Well here it is, this is officially the last day of my month of May challenge of giving myself permission each day to do something that makes me feel great and that adds richness to my day. Tomorrow I am up way before dawn and off to the airport to fly over to Samoa with 10 other women for 10 days, 7 of which are going to be spent cycling 200km around the island of Savaii and staying in villages on the way round. Excited….?? You betcha!! 🙂
So today, I finished off my list of ideas that I’ve put together that might help others see ways to make your day special. (it is by no means a complete list!) Please feel free to add your ideas onto this blog.
I’ve really enjoyed this challenge and I’ve been amazed and the different perspective it’s given me and how enriched my life has felt this month by simply taking the time to proactively add value to my day. I encourage you to give it go too. It doesn’t even have to be every day but at least 3 times a week I reckon, or it probably won’t happen.
Give Yourself Permission To:
Get up half an hour earlier and:
Go for a walk/run/bike ride somewhere you don’t normally go
Jump in your car, (pop your bike in the back,) and go somewhere further away and explore a new area for a bike ride/walk/run
Do some yoga (get a DVD out from the library to follow)
Get a DVD out from the library and do an Aerobics type workout (Step, Kettlebell, dance etc)
Spend half an hour sitting quietly, focus on your breathing and then choose a thought to reflect/meditate on like; forgiveness, compassion, honesty, grace, loyalty, friendship……
Write a daily journal and include at least one thing that you did the day before that you are proud of and one thing you’d like to focus on for this day
Meet a friend for breakfast at a local café
Go to your local gym and do an early morning class
Join a boot camp
Go for an early morning swim
Stop at a café on the way to work and spend half an hour planning and prioritising your day
If you’ve got young kids or nieces, nephews, grandkids…….
Play hide and seek outside somewhere or inside….in the dark
Have a picnic tea on the living room floor (with no TV)
Pretend there’s no power and have a candlelight evening
Make a treasure hunt
Build huts (inside or outside)
There’s loads of things you could do with kids, just let your imagination run wild and BE a kid again!
Do something different in the evenings: (instead of watching TV)
Go for a walk around your neighbourhood
Play cards or some other game
Go skinny dipping on a moonlit night
Wade through the sea at night and watch all the phosphorescence
Play in the playground (when there’s no kids around)
Go to the movies
Join a club/group/night class and learn something new
Be creative; draw, knit, sew, sculpt, bake, write stories/poems
Phone family/friends and actually talk (not text or email)
Pamper yourself; have a facial, footbath, do your nails, your hair…
Share a massage
Sort through your photos, your files, your wardrobe, your drawers, your boxes of “stuff”
Invite friends around for a pot luck dinner
Go out somewhere cheap and cheerful for dinner (where you’ve never been before)
Make little tweaks to your day:
Drive a different way to work/school/wherever
Take some time to sit and a café and read the paper
Give yourself half an hour to check out that shop/museum/library/art gallery/café/park/garden centre/beach/reserve/walkway/show home…….
Purposely get yourself lost on a walk/run/drive and find your way out without any help
Buy yourself a little treat just because; flowers/magazine/book/nice bottle of wine/ chocolates/CD
Start using stuff you’ve been “saving”; that body lotion/soap/perfume/underwear/etc that you got for Xmas/birthday
De-clutter! (This could be a blog of its own!) De-clutter your wardrobe for a start and get rid of stuff that you no longer wear, or looks a bit shabby, is dated, the wrong colour for you …..Be ruthless!
Try a new recipe at least once a month
Change your daily routine just a bit
Get in touch with old friends
Give yourself a focus for each day eg; to smile more, to listen to others more, to appreciate the little things, to laugh, to be more gracious/patient/kind/loving etc
Do some big stuff! Give yourself permission to LIVE YOUR LIFE OUT LOUD!
Set yourself a “sweaty armpit” challenge that both scares and excites you, and do it!
Some examples could be:
Do a skydive, a bungee jump, white water rafting, high ropes course, abseiling, caving, canyoning (choose from some of my adventures on this website J) or some other adrenaline pumping adventure
Ditch a bad relationship, if it’s not working for you and you’re not happy, get out.
If it’s worth working on then talk, get counselling do whatever it takes so you know that you’ve given it your all……
Try online dating, speed dating, join a singles club – meetups.com
If you’re not happy in your job/career then start the ball rolling now, start looking/planning when/how to change it
Do your research, get the help/advice/training/education you need
Talk to people who have the job/career you want and ask them about it
See a career consultant
Read “What Colour is Your Parachute” (an oldie but a goodie.)
Go on….give some of these a go or come up with your own ideas…..you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain!!