Adventure 299 ~ Learn Some Basic Hungarian Phrases

Do you speak Hungarian?When people hear about my 365 Days Of Adventure project, one of the most common things they say is, “That’s really inspiring, but I just don’t have time for that kind of thing.”

The whole emphasis of the project has been on having a micro adventure everyday. Some of those micro adventures have added up to become mighty big adventures. I’ll also admit that some of my adventures took me a little longer than others ~ in fact, writing the chapters for my unromantic romantic novel seemed painfully long at times (what with all those tragic deaths and no romance whatsoever) 😛

For today’s adventure, I want to show you that it is really possible to integrate daily adventure into your life without it taking too much time. At the moment I am super busy with work, and I’m also keen to tie up the loose ends from some of my larger adventures. And yet, I still have the impulse to break into new adventure territory every day.

My 365 Days Of Adventure project has reminded me that I love to learn new things – and that learning feels really adventurous. When I’m learning something new, I’m pioneering. When I’m learning something new, I’m not sure if I’m going to succeed, I’m not sure if I’m going to bump up against my own edges. When I’m learning something new, I’m learning more about myself.

And now that I find myself in a very busy period, to keep the spirit of adventure alive, I’m going to feed that spirit with learning. A wee taste of learning will be enough to keep the spirit alive. It’s as simple as that!

For today’s adventure, I’m learning some basic Hungarian phrases, helped by Hungarian Pod 101 . What I like about these language-learning videos is that they say that you’ll learn something in less than 3 minutes. My inner adventurer gets excited by that invitation 🙂 . Is it really possible for me to do this? As I’m watching the video, I can feel the thrill of adventure and I can feel the fun of learning too.

You can see if I managed to learn some Hungarian in today’s video. I’m saying “Hello. My name is Jane. Nice to meet you! Do you speak English? I don’t speak Hungarian.”

If you know what brings you to life, I wonder what would happen if you spent 3 minutes a day “feeding” that thing? And if you don’t know what brings you to life, I wonder what would happen if you spent 3 minutes a day experimenting and exploring… until you discovered what brings you to life?

I am just going outside and may be some time.


Adventure 246 ~ Write A Collection Of Haiku Poems [14]

poem about school uniformFor me, the things that really mark the changing of the season are the end of the summer holidays and the beginning of the school term. The first full day of school for my son was this monday and seeing him in his uniform again reminded me :

  • How quickly we, as humans, move through our own seasons
  • How tied I really am to my own heritage (I come from a family of school teachers)
  • How I can already see in my son’s Spring, the seeds of his Autumn (I think the leaves will be spectacular)

For today’s poetic adventure, I’ve written a haiku called “Back to school”. You can read it here , and I read it out loud in today’s video-blog too.

I am just going outside and may be some time.


Adventure 233 ~ Try A New WordPress Widget

I was so excited about my “technological victory” yesterday, that I just couldn’t help myself today 😛 . As I was pretty certain that it would be impossible to put any kind of sign up box in the right-hand side bar of my website, I thought I’d g adventuring and see what I could manage.

And… if you tilt your eyes up to the right, you’ll see that I managed it! I really enjoyed myself working out how to do it (I feel rather pleased with myself, I must admit 🙂 ).

If you’re a blog/website owner, and this is something you’l like to do for your own site, then this is how you do it :

1. Go to Dashboard

2. Go to Appearance

3. Go to Widgets

4. Select and drag “Image” to the side bar

5. Make sure you already have the image you want to put into the side-bar loaded into your Media Gallery.

6. Paste the URL of your image into the appropriate box (you can get the URL if you go to your Gallery, and then click on the image ; scroll down the right hand side, and you’ll see the URL).

7. Paste the target URL (where you want people to end up when they’ve clicked on the image) into the appropriate box.

That’s all there is to it!

I am just going outside and may be some time.


Adventure 224 ~ Write A Haiku

Sycamore Seed PodsInspired by my recent brushes with Nature, today I try my hand at writing a haiku . I explain a bit about what I’ve learned about haiku in today’s video; I also read out my first haiku!

