We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. -Japanese Proverb
I believe you should dance every single day. Dancing is a celebration, a way to rejoice. It’s a physical representation of what’s going on inside, and sometimes you just have to let it out! Dancing relieves stress, puts you in a good mood, is a great form of exercise, and makes you feel alive. Why would you not do it?? Probably because you’re too embarrassed or you have a bit of judgement about it. Get over it! 90% of my dancing is alone in my home, and the other 10% is in front of my friends or family purely to elicit giggles (I can be quite the goofy dancer). It’s been around forever, and in my opinion it’s a gift from God to express our joy and celebration. So my challenge for you today is to dance and celebrate life!
“Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.” -Kurt Vonnegut
We all know what planetariums are, but have you ever thought of actually going to visit one? I think it would be the perfect place to go on a date! I love planetariums. I remember going to a mobile planetarium on field trips when I was a kid, and I was always so amazed by all the stars. Studying the stars makes you realize there are much bigger things out there. We are just a speck in the universe, yet sometimes we act like any issue we are facing is the worst thing in the world. Looking at the universe causes you to see beyond yourself. The Andromeda Galaxy isn’t affected if you get cut off in traffic, someone is mean to you, or you lose your job. It makes all our problems seem so small, and for some reason that is very comforting to me. There is so much beauty and so many things to explore here on earth, it blows my mind that there is an entire universe full of galaxies and planets that we can’t even see! The amount of detail and creation is astounding. So now that I’m off that tangent…
I also think anything involving stars is incredibly romantic (the perfect mood lighting), so my challenge for you this week is to pick a date sometime this month or the next, and go to a planetarium with your special fellow or gal. If you want to have a themed date you could have a Star Wars marathon afterwards, or go look at the actual stars with an astronomy chart and plaid blanket with a thermos full of coffee. Another great idea is to plan it on the same night as a meteor shower, and make wishes galore! You can go to EarthSky’s Meteor Shower Guide for all the meteor shower dates this year. Maybe throw in a moonwalk or two ;).
I’ve already picked a date myself and marked it in my planner with a star next to it. Stay sparkly my friends! Errr or maybe something a little less cheesy.
Life is full of grumpy people making other people grumpy. Don’t be that grumpy person! Be the bright light in someone’s cloudy day. When you start thinking more about showing love to others and less about yourself, it will inadvertently brighten your day. Chances are there is someone out there right now you can think of that could use a little dose of encouragement, so here are twenty ways you can brighten someone’s day:
Bake them heart shaped cookies with red icing.
Send them flowers and balloons. Throw in a barbershop quartet if you’re feeling extravagant.
Send them a $5 gift card in the mail.
Draw them a funny picture they can proudly post on their fridge. Don’t forget to sign your name at the bottom.
Wash their car (or maybe just finger write something sweet on their dirty windshield)
Bring them a cupcake.
Buy them groceries with a bunch of useful stuff like milk, bread, and paper towels, and a bunch of fun stuff like popsicles, oreos, and sriracha, then deliver it to their house.
Give someone stuck in the rain your umbrella.
Turn up some music really loud and start dancing until they are crying with laughter or can’t help but dance themselves.
Send them a funny cat video.
Serenade them with “You Are So Beautiful.”
Encourage them when they are pursuing their dreams, in order to combat self-doubt and the many haters.
Fill their ice cube trays.
Bring them soup and magazines when they are sick, and include a nice little get well note.
Tell them exactly what makes them great. Be specific! “You is kind. You is smart. You is always leaving the toilet seat down.”
Bake them some homemade bread.
Bring them breakfast and coffee. Make sure bacon is involved, unless they are weird and don’t like bacon.
Send them goofy pictures of yourself.
Take them for a pedicure.
Pretty much anything with food is probably a good idea. It isn’t just the way to a man’s heart, it’s the way to anyone’s heart. Unless it’s anchovies.
My challenge for you today is to pick something off this list (or one of your own awesome ideas), and do something special for someone. Life is way too full of negativity and judgmental comments meant to bring other people down. Be the person who puts love and kindness out there. That’s how you change the world for the better.
Sometimes life can be stressful and overwhelming with no end in sight, and you just need a mental health day. Are you constantly on edge, ready to snap at anyone who requests anything of you (i.e. “hey can you pass me the cheese?” “SHUT UP!”)? Did your friend find a grey hair on you last week? Are people giving you funny looks, because you keep twitching spastically? If you said yes to any of these things, you probably need a mental health day. So today I am challenging you to pick one day next week (or month if you need to save some dough), and schedule a fun filled day just for you, full of all the things you love to do. Seriously, go mark it on your calendar right now. Write down a schedule of everything you plan to do from breakfast to dinner. It will give you something to look forward to all week. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Plan out a scrumptious breakfast (Mmm bacon) with a nice cup of joe, and some favorite reading material.
Sit on a porch swing and enjoy the sunrise.
Take a walk somewhere pretty.
Buy yourself some flowers.
Go see any movie you want by yourself with a big container of popcorn.
Go to the bookstore, and pick yourself out a new book.
Go shopping for something you love, such as underwear or makeup.
Get a pedicure, a massage, or a facial.
Allow yourself to buy something you’ve been wanting.
Invite a friend out for lunch to a new diner you want to try.
Color in a coloring book, do a paint by numbers, or put together a jigsaw puzzle.
Relax on a float in some form of water all afternoon.
Take a bubble bath.
Plan a fun dinner party, or maybe just a romantic dinner with your significant other.
End the night with stargazing or sitting around a fire.
That’s all I got folks. I’m sure you can think of things to add to your day that you would enjoy. Now get to planning, and pluck out those grey hairs!