Fifty-Two Weeks of Adventure and Discovery for Your Soul

Fifty-Two Weeks of Adventure and Discovery for Your Soul

by Clara Penner


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ISBN-13: 9781452567808
Publisher: Balboa Press
Publication date: 02/06/2013
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.19(d)

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Fifty-Two Weeks of Adventure and Discovery for Your Soul

By Clara Penner


Copyright © 2013 Clara Penner
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ISBN: 978-1-4525-6780-8

Chapter One

The Adventure

Congratulations on your choice to stop just surviving life and start living it, loving it and becoming a part of it. I am grateful that you are joining me for the 52 weeks of adventure & Discovery for your soul! Each week for one full year, you choose something that you want to do to infuse joy into your life. Start doing those things that we are saving for "someday" and do them today! It can be anything big or small or a good mixture of both! You will have space to journal each adventure; you can even add a picture or memorabilia to your page. Creating a journal for you to look back on these wonderful memories of you choosing to start living, loving and becoming a part of your life.

This is a journey that started for me in 1998, with the birth of my son, who was born with a chronic illness. I talk about this journey in my book "Gentle steps on the journey of a healing heart; living joyfully through rocky times". My children taught me to stop just surviving life and start living it, loving it and become a part of it and that I did.

Life never stops helping us grow and learn and this lesson for me; to live my life joyfully seems to be my main navigator at each turn. Living life joyfully can always be something you leave for another day, but what if that day never comes, what if you wait and you don't enjoy the moment? This was brought to my attention once again when my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, stage 4, terminal, the words no one wants to hear. Silence fills the room and time is now the most precious thing. This is not unlike life, it is the same for everyone, every moment ... but when you know you have limited time for sure there is a sense of urgency. My dad was my hero, the center of my family and just an all-around great man, what was I going to do without him in my life I thought? But then I realized as long as my dad was there for me to hug to visit with I was going to enjoy each and every moment with him. I was not alone my whole family joined my dad everyday chatting about great memories; we hung pictures and gratitude boards everywhere to cover the walls so dad could always remember the gift he was to our family. There was never a dull moment in that hospital room, there were always laughs, hugs and of course what is a hospital stay without wheelchair races. For that whole six weeks, each and every one of us lived in the moment. This is what mattered to my dad, not things, but making memories that last a lifetime. The last night of my dad's life, we all reminisced about the life we shared with dad as a family. It was clear how much dad wanted to live, but it was his time to leave this earth. Through my grieving process my sense of living joyfully ignited even more, as I realized yet once again how much of a gift life was, and that time is the greatest gift. This gift of life was mine, and it is each and every person's that is reading this right now. For my dad, those things he put on the shelf for one day, would now stay on that shelf. He never got to experience those adventures. My dad and I talked almost every day; he often mentioned things that he dreamed of doing, even though I knew that he had a fantastic life, those dreams he shared with me about things he planned to do one day, he would never get to experience. That is why I started the 52 weeks of adventure for myself to live this life with even more joy. To try something each week that would make me happy something that was waiting for that someday ... I decided to make it happen today. Then I thought why not share this with others and make memories that last a lifetime!

What is an adventure?

In the dictionary the definition is:

Adventure: an exciting or extraordinary event or series of events

To me life is an adventure; we are here on earth to discover, grow, play and learn so that is exactly what the 52 weeks of adventure is about, this adventure called life.

For my family when my dad was diagnosed with his terminal cancer, our adventure was of love and passion. An adventure of personal discovery for ourselves; finding adventure in what we would have considered very simple things in life prior to this illness. Bringing dad home for his day passes was a wonderful event but an adventure for sure, for dad climbing the 7 stairs to his apartment was like climbing a mountain but with perseverance and patience he always made it. When we were able to take him outside for a walk in his wheelchair it was a treasure to see him soak in every ray of sunshine, at times we would just sit there outside the hospital and look in the sky; it gave him so much peace. I realized that for many people adventures do exist in the most simplest of things, and I loved that.

But an adventure for everyone is different, for a child it may be playing peek-a-boo in the park. For some it might be getting out with friends and going bowling, to others it may be to visit the globe. But what's important is:

What an adventure is for you?

The 52 weeks of adventure for your soul is not meaning to be careless. The 52 weeks of adventure for your soul is for a person to find the calling and awakening of their soul, living joyfully. Give your inner child permission to have some fun. Your adventures are unique to you. Make sure that you are participating in things that you are physically able to, consult your physician to make sure that you are in good enough condition to take on your choice of adventure.

Adventures do not have to be something physical but can be anything such as singing, painting, writing, or creating what dreams are in your heart.

