I Did One Fun Activity Per Week For An Entire School Year

I’m SO bad at being social. Small talk and mixers are almost painfully difficult for me. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the relationship aspect- because I do. It’s the sitting down and breathing thing that gives me anxiety. I joke that I need a leadership role to have fun at parties, and that’s because I have a job to do. If I can help refill a chip bowl or sit at a registration table, I don’t need to twiddle my thumbs or find someone who might be just as introverted as me to talk about the weather with.

Last summer, I had enough time to be truly bored, and as much as I’d like to deny it, I recognized it as healthy. Boring, but healthy. So I made it a priority to try something new.

Every week, I would do at least one fun activity. The only stipulations were that this activity wasn’t academic related (which projects my nerdy-ness loud and clear already), and it couldn’t just be me in my room alone watching Netflix.

Nine months later, I can say that I did it! Week after week, I’d add a new fun thing to my self-care calendar, and the longer I did it, the easier it became. People held me accountable until I could hold myself accountable. I’d often hear friends ask if I’d done my fun thing yet that week, and I found it life-giving to be in relationship with people outside a school or work context.

This experiment of mine has become a habit, and for that I am thankful. I learned the value of being intentional about being with people. I learned that introvert doesn’t have to mean loner. I learned that ‘unstructured fun’ can actually be worth my time. It’s especially fun when you get to take picture of it for social media. 🙂 If you find yourself seeking community or stepping outside your work bubble, I’d encourage you to give this a try too!

Coming straight from my self-care calendar, here are some of my fun activities I did during the 2017-18 academic year.

  • Walking with friends
  • Community Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Katy Perry concert
  • Hockey game
  • Southern Fried Theologians shopping day
  • Art night
  • Johnnyswim concert
  • Thanksgiving potluck
  • Coffee date
  • Drag show
  • Looking at Christmas lights 
  • Christmas party
  • Holiday Pops concert
  • Pentatonix concert
  • Holiday party
  • Skyping with family
  • Pub night
  • Movie night
  • Margaritas
  • Family dinner
  • Baby shower
  • Rob Bell
  • Craft Aft
  • Photoshoot
  • Todrick Hall concert
  • Shopping

Here’s to more planned and un-planned fun!

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