What does it mean to Live Big® in these trying times?

Financial Planning, Fun StuffPosted on March 6th, 2009No Comments
What does Live Big® mean?  Some may interpret it as meaning “spend big”, “live large” or a recommendation to some other form of overindulgence.  But Live Big is about the size of your life, not the size of your wallet®.  In these crazy economic times, it can sometimes be difficult to remember the areas in our life where we can Live Big without spending (much, if any) money.  But if we can find the place of gratitude for what we have, we can find joy in the most mundane of places, and, hopefully, at least get our minds off of how scary the world can feel at times.  We offer these ideas for your consideration.  And we will be updating this document with additions from anyone who wants to participate, so please send us any ideas you might have.
Walk the dog (borrow one if you don’t have one of your own)
Hug someone (be careful, in general it should be someone who you know)
Start a gratitude journal – every morning/evening, write down 5 things for which you are grateful
Read all those books you’ve been collecting, meanwhile drinking all that tea that has accumulated in your cupboard
Get Skype and call friends all over the world
Write a poem, or at least read one
Continue to make your Charitable Contributions
Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Love Actually” or some other super feel good movie
Make a game out of cooking dinner for a week using only ingredients already found in your pantry or freezer (adding fresh vegetables)
Have a book swap party with everyone bringing a few books they’d like to swap and a refreshment
Write a letter to a soldier
Join Netflix (30-days free and then $8.99/month) and watch 100 -200 – 300 movies! (They’re available instantly on your PC)
Teach a teenager to balance a checkbook
Write an old fashioned letter to someone
Take an elderly neighbor lunch
Breathe, pray, meditate
Play cards or a board game with someone fun
Watch a comedy routine and laugh the day/night away
Burn an aromatherapy candle
Listen to music
Do a craft (find something on sale at Michael’s or another craft shop)
Make a hobby out of finding free weekend activities and planning outings with family friends
Look at old pictures and marvel at how great you still look
Make somebody laugh
Get fresh vegetables from a farmers’ market
Watch a thunderstorm – on a porch if possible
Donate blood
Catch a snowflake on your tongue
Volunteer at an animal shelter
If you get a premium cable channel, invite your friends over to watch shows they might otherwise not get to see
Give a stranger a compliment
Feed someone’s parking meter
Go to the library and check out books and DVDs  (for free!)
Pay a true compliment to someone who annoys you
Throw a Board Game Night at your house for friends, family, neighbors
Match all your mismatched socks
If you find a tails up penny, turn it over for someone else to find a heads up penny
Be a Big Sister or Big Brother
Create something (stained glass, a photo album, a collage)
Print the photos you’ve been meaning to get off of the computer and put them in a photo album or scrap book
Make a quilt
Color – with a child, by yourself, outside the lines
Have a special story time with your children/grandchildren
Organize a silly 2K or 5K walk/run in your neighborhood
Visit monuments and museums in your area
Put a puzzle together
Take silly/pretty pictures just for fun
Bake some bread or cookies ~ share them with a neighbor or friend
Plant some flowers or vegetables. Fun to watch them come up from seed
Discover a new park. Go for a hike
Take a leisurely walk around a new neighborhood in your city – be a “tourist”
Give yourself a beaming ear-to-ear smile for five minutes, just because you’re alive. A big grin triggers a flood of serotonin and endorphins, creating a virtuous cycle; literally creating happiness where none may have existed before
Stare at the spring flowers
Smell the spring flowers
Give special attention to your spouse who may be worried
Kiss your spouse who may be worried
Hug spouse who may be worried
Hug your pet
Write a letter to someone you love
Call a friend and tell them you value their friendship
Visit a Virginia winery to taste the new releases
Another happy movie to watch: About a Boy. If you don’t feel good after watching it there’s no hope
Pay it forward, volunteer, it comes back tenfold
Get an almost free vacation through a home exchange
Listen to your feel-good iPod list during your commute to work
Taking a yoga class at Mala Yoga
Reading my son a book, especially one by Mo Willems, who is hilarious
A square or two of Lindt 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolat
Petting dogs (We don’t have one — yet!)
Clean out the closets and donate good useable clothing and shoes to the Homeless Shelter program in town
Volunteer at the Homeless Shelter program in town. Get gratitude that you aren’t homeless and can help others.
Volunteer at the Food Pantry/Meals for homeless programs
Walk the dog with your partner (or just go for a walk together), enjoy discussing the day
Teach a class of 3-5 year-olds
Instead of going to a photo studio for family pictures, set up a “studio” at home and have a friend take the pictures
Don’t live in the wreckage of your future–enjoy today
Remember, if you pray, why worry?  If you worry, why pray?
Living simply (less stuff – more room for life)
Being grateful to have a good job (or just a job)
Being really grateful when matching funds remain a part of your financial plan
Feeling empowered when using a debit card (instead of a CC)
Trusting your financial planner to help optimize your financial goals
Going out to dinner and a ballgame with good friends and business associates
Listen to songs from different periods in your life. collect them on iTunes
© Yeske Buie Inc 2009
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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson