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Trying New Things

From Amsterdam to Paris

Abby Klinkenberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | College
Abby Klinkenberg

It was the last time I will be in the Netherlands for a while -- my year in Paris is nearly finished. This trip was more a last hurrah than anything -- and last hurrahs don't end by slinking back to the city with your tail between your legs. Last hurrahs end with hitchhiking.

Don't Just Spring Clean Your House -- Spring Clean Your Life

Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D.

When you spring clean your house, you take stock of what you have, get rid of things you don't need, organize what is left, and clear space to bring in new things. You need to do these same things to spring clean your life. This means getting rid of things that no longer work for you.

Surfing the Spiritual Sport

Peg Samuel | Posted 04.28.2014 | Women
Peg Samuel

Over the last few years, I've taken up summer surfing in a major way. For me, it's an exhilarating and dangerous sport -- and a spiritual experience.

A Ritual Ties Past Lessons to Future Hopes

Suzette Standring | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Suzette Standring

Try this unforgettable New Year's ritual that can tie past lessons to future hopes. Years ago my invitation read: A Gathering of the Goddesses Th...

The 5 Craziest Things I Tried In 2013

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Some days, I divide the world into people who go to a favorite restaurant and order the same dish each visit and those who listen to the waiter recite the chef's nightly specials and then actually try one of them. There is, of course, the group in-between: those who listen to the specials but knew from the time they made the reservation what they would be eating. At least they go through the motions of considering change.

Do What Works For You

Mike Robbins | Posted 02.11.2014 | Style
Mike Robbins

In the spirit of "doing what works for me" I decided to record my very first video blog post (a.k.a. "vlog") and instead of writing an actual article,...

Sometimes You Just Need to Get Lost

Jennifer Maffett | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Maffett

These seven exercises will strengthen your mental flexibility, prepare you be more resilient to change and help you be more successful at work (because nimble thinking is often rewarded). And frankly, maybe you'll have some fun doing things differently for a change.

Why the Cliche 'Try New Things' Is Sacred

Anthony Badami | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Anthony Badami

Disruption necessitates exploration and uncertainty, which means that "trying new things" is not merely a well-worn cliché but an urgent moral imperative. It is, it seems to me, sacred.

Flying Out of the Zone

Lisa Borchetta | Posted 04.02.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Lisa Borchetta

I was flying!!! And it was incredible. And in that moment -- I realized -- that I had to change how I saw myself -- because I had become one of those kinds of people who goes hang gliding.

From Proud New Yorker to Deliberately Texan: My One-year Transformation

Jayne Chobot | Posted 01.21.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Jayne Chobot

Physically I have changed. Of course I am most definitely wearing brighter colors, more make-up, longer and, yes, bigger hair, and higher heels than I ever thought I would or could -- at times, a conscious choice in a "if you can't beat 'em... " mindset, and sometimes I even surprise myself.

Trying Something New (WATCH)

Posted 11.09.2012 | MarloThomas

When I started MarloThomas.com, there were a few things I was sure I wanted to incorporate into the site, and one of them was comedy. I have discovere...

Why Surrendering to fear Isn't Always a Bad Thing

Emily Kaufman | Posted 11.27.2012 | Women
Emily Kaufman

The older I get, the more I want to challenge myself to push through fear and not allow it to interfere with my life.

WATCH: Confronting My Fear Of Snakes

Emily Kaufman | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Emily Kaufman

My dad and I share a real fear of snakes. In fact, he still tells the story about how disappointed he was in himself as a young boy because in order to get a Boy Scout merit badge, he had to hold a snake... and he just couldn't bring himself to do it.

'I'm Trying 49 New Things Before I Turn 50': One Woman's Genius Challenge

Emily Kaufman | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Emily Kaufman

All of these new experiences produce fear. If I didn't feel afraid of trying some of this stuff, I would really be nuts. Fear lets me know that this is real, and there are consequences, and I am alive. Feeling the fear is a good part of this journey.

That Stupid Feeling

Maria Rodale | Posted 10.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

I hate feeling stupid. But we've all been there: That Stupid Feeling that comes when we should know what we are doing and we don't. Or worse, when w...

Why Do We Stop Saying 'Yes' To New Experiences?

Linda Durnell | Posted 10.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Durnell

When we are asked to be spontaneous, it can bring up a host of anxieties related to loss of control or the fear of the unknown. But we do not have to keep our lives small to be safe.

The Value Of Productive Stupidity

Leonard A. Schlesinger | Posted 09.29.2012 | College
Leonard A. Schlesinger

Whatever their interests, students should find a place to study that helps young people acknowledge their "productive stupidity" and use it as a base for engaging in problem-solving and discovery.

Buddha Doodle -- 'Curiosity'

Molly Hahn | Posted 09.29.2012 | Good News
Molly Hahn

Today is the first day of my teacher training for Yoga! Onward with Bravery :)...

WATCH: I Have To Ask: What Is Something You've Always Wanted To Try?

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

Microphone in hand, I asked pedestrians around New York: What is something you've always wanted to try, and what has been stopping you from doing it? ...

When Your Great Isn't Good Enough Anymore, Then What?

Lisa Arie | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Arie

The most important question to ask yourself at this point: Are you ready to move from the comfort of your current story to your next big thing?

Merrily Skipping Into the Unknown

Jen Sincero | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jen Sincero

Our thoughts and perceptions define our realities, so redefine the way you perceive the unknown. Start thinking of it as exciting, exhilarating, something to throw yourself into and conquer.