As with generous January, the idea behind #funFebruary is to intentionally cultivate more of something in my life… and this time it’s play!
I would love to say that I haven’t been keeping up with my writing challenge because I’ve been so busy playing and having fun, but that wouldn’t be the whole truth. Work has been keeping me really busy. And then too much work, mixed with an overemphasis on fun led to being sick. So, here I am – and this first post will cover some of the different ‘faces of Fun’ from February so far.
At the beginning of February, I had just finished leading my first weekend-long retreat and jumped right into leading a 40 Days program. I was feeling really excited but also a little overwhelmed by everything and so I took a break from work to bake cookies – and because I used eggs from a farmer I trust and I know that the chickens are healthy… I ate plenty of raw dough along the way! There’s nothing like the smell of fresh-baked cookies coming out of the oven to brighten the day. And then giving cookies to friends who needed a little bit of a boost… even better!
I also took some time to play with silly yoga poses and fall on my face while trying to take pictures of them. It’s in these moments that I start to see how cultivating a child-like spontaneity and joy, even as an adult, brings more fun and laughter.
I have gone for walks in the sun and soaked it up, I have laughed and connected with yoga students in all the classes I taught. I Baked brownies, watched the Super Bowl with friends and ate junk food. I saw an art show with brightly colored, textured pieces that made me smile and dream of beaches. And when there were too many things going on, I dropped a couple of ‘fun’ things (like going to a winery) off my list to free up time to talk on the phone with a friend, or just sit there and stare at a wall for a few moments.
And when I felt myself getting sick, fun turned into ordering takeout, watching Netflix, and treating myself to a nice bath. It’s the feeling of falling into bed at the end of the day, tired and ready to lay down. It’s wearing warm, comfy socks and drinking tea while watching birds soar out the window. It’s getting caught up on writing. And dreaming of feeling well enough to soon go outside for a hike or a day snowboarding… depending on the weather!
I hope you find time to play. And I hope you find the play in both work and rest. Here’s to a fun February!