I want to talk to you about keeping fun alive in your life. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately, and I think that it’s such a huge subject because, let’s face it, we’re all busy, we all have to-do lists, and things that we have to take care of, and people we have to take care of. Sometimes it’s easy to get completely bogged down with all of our responsibilities that we have and we forget to have fun.
So, let me ask you a question: Do you laugh every day? Do you have fun in your home every day with your spouse, with your kids and with your friends? Do you take time to just enjoy life? There are times when I’m so focused on the tasks at hand and the things I HAVE TO get done, that don’t even think about just taking a step back and breathing. Taking time to smile and laugh and giggle and have a good time.
Because I have to boys who are 8 and 6, I have been much more intentional about having fun with them. I’ve been much more intentional about bringing fun into our household on a daily basis. One of the things that I do completely at random is throw on a song that I know they love and start singing and dancing. Every single time I do that, they laugh and we have the best time together. They start dancing with me, they start singing with me and all our inhibitions are thrown out the window. You know what’s cool about that? It’s not only cool to teach them that it’s ok to be that way sometimes, it also gives me an opportunity to let go and release. We try to be so “together” all the time and we don’t want to be vulnerable, and sometimes it’s just nice to let go and have FUN!
Another thing that we do in our house to keep fun alive is family game night. My boys are both in baseball right now and the schedules are really starting to crank up and things are getting nuts. The time when we’re all able to be together is really limited. So, every Tuesday night is family game night. We have dinner together, and then we play a board game or a card game. It allows us all to just laugh with each other and enjoy each other’s company. To truly just take in the moment. We don’t get to do that all the time.
Another great thing to do- just randomly go for ice cream. For no reason. No one had to do anything good. Just surprise your kiddos and jump in the car and go. Sit with your children and talk to them and truly enjoy them in that moment. Enjoy learning more about them. Enjoy connecting with them. This kind of thing is bond building, just take the time for your kids. Sometimes everything can seem so serious. That’s not what we’re here for. We don’t have to be so serious and so regimented. I’m, admittedly, a huge perfectionist, a planner and a to-do list person. I’m working really hard toward being ok if the plan doesn’t work out. I’m really trying to not care so much about the plan being perfect, but live on purpose instead. What is my purpose? What is God’s purpose for me here on Earth? What is my purpose as a wife and a mother? What is my purpose as a business owner? As a daughter? As a friend? Do I have to be perfect in all those relationships? Absolutely not. To be able to live on purpose and forget the perfection is huge for me.
Here are three tips I have for you to make sure you’re keeping things fun and you’re feeling as alive as possible.
- Let go of control. We don’t have to control everything all the time. Just let it go. Breathe a little bit easier and let things happen as they will. You’ll smile more often because you’ll begin to see the fun in every situation.
- Embrace being silly. Let yourself be vulnerable to the silliness. Do something off the wall that might make people do a double take. I promise you, it will also make them laugh. It’ll bring joy to you and those around you. You really can’t ask for more than that.
- Have an attitude of gratitude. Work on having a “glass half-full” mentality. We can get bogged down with negative things or things that frustrate us, and those things can facilitate a negative attitude. However, if we can wake up everyday with a heart full of gratitude, looking at our glass half full, then we’re going to have a whole lot more fun. There’s no way to escape that.
Have fun today! Enjoy the people you love! Do something silly! Smile! I hope you have a ball with it and you see a change for the better in your life. Remember, life is about progress. Us being more intentional to have fun with our children and our spouses, is part of making progress in our lives. You know what I say… Progress Matters.
Y’all have a blessed day!