Quest by Number - Week Eight

It's the final week of Quest by Numbers!

Yay! This week is all about love for ourselves. When you love someone, you show that love through kindness and affection. All too often we indulge in negative self talk. We focus on the parts of ourselves we don't like, while ignoring what makes us special. This objective is designed to help us reflect on (and remember) what makes us awesome. This might seem like a silly exercise- and maybe it is... but that doesn't mean it's not important! (You just might learn something about yourself while completing this micro objective!)

1- Grab your journal one last time. (One last time for this quest, that is!)

2- Time to prep! Set a timer for 10 minutes or more. At the top of your journal page, write "Reasons I'm Awesome," "Things I LOVE About Me," or something else along those lines.

Tip: I might be fun to challenge yourself to come up with a particular number of reasons you're awesome. Can you come up with 50? 100?

3- Use your allotted to fill your paper with tons of reasons, big and small, that you're awesome. (I'm sure there are plenty to choose from!)

And that's it! When the timer goes off (or you've hit your numbers goal) stop. Remember to save your list, as it will come in handy for Thursday's micro objective... See you then!


This is it!

This is the final objective for Quest by Numbers. (Pat yourself on the back for making it this far!) This micro objective will create a little reminder to continue to think highly of yourself. You're amazing, so don't forget it!

1- Print out the "Why I'm Awesome" mini poster. You can print a half sheet or a full sheet. (Note: If you'd rather not print the sheet, you can re-create it by hand.)

4- Choose your top ten favorite reasons you're awesome. (If you did the other week eight micro objective, you should reference the list you made.)

5- Fill in your poster with your top ten reasons.

6- Hang your poster somewhere you can reference it often.

As two great men, John and Hank Green, often say, "Don't Forget to Be Awesome!"

And just like that, we're done! As soon as you've earned all eight colors by completing at least one of two weekly Quest by Number micro objectives, you've earned your badge. It's time to display it with pride! (If you don't have one yet, you can get one in the Scout Store.)

Thank you for completing this journey with us. Now, on to the next quest!

Quest by Number - Week Seven

Have you chosen to CONNECT yet?

A "CONNECT" micro objective is one that inspires you to reach out to another human being. (After all, isn't that a huge part of what the good parts of life are all about?) So far, we've asked you to send a postcard, give a gift, and plan a date! As you've been offered a choice between two micro objectives each, it's very possible that even if you're stayed "current" with this quest, you haven't chosen a "CONNECT" action. This micro objective is your chance to change that! (Or, to add to the connections you've been making!)

1- This is an easy one! Choose a cherished friend or loved one you haven't talked to in a while, and whose current contact information you have. 

2- Send your loved one an I love you text! Let them know you've been thinking about them and that you care about them.

And that's it! We told you this one an easy one! While this is a simple micro objective, the impact, for both you and your loved one, can be huge. Go ahead, make someone's day!


What do you want out of this year?

You didn't expect us to ask you such a deep question on a Thursday, did you? (Quest Scouts... always keeping you on your toes!) It's time for a healthy dose of soul searching... but don't worry, you'll get to color while you do it.

1- Download the "Felt Tipped Reflection" abstract coloring page by clicking here! Then, print it out. (Don't hit "fit to page.")

2- The coloring page is purposefully half the size of a sheet of paper. This is because this is a micro objective, and a larger sheet would have taken significantly more time. Fold the 8.5x11 sheet in half and you'll be ready to go.

3- Choose your medium! Colored pencils, felt pens, crayons- anything goes!

4- (Optional) Set the mood! Do this in whatever way you want. We're going to be doing some reflection here, so consider some soft music.

5- Get ready to consider the following question:

In one years time, where would you like to be?

This question is intentionally vague to allow you to take it in whatever direction feels right to you.

6- Color as you ponder. Yep! Begin coloring in the abstract image while contemplating the prompt. Continue until the image is completely filled in.

7- Post your finished product on Instagram, Twitter or our Facebook Group. If using Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #QuestScouts, #QuestByNumber and #Reflection.

8- When you share, include the following (with the ending completed) in the text of your post.

In one years time, I hope to...

Can't wait to see your art and hear about your short(ish) term goals! 

Quest by Number - Week Six

Did you reach out last week?

Last week, we challenged you to ask someone on a date. The objective wasn't so much about creating the "perfect" date scenario, but in showing someone you love that you care about them while hopefully carving out some space to spend time together. Today, we're moving from social to solitary, and folding our own origami hearts!

