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When it comes to planning and managing our daily life, we tend to rely on routines to get us from point A to point B. Of course, this is a smart idea, as planning out our daily schedule this way helps us optimize our time, ensures the boring chores are taken care of at a frequent rate, and helps us plan our free time more easily. 

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 That said, routine can sometimes lead to drudgery and a tired sense of going through the motions. Anyone who has driven to work “on autopilot” or washes the dishes listening to the same podcast for the twentieth week in a row knows this feeling.

 This ennui can sometimes become a problem, leading you to lose all zest for going out and experience life as much as you can, and that can even lead to stress, tiredness, or depression. From time to time, then, it’s good to try and challenge yourself, to go out of your comfort zone, and to look at a future you can happily take part in.

To shake yourself up, then, you need to go big. In this post, we’ll discuss some measures for achieving exactly that.

Embrace A Boyhood Dream

From time to time, you just have to focus on ticking something awesome from the bucket list. It might be that you take time to enjoy drive experiences that put you behind the wheel of an incredible sports car, or perhaps you’ll head to a local show and meet a celebrity you care about. Get as nerdy as you like, even if this means heading to Disneyworld and seeing all of the new Star Wars exhibits. A little indulgence goes a long way.

Become A Novice Again

There’s nothing quite as leveling as becoming a novice again, and when you start a new hobby, you get that sense of progression and wonder you may have been longing for. For example, starting to play the guitar again (either with an instructor or using online videos to help you), learning to paint with watercolors, or even beginning a martial arts class can help you feel that sense of novicehood, but as you develop, you begin to see life from a new perspective with a new skill. No doubt you can also make friends through the social setting of a new hobby, as photography clubs or even posting your pictures online can have a big impact.

Share A Passion With Someone You Love

When you share a hobby or practice you love with someone you care about, you again begin to recognize everything wonderful you saw in the habit to begin with. That in itself can be a wonderful approach to take. Children often learn through osmosis, so it might be that you bring your kid into the garage to show them the classic car you’ve been working on, and have her hand you the wrench and other tools to show what you’re doing. Let people get involved, odds are you’re cooler than you think.

With this advice, you’re sure to reassert your passion for life, which from time to time is a necessary effort.


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James' passion for exploration and sense of duty to his community extends beyond himself. This means he is dedicated to providing a positive role model for other men and especially younger guys that need support so that they can thrive and be future positive contributors to society. This includes sharing wisdom, ideas, tips, and advice on subjects that all men should be familiar with, including: family travel, men's health, relationships, DIY advice for home and yard, car care, food, drinks, and technology. Additionally, he's a travel advisor and a leading men's travel influencer who has been featured in media ranging from New York Times to the Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He's also been cited by LA Weekly "Top Travel Bloggers To Watch 2023" and featured by Muck Rack: "Top 10 Outdoor Journalists for 2022".

He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.