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Do Something Fun Today

smiling girl holding watermelon in front of her
Thank you. Photo by Caju Gomes on Unsplash

“Do Something Fun Today” by Joan Y. Edwards

Do something fun today before midnight because you don’t want to wait another day without having fun!

Take five minutes for fun., right now. If you can’t do it now, plan to do something fun before you go to bed.

It is especially important to do something fun each day when you are under great stress. It releases the tension built up in your body and releases good endorphins into your system that calms your nerves. These feel-good chemicals can help ease both physical and emotional pain. If you don’t believe you can do something fun, a good cry levels your emotions and also puts good endorphins into your body to calm your mind and spirit.

What is fun? According to Bing’s search online: As a noun, fun means enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure.

pleasure · entertainment · enjoyment · amusement ·  merrymaking · leisure · relaxation · relief · respite · rest · refreshment · recreationgood time · great time · R and R (rest and recreation) · living it up · merriment · cheerfulness · cheer · joyhigh spirits ·  laughter · hilarity · glee · gladness ·  liveliness ·  brightness ·
Find something that makes you smile!
Find something that makes you happy!

It’s amazing that flowers have such a strong will to live that they grow in places people say they can’t grow or won’t grow.


Blow Bubbles of Happiness into the Air!
Thank you, Pixabay for this image.

Blow bubbles of happiness into the air! Some bubbles break into two bubbles. Some soar high into the air. The bubbles display colors to brighten your day!

Enjoy being you.

Be thankful for all you have! A bed to sleep in. Food to eat. People who love and care about you.

A sense of humor.

A sense of well-being even if you are not well.

A sense of calm…knowing that you are doing the best you can do with all the skills, knowledge, and beliefs that you have at this very moment. Rejoice!

What is fun for another person may not be fun for you, and that is okay.  However, many people enjoy the same things as their friends.

Here are things I enjoy:

Blowing bubbles.
Watching a romantic comedy movie, like The Proposal.
Watching Matlock, Columbo, Monk, and Diagnosis Murder with Dick Van Dyke.
Listening to music from the 50’s and 60’s.
Talking to my family and friends in person, on the phone, message, and email.
Eating with friends and family.
Going to church.
Reading a book.
Working a wordsearch or crossword puzzle.
Writing a chapter for a book.
Writing a blog post.
Receiving a comment on my blog.
Receiving a letter or card by U.S. Mail.
Drawing and painting a picture or illustration.
Getting a new subscriber.
Spending time at Tybee Island, at the beach in North and South Carolina.
Spending time in the mountains.
Seeing a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
Watching a funny commercial. Here are two of my favorites:

  1. Geico – Hump Day Commercial
  2. Liberty Mutual Bad Job – Liberty Bibberty

Please share what you like to do for fun! I’d love to hear from you.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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7 Ways to Move Toward Your Goals

“Move Toward Your Goals” by Joan Y. Edwards

This year is a year for you to take a giant step forward to reach your goals. Take action to head you closer to your dreams. Move toward your goals. Here are 7 ways to help you keep moving to your goals.

  1. Be Thankful
  2. Accept Yourself As You Are
  3. Relinquish Control
  4. Have Faith in Yourself
  5. Exercise
  6. See with Different Eyes
  7. Celebrate

1. Be Thankful

  • Albert Schweitzer quote: “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
  • Buddha quote: “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”
  • Thornton Wilder quote: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
  • Yogi Bhajan quote: “Gratitude is the open door to abundance.”

If you want something other than what you have, be grateful for what you have. If you are unhappy with the situation you are in, be grateful that it’s not worse, and believe that it will get better. Focus on what you want. Be thankful for what you have.

2. Accept Yourself As You Are

For the last four years I studied Hale Dwoskin’s Sedona Method about letting go. Letting go of expectations allows you to enjoy the moment as it is. Letting go of wanting and trying to get control of the people in your life, frees you to enjoy the gifts another person offers to you. They might not have the gift you demand and expect from them. When you put a block out and don’t accept others as they are, you may never recognize the gift they reach out to hand you. Because your Mother or Father was a certain way, you may think a prospective mate might be that way. Look for the good in people. Let go of your unreasonable expectations in yourself and others.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t set goals for yourself. It means to stop spending all of your energy resisting the way things are. When you take back your energy, then you make a better pathway for your new and improved life to enter.
I think a lot of unhappiness comes from not enjoying things as they are and wanting something else.
The saying is very powerful and healing: “It is what it is.” Accept it. Make plans to improve the situation in which you live. Love. Reach out in kindness. Look for the good in others. Look for the good inside yourself.

