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How To Have More Fun In Life

By Ronda Phillips I Dare to Outdo Yourself!

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CHALLENGE Yourself to:

HAVE MORE FUN IN LIFE 

You may recall a time or two when you experienced having fun as a child; like visiting friends for a sleepover and staying up all night jumping up and down on the bed, throwing pillow fights, swinging high in the sky on the swing set in your backyard, riding your bike along exploring trails in your neighborhood, building large sand castles at the beach, getting dizzy on the merry-go-round at the park, feeling a drop in your belly while on the largest roller coaster ride, or feeding ducks at the lake or pond. Perhaps you became excited about how much fun you had during the day, so much so, that you probably went to bed with happy dreams, and woke up the next day with a BIG smile on your face.

Then you became a grown up with responsibilities and experiences to learn and grow from. Perhaps you now have your own household to manage, bills to pay, a spouse to grow with, children to raise and put through college, a career or business to grow, elderly parents to care for, and your own retirement to plan for.

All of a sudden you may have found yourself caught in the midst of the day-to-day normal routine of life. Just about everything concerning your life may appear to be bland, from the meals you eat, to the clothes you wear. You may have stopped going to new places or trying new things. Perhaps you don’t seem to smile or laugh as much as you used to. You may have become too serious for your own good, and now you may feel that your life has become…well -- BORING.

So, are you ready to have some fun in your life?

Perhaps you've had difficulty learning how to have fun due to past childhood experiences.

For example, perhaps you grew up in a home where you were extremely sheltered and were not allowed to have friends, participate in extracurricular activities or sports, or go places other than to school and back home. You may have missed out on a lot of fun experiences such as birthday parties, dances, movies, concerts, etc.

Or, perhaps you were robbed of your childhood because you were thrust into taking on adult responsibilities in the home by caring for younger siblings and/or working to help pay household bills, due to negligent or absentee parents who had their own issues to deal with that affected or impacted you without them realizing the magnitude.

And, perhaps the habit of taking on numerous responsibilities early on in life carried over into your own adulthood, to the point that you may now take life too seriously, and do not know what it's like to experience having real fun. You may consider yourself to be shy -- or laid back, and the thought of actually having fun may make you feel somewhat guilty, awkward or insecure.

What does it mean to have fun?

Fun is defined as, enjoyment, amusement, entertainment or lighthearted pleasure; someone or something that is amusing or enjoyable; an enjoyable experience or person; an enjoyable or amusing time; the feeling of being amused or entertained.

Watching children play is a great example of seeing fun in action. Children are carefree as they enjoy the adventure and excitement of having fun and living in the moment. We can all learn a lesson or two by taking notes from the children in our lives that are probably the experts on having fun.

Appropriate and inspired fun is invigorating and freeing. If you're ready to have more fun and celebrate life, then incorporating the following action steps into your lifestyle can help lead you on the path to experiencing greater fulfillment, happiness, and excitement.

Here are 3 quick tips you can implement now to have more fun in life:

1. TAKE TIME TO HANDLE PRIORITIES FIRST

Perhaps you can recall what it was like growing up and being told to clean up your room before you could go out with your friends. Perhaps you hated doing chores growing up, even though it was necessary. Then one day, perhaps you started raising children of your own, only to find the humor in history sort of repeating itself. As we instruct our children to do their chores and homework before they can go outside and play, we as adults are wise to practice what we preach and do likewise, by being disciplined in handling our adult responsibilities.

All work and no play can be dull. However, you don't want to become anxious about missing out on what life has to offer by choosing to engage in toxic relationships or circumstances that may jeopardize and compromise your moral character, causing you to neglect or abandon your priorities, which may negatively impact or affect your family, relationships, home, work or finances in return. Instead, make a decision to learn how to stop procrastinating and handle your responsibilities by adding a little dose of healthy fun in the process.

