Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dare 1: dare you to do something fun every day

Sometimes I’m completely devoid of inspiration for blog posts; so I put them off and off. Well I picked up a fun book at the library by Natasha Kogan titled ‘The Daring Female’s Guide to Ecstatic Living’ and thought ‘if I’m enjoying these ‘dares’, maybe blog readers will too’. Today’s post starts a series of these dares. Let me know what you think and whether or not you’ve taken any of them up.  Of course they don’t only apply to females…there’s no reason why guys wouldn’t find them useful as well.
The first dare -
Dare 1: Dare to find what makes you ecstatic, and do it for at least ten minutes a day
It doesn’t matter what you choose to do with your ecstatic moments, as long as it’s something you absolutely love and enjoy.  Here are some of Kogan’s suggestions (am sure you can add plenty to the list).
  • Read your favourite book
  • Sing along to your favourite music
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Sip a perfect latte
  • Watch part of your all-time favourite movie.
  • Play silly with your children/grandchildren/friends children
  • Cook your favourite recipe
  • Meditate
  • Spend time with someone you love
  • Call your best friend
  • Stand on your head
  • Practice your piano/guitar/violin
  • Dance around your house
She adds plenty of other ideas but you get the drift. It’s so personal isn’t it. Reading this chapter reinforces for me how lucky I am – I confess that I do a number of nice things most days. I even have an 'emergency list' of things to do if I'm feeling low. These include sitting out in the garden, just sitting and observing, listing; ringing particular friends; going to the library; doing arty stuff; meditating. How about you?

Apparently the Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald so I've gathered a few interestingitems in this color (or close) for you to check out above. Go visit the stores for more inspiration 1. bowling ball fountain from Bee Jay Kay 2. RW2 Gallery (it's a shower curtain!) 3.  Merle Pace Arts photomontage 4.mask ceramic wall hanging by  Double Fox Studio


Robert said...

Luckily I get to do what I love every day- paint- or create... and dance around and sing like I'm in a band The Tonedefs;)

Merle said...

i love the dares-great idea! thank you so much for including my photograph in your post~i love your blog~merle

Gloria said...

Hi Chrisy. I think it's a great idea to do something if even for just a few minutes that I love or like. In fact I always do something for me every day. Thanks for reminding me that tomorrow I will do my nails and a facial, right here at home.:) Take care, have a wonderful year.

Marion said...

Yep, me too.I'm a soapmaker and love doing it almost everyday :)

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome ideas, darling!
I need to dance around my house more ;)


Tara Dillard said...

Learned years ago, if my job/career isn't fun I'm doing it wrong.

Successful career work I call, 'Working sideways.', attracting new clients is a collateral effect. Not direct.

Really don't understand it, but know it's true. And FUN.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Myrna R. said...

Except for standing on my head and playing an instrument, I do just about all those suggestions. It's nice to get this reinforced though. I think fun has to be a major ingredient in life, maybe the main ingredient. Have tons of fun all year Chrisie. Take care.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love this! It inspires me :)

Jessica Cangiano said...

I'm a huge believer in this principle, too, and aim to give myself 10 minutes or much more everyday to focus on one or more thing(s) that brings me immense joy and satisfaction. I actually believe that doing is beneficial to my health and would recommend, as you've done, that everyone strive for these critical moments of joy each day.

Thank you very much for sharing some of your own personal story of hair loss with me, dear Chrisy, I'm so sorry that you've had to fight this battle as well. I wish you the best of luck if you give extensions a spin and want you to know that I'm always here fro you if you need someone to talk about this issue.

♥ Jessica

Hot Fudge said...

They all sound so lovely, apart from the standing on your head bit. I'm so pleased to see that emerald is Pantone's Color of the Year, as green in all its shades is a colour I have neglected over the years and now I find I love it.

Imogen said...

This is great. I think doing little things that you love and making time for it every day can make a huge difference.

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Hoarder Rehab said...

Hi Christine!

Thank you for this post and sharing the "Dare" book! As a recovering hoarder, these "dares" are just what I need to change some old habits, like "buying stuff or stuffing my face" as instant rewards or stress relief!

Thank you for the alternatives! I found your blog via your treasury, "Ode to Valentinus"

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