When was the Last Time you had Fun?

When was the Last Time you had Fun?

The repetitiveness of daily life can take its toll if you are not mindful of where you are spending your time. Find out why having fun needs to become part of your daily routine.

A few days ago I picked up my son from school and he proceeded to tell me what he had done for the day. After listening for a bit he asked me how my day was. I told him I had a good day. He then asked me “Did you do anything fun today?” I paused, and much to my dismay could not think of one fun thing I had done that day. A rather sad moment. I realized the lack of fun was affecting the balance and creativity within my second chakra.

What is it Costing You?

When my son asked me point blank that question, I felt disappointed in myself. I started thinking about my daily routine and had one of those “hit you in the face” realizations that I seldom allow myself to do something I consider fun.

In fact, if you asked me what I like to do for fun these days you might hear a long pause. I do have hobbies and have many things I enjoy. I just have not done any of them for a LONG time. It has been longer than I would like to admit.

It amazes me how many hours housework can consume. I find myself begging off going to fun activities because of laundry or cleaning. Going to the local grocery store is necessary but I would not place it in the fun category.

Have you experienced something similar? With school, work, homework, and dinner the days just seem to fly.

Falling Back in Love with your Hobbies

I love to quilt and sew. I have a spare bedroom set up for that but have not done any quilting in ages. I used to love to sew and make quilts. The feel of the fabric in my hands is something I miss most.

The closest I have got to the sewing machine these days is to sew patches on my son’s uniform or a button on a shirt.

So, what is it costing me? Although other areas of my life have balance; I still feel lopsided. I feel like I have left a piece of me on the cutting room floor. So, I need to change up my routine and start adding fun back into my daily activities. I know I have chosen all this up to this point; and I look forward to making some new choices.

Benefits of Adding Fun back into your Day

  • Feel more energized
  • Allow yourself to laugh
  • Feel silly
  • Reconnect with friends
  • Increases circulation
  • Helps work through the winter blues

What can You do to have Fun Today?

So, what can you do to add a little fun back into your daily routine? Take a look at what you have placed on the back burner.

  • Take a fresh look at a hobby
  • Say yes to an invitation for lunch
  • Decide to do something just for yourself today
  • Sign up for a class
  • Pick a fun physical activity

I plan on getting back into my sewing room and reacquainting myself with my stash of wonderful fabric. What ideas do you have? What are you going to add back into your life?

Laura Jean Warnke

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Susan - January 11, 2013

Wow, I was just thinking about this today. I decided I was going to have some “me time” which meant going to the hair salon. As soon as I made the appointment, boom someone needs something fixed. I made some calls and thought I had it straightened out, then they can’t do it so I would have to… I was starting to get tired at this point and then I stopped.

Yep I stopped and said this happens all the time, I don’t get to have fun, because I am too stressed, exhausted and with all this too do. So expecting me to just zoom right there and do it, guess what, I didn’t. I am keeping that appointment I am having my me time.

There is more to this but I am pretty sure you don’t want to hear it. But thinking now the only reason I am going to the salon I have convinced myself that “me time” is because I need it done. Needless to say there are two things I am apparently not allowed for a 39 yr old. Have fun or get mad, angry, frustrated, etc. Everyone else can but I am not allowed to. When I do WOW! For a short time I got to have fun, but not without someone trying their best to ruin it. – Before someone says get away from it, trust me, it’s not that easy for me. It’s way too entangled and I have tried, That is the short story of it. I am pretty sure you don’t want to hear the longer version.

I went online and took a test to check my chakra’s by answering some questions, the results were what I had already guessed, I all were blocked from head to toe. I try to meditate but it’s like people zoom in and say oh were you doing something? yeah… Well okay but… so when you have to meditate at 1-2 am its useless, since I have a wake up problem (stemming from a personal problem) every day for the last 21 yrs 3 am. and going back to sleep cat naps five minutes wake up.

So I love the article and out of the mouths of babes right Laura. It’s wierd that as adults alot of times its a child or even a pet that reminds us, hey [insert] …. and your like wow and a few other words then it gets you to really thinking. But it was a great article and one I can relate to. Thanks for that.

    Laura Jean Warnke - January 11, 2013

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you for your comment! I am glad you resonated with the article. Yes, sometimes it takes a child to put (or keep) things in perspective.

Julie Barrett - January 13, 2013

Hi Laura, Most of my “fun” comes from doing things with my kids, who are still young. Still that doesn’t qualify as something I chose. Most of those things require extra money so I sometimes just look up interesting things to learn about online, throw a tennis ball for the dog, just sit in the sunshine for a few moments. I am not a fan of housework – at all – so I was just saying last night I wish I had a magical cleaning fairy to put it all to rights in the snap of my fingers 🙂

    Laura Jean Warnke - January 13, 2013

    Hi Julie,

    Considering what I cleaned yesterday, the magical cleaning fairy has not shown up at my house either.

Goodie - January 13, 2013

I try to schedule fun into my day all the time but it doesn’t always show up but more times than not, it has lately because of my added effort. I do have an interesting story from several years ago that has to do with both listening to my intuition and having fun. I had played violin in HS and had been thinking about playing my violin again…this was probably 30 years later. I stored my violin in my clothes closet. Can’t remember for how long but I would have these urges to go to my closet and when I would get there not know what I wanted. I would look around and my gaze would land on my violin. After several times I smiled and thought OK, OK I get the message. I will take you down and play you. I practiced a little on my own and thought it would be nice to play again in an orchestra but I needed to first find a teacher. Shortly after that I received a flyer that advertised a local community orchestra and I found an instructor thru that. I played with them and another orchestra until we moved about 6 years later. 🙂

    Laura Jean Warnke - January 14, 2013

    Hi Goodie,

    That is a great story of using your intuition and very cool how it all turned out!

Jennifer Flint ~ The Aura Reader - January 13, 2013

Yes, I’ve been having trouble with this one myself lately. Since I work at home now, I sort of feel compelled to work all day long, every day, in an attempt to be “successful” at whatever it is I’m doing.

But it does get rather wearing after a while, so I’m working on trying to carve out a little time to just do nothing and not feel bad about it. I’ll let you know if it works. 🙂

    Laura Jean Warnke - January 14, 2013

    Hi Jennifer,

    I find that hard to do sometimes – just doing nothing and not feeling bad about it. I am getting better at it, though.


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