Make Special, Part 2

There is someone, somewhere who finds today’s date significant.  Read on to discover how you can make each day special.

Make Each Day Special!

Are you thinking about how terrible a recent event was or how challenging daily life can be?  Do you dread upcoming challenges?

Whether you have lost a loved one due to death, you have been foreclosed on, someone you love is facing health challenges, or life was unbelievably stressful last year, you can still find a way to make your future days special.  We touched on this in October.  All of you loved the hilarity of some of the silly ways to make our days special.  (In case you missed part one of Make Special, please click here.)

Add joy onto the pages of your calendar.

The new quarter is upon us and it is time to update our list of special days.  Before we delve into our current list, you might be interested in a quick look at how we spend our time currently.

Researchers say the average person spends 1 hour 40 minutes on social media each day.  They have also concluded that over the course of our lifetime we will spend five years waiting in lines, four years doing housework, six years eating, and one year searching for lost items.

Personally I would love to find out how much of our lives are spent waiting in doctor’s offices.  However, I realize I have no right to complain about waiting for anything considering that the area I live in is known, across the US, for having the longest commute times to work.

I was recently reading an article that many people, in our metro area, have a one-way commute time of 75-90 minutes to work each day.  Hopefully some of the drivers are able to take advantage of that time by listening to audio courses or enjoying books on CD.

Add joy to your calendars, caregivers.

Now that we have seen how we spend time, let’s look at a way to make our days special despite the monotony of typical daily schedules.  Check out this list of peculiar holidays and see if you can find a way to incorporate any of them into your schedule over the next three months.

This obscure and peculiar list is not all inclusive.  Only a few of the quirky holidays are detailed below:

january

  • 2- Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day  (This is funny to think about!)
  • 3- Festival of Sleep Day
  • 4- Trivia Day
  • 10- Peculiar People Day        (LOL- No finger pointing, please.)
  • 14- Dress up Your Pet Day  (My dearly departed Darla would have hated this!  The new pets do not mind, though.)
  • 15- National Hat Day
  • 17- Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day
  • 21- National Hugging Day
  • 28- Fun at Work Day
  • 31- Backward Day

 

February

  • 3- Feed the Birds Day
  • 7- Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day
  • 11- Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • 11- Make a Friend Day      (Since “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day” is the same as “Make a Friend Day”, you can conclude that it is time to stop mourning past relationships and make new ones.)
  • 13- Get a Different Name Day
  • 16- Do a Grouch a Favor Day
  • 17- Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • 23- International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
  • 28- Public Sleeping Day

 

March

  • 2- Old Stuff Day
  • 3- Caregiver Appreciation Day        (This one is for you!!!!!!!!!!)
  • 3- If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • 4- Hug a GI Day
  • 9- Panic Day
  • 12- Plant a Flower Day
  • 21- Credit Card Reduction Day
  • 23- National Puppy Day
  • 26- Make up Your Own Holiday Day
  • 29- National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
  • 30- Take a Walk in the Park Day

 

Be intentional to add joy into your daily life.

Three simple instructions for you:
  1. Buy yourself a new wall calendar to replace last year’s.
  2. Copy down important reminders on your new calendar and take pride in ripping last year’s calendar to shreds.
  3. Pat yourself on the back because you made it through another year!

Caregiver, you did it!  Let me shout it, in all upper case letters, for those of you who are still battle weary.  YOU MADE IT!!  For everything you did not think you would get through, you did.  Each difficulty from last year is over!

You made it through another year!

Will there be more challenges in the upcoming years?  Yes.  Do you have to dread the inevitable?  No!

As you are switching your calendars for the next year, write down some of the silly “make special” holidays and give yourself something to look forward to.  For instance, you could wear a hat on January 15, feed the birds on February 3, or make up your own holiday on March 26.

If you need more motivation, please scan through our menu and our categories for additional reading.

What will you do to make your days special?

We would love to hear which holiday is your favorite and what holiday you would make up!  Please leave us a comment letting us know.

 

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4 thoughts on “Make Special, Part 2”

  1. I love all these suggestions. This really works and helps to cheer yourself up or someone else you tell about these uplifting suggestions. It is all in our mind and what we feed into it. Negative in, negative out. Positive in, positive out. Love all the suggestions. Thanks so much.

    1. Perfect thought- “positive in, positive out”. That could be said of so many aspects of life. Thank you for this.

  2. These suggestions are great and I love the renaming of the holiday on Tues. (2/14). Better yet, I love the idea of getting yourself something special! Sounds like a plan to me. The other holidays sound like fun too. I won’t cry over spilled milk tomorrow, but will make a new friend somewhere! Keep those ideas coming. So refreshing after all the negative stuff that one reads these days.

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