Grown up "Snow Day"
Ideas for how to spend an unexpected reprieve from the responsibilities of daily work
As a child you probably dreamed about the elusive snow day that would give you freedom from school for a day. You got to hang out with your friends and make snow forts or go sledding, whatever your imagination could conjure.
What was your favorite thing to do on a "snow day" as a child?
As an adult that childhood sense of freedom and imagination can be lost. When you get an unexpected break from the busyness of work and life, take the time to do something that you've been meaning to do, but haven't "had the time."
Here are some ideas of how to maximize your fun and maybe try something new:
1. Start a Hubpages account
Have you ever had an idea about something that you wanted to share with others, but haven't known the best way to communicate it? It's easy to set up a Hubpages account (it takes approximately 2-5 minutes) and you have great tools that will allow you to write articles and discuss your passions or areas of expertise.
2. Read a book
Remember that self-help book you got for Christmas that you haven't even pulled off the shelf once? Give it a try. You might just learn a new skill that can help you live everyday life a little easier.
If fiction is more your style, there are plenty of good options. Amazon unlimited is a great way to get access to thousands of books for under $10/mo. If you're looking for something even cheaper, your local library has books that you can borrow for free. You can even have them sent to your e-reader.
3. Take time to enjoy lunch
In all the hustle and bustle of getting to work and chowing down on whatever you can buy and consume within 30 minutes, try making something from scratch. Personally, I recommend a nice panini sandwich. Get out the panini press and cook up that sandwich for a meal that tastes like it was professionally prepared, but gives you the time to relax and enjoy.
4. Meet your neighbors
These days most of us are so busy that we don't take the time to get to know the people around us. Walk next door and say hello. Who knows, you might make some new friends. What starts as a "snow day" meeting could turn into a summer BBQ together or even a lifelong friendship.
5. Board games
If you just don't feel like going outside and have someone else at home with you, break out those old board games and you won't be bored for long (sorry, I had to). Everything from the classics like Monopoly to new favorites like Settlers of Catan, they'll give you a break from the rat race and a chance to relive the past and re-spark some rivalries.
Have any more good ideas? Feel free to share them.