Birthday Month Reflection

It’s September, and my birthday month is over. I’ll be honest I didn’t do something to celebrate every single 31 days of August, but I did do quite a lot and had a ton of fun.

Looking back one major takeaway I had from this month – realizing how many amazing people I have in my life. Last month, I joined amazing women from Women on Adventures for a couple of dares. I celebrated with life-long friends, and relatively new friends. I re-connected with a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. And of course there’s always the strong army of my family. It’s pretty cool to really see how many people have your back in life. Thank you to all of you for your love and support!

A quick recap of the month:

  • Surfing
  • Bought my favorite childhood movie
  • Chocolate treats
  • Indoor Skydiving
  • Breakfast with an old friend
  • Vulnerable conversation
  • Booked a flight to San Francisco for surfing part 2
  • Face & hair masks

There’s probably a few others that I’m forgetting.

As I said in my last post, my dares and adventures have only just begun. It’s interesting, when I created my vision board I wrote a post saying I didn’t know how to become the type of person that would just go out and do whatever crazy thing comes up. I think the true trick is to be that person you have to just start. You have to wake up the next day and just do the first crazy dare you’ve always wanted to do. Take a deep breath and then do the next crazy dare, and so on. Before you know it you are that person, up and ready for the next adventure.

I told my friend yesterday, I’m waiting for that lazy crawl into a cave side of me to kick back in. It might. But I think when it does it’ll be temporary and simply to allow myself to rest. I don’t see myself stopping these adventures completely.

In fact, I’ve actually started a 30 Things to Do Before 30 list. I only have 10 things right now, but I’m working on it. There’s travel for sure, real skydiving, motorcycle ride (not to drive it just to be a passenger and see what it feels like), blind date (because it sounds nerve-wracking but a funny story to tell later), and a few other personal ones.

Happy Birthday month to my September birthday friends!

My Point Break Adventure Part 2

Defying gravity once again …

For the second part in my “Point Break Adventure”, I went Indoor Skydiving at iFly. It was my baby steps to preparing to actually jump out of an airplane.

I was a bit nervous when I arrived. The instructor called me to remind me to braid my hair first. I guess the small hairs can get pulled in the tunnel. Yikes! I braid my hair and make my way over to iFly. Technically, I’m supposed to be the host for today’s Women on Adventures event. There were a couple of others RSVPd, but I hadn’t met them yet so I wore my WoA tank top to help them identify me. I told my nerves to buck it up, I had to lead the group in this after all.

Our flight instructor brought us into a room to teach us the correct body positioning and the hand signals while in the tunnel. You can’t hear much so the instructors signal you when to straighten or legs, lift your chin or just relax. She then reminded us that it is a high intensity sport. When you see the videos it looks so easy, like everyone is just floating in the their air tunnel.

Nope! During my first flight I was quite surprised at how difficult it actually is. The air pressure pushes down on your body making it difficult to hold yourself still in the right position. And you have to hold it just right, any variance will make you twist around in weird ways. Once you get it you kind of glide around the air tunnel.

The second turn to fly comes quickly. At the beginning of check-in, they asked if we want to do the “high fly.” This is when the instructor takes you higher up the tunnel to really get the feeling of flying. Originally this was explained to me as a fast full 360 spin. I don’t like spinning sensations, so I said no. However, the instructors essentially force you to do it anyway. On one side it’s a bit annoying because it’s an extra cost, but at the other side THAT was an awesome experience. 

At first one of the instructors helped me get into position again back in the tunnel. Then before I knew it I was floating up and around. It was so cool! No stomach drop roller coaster sensation or dizziness. You barely even feel like you are spinning. It was quite a rush. I don’t really know how to describe, but I walked away with a ton of exhilarated energy.

I definitely have to say, NOW I am actually ready for the real deal. If it was that much of an adrenaline rush just flying in the tunnel for a minute I’m excited to experience the real thing.

The month is almost over, but I’m not done yet! My daring self won’t stop after August 31. I intend to keep this up for many more adventures to come.