You can read my haiku here.




I am just going outside and may be some time.






Adventure 223 ~ Forage For My Breakfast In The Hedgerow

Well, when you’re out camping, you can get pretty hungry! So today, I decided to see if I could find anything in the hedgerow that I could add to my breakfast bowl 🙂 . (Nature’s larder seems to be quite full at the moment 😛 ).

I am just going outside and may be some time.



Adventure 222 ~ Set Up A Bird Box

Today I set up a bird box! I’ve never had a bird box, table or  feeder in my garden before, so this will be a new experience. I hope it encourages birds into the garden ; I’m looking forward to learning how to identify them 🙂 .

I am just going outside and may be some time.


Adventure 220 ~ Write A Letter Of Thanks [5]

It’s the final day of my letter-writing adventure and today I’m writing a letter of thanks to everyone who has offered support to me whilst I’ve been adventuring! And here it is ….. (it’s for you).

A Letter Of Thanks To Everyone Who Has Offered Support To Me And To My Adventure Project.

Hello you!

When you’re out on the road adventuring , it’s really good to know that you’ll bump into other people as you go (solo adventuring can get a bit lonely at times). If I’ve bumped into you in the last 7 months, this letter is for you because you’ve really made a difference : you’ve offered me the experience of connection, you’ve offered me support, and you’ve shared your time and spirit with me in generous ways.

If I’m honest, I don’t think my adventures would really have been the same without you. So, I just want to let you know that your support has been really appreciated.

If you read my blog : thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to pop by and leave comments . (I know you’re busy, and the fact that you read my words, and watch my video-blogs, means a great deal to me. Yup. You even reading these very words right now is a big deal.)

If you keep up with my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Google+ : thank you! I appreciate the connection and all the retweets, likes, comments  and shares . (You are a fabulous encourager).

If you’ve been inspired to have an adventure or two yourself  : thank you! It’s good to know that there are other  people out there doing their own thing : that makes me smile. (You’ve been in my thoughts).

If you’ve watched my webinars or TV show : thank you! It was good to know that you were watching and it was fun to share the experience with you. (You’ve given me some ideas too : you’re generous in ways that you may not even realise).

If you helped me out by being a guest on my TV show or by being interviewed : thank you! It’s been lovely to discover new friendships and renew old ones. (You really are brilliant.)

If  I’ve written a letter of thanks to you over the last 5 days : thank you! You inspired an adventure. (Wow. Wherever you are in the world : your message got to me. I mean, it really got to me.)

If you are one of my friends, and you continue to listen to me go on (and on) about how brilliant adventuring is : thank you! (No. Really. Because there are another 5 months to go. At least.)

With heartfelt thanks,

Jane (I am just going outside and may be some time, but I do hope to bump into you again).  🙂




Adventure 200 ~ Celebrate In Style

home-made chimineaIt was my 200th day of adventuring today, so I decided to make my celebration the adventure of the day! I bet that most of you will not have seen an outdoor fire like this before! (It was brilliant, by the way and a fabulous recycling adventure 🙂 ).

And for those of you who’d be interested in a fail-safe Irish coffee recipe, you’ll find that in today’s video too.



I am just going outside and may be some time.



Adventure 195 ~ Write A Faerie Story [5]

Today I write, and narrate, the 5th part of my original faerie story. Can you work out what the Hell Gate trolls want to take from Man Donaghy?

[Video not available publicly]

I am just going outside and may be some time.


Adventure 194 ~ A Guided Tour Of The Places Which Inspired ‘The Faerie Thorn’

For today’s adventure, I’m giving you a guided tour of the real places which have inspired my faerie story, ‘The Faerie Thorn’! I’ve found that being in the real setting, or imagining the real setting, has really helped the story to take on a life of its own.

(Oh – and are you wondering how well the gifts I left for the faeries were received? …..)

There are 2 videos today ~ the first video is filmed on Man Donaghy’s farm and the second at the Gortanuey Bridge where the trolls live.

I am just going outside and may be some time.