As many of you will know, The Big Adventure Family was born out of the inspiration and reflection that resulted from our time at the brilliant Yestival, back in September 2016. As a result, our family focus has become very much about “saying yes to adventure”, however big or small, and getting ourselves back out there (now with a little person in tow) and re-connecting with our previously adventurous and outdoorsy selves. Discussing this new lifestyle focus with my ‘tribe’ of awesome Mummies one day over a cup of cold tea and with one eye half on a paint and glitter-covered child, our message and ideas seemed to really hit a chord. The Mummy tribe agreed – it’s so easy to lose yourself and your priorities in amongst the blessings and craziness of parenthood and family life. And so the word of YES was embraced by all and our little village YES GROUP was born.
Every member was allocated a month and very simply, for that month they were responsible for organising an activity – something they’ve always wanted to do but never got around to, something wacky, something different, something they love…. Whatever… most importantly just something for us all to do together.
So far, our commitment to YES has seen us giggling along together at a stand up comedy night, testing our skills and strength (and crying with laughter) at an adult gymnastics glass, expanding our entomological knowledge at a talk by the local Science Exchange on ‘why we should love wasps’, watching the sun rise and listening to the sweet song of the morning chorus on a 4am ramble along the local river, and camping for a long-weekend with 9 families (7 adults and 21 kids!!) at Adam Henson’s Rare Breeds Farm in the Cotswolds.
Sure – none of this is mind-bogglingly “adventurous” or something that we couldn’t do otherwise, but the fact is that without each other and without the incentive of the YES group, we probably wouldn’t prioritise it! Having our little group makes us commit to the YES activity and importantly, by saying “yes” to someone else’s suggestion, we are all exposing ourselves to activities that we may not naturally try ourselves!
I just feel very lucky to have found my ‘tribe’ who embrace the yes philosophy and feel my life is a little more fun, interesting and probably ridiculous as a result. Love it!
P.S. note to self, I must take more photos of our Yes activities!