1. Hi, Christie – I greatly appreciate your follow-ups in this series. I agree that it is important to continually challenge ourselves to learn new things. I am currently taking an on-line smartphone photography class. Who knew that there were so many cool tricks available at the tips of our figures.
    I look forward to your continued posts in this series.

    • Thank you Donna. A smartphone photography challenge sounds like a great idea. I have a larger camera, and I spent some time playing with the settings. However, in reality, more than 90 percent of my photos are taken with my phone. I need to learn some of those cool tricks!

  2. Hi Christie – I think trying new things is a great way to keep our brains active and it also gives us a confidence boost when we conquer a new skill. What I’ve come to learn is that it’s okay to be bad at something – either in the beginning and then you improve, or just awful at it and eventually you try something else. Trying is what’s important, improving is a bonus, conquering it is the icing on the cake. Learning to ride my new scooter with confidence has been such a blast – I still smile every time I go a bit further – especially with traffic around me!

    • Yes, Leanne, I couldn’t agree more on the importance of allowing ourselves to be beginners…to look foolish…to find out we don’t want to pursue something in order to make room for the possibility that we will find something we love to do. I am impressed that you are learning to ride a scooter with confidence. That takes real courage. I purchased some basic crocheting supplies and an A to Z book. Last night I crocheted my first 12 inches of chain stitch. 😁

  3. I used to do a series about stepping outside my comfort zone. Challenged myself to do one thing each month that was a stretch. Hmm, now to think of something each day of March that would be a stretch for me. Wow, that really will exercise my brain!! Let me see what I can come up with.

    Can’t wait to see your crocheting. I have often thought I would like to learn to do that. But I have so many other irons in the fire…the unfinished mosaic, scrapbooking, painting, and several cross stitch pictures in various stages of completion. Do you know what you are going to make? Or are you just going to learn how first and then concentrate on making ‘something’?

    I bought chop sticks and told myself we – love to include PC in all of my hairbrained ideas – would start eating with them. Maybe I need to break them back out. Thanks for the inspo!!

    • You do have a lot of irons in the fire, Leslie, and so many creative pursuits in progress. Maybe just break out the chopsticks and use them for one meal each day. That definitely counts. I’m focusing on learning one new skill: crocheting. I bought some basis supplies and a how-to book. We’ll see how it goes! I haven’t chosen a project yet. My first goal is to just master the basic stitches. I might have one long chain or a big square by the end of March. 😂

  4. Cindy

    I knew “try new things” was coming (from your first blog about memory health) and I’ve been giving this one some thought. Originally I thought I’d like to learn Spanish, now that the time has come it seems a bit overwhelming. Maybe if I learn a word a day…? On a much easier scale, I haven’t done a puzzle since a was a kid. Maybe I’ll give that a try and take a break from cross word puzzles.

    I know how to crochet a big, uneven square or rectangle!😂 But it’s so fun and relaxing.

    • Hello Cindy. I love that you were planning ahead for this one. I definitely think you should try a jigsaw puzzle. It took me a little while to get into mine, but once I did, I loved it. I’ve passed all mine on or I’d give you one to try. As for Spanish, check out the Duolingo app. You can go at your own pace. I think you would like it. I’m having fun with the crocheting. So far it’s one long uneven chain, but as you said it’s relaxing and kind of rewarding.

  5. Hi Christie, I am always curious to learn more about keeping my brain healthy. #4 on your list is always a challenge for me all of my life. I believe our sleep patterns are partially how we are wired. And, we can adopt habits to help. I will think about “out of my comfort zone” and something new to try. Always a great post, Christie.

    • Sleep is a tough one. I’ve been watching a Master Class by a sleep scientist. It’s quite interesting. He covers the science of sleep, how it works, why it’s important, and of course, how to improve it. It is very enlightening. I’ll share the highlights next month, but you may find the entire course worthwhile. I look forward to hearing what new thing you decide to try. I’m actually really enjoying learning how to crochet…and by that I mean learning the stitches, so I can make an uneven blob with some really unique self-made stitches. 😂

  6. Christie, I love your focus. Taking care of our brains is absolutely key to living along and fulfilled life. In the month of March I am looking to finish up a few classes so that should keep me moving.

  7. I like your challenge to do something outside your comfort zone daily in March. I wonder if I have naturally done that or if I’m fooling myself. Regardless, I’ll keep this idea in mind each day as I look for something to do, as I wait, wait, wait for my opportunity to be vaccinated.

    • Hello Ally! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve signed up for my first dose later this month. If I can find the single-shot vaccine before then, I will do it. I’m looking forward to a time when I can try some new things further from home. Good luck with stretching your comfort zone during March.

  8. I really believe in doing things to keep my brain as active as possible. Besides things I do daily, the last thing I do in bed before closing my eyes is to play two crossword puzzles on my phone. One medium difficulty level, the other hard. It greatly disappoints me when my husband doesn’t see the benefit in doing such for his brain. He’s next to me playing poker or scrolling TikTok.

    • I haven’t done a crossword puzzle in a while. I’ll have to give that a try. I’ve been doing Sudoko and jigsaw puzzles. As I mentioned, I am also learning to crochet. That definitely works my brain! 😂

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