1- Gather your paper. You'll need a square piece of paper cut into a square. (The more precisely cut the better.)

2- Choose your instructions! There are a ton of folding instructions for origami hearts online. Do a quick search for "origami heart instructions," and choose whichever you prefer. (Personally, we think this two color heart is pretty sweet.)

2- Ask your loved one on a date. Text, call, e-mail, ask in person- whatever works! Just ask your special someone out.

3- Fold your heart! Do your best to follow your chosen instructions and fold your heart. Take your time, but don't let this objective get stressful.

4- Post a photo of your finished product on Instagram, Twitter or our Facebook Group. If using Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #QuestScouts, #QuestByNumber and #FoldedHeart.

Happy folding!


What's your favorite podcast?

The podcast revolution is here. Both the quality and quantity of podcasts seem to be increasing at an exponential pace. With so many amazing, quality podcasts to listen to, it's impossible to sample everything there is to offer. Let's help each other find great new listening oppurtunities! This micro quest will allow you to share which podcasts you love, allowing the whole group to discover new shows to listen to.


Note: If you are new to podcasts, feel free to skip #1 and 2.

1- Fill in the blanks with three different podcasts:

  • The newest (to me) podcast I've listened to is... I'd give it a .../5 stars.
  • If I could only ever listen to one podcast for the rest of time, it would be...
  • I think every Quest Scout should check out ... because ...
  • An awesome podcast you might not have heard of is ...

2- Go to this page and post your answers in the comment section.

3- Choose a podcast you've never listened to from the comment section and listen to at least 10 minutes of it.

This micro objective will become more and more valuable as more people participate! Consider bookmarking the page and coming back to it again a year from now!

Quest by Number - Week Five

How do you feel about poetry?

Poetry can be divisive. While some people appreciate the form of literature, others can't stand it. No matter where you fall on the poetry love/hate spectrum, today's micro objective can be a fun one if you embrace it. (And really, we couldn't have an entire quest about love and not introduce a poetry objectve...)

1- Choose a subject you love. You can go for a person, a place, an activity... choose anything, as long as you love it! As we'll be writing a haiku, you could go the traditional route and choose something you love that can be observed in nature.

2- Write a haiku about the subject you chose. Why a haiku? Haikus are short, structured and fun while at the same time, they can be packed with beauty and meaning. (Need a haiku refresher? Check out this video!)

3- Share your love poem! If your poem was about a person, consider giving it to them. You can also share your poem online. We don't care where you share it, as long as you put it out into the world!


When was the last time you "dated"?

The cliche dinner and a movie? Or maybe an engaged conversation over tea? A well planned date shows someone that you really care about them. As a bonus, it's far more exciting then the awkward "Hey, now we're together... What should we do?" situation. (Admittedly, that's a judgement call... Feel free to disagree!)

When we're talking dates here, we're not exclusively referring to romance. Not all dates are romantic, and not all people desire romance in their lives!

1- Choose a loved one who you'd like to spend some quality time with.

2- Plan a date that you feel both you and your loved one would enjoy.

2- Ask your loved one on a date. Text, call, e-mail, ask in person- whatever works! Just ask your special someone out.

IMPORTANT: Include the who, what, where, when and why of your date when you propose it. Don't just say "let's do something sometime." Instead say something like, "Hey! Want to go play glow-in-the-dark mini golf with me next Sunday? We could go to the arcade and play ski-ball afterward. I'll buy tokens!"

4- That's it! Once you've made the invite, you've completed this micro objective. Hopefully your date happens and turns out wonderfully! At the very least, you'll leave someone knowing that you think highly enough of them to plan and invite them on a fun outing for two.

Quest by Number - Week Four

Why are gifts for "special occasions"?

During week two, we challenged you to send a postcard to a loved one. Two weeks later, we're upping the ante! That's right, we want you to send a small, "just because" gift. No, not a birthday present. Not a graduation, anniversary, late Christmas or any other "special occasion" gift. Make this a true "out of the blue" surprise!

1- Choose a loved one who might enjoy a snail mail surprise.

2- Find a gift! Now, this doesn't have to be something big! The "surprise" aspect is the most important part. Ideas for small gifts include a barrel of monkeys, a sweet bookmark or maybe a space pen!

3- (Optional) Prior to sending, snap a photo of your snail mail surprise and post it on Instagram, Twitter or our Facebook Group. If using Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #QuestScouts, #QuestByNumber and #SnailMail.