Through these adventure's you can listen to your heart, your dreams, if you need to find others to help you achieve those adventures & dreams you can do that go ahead and make that call. This is your life, your gift, your time; you alone are accountable for how you live it so how do you want to live it?

Adventure Ideas:

*Dance Lessons *Singing Karaoke *Sledding

*Zip lining *Skiing/Snowboarding *Volunteer

*Random act of kindness *Adopt a pet * Walk

*Hike *Family game night *Bowl * Make Snow ball

*Snow angels *Walk on the beach *Build a fort

*Laser Tag *Exercise Class * Travel *Scrapbook

*Read a book *Take a photography class

*Cook new foods *Try out a new restaurant

*Take any class *Learn to bake *learn to cook

*Meditation *Go Carts *Baking *Learn music

These are only a few ideas, there are infinite possibilities and will be unique to you and your life. Start writing your Adventure ideas!

Have fun!

My Adventure Ideas _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

The Discovery

Discover U

Another part of awakening your soul is to Discover U. As you allow yourself to have fun and participate in your weekly adventures you will just become more open to loving and discovering who you are. You will find a natural interest in becoming conscious of who you really are and want to be, so what you want in your life can start showing up. When you become mindful of your actions & thoughts you are able to notice where you are contradicting yourself. You attract things in your life on an energetic vibrational level. Once you align your thought & actions you can attract the people and experiences into your life that match that energetic vibration. For example if you are negative and expect things to not work out, and surround yourself with people who do not treat you the way you feel you deserve to be treated; that's the vibration you are sending out to attract those experiences. Your outside world reflects you're inside world. You create your life so if you want to change the outside world, start by changing your inside world. As you do this you will raise your energetic vibration and attract more of what you want. If you are saying one thing and doing the opposite you are not aligning your vibration, so this is a great place to start. Often we are not even conscious that we are doing this, so be mindful of what you are saying and doing. You do not need to judge it, or feel bad about it only align your actions and words.

This is what this section is for to Discover U. It will bring awareness of what you want and help you bring alignment of your thoughts and actions.

Finding You

The very first step is becoming a player in your own life. Become aware of what you want and who you want to become. Often along our journey we forget who we are and what we want. We start living our lives based on meeting the needs of others. We start to follow a path with no consciousness, no awareness of ourselves. We let our circumstances and other people shape our identity.

When answering these questions I want you to think of who YOU want to be and become not what others want you to be or become!


Journal Prompts:

1. My parent or caretaker told me I was this type of person ...

2. My peers told me I was this type of person growing up ...

3. I have always thought of myself as someone who is, is not, can or can't ...

Anything you do not want to be, replace it with what you feel you are or who you want to become! You have the choice to be who you want to be! You decide! Empower yourself you are worth the investment!

Now form an all empowering identity with awareness of who you want to be ...

Journal Prompts:

1. I am a person who is?

2. What are three words to define you?

The first key to mastering life is mastering YOU! We are all given an equal gift of life. A lifetime to play, explore, discover, love and be loved. Enjoy being you!

Define Our Relationships

Our relationships play such a big role in our life. Yet many times we wonder through all relationships with no boundaries. Boundaries can make your relationships so much more meaningful and much less painful. How often do you catch or don't catch yourself frustrated with someone without realizing that they have no idea why. Thinking things would work out if only they would listen to me. Communication and boundaries with those people we share our life with is essential in building strong and lasting relationships. So much of our identity is tied up in our relationships. Our need to be "right" often overrides any other emotion in a relationship.

To enable you to create a solution you need to change the way you look at the situation. Ask yourself what assumptions am I making? Observe your thoughts and freely choose what to think next. You can focus your energy on making more meaningful relationships. All of our relationships should be win-win. Some relationships can be very damaging to our identity very draining and toxic. We can't control other people but we can take charge of our boundaries, what we need and want in our relationships. Take the time to understand and communicate boundaries and expectations of each person you have a relationship with. Developing your boundaries may be difficult; people may resist and want things to go back to how they were in the past. Remember that a problem can't be solved at the same level it was created.

Change starts with you

Journal Prompts:

1. What are your relationships?

2. What is your role in each relationship?

3. What are you expectations and boundaries in each relationship?

4. How will you communicate your boundaries to each person?

5. List 10 people and list what positive thing you would like to do for them to make them feel special and grateful ...

Begin and end each day with a positive and grateful thought about the special people in your life!

