In 2008, to celebrate turning 30, I went on an adventure to try 30 different things I had never done before. It was a year filled with travel, friends and tons of fun. It was a year filled with living, and it was awesome.
That same year I was reading some Burning Man forums, and someone presented a challenge to those attending the playa festival – “If you don’t think it will hurt you, say yes.” As a girl who found comfort in her fears, I decided to not just use it as an anthem for my week in the desert, but to try and use it as a motto for my life. It worked. Sort of.
I used to like my couch better than going out. Okay, I still do, but I know that life is about living, so I do projects like ‘Project 30’ and the ‘Live Loud Challenge’ to nudge me out…and hopefully you. I used to say no more often to trying new foods or going new places. I’m trying to be less of a “no” person and more of a “yes” person. Care to join me? What I learned is that you don’t have to say yes all the time. You just have to be brave sometimes. It’s enough to make life a little louder, and I don’t regret memories and making my life a better story.
I turn 33 this year, and I’ve endured almost 3 years of questions about what I’m going to do when I’m 40. 40 things? Why should I wait another handful of years before knocking off numerous experiences and trying new things? I know when I had the project, I tried harder at life. I went more, saw more friends and was overall a happier person. I want a year filled with those things. 33 things to be exact. I want that year now…and I want you to join me. I also want to make new friends who want to join me. I want to start a movement. Tell your friends.
I know not everyone is going to be as ambitious as me, so I’m only asking you to do 11. Can you do 11 things in 2011? Not sure where to start? Join the discussion on ideas for living loud, and start making your list today!
As a final note, this site will hopefully grow and morph and grow some more over the next year, if you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them!