For example, listen to audios of your favorite music artists or motivational speakers and sing along or dance while getting ready for work, studying, cleaning the house, or preparing a meal. Set aside time to make a date with your bills, by sitting on your patio or porch to organize and write out paying your expenses, while drinking your favorite non-alcoholic beverage [to remain sober while handling your bills of course], and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine outdoors.

2. TAKE TIME TO LAUGH

Okay, so this may be a tough one to implement if you are in a certain profession or carry a title whereby there's an expectation of you to be reserved and conservative. If so, get into the habit of cracking a smile or two as often as you can, then work your way up the ladder to trust yourself to experience laughter whenever you feel it's an appropriate time to do so. There is a time to laugh. Don't be so concerned or consumed with what others may think of you if you choose to belt out an occasional laugh. People will always have an opinion about you one way or another. The important thing is what you think about yourself -- if you are owning your truth to have fun without bringing offense to anyone else, and whether you consider yourself to be approachable.

Lighten up. Loosen up. Laugh it off. It’s okay to make a mistake without beating yourself up about it. When engaging in group activities or events, we can become self absorbed about looking ridiculous in the company of others, and don’t want them to laugh at us. Learn how to be more lighthearted -- laugh and joke with yourself about what you’ve said or done that you would otherwise consider yourself to be embarrassed about. 

Likewise, if you don’t make a big deal about the small things others say and do, you will become less critical and less likely to be offended by their words or actions. Appreciate being in the company of genuinely good people that accept you for who you are and that are filled with laughter. Nix the negative talk about your unpleasant experiences with others. Instead, share fun memories about yourself with family and friends. Get into the habit of watching a comedy film at home or at the box office on a weekly basis to help get your laugh on too.

3. TAKE TIME TO PLAY

Have you considered taking some time to just chill out and really enjoy yourself during: your day(s) off from work, the weekends, holidays and vacations -- without working on yet another project or looking after everyone else's needs?

If you've been diligent and disciplined about organizing your time and maintaining your priorities, then you deserve to have some fun.

Be okay with being a little spontaneous. Make it a priority to go on a short getaway. If it’s important for you to have a weekly date night or weekend getaway with your partner or spouse, then do it. If it’s important for you to have a once a week night out on the town with your friends, then do it. If it’s important for you to spend quality time alone with yourself, then do it. 

However, set out to have just as much fun, if not more, than you did the previous time before. Make an intended effort to wear a new outfit or different accessory item. Order a new entrée from the restaurant menu. Eat out at a different restaurant. Attend a comedy show, concert or live play. Explore outdoor nature. Take up a unique hobby. Revisit an old talent or interest you may have had as a child. If it’s not in your budget to splurge by going out, then be creative by having fun at home.

For example, you could invite friends over and have a potluck dinner or barbecue. Have a romantic picnic date with your partner or spouse in the middle of your living room floor. Pull out the classic board games (or invent new ones) for family time. Create your own personal spa day in your bathroom with scented candles, a bubble filled soaking tub, and soothing relaxation music. 

And remember…having an occasional day dream about your ideal life is exciting, fun and FREE.

Summary

Making the decision to have more fun in life can be difficult if you've spent most of your waking life being too serious about your life. However, having more fun in life is relatively simple. Have confidence in yourself to be intentional about taking appropriate inspired action steps to have more fun in life.

Be reminded to implement these 3 quick tips to have more fun in life: 

1. Take time to handle priorities first

2. Take time to laugh

3. Take time to play

You will find it much easier to not sweat the small stuff in life. Having a lighthearted approach to having more fun will enable to you enjoy life more and appreciate having the abundant lifestyle you deserve.

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To Your Empowerment!

Known for her creative style, positive influence and straightforward professionalism, Ronda Phillips is a certified life coach,author, speaker, television host, style expert and entrepreneur. Her core mission is to empower and challenge individuals to become propelled to take charge of their life through preparation, performance and persistence. Ronda is the founder of Dare to Outdo Yourself!

Prepare. Perform. Persist.

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