3. Have Faith in Yourself

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen…Frank Lloyd Wright

  • Don’t feed your mind with negative thoughts. If you do, you will come to believe them…Catherine Pulsifer
  • If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning…Gandhi
  • It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action…Lin Yutang
  • Believe in yourself and try not to take anything personally…Chris Kattan.
  • Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string…Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Believe in yourself. Your belief will take you to your goal. When you stop believing in your ability to get there, something happens. You crumble. In order to meet your goal, you have to stabilize your belief system so that it gets you where you want to go.

4. Relinquish Control

It’s amazing how much human beings want control of things. When you don’t know how it’s going to turn out, you are afraid to venture into the “unknown.” If you know it’s going to turn out okay, then you are willing to take a chance. When you get your belief system straight, you realize that all events lead you to your goals. They may be interesting detours, but if you reset your beliefs and restate your goals, you will get there. Why do I say that? Because inside your mind, you have an automatic success mechanism. Maxwell Maltz explains this in the Psycho-Cybernetics book. Like airplanes with automatic piloting systems, when you set your goals and believe you can do it, your automatic success mechanism goes to work and takes you to your goal.  If you stop believing, it takes you in the direction of failure. Believe in you and your goals. Believe in you.

5. Exercise – Move your body

When you move your body, you also help your mind. This keeps your emotions from going haywire. It keeps your body in shape. It keeps your mind’s gears moving smoothly. Do what you can. Move to your own rhythm. Dance, jog, walk, sit and move whatever you can. Just move it. You’ll get ideas to solve problems. Your stress levels will decrease. You’ll be healthier. Try it. You’ll like it.

6. See with Different Eyes

It’s possible to get to your goals, you might need new skills. If you’ve lost your zest for your goals, perhaps you need to find a path that’s fun for you.  Look at things differently.  You need to look at the situation with a different eye. Talking with a good friend sometimes opens up possibilities of ways to get there that you have never heard of. New roads can be built to your goal. Build them in your mind. They will take you where you want to go.

7. Celebrate

It is great to celebrate any time and every possible moment in your life.Oprah Winfrey said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Help others celebrate, too. Fill yourself with as much joy as you possibly can. There’s one thing about joy, it is contagious. It spreads from you to another person. Have you ever noticed what happens when one person starts laughing uncontrollably. Oh my goodness! That is such fun. Others who are close to them will also start laughing. Pretty soon, endorphins (good feeling healing chemicals are dancing inside your body and mind. Try it. Here’s a recording of me laughing. I hope you start laughing with me:

Record a spontaneous laughing session with your whole family.  Record you and two of your friends laughing. Play it back on days when things are tough. It’ll help you remember that good things are coming your way.

  • Have a picnic on your living room floor.
  • Read your favorite book.
  • Call a friend.
  • Sit at the edge of your yard and watch for wildlife.
  • Sit at a window and rejoice that you are comfortable.


I hope you’ll leave a comment.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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Other Resources:

  1. Brainy Quotes.  “Believe in Yourself:” http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/believe_in_yourself.html#8WmP1bXCydDPA7xX.99
  2. Brené Brown.  “The Power of Vulnerability:” http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html
  3. Christina Diaz. “Thankful Quotes:” http://www.the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com/thankful-quotes.html
  4. Darcy Pattison. “Shame, Vulnerability and Hiding:” http://www.darcypattison.com/writing-life/shame-vulnerability-and-hiding/
  5. Joshua Clayton http://ezinearticles.com/?How-It-Is-Said,-How-It-Is-Done&id=5684116
  6. Maxwell Maltz, Md. The New Psycho-Cybernetics, edited and updated by Dan S. Kennedy and the Psycho-Cybernetics Foundation, Inc. http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Psycho-Cybernetics-Maxwell-Maltz/dp/0735202850/
  7. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acceptance