How to Have The Most Fun Possible While Living Our Dreams

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Lisa is a freelance writer, consultant and life coach. She has her BA in English and Creative Writing from Princeton and her MPA from Harvard. Lisa recently finished the first draft of her book manuscript, Burning Down the House. Her dream is to publish this first book and teach the world how to discover their hidden joy. Her post day is Tuesday.
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Today I have been dancing around my kitchen while singing along to La Camisa Negra by Juanes, one of my favorite songs.

Because I was working from home, and didn’t feel like leaving the house on this very rainy, gray upstate New York day, I did this wearing plaid pajama bottoms, fuzzy purple socks, and a fuzzy sweater, and I’m sure must have looked ridiculous if anyone happened to be watching me through my large, curtain-less kitchen windows.

(Not that I care, mind you!).

I am trying to learn the words to the song, so I took a break from my work for the day to play it over and over and sing the lyrics — badly! —while dancing around my kitchen stools.

I’ve decided that one of the most fun ways to learn more Spanish this year — which is one of my goals for 2010 — is to listen to music I love and watch more movies in Spanish.

There is definitely something to be said for having fun while living our dreams.

I am reminding myself of this as I dive back into writing my manuscript. Sometimes I take myself a little too seriously, since I have such big ambitions for my book.

I of course want it to be “great literature,” touch and inspire others, and reach as many people as possible. I have a lot of goals for the story line, scenes, language, tone, and the lessons I want to impart.

Yet it can be totally intimidating to sit down at my computer with the thought that I need to produce something brilliant today.

It feels much more liberating to sit down to write knowing that I can write a not-so-hot first draft, and then edit and polish from there.

I don’t think that any of us can live our dreams, and be happy while doing it!, when we put too much pressure on ourselves to do it perfectly. The truth of the matter is that it takes time to live our dreams, and it makes sense to enjoy the process and journey along the way.

So, this week I am going to commit to sitting down to write at least four days out of seven, and to make it fun when I do… Getting up for periodic dancing breaks if I need to, listening to music if that helps, and giving myself total permission to just create now and edit later. Just to write what pours out, and to let that be enough for now.

I’m staying in motion on my dreams, and that’s what matters.

Because I think that we do better and live more dreams when we lighten up and have fun while doing so, I’m also including a few studies and articles that I found about the importance to our health of having fun:

While I’m at it, here are two great videos I came across this week (with thanks to Brian Johnson!) which made me laugh, and put life back in perspective.  If you want a fun break from your day, check them out:


Can you find some ways to lighten up and have more fun this week while living your dreams?


Lisa_avatar(Lisa has launched her dream by signing up for Ellen Sussman’s “Memoir-in-a-Year” class, speaking her story out loud at a Take Back the Night rally, and committing to a regular writing schedule – 50 pages completed by December 5th, when she also turned in her first book chapter! Her next milestone is to have 100 pages completed by February 6th. Being invited to join was a dream come true, and she looks forward to chronicling her writing process. Lisa is currently bi-coastal with her home in historic Troy, New York and her heart in San Francisco.  Lisa’s post day is Tuesday).


  • H

    I feel this way some rainy days because my office is in the basement of our home. I chair dance to music – does that count?

  • Samba on, I will indeed! :)

    And Remy YES to the dancing demo ;) Why the heck not! I love Lindy Hop, belly dancing and more… It is such a passion. :)

  • Remy G

    ps a full DANCING demonstration. yikes.

  • Remy G

    I got the whole dancing and laughter elements to improving health. I guess 2 for 3 aint bad! I could say Im 66% healthy – the reminder is well given…I truly believe if you cant have fun or at least enjoy the process of making it happen, then why do it ? Thank you Lisa!! The next 8wd meeting in person, I expect a full demonstration! :) Rem

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Ah the serious side of dreaming – AKA The Dip. I don’t think any of us believe it will happen to us, but eventually it comes, the “slogging through” part of our dream.

    It is good to take breaks and find a way to restore our spirits from time to time, since it is hard to know how long we will be in the slogging part of our dream.

    Being sick at the beginning of the year was kind of a blessing for me because I gave myself the opportunity to rest and disconnect some from the blog. I have been at this for over a year – slogging through the day to day administration of creating a popular site. It was great to take a break – but hard to let go.

    So I say turn that slog into a dance and samba on girl!

  • Rachel

    Such a nice picture, singing and dancing in your jammies. I remember while practicing dance in the living room, my husband tells me, “People can see you through the window, you know!” Oh, well.

    I like the order of your links — I had to take up dancing so I could laugh again :)

  • Have funnnn this week everyone! Remember to dance and sing (and not only in the shower). Life is too short to not enjoy it…

    The world needs more fun, less utter seriousness sometimes… Most of us I think could benefit from lightening up from time to time (I know this is true for me!) :)

    I’ll keep dancing to Juanes and create some more fun adventures – what will you do for fun this week?