This school year was the first year I’ve sent BOTH my kids to school. My youngest went off to kindergarten! Since I am a stay-at-home mom with an at-home business, my days shifted from sheer chaos to eerie silence overnight. When the school year started, I had so many plans for those seven hours without children. I would put a lot of time into my work, the house chores, the meal plans. The dog was going to take so many walks. I was finally going to be one of those moms who had it all together.
By around week four, I was pretty tired. But I was driven by that ever-familiar sting of guilt that every parent has experienced regardless of work status. I wanted to pull my weight, waste no time, and avoid transforming into the TV trope housewife who binges Netflix or shops all day. I suppose I felt the subconscious need to prove myself. But by the time the kids got home and my husband finished working, I had nothing left for them. I had left no time for fun, and it was causing me and my family unnecessary stress.
But did I need fun? Isn’t that just fluff you add once the work is done? How can fun possibly fit into a busy schedule?
If you had the opportunity to hear Lauren Snyder speak last weekend, you already see exactly how my logic was flawed. Of course I need (and deserve) fun! The bottom line of Lauren’s message is “Instead of wallowing in the MEH, welcome the meaningful.” My self-assigned workload was only bringing me “meh,” but as I began introducing moments of fun within my day, I ended up with energy and pep that I could share with my kids after school.
So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.
Earlier in the week, we addressed our mental and spiritual selves. One way for our physical beings to welcome the meaningful is to cultivate meaningful experiences, and that means looking for fun. Here are some steps to help you cultivate fun in your life:
- Define your fun: What experiences are life-giving to you?
- Give permission for fun: You deserve it! And if you take care of yourself, you are better equipped to care for those around you.
- Schedule the fun: Make it a priority!
- Continue having fun: What is something you enjoy doing so much that you lose track of time?
Do you struggle fitting fun into your day? What barriers keep you from prioritizing it?
Describe the last time you had a lot of fun. Did it involve big belly laughs, other people, alone time? What can you do to make those moments a regular part of your week?
Plan something fun for this week. Literally, that’s it. Put it in your calendar. Do it!
Dear God, while I know not every moment of my life will be perfect and happy and FUN, I also know you want my life to be filled with joy and fulfillment. Help me to find joy in both little things and big things. As you fill me with this joy, let it overflow into those around me. Amen.
This post was written by Ashlee Grosjean. Ashlee is a blogger at GratefulSheep.com and a stay-at-home mom and wife. She loves writing for this team, and she hopes to help convey God’s message through this study.
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