First of all, thank you all so much for the love on Friday’s post. Sometimes I don’t know how much I want to say until I sit down and write it, and it means the world to me to know that so many of you have similar things on your heart these days.

If you read that post, you can guess where today’s post is headed, but seriously, if you haven’t started listening to Glennon Doyle’s podcast We Can Do Hard Things, you’re truly in for a treat. I haven’t historically been a huge podcast listener (I know, I know…) but I intend to listen to every episode of this one! Glennon and her sister Amanda (and occasionally Glennon’s wife Abby) explore topics ranging from anxiety to body image and parenting to self-care and I find myself wanting to take notes every five seconds because they’re all just brilliant and insightful and thought-provoking. I love rehashing their conversations with my sister, my mom, my husband — basically I think there’s a little something for everyone and I imagine a lot of you will really enjoy it if you aren’t already listening!

Anyway one of the early topics in the podcast explored the idea of having fun as an adult and what that looks like for Glennon, Amanda, and Abby. The premise is that Abby seeks fun in every little thing she does, whereas Glennon and Amanda have to think really hard about what is fun for them, how to make time for it, etc. It’s sparked a number of interesting conversations with people in my life since listening and I’d love to open it up to all of you: what’s your idea of fun these days — and do you do a good job of making it happen?

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The two things that came instantly to mind for me were running into the ocean and needlepoint. Running into the ocean is maybe the one thing that’s just as fun for me at 32 as it was at 2 or 12 or 22 and while I didn’t do it as often as I would have liked this summer with two little ones in tow, I found myself appreciating it even more on the occasions it did happen. My brother Camden snapped the photo above of me, my dad, and my husband running into the water one night after dinner on the beach and even the memory of it makes me happy. And I’ve shared before that I love needlepoint for busying my hands and forcing me off my phone at night, though I sometimes catch myself saying, “okay, I need to finish this section tonight” and have to remind myself that it’s supposed to be fun, not another way to try to be productive!

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It’s clearly a privilege to even think about fun with everything going on in the world these days, but in many ways I think that means fun is more precious than ever, no? (And if you’re looking for ways to give back, I shared a great organization in Friday’s post and the comments are full of teachers’ Amazon wishlists you can contribute to!) I’d love to hear what’s fun for you these days and when you have plans to make time for it next. Excited to read your comments!

15 thoughts on “WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF FUN?

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  1. I picked up golf in March. I play 2-3x/week now, joined a country club & just love it! My husband doesn’t golf (not giving up hope…), but as a former basketball & volleyball player and runner, I wanted something I could do at 80 AND when we travel. I mean, I’ve been to St. Andrews and didn’t play… terrible!!
    In addition, I work out 5x/week, but my FUN workouts are OTF. Love them!!
    I’ve also enjoyed organizing! Home Edit inspired me (minus the ROYGBIV) and it’s been fun to organize as we just moved. One room, one drawer at a time !!

  2. I’m one of those crazy people who loves what i do, but not necessarily the process and the problems. So for fun I’ll just go into the studio and make stuff, whatever i want! Especially for my grandchildren. I’m happiest when I’m playing with ribbons and glitter and paint and flowers and crafty things.

  3. I LOVE going to the movies. I miss it! I used to go multiple times per month (sometimes even 2x in 1 week), right up until the world shut down. So much FUN!

  4. Ooo I love this question. I’ve forgotten just how fun it is to cook with my husband (#newbornlife) but always remember the fun of my whole little family (puppy and baby) on the floor together, playing.

    I also love the fun of a family meal with my siblings and parents! Thanks for this reminder.

  5. You’ve hit the nail on the head in that we so often turn something fun into a source of productivity or achievement! Being an adult is weird, haha. Looking at my four year old is a good way of reminding myself how much joy there is to be had every day,

    Walking on the beach and looking for shells is fun for me, and I could watch the sea life in rock pools all day. I also love swimming (sea or pool, I’m not fussy!) and drawing/creating. Oh also hiking and playing garden games like cornhole or pétanque or badminton – just being silly! It’s strange and kind of embarrassing how long it took me to think of what is fun for me, but once I started I just kept thinking of more!

  6. Love this! Needlepoint #1- I even work part-time in a needlepoint shop! The ocean for sure. I also love eating outdoors at restaurants, browsing at little shops and estate sales and organizing anything! Oh and airports! Everything about airports is fun- flying and people watching.

  7. “Fun” topic!

    For me, decorating my home, cooking for/entertaining friends and family, travel, and reading are at the top of my list.

    I would love to try needlepoint, too–love the idea of a handcraft to keep me off my phone/laptop at night.

  8. My idea of fun is reading, going for a long walk, baking, or catching up with a loved one (either virtually or in-person). As I’ve gotten a bit older, I’ve also grown to really enjoy gardening and being out in our yard.

  9. I’ve honestly been bad about making fun happen lately (thanks to a crazy work schedule and chronic injury/illness issues I’ve been dealing with this year) – I think reading a book and watching Bachelor shows are my main “fun” escapes right now!

  10. Love this and I need to listen to this pod! I love playing tennis, needlepointing, knitting, baking and talking on the phone! I love catching up with good conversation!

  11. Oh I can’t wait to hear what everyone says! Fun for me is needlepointing, reading a book, going on walks with friends, and roadtrips!

  12. YES to the ocean! I grew up in Maine on the coast and just moved to Virginia Beach, and it has been so much fun to live near the beach again and be able to swim in the ocean! I just bought a boogie board last week and have already tested it out.

    I also love reading, baking, and playing tennis. Blogging is also fun for me!

    xoox A