Hey there Columbus! We all know that this has been a bitter, bitter– yes, maybe even triple bitter– winter. And so, my goal today is to help you get out of the rut and break up your routine a little to welcome this incoming spring. Here are my top 3 things to help you revive your day-to-day, whether you are a 20, 30, 40, or 50+ some.
1. Try new foods!
Not just for the adventure factor, but for the value of having a meal and sharing quality time with people. Don't just go to a restaurant though, try make it yourself, because even if it doesn't turn out, it will make for a good story. For example, this past weekend my roommate's parents and other family members and friends came over to try some homemade goat stew! The whole experience made an otherwise plain Sunday become instantly awesome. We got to talk and enjoy the whole process, from preparing the meal to the happy surprised faces of the dinner guests when the food actually rocked!
This is not an actual picture of the goat stew, in case you were wondering.
This is! Plus baked plantains, rice, and delicious avocados.
2. Go somewhere
There are plenty of places near Columbus that can be really fun to explore. Grab a friend, your significant other, or kid/s, pack a small bag and off you go! Don't make it complicated, inject a little spontaneity in your life and have an unplanned trip. From my experience, those are always the best. They are always full of surprises, great food and people. In case you wanted some options, here are a few: the usual suspects, Cincinnati and Cleveland, or how about a trip to Cedar Point? Chicago or Kentucky? Camping is also a choice, and if you are not into nature, there's always a day trip to the outlet malls.
3. Become an animal lover
A furry one will always make my day! Even though I can't have pets at the moment, and I highly discourage people from getting a pet when they don't have the time to care for them, it is always fun to play with other people's! Puppies, kittens and even guinea pigs are great to get rid of some stress. My suggestions? If you have a pet already, try to visit a new park, take them for a ride and remember that the winter was bad for them too. If you don't have a pet, no worries, there are plenty of options. Try volunteering at a local shelter, or dog-sit for your neighbors!
I hope these three simple things help you get out of the rut. They have definitely been helping me. And don't forget to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want that goat stew recipe, or if you have any other comments about this or any of my past blogs. Happy Weekend!