“If you think Adventure is dangerous. Try Routine. It’s lethal.”
I may not have written this quote, but I sure feel like it was written for me, a gal who comes alive with new experiences, traveling, creating and exploring. So what happens when your daily “adventure” is now packed full of repetitive, or somewhat routine, experiences? Read: changing diapers, breastfeeding, doing laundry, changing diapers, breastfeeding, doing laundry, making meals, shopping for food, doing the dishes, feeding the dog. Eeeeeeeek! Sound the alarm! Call out the guards! Run for the hills! I’m yawning and freaking out at the same time. I’m a learner, a curious kid, an explorer, and adventurer. How am I supposed to awaken my senses and embrace my zest for life during these non-stimulating tasks?
IS YOUR ROUTINE FOR A GOOD CAUSE? Hold up. Rewind. Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. When I’m speaking about routine, I am solely addressing the tasks, chores and repetitive duties we take on. I am not addressing the purpose of the duty or whether they’re worth doing in the first place. You and I wouldn’t be doing these repetitive duties if we didn’t deem them worth our time. Of course they are! (I like saying duties, can you tell? But you have to say it like, doooodies. Ya know, like poop.) Please don’t mistake this blog as a means to complain about doing duties. That would be silly. And energy sucking. You know, like energy vampires. Those people who are always complaining and sucking the energy out of you. I say no thank you to their drama-rama.
THINK LIKE AN INVENTOR + PROBLEM SOLVER + CURIOUS KID. Being and inventor, problem solver and curious kid, you should probably have a cool detective-like name. I’ll be Himay Ponderosa. Got yours? Good. Now let’s get out a pen and paper. Write down any repetitive duty you do throughout the day in which you’d like to add a little zest, pizazz, stimulation or learning experience. You get the picture. Here’s my list:
- Preparing our meals (we spend a lot of time in the kitchen!)
- changing diapers
Now being Himay Ponderosa, I’ve come up with opportunities to liven up these duties. Using these videos as a take off point, write out ways you can liven up your own daily tasks. If your hands are busy during a task, watch the first two videos. During your daily duty, if you’re looking at something and have to actually focus on thinking about it (like writing this blog), check out the third and final video.
Housebound? That’s exactly what these videos are geared towards. In-house time. There’s heaps of great ways we can stimulate our life, brain & body outside of the house. And often times we can take our daily tasks outside, which provides a refreshing change in itself.
And if all this talk of inspiring yourself, livening up your day, and adding good quality zest to your life, gets you all, well, inspired, awakened and zesty, then sign up on the waitlist for my upcoming eCourse, Center Your SELF. It’s right up your alley.
BREASTFEEDING & PREPARING MEALS…Is this a hidden opportunity to inspire yourself, learn more about the things you love and continue exploring your passion? Heck-eee-doodle-eee-doo-doo! (That means Yes) It takes initiative on your part and it’s totally worth it. Here’s how I stimulate my brain, even during things like breastfeeding or preparing meals…
CHANGING DIAPERS…Can you make changing diapers fun? Can you do it in a way to benefit your own body? How about your brain? Is it actually possible to make it stimulating for both you and your wee bebe? We think so! This is how we roll…literally.
BONUS DUTY. SINCE WE ALL STAND SOMEWHERE…Do any of your duties allow you to be standing? Say, working at a standing desk, writing emails at the kitchen counter, preparing dinner. Here’s a little something you can do to stimulate & awaken your body (from the feet up)…