Seize the Day

Kia Ora Mates! A year ago today I was on a plane headed around the world to the amazing countries of New Zealand and Australia. After 21 hours in the air, I arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on Dec. 3. I stayed for a month, first touring both islands of New Zealand with a tour company called Haka Tours and then visiting the east coast of Australia. To read all about my exciting adventures Down Under, check out my travel blog called Scribbles & Snapshots:

It's a long way down... Taking a break at the edge of a very steep cliff on the north island of New Zealand.

So what’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done in the past year? Venturing around the world by myself is definitely high on the list for me. My trip Down Under forced me to step out of my comfort zone and that’s a good thing. I think too many of us are guilty of getting too comfortable in life, just sinking back and letting the world pass us by. I decided awhile ago that I wasn’t going to live like that. I want to seize each and every moment whether I’m at work or play. I truly believe that every day is a gift from God.

And this doesn’t mean that you have to travel around the world. You can step out of your comfort zone and have an adventure right in your own community, city, province, state or country. Maybe volunteering at your local soup kitchen is stepping out of your comfort zone. Maybe learning a new language is an adventure. Maybe joining a book club with strangers is stepping out of your comfort zone. Maybe starting a new job in a new city is an adventure.

This makes me think of the Tim McGraw song, Live Like You Were Dying. Would we live our lives differently if we knew we were dying? If so, how would we live our lives differently? Take a few moments to listen to the song.

Here are some photos from my Down Under adventures. These are some of my attempts to live like I was dying.

Black water rafting 65 metres underground... did I mention there were eels in the water?!
Yes, I'm inside this big ball along with two of my tour mates rolling down a hill. It's called zorbing. When in New Zealand, do as the kiwis do!
In the cockpit of a small airplane. I learned to fly a plane on the south island of New Zealand. Flying over the glaciers was cool.
Sky diving in Wanaka, New Zealand. I jumped out of the small airplane in the background of this photo from 13,000 feet. And I have the video to prove it! (The words "Kia Ora from Wanaka" are written on my hand).
Do I look scared? Bungy jumping in Taupo, New Zealand. The platform was 47 metres above the clear blue water.
Jumping out of my comfort zone... I also have the video as proof.
It wasn't all extreme adventures. I did some calm activities as well such as bone carving. In this photo I'm making a necklace which I wore for the rest of the trip.
And being the farm girl that I am I was right at home at the Sheep Show in New Zealand! I even volunteered to milk a cow on stage.
I ended the trip with a bang watching New Years Eve fireworks in Sydney, Australia with my best Kiwi friend Becx.

As we approach a new year where many New Year’s Resolutions will no doubt be made, I encourage you to make a resolution to live life to the fullest. As the Dodge commercial suggests, Grab life by the horns!


Kia Ora Mates translated: Kia Ora means an informal “hi” in New Zealand. Mates is Australian slang for “friend.”


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  1. Awesome – I love your sense of adventure! You definitely have lived like you were dying! Would love to do so many of those things (except perhaps the bungie – not my cup of tea!!!) Looks like a crazy awesome trip.

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