A-to-Z 2015 X is for eXplore

eXplore. ┬áOk, I had to use a little creative license here ­čÖé ┬áDuring the summers I spent with my grandparents, Grandma┬áencouraged┬áme to roam the countryside when checking on the cows and pigs. There was a continual flow of new experiences, new books, new animals, plants, places etc. Grandma, especially would urge me to tell her about my great adventures, and then ask questions. ┬áThis caused me to have a love of exploring, not just new places, but people, things, languages, food. animals, well everything. ┬áShe instilled in me an insatiable curiosity to learn. What new things are waiting for you to eXplore?

29 thoughts on “A-to-Z 2015 X is for eXplore

  1. christinarose

    I’m sure you have so many great memories and stories to tell from those experiences!! Next on my “exploration” bucket list is to go on a backpacking trip in uncharted territories. I ALWAYS do a day hike before we pack in, I’m terrified of having a 50+ pound pack on, and hiking for miles upon miles to reach a dead end, and always want to know WHERE I’m going. My husband and I are planning on bushwhacking and developing a new campsite in a area we are only vaguely familiar with. An adventure that will get my out of my comfort zone that I’m eagerly looking forward to!

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    1. shawn

      That sounds awesome! The Boy Scout in me has to say make sure you have a hike plan and that someone knows where you going and when you are expected back. ­čÖé Now that ‘that’ is over, have a great time ­čÖé and thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

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      1. christinarose

        Oh of course. I’m extra cautious in that regard, and make certain we have a few people who know where we are going “just in case” ­čÖé

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  2. Ula

    I’m exploring learning to code, just enough to be competent. Sounds a bit boring compared with what Christina wrote, but programming is an uncharted territory for me.

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    1. shawn

      What language/platform? I have coded in a lot of languages over the years. It can be an very interesting and frustrating journey all at the same time. Good luck on your exploration.

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      1. Ula

        Well, I started with the basics HTML5, and have programmed some using Ruby on Rails. I’m thinking I should at least get a bit familiar with Java Script.

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      2. Ula

        What languages have you learned? Are there any that you think I should become familiar with? Trends are always changing and when I talk with programmers it seems like everyone has their opinion and favorites, but no one really agrees. A trusted friend of mine who is a professor of information technology recommended I also learn CSS and jQuery. That’s probably good advice.

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        1. shawn

          C, C++ Fortran (several flavors) BASIC (too many flavors to remember) SNOBOL, COBOL, Perl, Java and I’ve done some HTML coding . Learning CSS and jQuery is definitely a good thing. I have never done a lot of web development. Mine has been all backend server, heavy lifting type applications. Good luck on your journey. It can be fun if you let it.

    2. roweeee

      UIa, my husband would tell you that I need a bit of programming, especially when it comes to getting to bed earlier. So far, it’s been an epic fail, especially during the A_Z Challenge.

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      1. shawn

        All it takes is to start changing your habits. Go to bed 5 minutes earlier than usual tonight. Just. Do. It.

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        1. roweeee

          Thanks for that. Will do. Now that I’ve finished the A-Z Challenge, hopefully I’ll settle down a bit more. It’s been a challenge researching and writing the posts but so rewarding. Found some really fabulous blogs as well. Pleased to find your and also had a great trip to Japan with Alex Hurst last night. Cheap flight!

      2. Ula

        Glad to hear I’m not alone in that. I’ve been getting just 5-6 hours of sleep in the last month. Too much to do (and read).

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        1. roweeee

          I ended up in Japan last night with Alex Hurst. I think I saw you’ve been there? It was such a wonderful journey but hellish trying to get in between posts. Due to that, I decided to do it in one go…oh boy!!

  3. roweeee

    My explore is the great unknown. For the last two years, we’ve had a home away from home in Sydney’s Palm Beach but the final sale goes through next Tuesday and then it is all over red rover. I was pretty shattered for a few months and we’ve tried to cram in as much time there as we could even though we live at the beach ourselves. Our house is much smaller and doesn’t have pool and waterfront either. The previous owners left kayaks and a little sail boat called a laser behind. We’ve brought them home and will use them locally. That is if it ever stops raining. We’ve also been skiing for our family holiday for the last 3 years and I am thinking of going somewhere else. Not sure though. We do love skiing. Now, that one door has closed, I am sure that something amazing is just around the corner. Perhpas, X marks the spot?!! xx Rowena

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    1. shawn

      Great attitude! Things do change in life and one can choose to be happy or not. That doesn’t mean you don’t try to improve things and make your lot better, you accept where you are. Best of luck!

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      1. roweeee

        That’s well put. I have been thinking about your ideas today with our kids and they’re peculating through. Not the centre of the universe…well said!!

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        1. shawn

          Thanks sharing your thoughts and helping your talk about these concepts! I wish more parents would do so.

        2. roweeee

          I’ve been working on a writing a series of life lessons for my kids since I was hospitalised with dermatomyositis when my kids were 3.5 and 18 months old. To be honest, I didn’t expect to be around this long and I wanted to leave some guidelines for the kids. I was also very conscious that as their Mum, I was also their memory bank and I have kept fairly extensive journals for each of them over the years so they would be able to know more about themselves. I’ve pulled back on much of this since doing the blog.
          I was reading a book called “Letters to Sam” by Daniel Gottlieb just before my diagnosis and found that very inspiring. How you read it? I highly recommend it.

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