September 18, 2017

Hot Tip #2: Do something because it makes you really flippin’ happy

In case you missed it, I’m going to be sharing one hot tip a week for how to have more fun in super-easy ways that will work FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. #nopressure 😂

Um, are you working really hard? Yeah. Me too.

And sometimes I feel like there’s so little time in my days that unless it’s getting me somewhere and moving me forward and helping me reach my goals, what’s the damn point?

Which is exactly why we need Hot Fun Tip #2: Do something for absolutely no reason other than that it makes you happy.

Every single morning my husband gets up and plays the guitar at the ungodly hour of 5am. He doesn’t play in a band and isn’t aspiring to go on “The Voice”; he plays because it fills him up and makes him really, really happy.

And, you guys, that’s enough! That’s more than enough!

I have a tendency to get caught in the trap of only reading books and watching videos that will move my business forward, or “having fun” by working on being a better person by exercising or learning to cook (bleh), or going to events that will empower me and help me grow into the person I’m meant to be, and OMG, STOP IT, YA WALKING O MAGAZINE?!?!

When I was pregnant with my son I took an Acting class because, this is going to sound weird, I like an audience. 😁 I was seven months pregnant and wasn’t going to get cast and I didn’t want to! I just wanted to be on stage, doing something that brings me joy. And it did.

I’ve done this with soccer (no pro contract yet), African dance classes, making DIY holiday presents, and my weekly US Weekly perusing.

I’ve been better at it and then not as good at it (I’m realizing right now my life could use a little more non-purpose driven time), but I’ve never regretted that time spent.

Okay, enough talking, Kara! How can I make this happen and do something only because it makes me happy?

1. Take a class for the fun of it. The advantage of taking a class is YOU HAVE TO GO. You’ve paid for it so you better go and enjoy it.

Also, make it something you’re most likely going to be terrible at so there’s no pressure. Rollerskating comes to mind for me or maybe a painting class or Hip Hop dance (although there’s a very real chance I could have a second career as a dancer so I better watch myself with that one).

2. Make a date with yourself. Remember when you were single or childless and you’d have a day in front of you with nothing to do (I feel like that used to happen although it feels so far away…)? Take a night a week (or a month!) and give yourself the gift of time. Go to a movie, get a massage, read a book in a coffee shop, walk around aimlessly, just do whatever you feel like.

3. Reconnect with your childhood. What did you do when you were a kid that you would lose yourself in? For me, it was dressing up and talking to myself as different characters in the mirror, which is why I still spend a lot of time in the bathroom (and do Instagram Stories).

For one of my friends, it was playing soccer, so she never misses a game. Another friend loves to sing so she joined a choir. Another friend is taking ceramics classes because in her heart she’s an artist.

The point is, who we were when we were little can tell us a lot about what brings us joy now. Tap into those memories and use them for fun.

4. Buddy up. One of my great joys as a kid was a self-designed Reading Club with one of my friends where she’d come over and we’d read books side-by-side while sucking Butterscotch candies (yes, my parents were pretty happy with this set up). Would I have read as much without our weekly date? Probably. But, our date guaranteed my time with Anne of Green Gables (omg, I did date occasionally, I swear).

As an adult, we don’t get a lot of opportunities for impromptu read-a-thons with friends, so I say, start a club. Invite your mom friends to a book club (or pretend it’s one), start a supper club, watch The Bachelor every week with friends, just set up a time where you’re accountable to having fun without a purpose.

5. Ask yourself “What is my end goal?” If it’s something like “grow my business”, “make more money”, “build a firmer derierre” then rethink it because what we’re looking for here is “to have the best time ever” or “it makes me feel alive” or “when I do x, my heart explode with happiness.”

Now, I’m not saying it absolutely can’t be both. I mean I love yoga because it makes me feel whole and settled and alive AND it’s great for my rear, but we’re leading with joy over hard body in this case. You feel me?

Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it! (I mean, duh, totally do it, k?)

Commit to doing one thing that brings you intense joy for ONE TIME.

Don’t make this harder than it needs to be. Just do something purposeless one time this week and see what happens.

(SPOILER ALERT: It’s going to be awesome and you’re going to probably want more. OMG, SHHHH, Kara!)

Let me know in the comments what you decide to do and let’s go have some serious fun!

Photo by my gal Milou and Olin of one of my fave books
that would totally count towards your fun this week. 🎉

 

September 15, 2017

Five Fall Favorites for a Fashion Friday

OMG, you guys, sorry about the extreme alliteration there but I’m so excited it’s Friday AND we’re moving into a new season! I love Summer, but I’m over my flip flops and dresses and ready to change it up, baby, and get into some jeans and sweatshirts (embroidered, ruffled, or rhinestoned obviously).

I’ve put together five things below that I’ve run into this past week and I’m pretty darn psyched about and may or may not currently have in my shopping carts around the Web. 😁

1. I am all over any kind of embellishment and this shirt from Zara is so pretty! Yes, it’s a lot, but throw it on with a pair of jeans and booties and you don’t need to worry about anything other than your smile. Plus, at less than $20, it’s a steal!

