On…. Trying Something New

Alright, here’s the question of the day: When was the last time you tried something new?

Seriously. Think about it, and give yourself an answer. Maybe you’re one of those happy-go-lucky people who has no problem trying new things and is even excited at the prospect. Or maybe you’re one of those people who’s stuck in his/her ways and prefers to stick to what you know. Either way, the choice is yours – but why not try something new every once in a while?

Let’s take me, for instance. I’m not huge at trying new foods. My thought is: I’m not going to pay $15+ for an entree at a restaurant if there’s a chance I might absolutely hate it. The time for trying new things at a restaurant is when you have the chance to sneak a little off a friends’ plate.

On trying new experiences – and new things in general – I really am trying to open my mind and go for it! Sure, things could not end great, but at the same time, who knows what could happen? Trying something new could be the best thing you do for yourself today, this week, this month. So do it!

I tried something new this past weekend in going to my first live racing event out at the Holland Speedway in Holland, NY. I’ve never really watched any sort of racing on television so this really truly was my first experience in that world. I didn’t know if I was going to enjoy myself, or think it was a total bore — but I tried it anyways!

In the end, I thought it was pretty interesting. Even if it’s not my cup of tea (I may need to check it out a bit more to really get a feel for it and decide on my thoughts), I’m glad I went. And who knows? Maybe I’ll go more next summer (the local racing season is pretty much over now) and maybe I’ll really start to enjoy it more and more.

As moms always say — You’ll never know until you  try.


On Opportunities and Adaptability

Whenever someone asks me what one of my best qualities is, I always say this: I’m able to adapt fairly well, and am always ready to jump in and try my hand wherever I’m needed. I’ve found that to be an incredibly important trait, and I think it’ll carry me far. Being able to be flexible and dive right in has allowed me to expand my circle of capabilities, learn a lot of new things and I intend to keep going on that stretch.

For instance, writing is my specialty. It’s always been my specialty and probably always will be. But I don’t want that to be the only thing I’m good at. I want to be good at a multitude of things; I want to get my name out there, any way I can, make connections, grow relationships and foster the community with a sense that if someone needs something done, I’m there and ready to rock.

A lot of this, for me, has surrounded hockey. What began as just-for-fun attending the games of the OJHL’s Buffalo Jr. Sabres has turned into more.

One day, they needed someone to fill in to videotape the game for the online broadcast, and that’s where it went. I was more than happy to help and while I’m still new to much of it, I feel good knowing that’s a skill I can add to my résumé. I’ve started helping with social media for the team, live-tweeting the games and doing occasional Facebook posts & the like.

This coming weekend, I’ll be trying my hand at the DJ game to fill in as we’ll have somewhat of a light crew for an upcoming game. I volunteered, not only because I want to try new things, but because it’s great to put myself out there in different ways and I’ll be darned if I don’t give it all I’ve got.