Friday, June 12, 2009

The "F" Word

Before you run to the editor, I’m talking about a little used “F” word…FUN.

FUN! You say. When in the world do I have time for FUN! I’m so exhausted with all the “have-to’s” in my life, there’s no time for the “get-to’s. But that is my point exactly. Your life is so filled up with the daily tasks of working, erranding, car-pooling, parenting, cooking, and all the other “ing’s” that there is precious little time for fun.

Your imagination keeps drifting off to leisurely lunches with friends, working on hobbies left long ago to gather dust on some forgotten shelf, or playing board games with the family beside a roaring fire.

It’s not too late to create FUN in your life. It will just take a commitment from you to do it. Your health and well-being depend on it. If you’re the organized type, put FUN breaks into your calendar. Find reasons to celebrate by your self and with others. Here are some ideas to get you started:

You Know Who’s Birthday: It’s always someone’s birthday.
Read the paper. Famous people’s birthdays are listed every day of the week. Go on the internet and look up their biography. You could do this as a family event once a month. Buy cake and ice cream. Over dinner, discuss the person’s impact on history. This is a great way to learn more about historical and/or modern day celebrities.

Wacky Celebrations: Did you know that June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, National Candy Month, Celibacy Awareness Month, Effective Communications Month, Great Outdoors Month, Ice Tea Month, Turkey Lovers Month, International Men’s Month, Rebuild Your Life Month, National Rivers Month, International Soul Food Month, Steakhouse Month and National Accordion Awareness Month? There’s a lot more in the book, Chase’s Calendar of Events. Find it in the reference section of your local library or go online to . Imagine the fun you could create celebrating these events!

Go Fly a Kite: I’ll bet you haven’t done this in a long time. It’s time to drop into a toy store and buy your very own kite. Take advantage of the Summer breezes (just watch out for the power lines and trees!) If you’re worried that people will think you’ve lost your mind, take a child with you…or even better, create a “Go Fly A Kite Day” for your place of employment – get everyone outside at lunch and have contests for the kite that flies the highest, most colorful…you get the picture.

Resurrect your favorite hobby: You don’t have to knit a sweater or paint a masterpiece in a single sitting. You will be surprised how good you’ll feel just getting the supplies out again and brainstorming your first project.

Family Fun: Rent the latest fun family video. A word to the wise here…check with the rental folks to make sure that it’s “family-friendly.” Haul out those great old board games. Clue, Monopoly, Chinese Checkers. Whatever you loved as a child. Who cares if it’s Go Fish or Chutes and Ladders! Play as a family or invite other adults over for a night of laughs.

The “F” word. Give frivolous fun a chance. It’s a fitting finish for frustration and frowns.

Words For the Wise: “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.”
Michael Pritchard

Monday, May 4, 2009

Well, I finally jumped into the blogosphere!

I chose the name for this blog because I am one feisty female.'s definition of feisty is full of animation; energy; or courage; spritied; spunky; plucky.

In today's times, I feel pretty feisty about most everything. How the local and national government spends my money, how whiney everyone is about life, and how the media focuses on the negative. Ever wonder that if they only published good news, the economy would improve?

Wouldn't it be great if you could actually say what you mean most of the time instead of always being politically correct! As long as you weren't being demeaning or cruel...

I'm sure there's others of you out there. What makes you feisty?