-Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to
be that perfectly. –St. Francis De Sales
Welcome to Encouraging Words monthly newsletter. This FREE
newsletter is designed to encourage you in creating a life
so joyful and authentic, you radiate. Please pass it along
to friends you would like to inspire
artfully might require something as simple as pausing. The
vessel in which soul-making takes place is an inner container
scooped out by reflection and wonder. –Thomas Moore
How are you doing on your stress management? Are you implementing
you stress relief action plan?
Do you love life? Are you enjoying every day? Do you wake
up in the morning enthusiastically? If not, maybe you need
to invite a little more fun into your life.
Maybe you think you just don’t have time for fun. Or maybe
you think it is a waste of time. But, you can fit fun into
just 5 minutes.
to a song
to a tune
on a crossword puzzle
something fun for the evening
the movie schedule
a lunch date
through a catalog
a magazine article
with a yo-yo or koosh ball
How much fun can you fit into a half hour? Things like
bike riding, reading, playing cards, scrapbooking, swinging
at the park, playing a board game, painting, sewing, playing
a computer game, buying a present, writing a letter, taking
a drive. What do you like to do? Do you plan any fun into
What about the weekend? Is it all about catching up from
the past week or do you take ˝ a day off to relax and have
fun. When was the last time you went to the beach, on a
nature walk, to a museum, kite-flying, to a flea market
or bookstore, played monopoly, worked on a jigsaw puzzle,
went miniature golfing or bowling, went on a picnic, went
out dancing, took the kids to the park, or had a spa night?
Fun takes planning just like anything else. Get your work
done so you can have fun. Don’t waste time watching boring
TV or going to committee meetings that don’t interest you.
Use your free time doing things you and your family enjoy.
Monday make a list of what needs to be done this week. Tuesday
read the newspaper or online to see if there is anything
fun going on in the next couple weekends that interests
you. What does your family want to do? Wednesday see what
plans are already in the schedule and what the kids’ activities
are. Thursday run your errands and do your grocery shopping.
Check the movie listings. Friday make sure everything is
done by 6:00 so you can enjoy yourself over the weekend.
Or some people do morning chores as a family on Saturday
morning then plan a fun outing for the afternoon.
- Make a list of fun things to do in 5 minutes
- Make a list of things that take from 10-30 minutes
- Make a list of fun things that take a half day
- Now plan to incorporate some of this fun into your month
Self-Care Tips for March:
Fast from noise for a little bit
Look at the stars
Observe your daily rituals and see if there
are some better ones to have
Spend one day this month doing nothing but
How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards.
Relationship Ideas for March:
Take the kids swimming in a warm pool
Buy a book for you and one for a friend, then
make a date to discuss it
Warm up the car for your sweetie
Invite your mom to tea
you don't like something, change it. If you can't change
it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
I encourage you this month to have fun, to work hard and
to light up your world this month.
Written by Life Coach, Beth Dargis
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