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