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Favorite Flavors & New Frontiers August 16, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Mindfulness.

When we opt always for the known, ever refusing to dip into the unknown, we close ourselves off from the field of infinite possibilities.

We begin to live in a rut.

Existing in a familiar prison of our own creation, we are both jailer and jailed.


The more new experiences we try, the broader and brighter our lives. Β Instead of contracting and shrinking from life, we expand and stretch our muscles, and create new synapses in the brain.

That’s why I rarely worry about getting my favorite flavor when we go out for ice cream . . . there’s always a new favorite to find.


Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s NEW with YOU?


1. Pix Under the Oaks - August 16, 2013

Hey, those cupcakes look familiar!!!!

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

Uh oh . . . that must mean we’re in a cupcake rut! πŸ˜€

2. suzicate - August 16, 2013

Like you, I can always find a flavor to enjoy!

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

Our last new favorite, thanks to you, is the Blue Bell Pralines and Pecan. πŸ˜€

3. shreejacob - August 16, 2013

Ah! I’ve been in ruts before!!!

Loved the post…:D

You always manage to squeeze so much goodness into so little words!

I’ve been experimenting colouring on black art paper and it’s been AWESOME!!! – it’s making me want to buy some different coloured pens and pencils…but that’s awesome too!! πŸ˜€

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

Thanks, Shree! Here’s to short and pithy posts that share large truths in few words.

Your recent experimenting sounds like FUN. It’s been ages since I got out my paints. Long past time to play with colors.

4. theonlycin - August 16, 2013

Thanks for these words, Nancy. For me, my entire existence is NEW and – really honest here – quite terrifying. But we soldier on in the belief that if we embrace change joy can’t be far off.

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

Yes! You are facing more new frontiers these days than anyone else I know. I hope that your changes —> JOY!

5. Andra Watkins - August 16, 2013

What’s new with me? Hmmmmmm……I branched out and tried a new kind of gin. πŸ™‚ And, it was awesome.

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

There ya go! Spirits light the way . . .

6. Don - August 16, 2013

You won’t believe this but I’ve just come in from having an ice cream. It was an Italian Almond ice cream. And here I read your post, Nancy. The problem is that’s the one I always have. I just don’t have any other flavour. So here’s to changing my flavour. Next time I’m going to strrrretch in to another flavour – I promise.

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

I bet Italian Almond Ice Cream tastes as good as Marzipan. No wonder you don’t normally switch it up.

If you want to start with baby steps . . . just switch from a cup to a cone (or vice versa). πŸ˜‰

7. kateshrewsday - August 16, 2013

Yup, Nancy. It’s good to step outside our cmfort zone. Brave new worlds are waiting for us out there.

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

Even minor stretching makes me feel more ALIVE . . . and makes the colors just a bit BRIGHTER! 😎

Here’s to tasting MORE of what life has to offer.

8. colonialist - August 16, 2013

Trying new ice cream flavours can cause expansion where one doesn’t want it, though!
The comfort of ruts is so tempting. Always ordering a hot dog with the works saves SO much thinking about it.

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

Good point, Col. We’re apt to expand our horizons and our waistlines at the same time. πŸ˜€

9. ericjbaker - August 16, 2013

Definitely a rutter over here, though not to the point that i won’t try a new ice cream flavor…

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

Start small. Same cupcake . . . different frosting. πŸ˜‰

10. Jodi - August 16, 2013

Here’s to something new! I went to my first country music concert this month even though I never listen to country – I loved it!

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

Yay, you! I love it when our NEW experiences are POSITIVE experiences. Makes further experiments far more fun.

Jodi - August 16, 2013

Amen to that!

11. nancycurteman - August 16, 2013

What’s new for me? I’m going to take a scary leap in the dark and be interviewed about my writing on a television station. Send good thoughts.

nrhatch - August 16, 2013

That is SO EXCITING! I’m sending good thoughts and keeping my fingers crossed . . . but I know you’ll do GREAT.

Is it a San Francisco station? Or elsewhere?

12. Tammy - August 17, 2013

Love trying new flavors!

nrhatch - August 17, 2013

Variety is the SPICE of life. *BAM*

13. Three Well Beings - August 17, 2013

I don’t have anything explicitly new, but I do what I can to avoid getting into ruts! I enjoy new experiences and rarely say “no” to an invitation! I am of the opinion that you never know what a new day will bring. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - August 17, 2013

Viewing each day as a new adventure, a new beginning, another chance to get it “right,” keeps us from sinking into a deep rut of “too comfortable to move.” Revisiting “old hobbies” engages us in new ways . . . we are no longer who we were then.

14. Grannymar - August 17, 2013

I am not into cupcakes and I can pass on the ice cream, but I look forward to meeting new people. You never know what wonderful stories they have to share.

nrhatch - August 17, 2013

That’s a great way to inject some NEW into your life without expanding your waistline! πŸ˜‰

15. jannatwrites - August 18, 2013

I tend to stick to my favorites and try new only when my favorites aren’t available. I enjoy the favorites so much, it doesn’t feel like a rut πŸ™‚

nrhatch - August 18, 2013

Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to mess with perfection! If it’s already as good as it gets . . . it’s as good as it gets.

We can always branch out another time. πŸ˜‰

16. Perfecting Motherhood - August 19, 2013

I’ve been watching new movies (well, not that new in age but new to me) and making new friendships this summer. My kids went to art camp for the first time and they loved it. We have new roommates and couldn’t be happier with them. New is good.

nrhatch - August 20, 2013

Yay! Sounds like you’re keeping this FRESH. So glad that your kids had a chance to attend Art Camp . . . they have real talent.

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