Pro tip: If you think the recipient might see it, delay the post until they've received it!

4- Send the package!

While this micro objective might take a little longer than the rest, it's a really fun one! Doing this is gaurenteed to bring a smile to someone's face. So, who are you going to send a snail mail surprise?


What jams have you been into lately?

Around Quest Scouts Central, we've been listening to the music of Ben Howard non-stop. If you're not familiar with his work, today's micro objective will get you started. (You should also consider checking out his song "Old Pine". You won't regret it...)

1- Watch this video of Ben Howard singing his song "Only Love" to a surprise crowd of his fans. Even if Howard's music isn't your things, you will most likely be able to appreciate the energy exchanged between the musician and his fans during this special moment.

2- Ponder the following:

If you could attend any hypothetical intimate concert...

a) Whose would it be?

b) Where would it be?

c) Who would you bring along for the adventure?

Take your time to come up with an awesome answer. Remember, since this isn't necessarily going to happen, you can dream as big as you want here.

3- E-mail us at QuestScouts@gmail.com and tell us your answer!

Quest by Number - Week Three

You're Welcome, in advance...

...because you'll probably have the awesomeness that is Julie Andrews looping in your head all day long. If you need a bit of reinforcement, go ahead and watch this clip from The Sound of Music. It's not required, but will help you get into the spirit of this "favorite things" focused micro objective.

1- Grab your journal and settle in.

2- Start at the very beginning. It's a very god place to start... (Sorry! We couldn't help it!) Start your journal page with the heading "100 Things I Love." We'll think you're extra cool if you draw a heart in lieu of writing the word "love."

3- Start listing! It's pretty self explanatory- make a list of 100 things you love!

For example, your list might include 1) Lakes, 2) Geocaching, 3) Snow Cones... and so on!

The Nitty Gritty:

-This should be a list of things, not people.

-Make sure you list 100 things! No more, no less.

Pro tip: If you run out of steam, don't fret. This is the type of exercise that you can work on over time. If you stall out at 64 things, wait a day or too, come back, and continue from there.

 

And that's it! This exercise will be difficult for some, and simple for others. Take note of which camp you fall into, and think about whether that's a good thing, or something you'd like to work on! (Repeating this exercise throughout the year might help you stay mindful of what makes you happy.)


You want me to what?!

Yep, it's time to sketch! Anecdotally, the majority of Quest Scouts consider themselves non-artists. When asked to put pencil to paper, some of you outwardly balk at the idea.

Here's the thing though: Sketching is good for the soul! It doesn't matter if you're bad at it- what matters is that you put your head down, focus, and let your pencil do the talking... er, drawing. Consider it an almost meditative practice, if that helps.

The cool thing is, after your done, you can throw your sketch away! And you never have to share it with anybody if you don't want to!

Ok, onto the micro objective!

1- You'll need paper and a pencil, pen or writing instrument of your choice. Get as fancy or as plain as you'd like. If you're feeling bold, you could sketch directly into your journal.

2- Choose 10 things that make you happy. (If you did last Tuesday's "100 Things I Love" list, you can pull your things from there!)

3- Draw em'! Yep, all 10 of them. As you draw, think about why each item makes you happy.

4- (Optional) You don't HAVE to share your sketches, but it would be awesome if you did! Even if they're not exactly what you'd like them to be, they're yours, and that's special in its own way. So consider sharing the love. Take a photo of your sketch and post to Twitter, Instagram or the Quest Scouts Facebook Page. If using Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #QuestScouts, #QuestByNumber and #DrawYourLove.

Quest by Number - Week Two

Hey there beautiful people!

We're a week in! That means, assuming you read last week's emails and followed along, you probably have a pretty good idea as to how things are going to work around here.

Just to recap: You get two e-mails a week. Each e-mail contains one micro objective. Complete at least one of the two micro objectives to earn that week's color, then fill in the corresponding spaces with that color on your quest by numbers coloring page. You'll need to earn all eight colors to complete this quest. Easy peasy!

Now, on to today's micro objective!

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1- Watch Real Snail Mail, a documentary from directors Vicky Isley & Paul Smith, in its entirety.

2- Ponder the following:

If you were to utilize the "Real Snail Mail" service to its maximum potential, what message would you send, and who would you send it to?

Take your time to come up with an awesome answer. Consider how the passage of time might alter the meaning of your message, and use that to your advantage.

3- Hit reply and tell us your answer! (If your answer is too personal, feel free to come up with an alternative that isn't.)

