Enough already with the sorting and packing and winterizing...I needed a bit of fun today! After finishing the sewing project for my sister this morning, I enjoyed a lovely late lunch with my Dear Husband and on the way home, we stopped at the pharmacy for some household supplies. The colorful boxes in the hair care aisle caught my eye and with Steve's help, I chose a fun and funky color to liven things up! I've never colored my hair with a bright color before, and it was definitely a stretch for me. Although this was my first crazy hair color attempt, I do find that shaking things up a bit on a regular basis helps me to stay open and engaged with the world around me. I admit that dying your hair purple is a bit more a shake-up than most of you are probably up for, but I would encourage you to take one small purposeful action outside your comfort zone. I believe by doing so on a regular basis, you can strengthen your ability to engage in the world, you can be more present in your own life, and more attentive to those you care about. We too easily become dulled by the routines of our daily life and blinded to the beauty and richness of the world around us. The action can be as simple as choosing to wear a scarf, a tie, or a shirt in a color or pattern outside your usual palette. Visiting a store that is not in your typical sphere and just walking around observing what's there can help broaden your perspective. How about spending an hour at a garden center, a hardware store, or a fancy gift shop? I like to walk the aisles of a hardware store and try to imagine alternate and creative uses for the objects I find there. What if you took a different driving or walking route to familiar places, or visited a tourist attraction in your own town and pretend to be a tourist. Eating at a new restaurant, trying a different cuisine, or even cooking a new dish are all ways to shake it up. The key is to keep an open mind and try to take in the new experience without judgment. We too often pre-judge an experience based solely on what we think it will be like, rather than allowing ourselves to openly and fully experience it. You won't like everything new you try, but if you give it an honest chance, you will learn something from it. So, my purple hair and I encourage you to try one thing that's out of your comfort zone in the coming week and I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!