31 1 / 2012

It’s easy to fall into the daily routine of life. We often find ourselves going to the same places, with the same people, and attending events produced by the same organizations. Familiarity is comfortable. And, let’s face it, your warm couch feels very cozy on a winter night too! 

When we get in these ruts, Des Moines can start to seem like a small town with nothing new to explore. This simply isn’t true. In any city, you have to make an effort to find things to do. 

I encourage all of you to, at least once a month, do something in Des Moines you’ve never done before. Get out of your comfort zone. Try a unique activity, volunteer for a new non-profit, go to an event that you’d normally skip… the biggest thing is to do something that’s a new experience.

I’m one of those overly organized types, so I love making lists. If you are having trouble coming up with new things to do, spend an afternoon brainstorming ideas and write them down. Then you’ll always have a bunch of options right at your fingertips. 

Here are some resources I use to find things to do in Des Moines.
Lists of Things to See and Do in Des Moines 
Weekly Planner E-Newsletter
Des Moines Metromix
Travel Iowa
Volunteer Opportunities 

So, get out there! Explore Des Moines in a new way and break your routine. Not only will you be more fulfilled, you’ll also be supporting all the fantastic organizations and businesses that provide “Des Moinesians” culture, entertainment, and fun.


Jill Haverkamp is an Owner and Music & Entertainment Marketer for On Pitch, a music, entertainment and lifestyle marketing company. Follow: @jillh