Lessons in Adventure from #BelleLive

Lessons in Adventure from #BelleLive

Sometimes you just have to climb on the plane & go for it.

When I first heard about #BelleLive I had a brief wistful moment wishing I could go and then put the idea away. That is, until April wrote a blog post looking straight into my soul, and practically compelled me to come. Sometimes you have to go for it even if it seems crazy.

I am so glad I changed my mind and flew to San Francisco to be on the front row at Creative Live. I learned so much, met some amazing people, and stepped out of my comfort zone {from behind the camera and right into April’s “hot seat”!}

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Creative Live I encourage you to go for it! I’ve never met a team of people who were more supportive & amazing. I could gush all day about the experience itself, but what I really want to share with you are my Aha Moments.

Creative Live Studio Front Row

While April was there to teach us about digital products and branding I came away with some unexpected lessons. Here is what #BelleLive taught me about adventure


This concept seemed like rocket science to me. When you have a list of ideas… choose the easiest one. Do it first.


It’s not in my programming to seek out the easiest path first. My overachiever-perfectionist self usually goes for whatever is hardest. {Can I get an amen?}

April pointed out that by starting with the simplest idea {as long as you’re passionate about it} and completing it you give yourself a small win and gain confidence to move on to bigger more complicated ideas. It also gives you momentum.

To put it like Kris with a K, “Keep it Simple Sister.”

I love looking at the concept of adventure through this lens. Not every adventure has to be a giant epic. Start with something easy.

Creative Live, SF

What’s a simple pleasure you love, but rarely allow yourself to indulge in?

Give yourself a mini-adventure today. 

[Tweet “There is great power in easy. Aha Moments from #BelleLive. http://www.kindlecuriosity.com/bellelive-taught-adventure/”]


When you’re passionate about something it shows. It’s contagious. It allows other people to pipe up and admit they’re wild about it too.

We don’t have to be world class potters or scuba divers or painters to start. If we’re longing to try something new we should go for it. Even if we might not be perfect right away. Even if we’re beginners.

Give yourself permission to start where you’re at.

Creative Live, SF


April encouraged us to turn “that doesn’t work for me” into “HOW can this work for me?”

Instead of telling ourselves we don’t have the time or money for adventure right now, why not look for ways we can live more adventurously, right where we are?

  • Sasha Martin traveled the world from her very own kitchen… cooking a dish from every single country.
  • ByElsieB is challenging herself to have a Handmade Christmas and encouraging her readers to do the same.
  • Hundreds of thousands of NaNoWriMo novelists are tapping away at their keyboards and exploring the landscapes of their own imaginations this November.
  • Francine, of Callaloo Soup, began the Slow Reading Challenge, to read a paper book for 30-40 minutes a day.

When we expand our idea of adventure to include our own hometown, our backyard, or between the pages of a good book it opens us up to so many more opportunities to infuse an adventurous spirit into our lives.

Flying to Creative Live

[Tweet “When we expand our idea of adventure we can infuse more adventurous spirit into our lives. http://www.kindlecuriosity.com/bellelive-taught-adventure/”]


And for those big dreams… the scary ones… the ones we push into dusty corners and wistfully label “someday.” I challenge you to take them out of your mental attic and do one small thing every day to move toward that goal.

Want to illustrate a children’s book? Get out a pencil and sketch.

Want to visit every single state? Book a weekend trip to the nearest.

Want to start your own business? Sign up for April’s newsletter. {And then check out her Creative Live courses.}

 What is your “someday” adventure?

Let me know what step you’re taking toward it in comments below. 🙂



P. S. Want some fun printable worksheets to start brainstorming your next venture? Check out my FREE Adventurer’s Handbook.

  • Lucy Parsons

    Sarah, thank you so much for linking to my Handmade Christmas challenge! You’re a superstar! I hadn’t thought of it as an adventure, but I suppose it is! You’ve made me see the adventure I’ve been having on the internet while I’ve been kept at home with small children to care for. I may not be able to physically travel but my mind and my entrepreneurial spirit certainly can! Thank you.

    • You are very welcome! I love it! We’ve already bought a lot of presents for this year (we did it gradually through 2014 when we found things on sale), but I have a few handmade things in the mix. I’d love to do more next year! Thanks for reminding me of how much I enjoy making things for people. 🙂

      • Lucy Parsons

        It’s a pleasure! Too many people these days are disconnected from their own potential to produce beautiful things ( and anaesthetised from their sense of adventure…).

