Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Make Time for Fun!
I published the article below in my latest newsletter and thought it was a good article to repeat here. I don't normally repeat articles, but I think the message of having fun is a critical one that is often overlooked when we are trying to create our ideal lives. Enjoy!
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As I was trying to think about what to write in this week’s newsletter, I decided that instead of writing an in-depth article about how to improve your life, I would write about having fun! Memorial Day is coming up on May 25 here in the US, and most of us have the day off work and a three-day weekend. What a perfect opportunity to take a break, kick back, and have some good old-fashioned fun!
I’ll be the first one to admit that I don’t always have as much fun as I could. I’m so committed to creating my ideal life and what that means for me, that I tend to feel guilty if I’m not constantly learning new things and finding ways to apply that my life. It’s hard for me to truly let go and just have fun!
Having fun, though, is often what’s missing when we’re trying to create our dream lives and things just don’t seem to be falling into place. Sometimes we push and push, and do more and more, and just do anything we can to try to create better results in our life. We figure that if we just work harder and take more action that eventually things will fall into place. Sometimes, however, all this pushing is actually what is holding us back!
Taking action towards our goals definitely has its place and its benefits, but too much struggle and not enough fun will leave you tired, exhausted, and maybe even depressed. At a certain point you may get frustrated from working so much and just give up on your goals entirely! Action is good, but you definitely want to create room in your life for fun so you avoid burnout.
Not to mention, if you are a follower of the law of attraction you know that your thoughts and feelings are creating your future. Therefore, if you’re feeling exhausted and worn out from doing too much now, that will just lead to more feelings of exhaustion in the future. However, having fun and creating good feelings now means more fun and more good feelings in the future!
After all, life is meant to be enjoyed! Be silly and act like a five-year old if that makes you feel better. Run through a lawn sprinkler and get your hair wet. Play with a pet in the grass and just let yourself enjoy the moment. Even if there are things you would love to change about your life, you still want to practice being grateful for where you’re at now, making peace with what it is, and at times letting loose and just having fun!
If you need suggestions on how to have fun, just observe young children. They can have fun just by playing with a piece of paper! They are always in a constant state of fun and enjoying life, and we would be wise to follow their lead more often.
I hope you will take time this weekend to really let yourself have some well-deserved fun. :-)
If your idea of fun consists of reading, or if you’re just looking for some good recommendations for reading over Memorial Day weekend, check out my previous blog post titled, “My Reading List”. I give reviews of the current books I’m reading, as well as a list of what’s coming next up on my reading list! Lots of good book recommendations in a variety of areas (relationships, finances, home, etc.)
COMING SOON: Also, if you’d love to be able read all the latest self help books but just don’t have the time, you’ll want to stay tuned for my upcoming ebook! I will be releasing my first ebook VERY SOON, and it will focus on what I have learned about creating your ideal from reading hundreds (maybe thousands!) of self help books over the years. I've already read all these books, so you don't have to! I’m basically doing all the work for you. ;) Stay tuned for more details.