 

And, as simple as that, we're done! Expect another objective on- you guessed it! Thursday!


Hello again Quest Scouts! 

Dylan here. I've got to tell you; I just can't get enough... Postcards, that is! If you've been a Quest Scout for a while, you might have noticed by now that my love for postcards is unwavering. These small, affordable, mailable, collectible rectangles of art are one of my favorite things!

As you know, the goal of Quest by Numbers is to help you find time for what's most important- your family, your friends, your community and yourself! Today's micro objective is a small gesture that will make a loved one's day.

1- Aquire your postcard!

EITHER:

A) Construct our "Hello!" postcard:

Step One: Download and print our "Hello" postcard. Choose either a color or black and white version. (The black and white version is perfect for coloring yourself!)

While you can print on paper, cardstock will work best.

Step Two: Cut out each "side" of the postcard, and adhere the sides together.

Note: If you're feeling overwhelmed, just use the front and keep the back blank. Then you won't need adhesive!

OR:

B) Use any postcard of your liking.

2- Choose a loved one who might enjoy an out of the blue hello.

3- (Optional) Prior to sending, snap a photo of your card and post it on Instagram, Twitter or our Facebook Group. If using Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #QuestScouts, #QuestByNumber and #4x6Love.

4- Write out a message, address the card, add the requisite postage, and stick it in the mail!

 

In a few days, your loved one will receive your card, and it very well might make their day! In addition to that, doing something nice for someone we care about often makes us feel good as well. Win-win!

On another note, what do you think of the "Hello!" postcard design? I really LOVE (pun intended) it, so much so that I had them printed up. If you're a member, you'll be getting one in March's Scout Pack!

Best Wishes,

Dylan, Founder of Quest Scouts

Quest by Number - Week One

Take a minute to let this sink in... 

Today is DAY ONE of your Quest by Number journey! Over the next eight weeks, you will be presented with sixteen unique micro objectives whose purpose is to help you connect with your family, your friends, your community and yourself.

This quest is intentionally designed to release micro objectives over a long period of time. If we presented them all immediately, it would be easy enough to finish them over a weekend. However, it is our intention that during the next two months, we will subtly influence you to focus on making time for yourself and those you cherish most.

Enough talking already! Let's get to it!

1- Get comfy and crack open your journal.

2- Choose a time minimum for this exercise. This is 100% up to you, so make sure it fits with your personality. Some do best when I set a timer and write until the timer goes off, as it helps them stay focused. You could also use a song playlist as a timer of sorts. Or, you may want to skip the time limit altogether.

3- Make a list of all of the people who you love. Hopefully, this will end up being a looooooong list. Consider all of the people you've known, past and present. Consider all of the different ways there are to love a person. Romantic love, familial love, friend love, gratitude love, compassion love. You may even consider adding people you've never met! List as many people as you can think of.

4- When you are done with your list, respond to the following prompts:

What thoughts and feelings came up as you wrote your love list?

What is one thing you could do today to honor these thoughts and feelings?

 

And that's it! When you've finished the love list and responded to the prompts, you're done with your first objective! Go ahead and fill in all of the 1's on your Quest by Numbers coloring page light grey.

Of course, you could choose to skip this objective if it's not your thing. Your next micro objective will show up on Thursday, and is your second chance to earn the "light grey" color!


Happy Thursday Quest Scouts!

How's it going? Did you complete the "Love List" journal exercise? If not, it's not too late! Remember, to earn this weeks color and fill it in on your Quest by Number page, you must complete one of this week's two micro objectives. So, if you're more inspired by today's objective than Tuesday's, do this one instead! (Or hey, do both!)

Today, we're going to take some time to slow down and complete a coloring page. The page itself is nice and simple, so feel free to get eccentric with your color choices!

1- Download the "Sooooo Much Love" coloring page by clicking here! Then, print it out. (Don't hit "fit to page.")

2- The coloring page is purposefully half the size of a sheet of paper. This is because this is a micro objective, and a larger sheet would have taken significantly more time. Fold the 8.5x11 sheet in half and you'll be ready to go.

3- Choose your medium and dive in! Colored pencils, felt pens, crayons- anything goes!

4- Color in the "Soooooo Much Love" coloring page until every heart is full.

5- Post your finished product on Instagram, Twitter or our Facebook Group. If using Instagram or Twitter, use the tags #QuestScouts, #QuestByNumber and #SooooooMuchLove.

 

We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with!