I was really looking forward to my month of fun, but rather annoyingly didn’t complete all of my goals – it turns out fun isn’t necessarily something you can plan. Another thing I quickly learnt was that what may be fun to some people, isn’t necessarily fun for you. Identifying what I considered to be ‘fun’ was the most important part of this process. Here were my goals for the month of May:
1. Read for pleasure more often
Reading is something I find fun, however I rarely make the time for it. Instead, watching TV or playing with my phone tends to take precedence. This month however, I made an effort to read more – and thanks to the sunny days we had, reading in the garden became a habit I relished. I also decided that it didn’t matter what I read – as long as I was reading; this meant I could enjoy reading magazines and blogs without feeling guilty.
2. Find something to laugh about every day
I didn’t take note of all the times I laughed this month, but I did make a conscious effort to lighten up. I clicked on those links my friends so often post of funny animals, I looked on the bright side when there was a power cut at home and I even laughed at my dad’s bad jokes. Not taking life so seriously was, perhaps unsurprisingly, liberating.
3. Do something spontaneous
A difficult thing to ‘plan’ as it were – and I’m not sure how spontaneous I really was this month – however I did try. My partner and I took off our sensible hats when attending a friend’s housewarming in London and rather than stick to our plan of catching a train home and sleeping in a nice comfy bed, we crashed on the sofa. The next morning was gloriously sunny and we all went out for breakfast, enjoying scrambled eggs al-fresco – something we would never have done at home.
4. Plan a fun day out
This one I am sad to say I haven’t done. I’ve had plenty of ideas, but nothing of substance. While this may be viewed as a ‘failed’ goal, I also think finding the fun in every day and being more spontaneous almost eliminates the need to plan a day of fun. Something I’ve come to realise this month is that even the most mundane of outings can be fun when looked at in the right light.
For June I want to look at connections – connections with my friends and family, and connections to the ‘real world’. I find a lot of my time is being spent online, so I want to un-plug a little and connect with people, not profiles.
- have an Internet-free evening once a week (at least)
- spend some quality time with family
- connect with friends in real life
- reconnect with nature once a week (at least).
What do you find fun? Do you schedule fun into your day? Let me know in the comments section below.
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