July 8th Video Game Day

Today is National Video Game Day, not to be confused with September 12th National Video Games Day. There are enough video games out there that more than one day to celebrate is probably good. I remember when video games first came out, they were simple and not very exciting, except that it was something new. Over the years, games have gotten more and more complex and even addicting. I must admit, I am a video game freak. I love the challenge until it gets way too hard and then frustration sets in. I absolutely love Red Dead by Rock Star games and then there is the classic Pac-Man that I still adore today. It is amazing. Whether you like video games or not you have to admire the work done by some very smart people.

How to celebrate – Try a video game out. Look through all the choices, there has to be something there to interest you especially now that we have game apps on our phones. Don’t get hooked, it’s easy to do.

June 29th International Mud Day

Here’s a holiday you don’t often see… but maybe you should. It was created by Gillian McAuliffe while in Nepal for 58 orphaned children who were depressed and lacking in any fun activities. The children were taken out to play in the mud and it changed their attitudes completely. Think about it, even as an adult if we let ourselves go and play in the mud it can be fun! Slipping and sliding, mushing the earth together… dirty, yes… but also fun. Well that goes double for children and it’s really cheap! The day has been sponsored by World Forum since 2009. So, do they let nature make their mud or is it man-made?

How to celebrate – Take the whole family out for a mud day! Take a mud bath, some people pay a lot for it but all you have to do is wait for it to rain! Make sure you have a hose ready for rinsing off.

March 22nd National Goof Off Day

Today was created by Monica “Moeller” DuFour and her Grandfather back in 1976. It contends that we all need a day to goof off to break up the days we work so hard. I’m not sure that is actually accurate because I think most of us tend to goof off as much as we work, but that’s okay… particularly today! If all you do is work, constantly, you probably would bore yourself if you had to listen to yourself. Sometimes the greatest ideas one gets are when they are playing around or taking a break. Also understanding those you work with also comes easier sometimes when you are goofing off, when their guards are down and they speak more freely.

How to celebrate – Find some time today to goof off. Find those you can have fun with to goof off with. Let your hair down and live!

July 8th Video Game Day

Today National Video Game Day, not to be confused with September 12th National Video Games Day. There are enough video games out there that more than one day to celebrate is probably good. I remember when video games first came out, they were simple and not very exciting, except that it was something new. Over the years, games have gotten more and more complex and even addicting. I must admit, I am a video game freak. I love the challenge until it gets way too hard and then frustration sets in. I absolutely love Red Dead by Rock Star games and then there is the classic Pac-Man that I still adore today. It is amazing. Whether you like video games or not you have to admire the work done by some very smart people.

How to celebrate – Try a video game out. Look through all the choices, there has to be something there to interest you especially now that we have game apps on our phones. Don’t get hooked, it’s easy to do.

July 4th National Play Outside Day

July 4th National Play Outside Day

Okay, so it’s July and if it isn’t raining it’s time to go outside and play. Actually, the first Saturday of every month is Play Outside Day. It’s a really good idea, get some of that sunshine, fresh air and a wide open place to run and jump and all sorts of good stuff (which might be a little odd if you are my age). Maybe you can do a combination of play outside while you celebrate Independence Day! That’s a definite if you are setting off fireworks. And when you are done with the day just think, you only have another month to wait for the next one!

How to celebrate – Get outside and play! Plan a cook-out! Get a neighborhood parade to celebrate both Independence Day and Play Outside Day!

March 22nd National Goof Off Day

Today was created by Monica “Moeller” Dufour with the help of her Grandfather William D. Chase. Monica lives in Davidson, MI. The general idea of today is that it becomes the one day of the year you are allowed to goof off. You know, don’t even bother to go into work… go fishing or play golf, go shopping or get your hair done, sleep in or go swimming (If it’s warm enough) You might want to check with your boss and make sure this is okay. There are some jobs where you really don’t want them to goof off, like a doctor, a pilot or the guy that makes your donuts in the morning. We all need goof off days so that we can pay better attention the rest of the year. William created his own calendar for the year, it did create a goof off day, so if you ever wanted to know what he was up to, you could just go to his calendar and find out!

How to celebrate – Goof off today (If you are able). Create your own calendar so you know what to expect. Go back to bed and forget today ever happened.

August 17th National I Love My Feet Day

How often do you think about your feet? Are you even able to see them anymore? If not, they probably hurt, a lot.

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Even if you can see them, they probably still hurt. In fact, 75% of adults have some sort of foot problem. Your toes, your heels, your arches and your ankles… though I guess your ankles aren’t officially a part of your foot. Most of all, our feet get tired, they burn, and get stressed out.

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We have invented epsom salt, foot massagers, and can soak them in hot, or cold, water… but the relief is generally short lived and considering all they do for us they deserve better. They let us stand on them for hours, take walks, swim, run, play sports, jog, skip, dance and even walk a tightrope or stroll across hot coals (why you would want to do either is beyond me). In many ways they are your best friend.

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And we treat them badly. We shove them into shoes that are too small, or too big, we walk in high heels, or go barefoot across fields of stickers. We drop things on them and stub them. We jump up and down on them, burn them in the sun, and soak them in water during rain storms. They swell, smell, and look like hell, but they keep going, even when we don’t think they will.

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So give your feet a break and treat them nicely.

How to celebrate – Buy yourself a proper fitting pair of shoes. Wear socks! Get a pedicure.