh air while exploring the network of footpaths and outdoor spaces in the local area. It’s a great way to get some headspace, I do my best thinking walking alone.
One day I went out after some bad weather, the rain had churned the mud up into a slippery sheet which conspired against me until there I was, engulfed, staring up at the sky, feeling rather sore. Like a beetle on its back I wriggled, glaring at my left hip which is calling for a replacement. It dawned on me that no one was there to help me up and I giggled knowing that this would’ve likely been a funny sight to see. Choosing to be positive, I gathered myself up and finally arranged myself into a vertical position – grateful to be stood again, caked in mud but with a smile on my face. How did I manage that? I don’t know! I just gave myself a severe “talking to”. Mind you, I now had a dry clean only coat, beautiful pale cream, and no idea if dry cleaners are essential providers right now. Luckily it brushed clean when left to dry naturally.
The “I have a Land Rover” adventure
Years ago, I acquired a Land Rover – you may be more familiar with them being 4x4s, well mine was a 1X2, being that it was a bike! A bit of a boneshaker and far too much choice with 18 gears but it got me up and down the hills and took me out for lots of cycling adventures, including my nemesis – the big hill on my route home. There was no avoiding this, I live on the top of the hill. When I was out cycling, I always dreaded the incline which seemed to go on forever and so I broke it down into 3 sections
- Section 01) The initial incline which I spent telling myself “I can, I can, I can…”
- Section 02) Feeling less sure I would start to say “I will, I will, I will…”
- Section 03) The toughest, when I got to the top, I’d say “I have I have, I HAVE!!!”
In 2011 I had my first hip replacement and bike riding was my chosen form of remedial exercise for recovery, hence purchasing my Land Rover, albeit a bike, to get cycling into my life – with a new zest! However, I got the chance to try out an electric bike, now that’s a game-changer for me, it was fabulous, simple, easy to get used to and speedy, no gear changing ….. but expensive. I’m saving up for mine now, but I seriously recommend trying one out! I want to have it for the recovery exercise when my second hip is replaced once COVID-19 isn’t holding us all to ransom.
The “Fantastic Coffee and Cake” adventure
My husband and I have a policy of only shopping every third day to keep ourselves safe and reducing our journeys as much as possible. On my way to Bordon, which was part of our essential outing, I happened across Dayne, a local businessman who has just launched Acorns Coffee and Cake with his wife Tracey. Their newly built mobile coffee shop looked just too enticing not to visit and sample their tasty treats – I have to say, they truly are delicious!
It had been bitterly cold, and I could see that Dayne was going to need some protection. Thankfully I came prepared! Being no stranger to the outdoors in cold weather, I knew exactly what they needed – Forever Aloe Lips is my saviour – perfect for dry, chapped or sore lips. Luckily, I always keep a couple on me so I handed Dayne two, one each for himself and Tracey and after a gracious ‘thank you,’ he said, ‘can I use this on my hands?’ – absolutely! in fact, my blog post next month is going to be about 10 unusual uses for a lip balm. Though, if you’re looking for the best hand treatment to rehydrate and protect, it’s the Forever Propolis crème – a blend of propolis from the hive and aloe to keep skin supple and protect on any future adventure. Dayne is using that now.
If you are one of life’s adventurers, or if you are a wannabe adventurer and would like to explore your next move, get in touch.
Forever – The Aloe Company has given me the ability to go on some wonderful adventures and I would love to show you how this opportunity could help your adventurous spirit thrive!