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If you’re anything like me, you have a mile long to-do list and are always plugging away at keeping all the various aspects of your life afloat. 

Hopefully self-care is on that list, preferably at the top! Nothing else will go the way it should/could when you’re not taking care of your own needs. 

I believe that scheduling time to be without a list and letting rest, fun and “unplugging” be your only agenda, must be part of your plan to have a truly satisfying, deeply fulfilling life. 

When it’s cold out, I am honestly at a loss for how to do that well, other than reading and watching Netflix at night before bed. 

But when the warm weather hits and the sun comes out, I have no trouble dreaming up a multitude of ways to step out of my normal routine and schedule more of this vital, replenishing time for myself.  

My oldest son has been away the last 3+ months. Before he left, we planned some family time to celebrate his return and have high quality time together. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and we headed to western MA for a day of fun at Jiminy Peak, riding the mountain coaster and alpine slide to our hearts’ content. We finished the day at our favorite Japanese hibachi restaurant. 

Being outside for hours on a warm, sunny day, connecting with my family, being distraction-free, doing something fun, and eating tasty food provided a ton of nourishment for my body, mind, heart and soul! 

If you’re not already doing so, I can’t encourage you enough to dream up ways to reconnect with fun activities that light you up. And you get bonus points if it’s something you can do outside! 

I’d love to hear what lights you up, makes you feel like a kid, laugh like crazy – the things that you look forward to when you’re having a crazy week and know you need a break. Let me know in the comments below! 

And if you can’t think of anything, it’s time to do some serious daydreaming and experimentation to reconnect with that part of yourself. 

The serious parts of life are important. And the fun parts are a vital component of a life well lived. Don’t let another day pass by without planning something fun, something that fuels your soul and fills you up, even if it won’t happen for weeks or months down the road. 

Life moves fast and you deserve the best!