March 2003 Newsletter
-Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that
perfectly. –St. Francis De Sales
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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
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 your evenings?
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 having
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.
Contact Beth Dargis
I coach stressed-out people looking for peace, balance and purpose.
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with Beth, media opportunities, or inviting Beth Dargis to speak
to your company or organization, please contact Beth at
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