Update 3: Taking myself less seriously

Soul-searching is a good and valid endeavor, but so is lightening up. In honor of my birthday month, I’m giving myself new challenge—a mini-Camino—to practice taking myself less seriously.

Day 1-8: Click here to read

Day 9-16: Click to read here

With a two-day migraine and two dads in the hospital, it was doubly difficult to focus on the goal of lightness. Week Three gets an A for effort.

Day 17: Remind myself what I have to be grateful for. I’m going to write this one out, rather than just think it.

Gratitude is serious business for me. Not content with trite, superficial “thankful fors” I take gratitude head on—or rather heart on—in deep contemplation. Though writing the list is heavy, I discovered I feel remarkably light after.

Lightness score: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Day 18: Play with animals. Get down on the floor and roll around with them and have fun.

Pepper and Jasper could not have been more shocked when I got out the feather toy and started running around the house with it. We played until Jasper flopped over, exhausted. I loved playing with them!

Lightness score: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Day 19: Intentionally dress to not match. In public.

I wore a red turtleneck sweater and a flowing, full-length purple velvet skirt with striped socks and no one died. Mary came home from work and said, “That’s what you consider not matching?” I might have to do this again and risk bigger.  🙂

Lightness score: ❤ ❤ ❤

Day 20: Finger paint, so much finger paint. Make a mess!

This one has backstory: three Valentine’s Days ago, I bought a canvas, acrylic paints, great brushes, and then … nothing happened. I intended to paint something for Mary. Because of this day’s intention, in under an hour I had a painting I loved. It’s not finished yet, but I definitely got paint all over me.

Lightness score: ❤ ❤ ❤

Day 21: Sing at the top of your lungs to girl power music and dance like a maniac. Really let loose.

Enter Gaga and Swift: there was singing, butt shaking, and fists in the air. Mary walked by in the middle of this and we had a good laugh.

Then I got a migraine. Hmm.

Lightness score: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Day 22: Meditate on the word tranquila and use it for a mantra for a day.

Instead of thinking it, I lived it. I slept late and lazed around recovering from the banner headache.

Lightness score: I call a do-over.

Day 23: As a way to create more love and gratitude in my life, talk to things as I interact with them. Like as I’m making my bed, thank it for keeping me warm and being so pretty. Feel silly and do it anyway.

I grinned as I talked appreciatively to the truck, my laptop, the refrigerator. I also got to hold my baby friend who’s 14 days old and we had a playful chat about life. I loved it!

Lightness score: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Stay tuned for updates on the next week’s not-serious activities—there’s one week (and change) left in my month of less-seriousness and more lightness!


3 thoughts on “Update 3: Taking myself less seriously

  1. I am loving this whole series and think I can learn a thing or two from you. I too tend to take myself too seriously. Lightening up a little would be a good thing. We played yesterday on a beach that has a hot water spring coming up through the sand. That was fun!

    1. Oh, Alison! I’ve heard of that beach and really want to see it someday. How fun! Sounds to me like you’ve got the spirit from playing in the sand and water. 🙂 I hope you’ll post about that on your blog!

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