I Choose Fun

New Year’s Day, 2014, I wrote one word on my hand: FUN. That one word represents my resolution to choose fun for the entire year.

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Some may think that it’s a peculiar New Year’s resolution, when many people are choosing exercise or health.
And actually, that’s part of my point. Why are we choosing “exercise” and “health” when we could choose “fun”?
Guess what? When I started choosing fun, I started sledding with the kids, doing yoga with my friends, swinging on the monkey bars and climbing up the fireman’s pole at the playground…all very fun and (added bonus: good for my health!)
Once I started following my “fun” instead of the “responsible” thought processes I have been conditioned to think, I started listening to the voice of my soul.
I wrote a children’s book, (which, by the way is all about making routines fun for kids).
I taught our neighbor’s daughter how to paint en plein air.
Instead of thinking about vacations, I planned them…and took them.
I had a late night dance party with glow sticks with our kids and our friends.
I bought coffee for strangers at Starbucks (and found great joy in their perplexed looks as I pulled away in front of them at the drive-through).
I started turning boring every day routines, such as folding laundry, (something which I despise doing) into a game… How fast can I fold three baskets of laundry? 24 minutes (with no interruptions).
What on earth have I been doing for all of these years? Living in the mindset of life is hard? “Life is hard” is a bunch of B.S. (Bologna Sandwiches)!
Life is fun! You just have to CHOOSE to think that!
When I started following my fun, I realized that I was actually following the guidance of my soul. When you listen to your soul, you find your happiness and a whole lotta FUN!

The bible says, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
I never quite understood this passage. However, now it makes a lot more sense. Children always choose fun. They are listening to the voice of their soul. When we choose fun, the outcome truly is heavenly!

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Tootie Two-Two Day

Happy Tootie Two-Two Day!

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Better out than in, that’s what I always say! -Shrek

We have so much to celebrate. Every day of the year should be a holiday. Which is why I have decided to dub February 22nd (2/22), “Tootie Two-Two Day”… A celebration of flatulence.

Come on, we all do it! It feels good and it makes us giggle. Can you honestly say that you don’t crack a smile when you let go of a long-winded, chair rumbling fart? Never mind the aftermath. We should all be grateful for this God given gift. So, come out of the bathroom, quit blaming the dog (at least for the day), let the world hear your anal acoustics, and pass that gas!
Go ahead and cut the cheese, let ‘er rip, pull your finger, drop a booty bomb, sneak a SBD, give your spouse a Dutch oven, or break wind. Just don’t hold it in…not today!

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My Birthday Suit

Last night, I was reading Pam Grout’s book, ART & SOUL:  156 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit.  If you haven’t heard of Pam Grout, she is an amazing woman from Lawrence, Kansas with a bunch of awesome books on life and spirituality.  Anyway-the book is full of creative ways to make life fun!  Week 1: “Go to the thrift store and buy the most outrageous outfit you can”.  As I lay in bed pondering that idea, it occurred to me that I was not going to have time to go to the Thrift Shop anytime soon, but I certainly had some outrageous clothes in my own closet. So there was born:  My Birthday Suit.

The birthday suit was born, 1-10-2014 in my year of fun.  I plan to wear it every birthday from now on.  I chuckle at the thought of me wearing it when I am 92!
The birthday suit was born, 1-10-2014 in my year of fun. I plan to wear it every birthday from now on. I chuckle at the thought of me wearing it when I am 92!

I am embarking on a year of fun.   It all started New Year’s Day when I chose my one word for the year…FUN!
Today, on my 35th birthday, I woke up and decided what better day to christen my year of fun than wearing my birthday suit!?!? Mid-life crisis, maybe. But, I anticipate living at least 92 years like my grandma, and with the advances in medicine and a healthy lifestyle I expect to go much beyond that.  So, I’m looking at 46 or later for my midlife crisis.  I like to think of this year as more of an awakening.
An awakening to what life is really about… is all about the journey and this year I am embarking on a creative, silly, happy, fun journey!

Watch out 2014…here I come!

Wabi Sabi Valentine

Kyler had an awesome moment yesterday morning. He and Elle were making valentines for Randy as I came down the stairs, Elle was crying…her construction paper cut- out heart did not turn out like she had hoped. Kyler picked it up and said, “Elle, just wabi sabi it!”
I watched him hold her heart up to his face…”it’s an awesome mask!”
She was like “yeah!!!”
And I was like “woo hooo!!!! Amen, Kyler! Wabi sabi!”

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I learned the term “wabi sabi” from my dear friend, Sandie.
Wabi Sabi represents a Japanese view of the world that there is beauty in imperfection.
I have been teaching this to my kiddos as a means to be more accepting if themselves and what they view as their imperfections as well.
You see, we are all perfect in God’s eyes. If we can learn to love ourselves in each and every moment in spite of our mistakes, guilt, and fear, we will find it easier to love others for the “imperfect/perfect” beings that we all are!

Summer Any Time of the Year

My mom often tells this story of me when I was a little girl. She tells: “Brandi came home from school one day amazed and excited to reveal, ‘Did you know that there are places where it is always summer!?!? Why do we live in Kansas?'”
We often chuckle about that innocent realization. And, as it turns out I did move to Hawaii as soon as I graduated college. A wish come true, right? Well, yes, sort of. Hawaii is, was, and always will be my favorite place on earth, but not because of the weather. My marriage started there, my son was born there, our first dog, first house and SO many more happy memories. But, the thing about Hawaii that is MOST magical to me is the awakening I had as a young girl. That “aha” moment when I realized that the world is greater than your perception.
Years later, I have had many more “aha” moments about the nature of the universe, it’s magic, and our infinite potential. Now, I want to scream these realizations from my rooftop with the exuberance I felt about the juvenile revelation of places of infinite summer…”The universe is full of energy and potential and love and YOU can tap into it!”
What are we all doing hanging out here!?!? Let’s go THERE!!!”

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