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Dear Coach,

The summer season is slipping away and I’ve but to have a lot enjoyable. I are typically a severe one that hardly ever, if ever, deviates from my schedule, objectives, and want to perform. Fun hardly ever enters into the equation. I’m undecided if I even know how you can have enjoyable anymore.

Can you assist me flip my summer season round and have some enjoyable?



Dear Fun-less,

Turns out, you’re not alone. Joanna Gaines, of Magnolia Network and “Fixer Upper” fame, just lately admitted of their journal, Magnolia, that she additionally takes life too significantly generally. She writes, “In her Korean accent, my mother frequently reminds me, ‘Don’t forget, Jojo, have a fun!’” 


We all have to “have a fun” and take days off from our to-do lists and tight schedules. Joanna provides, “The space you occupy on this Earth isn’t meant only for work and toil, but also for joy and lightness.” I agree. However, such as you and Joanna, I too have needed to make an effort to convey extra enjoyable into my summer season.

For me, a primary step is to find out what enjoyable appears to be like like. Many of us increase obstacles to having enjoyable like: Fun actions are too costly; or time consuming; or outdoors of my bodily functionality. 

Let’s take a more in-depth look:

—Fun actions will be costly. One factor I like to do for enjoyable is attend stay performances. In May, I visited my daughter and her household in New York City and loved an opera on the Met and a Broadway musical. Expensive? Yes—however value each penny. On the opposite hand, I’m doing a cooking class with my nine-year-old granddaughter, Natalie, this month. We’ll be making dinner for her household. Free and enjoyable for us each. 

—Fun actions can take an excessive amount of time. Usually this implies journeys that are pricey and time-consuming; commodities that many don’t have. But journeys needn’t final every week and contain costly journey and lodging, they are often day journeys to Naples’ Botanical Gardens (with lunch, after all), mountain climbing a path within the everglades, or just a day on the seaside studying a superb e book or watching individuals and waves. I’m taking a day journey this summer season to go to my writer/teaching pal, Chris, in Wisconsin. We’re going to make TikTok movies collectively and snort loads. 

—Fun actions are ceaselessly outdoors of my bodily capacity. During Covid isolation, I began watching Saturday afternoon motion pictures—on my own. I’ve stored up the observe and proceed to get pleasure from schmaltzy romcoms or different light-hearted motion pictures on the weekends. No price, little time, not bodily difficult—and, for me no less than, enjoyable. One of the issues I get pleasure from most is having lunch with girlfriends. Good meals, good fellowship, numerous laughter; all main substances for enjoyable in my life. 

Deep, significant plans are at all times a worthy pursuit, however as Jo writes, “I’m learning that sometimes it’s a moment of unexpected lightness that makes our souls sing.” 

I hope you’ll discover methods to “make your soul sing” this summer season as you discover what enjoyable appears to be like like in your life then—simply do it! Let me know the way it goes.

Mershon Niesner is a Certified Life Coach and writer of “Mom’s Gone, Now What? Ten Steps to Help Daughters Move Forward After Mother Loss” which is obtainable on Amazon; additionally, regionally at Sunshine Booksellers and Keep In Touch. For extra data go to Email your teaching inquiries to [email protected]. Your identification will probably be stored strictly confidential.

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