2. Berets are EVERYWHERE this season and, duh, I’m all over them, especially since you’re pretty much required to speak in a French accent while wearing one. I can only imagine how excited my husband is about this trend. 😁

3. Are you guys into this whole 70s vibe that’s going on? I think the groovy colors are pretty cool beans and this far out sweatshirt would be so easy to wear while taking the cats to school drop off. Can you dig it?

4. When we were in LA last month, every cool kid we saw was wearing a pair of these Old Skool Vans, which wouldn’t necessarily make me want a pair, but the fact I can also wear them with jumpsuits, skirts, jeans, basically everything in my wardrobe, means I’m all over them now.

5. While we’re on the subject of appropriate footwear, I realize I would probably wear these green babies maybe once a year, but can you imagine how AMAZING that once a year event would feel? OMG, I feel like I’m Cinderella at the ball just thinking about it.

What do you guys think? Are you ready for Fall or clinging to Summer?

September 11, 2017

5 Ways to Laugh Way More Than You are Right Now

I’m sharing one hot tip a week for how to have more fun in super-easy ways that will work FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. #nopressure 😂  Sign up for my Mom Fun newsletter and never miss a tip!

I mentioned last week how I was pretty depressed and resentful after having my daughter and decided that I had to start making changes; I thought what was the biggest thing missing from my life and LAUGHTER came screaming back at me.

So, I made a New Year’s resolution to laugh once a day. That’s it. My only criteria was it had to be an actual laugh, not a chuckle or a grin, but something where sound emitted from my mouth joyfully without thought.

And it was really difficult at first!

When you’re with kids all day or sitting at your desk or running errands or DOING, we don’t often let loose and laugh (think about the last time you had a true belly laugh – it probably wasn’t this morning when you were trying to find everybody’s shoes to get out the door, right?).

So, I had to work at it.

I’d remember to blow on my daughter’s stomach so she’d giggle hysterically, which would make me laugh. I’d call a best friend and tell them a funny story that got both of us cracking up instead of my usual complaining. I’d watch funny YouTube videos, make silly videos to send my sisters, and pick comedies instead of dramas with my husband. When I was talking to people, I got really good at finding the humor in their stories (and mine!) and would be generous with my laughter.

In short, I made it a habit.

Of everything I’ve done, this has probably had the biggest impact on my life, because now, I don’t think about laughing, it just happens. At least once a day, usually more, which is AMAZING.

We often make time to feel sad and fearful and stressed, but we need to also make time to feel joy!

Okay, enough talking, Kara! How can I make this happen and laugh every day?

1. Use your kids. Listen, your kids are like walking laugh bombs. Tap into that energy. Tickle them, blow on their stomachs, take them to a funny movie, tell them knock knock jokes, hide in the closet and scare them. Decide that they are the funniest people you know and, weirdly, they will become that.

(Also, if you need ideas for fun with your kids, here are a few.)

2. Seek out funny. Whenever I’m feeling low as a mom, I turn to my ladies, I Mom So Hard because they speak to my soul (I seriously went to get the link and now it’s an hour later 😁). I also never miss Jen Gotch or Orlando Soria on Instagram Stories and, of course, The Bloggess is my BFF. Right now I’m also obsessed with the TV shows GlowPlaying House, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which reminds me I need to get this done because I have A LOT OF IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO TODAY.

3. Be generous with your laughter. You guys, I am a HILARIOUS person, if I’m around the right people. But, if I’m around people who don’t think I’m funny or stare at me without a tinge of a smile after I’ve finished a story, I start to wither and quickly become very, very unfunny.

So, I’m always ready to hop in with a laugh because there is nothing a funny story likes more than a ready laugh. Plus, most of the time, it makes the story funnier, which makes me laugh more and you get where this is going.

4. Hang out with people who make you laugh. This seems like a no-brainer, but, people are in your life for different reasons and, if you want to have more fun, hang out with folks you can have more fun with.

5. Figure out the funny story. I’m someone who has had car windows explode out of nowhere, had a homeless person sleep in my car (he left a thank you note!), has had multiple purses and backpacks stolen from me while on vacation, was trapped in a nail salon by a man on drugs, had a lady pee on my leg while eating in the Financial District, and once set my coat on fire while trying to get warm in Denmark (omg, and this is just what I came up with in less than a minute).

And they are all hilarious stories that I’ve decided are funny because they are! They could also be tragic and scary and unsettling, but I’ve decided on funny because that’s how I want to live my life. This isn’t to say everything that happens to me in my life is ridiculous, but, wait, no, pretty much all of it is.😂

Your challenge this week, should you choose to accept it! (I mean, duh, totally do it, k?)

Decide to laugh once a day. YESSSSSSS!

That’s it! That’s all you gotta do. Commit to once a day! YEEHAW!

PS: And to help make your laughing happen I’m going to be working MY TAIL OFF over on Instagram to make that happen. So, follow along, will ya? 🙂

PPS: For Mother’s Day, we had an epic shaving cream fight and I can’t recommend it enough. It might be the perfect way to laugh tomorrow, just sayin’. 😁

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