INSPIRATION

50 Things to Do When You’re Blue

Plans to turn your September into an organized fun fueled fall adventure failed miserably?  Mine did.  So I compiled a happy list- 50 things to do when S$*t hits the fan.

*cry into some poor suckers arms (or your pillow) until you have no tears left.  Drink two litres of water.  Repeat.

*put on gumboots and go dance in the rain.  Or jog in the rain.  Or do rain yoga (it’s a real thing. I decided)

*Put some lavender essential oil in the bathtub.  Mix it with your favorite bubble bath, light some candles and slip away for an hour of nothing.

*make a fort in your house out of blankets, pillows and sheets.  Read a book in there.

*bake cupcakes until you run out of sugar

*make an 90’s mix tape & drive out into the country blasting it and drinking cream soda

*Have a burn party & destroy everything you need to let go of

*teach yourself to play guitar & have a jam session with a group of hack musicians.

*play pool in a pair of ripped jeans and cowboy boots.  drink Budweiser

*clean your apartment in really high heels while listening to Aretha Franklin

*eat a piece of dark chocolate

*indulge in those guilty pleasures (por moi: Simple Life reruns, cheese fondue, pink grapefruit Perrier, eighties movies like the Goonies…)

*be a tourist in your own city (in Vancouver?  walk the Stanley Park seawall, go on a date to Science World, check out the Vancouver Haunted Trolly tours (only until October 31st), go see a Canucks game, have some ahi tuna at the boathouse in English Bay…)

*Go to a proper yoga class (hot yoga will make you feel the best!)

*do your make-up so you look like Barbie.  If you have a complexion like me, it will take 4 hours and look so ridiculous you will get an ab work out.

*try on your mothers grad/wedding dress & ask if she’ll let you make alterations

*make a Vlog for yourself.  don’t show anyone, but pretend it makes you a YouTube sensation (ex.  Sunny D & Rum… except really, don’t go public with it.)

*take the are you a Marilyn or a Jackie test from the lovely folk at Vanity Fair (and yes, I am a Marilyn. )

*Make waffles and eat them with whip cream for dinner

*buy yourself flowers.  or better yet, steal some from the neighbors garden.  It’s free.

*Read this blog.  She’s so wonderful.

*take a long nap

*write a love letter to yourself and stick it in between the middle pages of a book you know you’ll read again…one day

*watch Oprah.  You will cry and laugh and feel empowered.  and then you don’t ever have to watch it again, because every episode is the same.

*speaking of Oprah, watch this if you want to laugh really hard:

*go dancing at a dive bar and stay until the bar closes.  Adopt a secret personality and get a hot dog from a street vendor at 3 am. Go home and sleep until 3pm

*have a photo shoot with your girlfriends, dress up like Courtney Love and fake-smoke cigarettes (because real-smoking cigarettes are gross and bad for you)

*plan your Halloween Costume.

*make an inspiration board to inspire you in your day to day life.  Stuff it with quotes, magazine articles, pictures and candy wrappers.

*go to an open house just for the free cheese

*find the cheapest concert tickets for a band you’ve never heard of and go.  After the first bar of every song scream: “I F**king LOVE this one!”

*go to the beach and sit on a log by yourself.  contemplate the universe.  then go get a starbucks.

*volunteer at a soup kitchen and give old clothes to a charity.  (Big Brothers or the Diabetes Assosiation in Vancouver are brilliant-they come to your house.  If that fails, every major shopping center has a drop box)

*Sing along to Bif Naked’s “I love myself today” in the shower.  So what if your neighbors can here you.  You love yourself today.

*call your Mum.

*pretend to be famous for a day.

*make your own bath bombs.  I use this reciepe and mold them in ice cube trays.  Then I wrap them in seran wrap and tie ribon around the ends.  They look pretty in a dish on the bathroom counter. or, if you’re cheap like me, they make a good edition to a gift basket!

*Go to an antique shop and buy mismatched china plates.  Smell the pages of old books and make up ghost stories about the doll with one eye.

*Go wine tasting.  (my favorite Vancouver winery is Domaine du Chaberton)

*go for all you can eat sushi and really challenge yourself to eat all you can!

*Two words.  Pumpkin Patch.  So fun.

*write a letter to your best friend and mail it.  She’ll get it tommorow and it will be cute.

*go to a pet shop and oo & ah over the cuties

*write a poem and submit it to an online contest

*Conduct peculiar social experiments.  Like standing thisclose to someones face when talking to them or freezing in the middle of the street.  It’s legitimate, called Breeching, I learned this in my Qualitative Research Class.  True Story.

*read a play by Oscar Wilde

*Set up a lemonade stand in your backyard/on your patio/on the street corner and see if you can make back as much as you spent.

*go for a challenging hike and bring a pair of heel-booties.  Put them on when you reach the peak and take a photo.  Make it your profile picture.

*sign up for a 5km/10km/half or full marathon and challenge yourself to run it (you don’t have to place, just complete the thing!)

*go see stand up comedy.

*play hooky from whatever your obligations are that day.  You can always use the sick card.  Then do every single thing listed above.

xo & yw

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