I’m big on making the small things big. On stretching something ordinary into something grand to really enjoy it. I mean, why not make everything special and extra-ordinary? Why not enjoy the everyday stuff? I’m trying to set-up my life where it feels like I don’t need a vacation from it.
I want my life to feel full of excitement, inspiration, joy and magic in the every day moments. All it takes is some intention, focus and action.
So here is a list of 12 things (that’s only one a month people), of ways we can ignite the fairy glitter into the everyday. 12 ways to bring excitement, aliveness and passion into your every day life with the every day people in it. It’s fun, easy and hopefully will get your creative, airy fairy juices going cause when you’re happy, everyone is happy. That’s right, it’s contagious and uplifting. So let’s uplift this place!!! 🙂
So here we go…
1)Sign-up for a class or activity that is all about fun. Not making money, not showing off how great you are, not about moving you forward. Do something that moves you inward, that fills your soul tank and ignites joy, peace and elation. We are so focused on accomplishment but this task, this is about experiencing aliveness, nothing else. Go take a painting class, an acting class, a music class, a moccasin making class…anything…cooking, cleaning, love-making. Just do something with the intention to feed your soul, not making money or getting ahead (although I’m well aware this is very likely to be a by-product of feeding your soul, nothing but good comes from it). 🙂
2)Host a themed party with your friends and family. In my circle, I’m known for making people play games. I love them all…card games, board games, making up games. Host a full blown casino night or Mexican Party night where everyone brings a Mexican dish and wears bright colors. Host a Winnipeg Jets (our local team but choose your favorite sporting team) Party where everyone comes and watches the game dressed in team colors or jerseys. Don’t forget…it’s a potluck 🙂
3)Plan a weekend road trip somewhere with friends or the fam. It can be local or far. Maybe to the neighboring town or city. Spend a night, do the local activities. Go to the casino or winter festival or local attraction. Maybe you heard of a great ski hill or bookstore or meal somewhere. Make that your destination. Enjoy! Stop along the way and take some fun pics.
4)Invite your friends and family to do a 30 Day Challenge of your choice. Pick one month in the year…Feb, March, June…whichever and have some sort of health inducing challenge. Maybe it’s 30 minutes of exercise for 30 days or 30 days of picture taking, or 30 days of trying new recipes. Anything, make it fun and attainable. The goal is joy and aliveness.
5)Take a late night and moonlit walk. If you live where there is snow, throw on some snowshoes, put on a head lamp or grab some flashlights and take a stroll. It’s really quite blissful and magical. I do this weekly with my dog and sometimes the hubby 🙂 To be honest, it’s kinda romantic.
6)Choose one month or even a week and have a Random Acts of Kindness challenge at work, with your family, or with friends. Make sure to take pics and share. Feel how good it feels to be kind and giving to others. Buy someone in line behind you a coffee, put quarters in some shopping carts, give someone a compliment. Bring your grandma out for lunch. Shovel your neighbors driveways (or snow blow). This list is endless. Do share your ideas!!!
7)Create a romantic date night at home with the significant other in your life or have a “fancy dinner” at home with friends. I mean go all out here…candles, table cloth, the fancy china and of course your finest clothes. Pretend your dressing for a wedding and dress to the nines. Set the tone with Jazz tunes, dim the lights, ignite the candles. Enjoy lusciousness. Order in, hire a private chef or have a potluck.
8)Wake up early with the fam or with friends, get a blanket coffee, muffins, donuts and watch the sun rise.
9)Grab a blanket, go outside if you can, or by a big window, grab some vino, some bubbly juice or some sparkling water and toast the sunset. Watch the magic of the day disappear and enjoy the sparkling starlight.
10)Go to a new restaurant that you’ve always wanted to try. For me there’s this Fondue place I’ve always wanted to try just to say that I’ve been there and tried that. It’s something different and something you wouldn’t do everyday.
11)Find a local hot spot coffee shop and invite your friends for coffee, dessert and connecting. Indulge your senses with it all. But really, you have to have dessert. This is about your senses, about lusciousness, about aliveness. I mean really, chocolate and coffee are a divine intervention in your mouth!
12)Experience the arts! Spend an evening at the art gallery or go to a play, or watch live theater. Go to the symphony, the ballet, or a live poem night. Trust me, this will inspire the shit out of you!! 🙂
There you go folks, one Full Blown Aliveness Challenge a month. You got this. Now let’s do this and do share 🙂
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Cheers to a magic inspired, alive, excited, happy New Year. Woot woot!!
And so it is.
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