You would think it would be an easy choice between working or having fun, right? Not for me! I was born and raised in Minnesota, a typical Midwesterner by most standards. I am also of the German and Norwegian ancestry. I’m telling you this because I, like many of us, grew up with a strong work ethic. In fact, in my family work always came before fun. So as many of you already know, the work is never done, which means the fun times are few and far between. An even bigger stretch was the idea that work and fun could go together and it was not an either or; both could actually happen at the same time! Who knew?
Given this strong work ethic that was hard wired into my brain, I clearly had something to work on. It was hard to move from making work the only priority to incorporating fun into the things I did. Even though I knew how important it was, I still found it hard to balance fun with work. Just as I had learned growing up, work was still first priority. I knew that is not what I wanted and I would have to find a way to make another choice.
That is when I heard about the 50 Fun Things workshop. A friend of mine was going and although I was still skeptical I thought I would go and give it a try.
I enjoyed the workshop, brought home the 50 Fun Things Chart and laid it on my desk not quite ready to dive into it. Every now and then I picked it up and thought maybe I could add some fun to my life. I started small, but the more I did, the more I liked it. Before I realized it, searching out things that were new and different had actually became part of my life.
One of the things I searched out was how to paint the beautiful Mandala Stones that you see on Social Media. It took quite a while to find a teacher so I could learn how to paint them, but when I did had so much fun that I decided that others might enjoy this too. That is when Painted Mandala Stone Workshops were born. I have loved creating these workshops and people are having such a great time creating their own stones.
I know for a fact, that if I had not made an intentional effort to seek out it out, I would have continued to fit fun in when I could. This helped me to change my belief that work is not the only important attribute to have. Even for someone like me with an embedded work ethic, this changed how I think about what I do and how I do it.
If you are interested in coming to a workshop I have two more this fall. Both are held at Jo Jo’s Rise and Wine in Burnsville and are $25.00. Register by replying to this email and I will send you an invoice to pay online as payment is due at the time of registration.
You can also check out my Facebook page – click on the events tab to for future workshops.