  • diana

    Awesome amazing post, Sarah! <3 <3 <3 it! Clear, concise takeaways that are absolutely spot on. Thank you so much for sharing! (Really liked the tweetables too. 🙂

    • Thanks for commenting Diana! And the click-to-tweet plugin is super fun and easy! Thanks so much for tweeting it out. 🙂

  • Yes! One little thing each day will make your big scary dreams come true! I love it!

    • Absolutely! What dream are you going to start taking baby steps toward?

      • I just now realized you had asked me a question! I’m so sorry! I’m working toward the release of collections in my shop this year. I can’t wait to show off cohesive ideas for people planning big celebrations.

        • No worries! I’ve been watching your launch on social media and am super excited for you! Looks awesome. 🙂

  • I love it, Sarah!

    Just keepin’ it simple over here, as one does.
    AND I love the idea that adventures can be easy too! That totally works for me; the big ones are amazing and wonderful, and I will never stop having them…but they are exhausting! I like that I can have a small adventure without emptying my reserves.


  • Amen sista!!!!

    I love taking simple adventures in books!

    I’m taking an adventure this summer to a blog course. This will be soooo NEW for me & I’m pumped!!!

    Love your click to tweet…and so did it….I need that on my blog! Adding to the list! 🙂

    • Fun fun fun! And yay for adding Click to Tweet! I love it when blogs make it easy to share the awesome. 🙂

  • Dee Sasser Burleson

    Thank you Sarah for your encouragement for adventure and doing something easy! I needed to hear this! Touring / experiencing / photographing / blogging about my own city is something I want to take the time to do. Love your style – it is very similar to mine. Take care!

    • So glad you enjoyed the post Dee! Exploring the local area is one of the things that inspired me to blog. I moved here last year, and have been exploring and blogging ever since. I’d love to read your local-adventure blog posts! Let me know where to follow along. 🙂

      • Dee Sasser Burleson

        Thanks Sarah! I see you found my photography page on FB. My website & blog are a work in progress. Hopefully will be able to start back on it at the first of the year. You can see the beginnings at http://www.deeburleson.com. It also has a link to flickr where I post most of my photos. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

        • Thanks Dee! I love your National Park quest and the blog post about Nashville. Let me know when you post a new local adventure blog so I can share it on social media. 🙂

          • Dee Sasser Burleson

            That would be great! Thank you so much! Looking forward to more of your posts.

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  • Love this! I took some very similar themes home with me on my notecard. 😉

    And thanks for the reminder that adventures can be small! In fact, this post has inspired me to have a mini adventure today and hit up one of the local things-to-check-out that I’ve been wanting to do for a year now.

    • Thanks Kiffanie! And huzzah for mini-adventures! 🙂

  • Great post, Sarah. I watched CreativeLive, and it was awesome! I learned a lot and have several things to think about. The biggest lesson I learned was: the best way to achieve a goal is by taking little steps at a time. Every step (action) should take your closer to what your trying to achieve.

    Thanks for sharing. I love your blog!

    • YES! It’s all about making forward motion one step at a time! 🙂

  • Yay! It was so great meeting you and the other Supers! It is fun having this rad crew to share adventures with.
    The power of small steps cannot be denied! Droplets of water over many years have forged canyons.

    • Thanks Richelle. It was great to meet all of y’all too. Love your quote about droplets forging canyons! Jane should make a stamp art out of that one. 🙂

  • Jennifer Johnson Scerri

    Great post, Sarah 🙂 Yes, the power of not needing to be perfect is soo liberating! I am taking baby steps towards the Etsy shop by signing up for Adobe creative cloud and next paycheck taking an online course on turning doodles and drawing into digital art. Putting my “mental tightrope” on the ground instead of 30 feet in the air makes my big dreams feel attainable and the process of getting there enjoyable instead of tedious. xoxo, Jen

    • I can’t WAIT to see your inspiration printables! Have fun playing around while you learn Adobe. Love the metaphor of putting your tightrope on the ground. That’s how we did it in gymnastics class. First, on a chalk line. Then, on a one inch foam beam. Then, a beam a few inches from the ground. Then the big beam! So glad this post resonated with you. 🙂

  • Erika Swafford

    Awesome adventure, Sarah! I had the same mind-blowing moment you did when April said to pick the easiest idea and do it now… duh! I’ve been totally thinking about product ideas the wrong way – the hard way!

    I’m so glad you decided to go to CreativeLive – looks like it was a blast!

    • Thanks Erika! So cool that we had the same “Aha Moment”. 🙂 Definitely a lesson I know I’ll need constant reminder of, but I love it!

  • It’s funny I how came to this same idea about a week ago. I have since a young child wanted to see all of the US. Right now, I can’t. Money and health issues. But I can still have an adventure in my own area. I can do small things. It’s having fun and making memories to me that counted, not the places.