January 23, 2010

8 Principles for Having More FUN!

As you know, it's the celebration of 200 years of Mexican Independence.  "The Revolution".  What do you think of this photo I shot the other day.  Perhaps it captures some of that spirit?  The need to be free!  Speaking of Fun ... I am having a lot of that with my camera.

A male friend of mine and I joke about the "F" word.  To us, in our silly little code, it stands for FUN.  I am always into having more of the "F" word!

Having just finished reading "Solemate: Master the Art of Aloneness & Transform Your Life",  I have been tuning into Laruen Macklers' blog from time to time.  I really enjoyed this.  So let's get on with it!  Time's a'waistin'...

For me these principles of having FUN, fit right in with my word for the year.    "AUTHENTICITY"

Stop hiding who you really are. Although it feels like the path of least resistance, it actually takes more energy to live from your Conditioned Self than to live authentically—the person you were born to be.

Start being intensely selfish. Many people believe that making themselves the key person in their lives is a bad thing. It’s simply good common sense. After all, you’re the only person who’s with you 24/7 until you draw your last breath. (And ... if I could add a thought of my own here ..... If we don't take good care of ourselves and insure our own happiness, what good are we to those around us.  Burnt out, sick, depressed and grumpy does not make for a happy, peaceful, joyful, fun life!  Therefore, if we don't find things that allow our hearts to sing .... who will??  So, I think, personally, it's all about moving forward, growing, putting ourselves 'out there', trying whatever we want to try and scaring the wits out of ourselves in the process.  That might even be fun ... who knows!)

 Stop following the rules. While some rules are necessary and good for us, living a life based on others’ rules, needs, and expectations can stifle your self-expression and creativity, and keep a lid on your potential.  (One of my fears is that I will die with my music in me!  I don't want that to happen.  Therefore, I find, I am really pushing myself lately.  My baby steps are getting more like a 2 year olds!  More steps, quicker.  Interesting process.  I'm still terrified, however, the thought of dieing before I have expressed my true creative self scares me even more!)

 Start scaring yourself. People avoid expanding their comfort zones out of fear, missing out on people and experiences that can enrich their lives. Know that fear is a normal reaction to taking risks and learn how to override them.

 Stop taking it all so damn seriously. Our time on earth is short, and as someone once said, “No one gets out of this alive.” Instead of ruminating about how bad things are, bring laughter into your world and focus on what’s good about your self and your life.

Start getting rid of the crap. Being bogged down by possessions you don’t need can be an energy-drain. Many people go into debt because they buy things to fill the voids in their lives. Clear out clutter that distracts you, and you’ll free up energy to create a life you enjoy.  (I can vouch for this one!)

Stop being busy. Being busy and being productive are not necessarily the same. Many people keep busy to avoid taking action on things they’re afraid to pursue. Identify your priorities and allocate your time and energy to achieving the goals to which you aspire.

Start something. Procrastination is a common reaction to feeling overwhelmed or fear of failure. Instead of taking on too much at once and overwhelming yourself, break things down and take one small action step at a time.  (Baby steps!)

© 2010 Lauren Mackler

Lauren Mackler is a coach, psychotherapist, and host of the Life Keys radio show on hayhouseradio.com. She’s the author of the international bestseller, Solemate: Master the Art of Aloneness & Transform Your Life. Sign up for her Live Boldly newsletter at www.laurenmackler.com.

Grumpy Marshall Weather Report for San Miguel de Allende for Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jan 23

Hi: 79°
Lo: 48°
Day: Sunny skies. High 79F, humidity 10%. Winds WSW at 15 to 20 mph. Air Quality: NA, UV Index: 9

Night: Mostly clear skies. Low 48F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

"The more fun you have, the greater your value to yourself and to your society. The more fun you share with others, the more fun you have." 

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