How we attach Meaning:

Each event that happens in your life, you attach the meaning it has in your life. The same exact event could happen to two different people and each one would attach 2 very different meanings to it. The meaning that people attach to an event can have a positive or negative affect on your life. Some negative events they can inspire you and others can paralyze you in fear. Take a car accident for example one person might attach a meaning of that it is a second chance at life and start living inspired and checking off things on the bucket list. To another person they could be paralyzed in fear and have anxiety attacks when it comes to driving. Another example is of job loss one person could attach the meaning that this means better job is out there waiting or an opportunity to move forward with a dream that you have been holding back. Another person will attach the meaning of total loss feel lost can feel depressed and sad. When an event happens you attach a meaning to the event once you have labeled it becomes a part of your identity. Once you have attached a meaning you will form words in your identity to describe yourself like I am fearless, carefree, enjoy life or I am scared and fearful as an example. Then you will apply that to your life and your actions. Let's say you are fearful you will start to work around your fear if you are scared to drive you will change your life around so you won't have to drive. Or if you have decided this was a second chance you may start planning all you can fit in your schedule to participate in. Then you will take the action on the attached meaning and how you have labeled it as a part of your identity.

Journal Prompts:

1. Select an event from your life

2. What meaning did you attach to the event?

3. What label did you put on it

4. How did you use that event in your life

5. Are you using the event to hold you back or push you forward?

You will not just be able to say ok I will just not think that anymore. In order to change the meaning you have attached to it you will need to replace it. Find an empowering meaning to attach to the event. Be grateful look at each event in search of what was learned and how you can apply the new meaning for personal growth. Give yourself credit for things you have accomplished big and small. When you find the meaning in the moment, life open's up!

Journal Prompt:

Go Through your meanings and events. Be aware of what labels you have put on them if they are not empowering then go through this process and re-create the meaning to empower and enrich your life!!

Raise your expectations

This may sound like a small thing but in fact if you want to change your life this is a MUST DO! This step is so powerful. Each person deserves a life filled to the brim with goodness. You need to 100% commit to what you are willing to accept in your life. You need to raise the expectations of yourself, your family, your friends, your co-workers everyone around you. You need to set a standard of what you will accept in your life and live by them. It is important to have a clear understanding of your expectations otherwise it is easy to slip into standards below what you deserve. When you decide your standard Role model your standards of what you expect from others to others.

One day after an exhausting day of fighting with my kids and husband over helping with chores in the house I sat down with them told them of my expectations why these things were important to me through the tears of frustration I thought they had seen the light. Within one hour of my heart to heart that I thought had went so well I was back at square one no one was doing any of the things they had promised only an hour ago. Things seemed to get worse the more I pushed my expectations they more everyone pushed back. Weeks went by and things were no less difficult. One day as I sat in my hallway crying it hit me I was saying one thing to my family but not role modeling these expectations to them; I kept slipping back into accepting my old standards. Raising my expectations of everyone in my life was difficult I lost some relationships and many others went from great friends to friendly waves now and then. This was a hard transition but the relationships that accepted what I needed to improve my life showed me that this was an amazing and needed change. My life is different but so much more empowering. Now I face all my relationships with the knowledge that we empower and truly value the needs of each other! Change is difficult and often we find it easier to fall back into old patterns even if they really needed to be changed. Change needs to be practiced but the more you repeat it the more it will become routine. When you raise your expectations raise them ready to accept no less no matter what comes your way!


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megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
52 Weeks of Adventure and Discovery for Your Soul This was not only a very beautiful (physically) book, but the words it spoke inside of it were just as beautiful.  Clara is very good at helping you see who you really are and sets of exercises for you to do to lead you along that journey.  She really makes you think, and motivates you to actually do in order to change your life.  As I said about her other book (Gentle Steps on the Journey of a Healing Heart), Clara really does come across as if she is a friend and wants to take this journey with you.  Those are the kind of self-help books I like - where you know that the author has been where you are and wants to help you find the love for yourself and your life that she has found. In this book, she talks a little about her father, and his last days on this earth.  The story made me sad because I, too, lost my father - unfortunately, we did not have the warning that her and her family had and were unable to spend his last days with him.  To see the love that she had for him, her family, and herself, was a wonderful thing and I really enjoyed reading her words and working through the exercises that she provides.  With the death of her father, she learned that not everyone is promised a tomorrow and that, in putting off the things that we want to do - long to do - we are putting off ourselves. This book was created to be more than just a book.  It can actually be a journal (or even scrapbook) just for you, with pages that are designed for you to keep track of all the adventures that you go on.   The only problem I had with the book is that there were lots of editing issues, enough that, at times, it took away from the story she was trying to tell, and ruined the beauty of the book.  I hope she can go back and fix those so that people will not be turned off within her first few chapters because the book is definitely worth sticking out until the very end. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.  Please remember that this review is my opinion based on my personal impressions of the book.