Have. Some. Fun. Today.
Three-and-a-half years ago, I started an entire brand on those words of my late father; words that I've used as a guiding force in my life to remind me to find the joy and fun in my life. I've put those words on t-shirts, totes, mugs, hats, candles, hoodies, -just about anything I could think of, emblazoned with that mantra. A reminder for all of us to embrace life and enjoy.
Rainbows and Unicorns
And yet, I don't always awake every morning with song birds at my window, whistling while I work, smiling all the day at the beauty and the FUN in every last moment. It's not constant joy and sunshine, as I gaze at those words in my studio space, packing up shipments or setting up a pop-up shop. Some days it's pretty %#@! hard to Have Some Fun Today.
Some days, it's a struggle to find the joy at all. Isn't that true for any of us? Some days, I am overwhelmed with the weight of running my own business, my two college-age daughters who need me but don't "need me", my journey with chronic pain and arthritis in my hips, and the demands and pressures I put on myself to get it all done. Some days, I forget that I'm supposed to stop and take a moment and just remember how lucky I really am. Some days, I sarcastically think to myself, "Oh, yeah, this is really fun...".
Spike The Egg Nog
It's never been more true than this time of year, as we all scatter about with the hustle and bustle of holiday cards, gift shopping, parties, perfunctory holiday traditions. I'm trying to fit it all in, and still run my own business during one of the busiest buying times of the year.
I know I have to work that much harder to "HSFT". I really have to reach into the mindfulness practices that I have set in my life to remind me to pause. I have to be okay with just letting go of some things because it's necessary for my sanity. I have to be good with saying, I can't do it all and that's okay.
There is No Easy Button
Sometimes that's when I just have to laugh. When it all feels like more than I can handle and I just might snap, I realize there's a hilarity in it all. What else can you do but laugh in those moments? I think that's what my Dad was really trying to say, in those moments more than ever, it's crystal clear. "Hey kid, it's gonna be tough and it's gonna be overwhelming, but try to find something about it all that is good. That is joyful. That is FUN."
No one ever said it was going to be easy, this Have Some Fun Today thing. We have to work that much harder sometimes to find our joy, find our happy. What small moment can we carve out for that?
A Little Something For You
Take time for you. Remember that you do enough. Remind yourself it's okay if it doesn't all get done. Do something for you. Don't let this time of year absorb you completely without taking a moment to savor the joy and the FUN.
And when you survive it all and have come out on the other side, we'll be having a little "day after" sale. A little "thank you" for our customers who love what we do and want their HSFT reminders. Tuesday, December 26th is our Have Some Fun Today big sale. Treat yourself for having been so good all year and for having made it through with your sense of humor.
And hey, Have Some $%@! Fun Today!