I bought train tickets to go up to Montreal next week!
By this time of the year, I usually fall into a routine and start feeling a bit restless. Even T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruelest month.” Sometimes it makes all the difference to shift my daily routine and plan out a place and time for new experiences. And I’m a firm believer in planning spontaneity.
I love the anticipation of learning about a place, giving my bathroom a scrub so I can come back to a clean home, and doing a thorough job of packing. But I’ve never been to Montreal or been on a long train trip in North America. I’m so excited!
A mini guide to planning spontaneity:
1. Schedule an hour with no plans. Spend the hour doing whatever comes to mind. Wonder around your neighborhood or go to the movies.
2. Brainstorm a creative to-do list and keep it somewhere handy. Here’s my list that I go back to, from time to time.
3. But put away that to-do list, if another good idea pops into your head. Follow through with your idea.
4. Learn something new. You could follow tutorials, work with a friend, or sign up for a class. My pottery classes have been truly rewarding.
5. Take opportunities to be kind. Call up a friend and see how she or he has been doing. Give another blogger a heartfelt compliment.
“It is not futile to do what we do. We wake up with energy and we do something. And we make, of course, failures and we make mistakes, but we sometimes get glimpses of what we might do next.” ― A quote by John Cage