- Practice living in the moment. Too often we are so concerned with what’s going to happen next, we forget that life is actually happening right here, right now. Be aware. Instead of trying to make plans for next weekend, or devoting time or energy to future projects, check in with yourself every so often to make sure you are living in the NOW.
- Have a tea party. Note: You don’t have to invite anyone. I don’t think there are many things in life that are as relaxing as enjoying a cup of hot tea, and spacing out on the porch. Grab a few sampler tins of tea and dedicate a mere 30 minutes a day to a tea party, even if you’re the only attendee.
- TV on DVD marathon. Reserve a day this week to do nothing but watch your favorite TV series. Don’t even put pants on! Stock up on your favorite junk foods and take pleasure in doing nothing but staring at the tube. Invite over your best friend for an all day Daria-thon (Hot damn!, that sounds amazing). Hey, I didn’t say you necessarily had to be productive to have a kick ass week.
- Write a thank you note to someone close to you. Whether it be your mom, dad, other family member, close friend, spouse or teacher, write a letter to someone close to you, thanking them for the positive impact they’ve had on your life. I’m sure it will make their day, and make you feel grateful and appreciate as well.
- Take good feelings and make the most of them. For example, during my time here in Seattle, I’ve been scouting housing. Yesterday, my friends Courtney, Charlene and I stumbled across our dream home. After we checked the place out, we were giddy as hell. We held hands and skipped all the way to brunch, talked about how great the place was, and went to the park to smile and laugh and call our moms and tell them about the rad place we discovered. Dwelling on good feelings like this sets the tone for the rest of the day. It was nice to stretch out that good feeling. If something makes you feel good, focus on that feeling for as long as possible. Embrace it.
- Slow down. If you can’t seem to give yourself a break, perhaps the “International Institute of Not Doing Much” can help you. Our lives can be a bit hectic and chaotic sometimes, but somehow we’ve got to find a way to Slow Down Now.
I hope your week rules! Today is my last full day in Seattle. Going back is going to be a bummer, but after this three week long hiatus, I am looking forward to going back home, getting in the groove, and making shit happen! I’ve got quite a few projects I’m going to be working on for The Radical Uprise blog, zine and Etsy shop. Make this week the best ever with that PMA.