Ten Ways To Make February A Fun, Memorable Month
February is the shortest month of the year. It can also be the coldest month of the year for anyone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line. Add in Valentine’s Day, a holiday which favors those attached versus those who are single, and it can be a rather blah, uneventful month. It doesn’t have to be, however. The following ten suggestions are ways in which to add some color and variety to ensure this February is one you will remember.
The first way to make February more enjoyable is to plan a personal day—whether a day when you don’t work as planned, or a day you weren’t scheduled to work in the first place—to spend doing only things you enjoy. This may seem a little idealistic—after all, most of us have daily chores we cannot ignore—yet, with a little extra preparation, you can do all of your cleaning, laundry, bill paying, and whatever else the days before this personal day in order to maximize this day. This can be a completely unscheduled day if you wish, or else you can schedule it to the max if that suits you more. The main point, however, is to indulge your interests and curiosities. This is the day to visit the new brewery in town to see if they have a pale ale that pleases your palate; in addition, this is the kind of day meant for browsing through specialty shops you never allow yourself to stop in when on a tight schedule while running errands after work.
A second way to improve February is to create a “good things happen every day” jar. Put this jar in a highly visible location such as your kitchen table in order to remember that every day you need to write down at least one positive happening from the day and put this note inside the jar. Resist the urge to look at the jar’s contents until evening on the last day of February when, preferably in a quiet setting, you read over the slips and realize that, even if it was a month populated by traffic jams, an unhappy boss at work, and maybe even a case of the flu, good things still happened every day.
Still another way to have a memorable February is to commit to learning about a new subject for at least one hour a week. This should be a subject you’ve wanted to know more about for a while, and, quite obviously, the topics of interest will vary widely per person. Nonetheless, February is the month to check out a book, rent a documentary, or look online for information about this subject without feeling guilty that you should be spending your time learning other things.
A fourth way to maximize the shortest month is to host a game party. Or, if card and board games are not your thing, consider throwing a themed-party. Game parties can be livened up by having each guest bring their favorite card or board game, or else making up a new game with input from every guest. Depending on the size of your gathering, board games such as Apples To Apples and Monopoly Empire can be crowd pleasers. Then again, you and your friends may want to play Texas Hold Em and Spades instead. Try to avoid thinking “I must have this or that game at the party” and instead branch out and try new games if you want to.
Speaking of parties, a Valentine’s Day party can be an excellent way to spend this holiday. This can mean anything from a casual supper with a few friends in which you tell stories about your middle school crushes to an elaborate gathering with couples and singles alike. If you don’t care for parties, you can still partake in this holiday by sending a special card to your mom or even buying a festive heart balloon for a favorite boss or coworker.
A movie marathon is still another way to enjoy February. This can be a group affair, or else you can carve some alone time in order to watch at least two movies without being interrupted. One way to spruce up a movie marathon is to find a new and intriguing food item at the grocery store to munch on during your viewing. In case you are being very adventurous in your food choice, however, it probably wouldn’t hurt to purchase a few favorite snacks as well.
Getting a jump start on your spring cleaning is another way to make February extra memorable. Except, instead of cleaning out unexciting closets that contain things like household cleaners or old clothes, choose instead to sort through pictures, letters, movie stubs, and so forth. Such shorting can provide a delightful, affirmative walk down memory lane as you remember the fun times captured in the photos or relayed in the letters. In addition, you may be able to streamline your collection of pictures and papers during this process by seeing what you have to organize to begin with.
An eighth way to add fun memories to the month of February is by experimenting in the kitchen. Even if you do not aspire to become a master chef, this doesn’t mean you can’t attempt to make peach muffins or try to make spicy cheese dip using your aunt Jane’s famous recipe. If extra time in the kitchen doesn’t appeal to you, consider instead visiting your local arts and crafts store to find a project worth pursuing. This could mean learning to knit, crochet, and beyond. Even if you don’t buy anything during this outing, you have at least considered your options and this is often a good thing.
February is an excellent month to look into future travel opportunities. This can mean anything from looking at websites such as www.MiniTime.com to plan a vacation for you, your spouse, and three young children, or else exploring Caribbean cruise options at www.carnival.com. If you would rather take a road trip, start looking at possible routes—from the popular ones to the more obscure ones—so you have a better idea where you want to explore once the weather warms up.
Finally, February can be improved by keeping a gratitude journal in which you record five things you are grateful for every day. These can be recorded in the morning, throughout the day, or at night. You don’t need to buy a fancy journal for this, and please don’t overthink this task. After all, on certain days you may want to record your gratitude for the simple pleasures of a warm pair of socks and a cup of hot chocolate. Other days, however, you may be more aware and grateful for your little brother, favorite pair of sneakers, or even your college education. The act of being grateful is much more important than the specifics of what you are grateful for on any given day.
Even if many of us are eager for spring by the time February begins, it still doesn’t have to be a boring, uninspired month. With a little extra effort and some creativity, it can become a month to remember.