Good morning, good morning beautiful people. Things sure have been intense lately, huh? Whether it’s because I am charging headfirst into the caves of my inner dragons, or whether it’s because that’s just the energy of the planet right now and I’m FEELING it, I’m not entirely sure. What I am sure of, however, is that regularly scheduled fun is super important.
We need things to look forward to. At least I do. Daily life goes up and down, we experience seasons on the planet and changes within ourselves. Remembering that “this too shall pass” is always helpful when the darkness and the ick come up to the surface. ALSO important, however, is to have fun, to do the things that make you HAPPY and to do them on a regular basis.
I literally NEED to have fun things on my calendar. This goes for the big things and the small things. I love the feeling of looking forward to an event or an adventure. It’s way easier for me to stay on track in terms of healthy habits and it puts things in perspective. The little hardships that come up are easier to walk through because I know that on Thursday I have a date with a man I’ve been crushing on for weeks, or that on Monday I’m going to a movie with an old friend, or that next weekend I’m going backpacking.
Whatever you love to do, make sure you are scheduling time for it. The joy you experience will trickle up, down, around into ALL of the other areas of your life. And this is a very good thing.
I am decent at scheduling joy into my life and I am always trying to do better (that seems to be a theme here). Yoga is my jam, it’s my #1. At the moment, I am being challenged because I haven’t found a studio in Sacramento that I LOVE. What makes it even more difficult, is that the studio I’ve practiced at for YEARS, in my hometown of Auburn, is the most incredible yoga studio EVER. I’m not exaggerating. So, without the consistent joy of practicing at East Wind Yoga every day, I’m noticing how important it is for me to find joy in other places.
So, dance. I LOVE to dance! I go swing dancing every so often and I am about to dive into the ocean of Ecstatic Dance. I’ve never really done it before but it keeps popping into my mind and I’m going to listen to myself and check it out. Anyone want to join?
Then there is TRAVEL, the ultimate opportunity for joy. I LOVE experiencing new people and places. Travel makes me feel more alive than anything else I have ever experienced. I need to have adventures often, whether it’s going an hour up the road to the mountains, two hours to the coast, taking a quick flight to Mexico, or a month+ long adventure to a foreign country. As often as I can, more and more, I travel. It is the magic key to my ultimate happiness.
Life is good. I’ve definitely got it going on and I am incredibly grateful for all of the blessings I am experiencing. But I still work on HAPPINESS on a daily basis. Five minute dance parties in my living room are fun for me. Getting dressed up for a drink with a handsome man is fun for me. Taking party magic with a great girlfriend and dancing all night long is fun for me. Waking up early and going for a hike with a great group of people is fun for me. Packing my bags for an adventure, is FUN for me. So I do these things, because if I don’t, I feel the repercussions and I get blue.
Having fun and experiencing joy keeps our vibes positive and our energy up. Having fun gives us something to look forward to and makes all the other, icky stuff less huge (yes, less huge). Having fun also helps us remember what is really important. The more I think about it, the more I realize that having fun may just be the purpose of life 😉