Remember when you were a kid and couldn’t WAIT to be an adult?
‘Cause then you could do whatever you wanted! You could have ice cream before lunch, watch TV all day and never do another chore.
I remember telling my mom the only reason I’d EVER clean my house is if Jesus was comin’ to town. Funny, I haven’t seen the Savior, yet I cleaned my house last week.
See, things change as you become an adult. You become responsible, you pay bills, feed yourself and others and clean your house, Holy guest or not.
And that’s all fine and dandy. That’s part of growing up. But it seems like, for many of us, somewhere along the way we lose our lightheartedness. The inner child is suppressed, and all that’s left is the worrying, nagging, serious adult.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting bored.
As an adult, there are always responsibilities to think about: bills, retirement, savings, groceries, vacuuming, relationships, work. It’s all too easy to set aside the silliness – we just don’t have time for that.
Fair enough…Adult life IS pretty busy. But what if we could strike a balance?
What if we could be responsible adults and still inject our lives with joy and lightheartedness?
Guess what, you guys? WE CAN!
And this is where I introduce to you a little slice of magic:
I’m trying to increase my joy and lightheartedness by sprinkling my days with whimsy. Every few weeks, on a Wednesday, of course, I’ll share one of my fun things with you!
Join me and you could gain:
- More smiling
- Louder laughing
- Unexpected moments of silliness
- Increased creativity
- Decreased stress
- A childlike glimmer in your eye
- A heart that’s eager to find the lighter side of life
And this is just what I’ve found so far. Won’t you join me? Let’s see what else these little bits of whimsy can do for us.
Are you game? SWEET. Then let’s get started.
To roll out the red carpet on these Whimsical Wednesdays, I begin with…
You can make your own if you’re crafty, but I prefer to just pop open a cap and go, so Crayola worked for me.
I began with a beautiful quote, one that would get my day off to a fantastic start:
- “If you begin the day with love in your heart, peace in your nerves, and truth in your mind, you not only benefit by their presence but also bring them to others, to family and friends, and to all those whose destiny draws across your path that day.” – Unknown
Ain’t it purdy? It’s a wonderful way to wake up, getting to draw up the shades and seeing this looking back at me.
It’s like one of those inspirational postcards you see all over Facebook. Only way more inspirational, ’cause it’s LIVE…and I’m not tempted to keep scrolling to find the next words of wisdom.
If you’ve got a sharp eye, you might’ve noticed little stick figures on the bottom half…
“Walking Dead,” anyone? The guy and I are kind of obsessed with this show right now, so it’s only natural that I felt the need to draw walkers (zombies) straggling through the cornfield. Thankfully, you can’t really see ‘em at night, or it might be a liiiittle creepy.
[Other "Walking Dead" fans: Do you imagine walkers popping out wherever you drive now? Like - "OMG I bet they'd be under that bridge." It's so weird...]
The beautiful thing about window markers is that you can be as whimsical or as serious as you’d like. If drawing stick figure zombies is too nutty for you, start with your favorite quote or draw out your “Most Important Tasks” for the day.
I know that getting started can be the hardest part, so I’m not gonna leave you hangin’.
Here are some ideas to get you started, from serious to full-blown whimsical:
- Find a quote that inspires you. Write it on a window you’re guaranteed to see every morning.
- Write affirmations – lovely, kind words to yourself that you need to hear.
- Write out your Most Important Tasks. If you wanna go a step further, draw them out.
- Write a love letter to a housemate who needs it…even if that’s yourself.
- Just doodle! Swirls are my fav.
- Add to the background. You don’t have to draw a zombie apocalypse, but spruce up what’s outside your window: add a rainbow, storm clouds, fireworks; or just add to existing objects.
- Write a story and draw pics to go along. This helps if you have a willing partner, but if not, you can do this yourself too. Just start with a sentence: “Three years ago, little Jimmy found an old treehouse…” and the next day, add another line: …”In that treehouse was a tiny door…”
There isn’t too much instruction to this, really, and that’s for a reason. You get enough instruction in your daily life. On Whimsical Wednesdays, I just want you to do whatever you want. Let your inner child run free!
So grab some markers, flip open the cap and go. Wanna draw a butterfly? Go for it! Prefer to start with an affirmation? Nice! Draw whatever your darling heart needs to get out.
Peace, love and a steaming cup of Zen,
p.s. I don’t wanna be responsible for any ruined windows, SO: On the box, it says if you leave them on too long, it may be harder to get the marker off, and it could stain. I’ve had mine up for about 2 weeks, and it’s still coming off easy… But just so y’know.