5 Ways to Have Fun (at every age) this Valentine’s Day

Well, here we are – still getting creative on how to enjoy holidays in strange and challenging times. Our family is trying to get a little more creative this year when it comes to Valentine’s Day fun. Clients continue to tell me how their teams and employees are struggling with mental health. Maintaining a positive mental attitude is so important but can also very difficult right now. One of the best prescriptions for improved mental health is FUN!

My husband and I have been married for almost 22 years, and we officially have one teen and one pre-teen. This makes for an interesting blend of ages and interests during the holidays! It also creates different definitions of fun. We have to create experiences that we all enjoy, which can be tricky. Our family agreed to try the following:

1. Throw a Chocolate Party

Many moons ago, my husband and I had dinner at a local winery for Valentine’s Day-it was marvelous!! We are making an attempt to replicate this in a much easier way this year. I am not much of a chef; however, we are going to attempt to include chocolate in every dish! This is the perfect weekend to break out my fondue pot and dip lots of different items into some melted chocolate. And, we are going to make chocolate spaghetti Yes, it is a thing – and, it is delicious – I hope!

2. Create and Serve a Signature Beverage

I love to create new cocktails using whatever we have around this house. Good news- I still have some frozen cranberry slush from Christmas! We were supposed to go to my Dad’s so I made over a gallon of the stuff; then, we ended up staying home due to a COVID exposure. It’s time to turn lemons (or cranberries in this case) into lemonade! There is both an an adult and kid-friendly version so everyone can enjoy!

3. Binge Watch Family Videos and Photos

We have 1,000s of videos and pictures that are stuck in the cloud, on disks and in phones. It is well below freezing outside, so instead of watching Netflix – we are going to watch our family history and memories instead!

4. Blend Pictionary with Charades

My parents always believed that a family who plays together, stays together. We like to take board games next level in our house, so we get out a giant white board with Pictionary cards and draw while also using a dose of charades for clues when the drawings just aren’t cutting it.

5. Add to the Futures Capsule

I can feel us all getting a little tired of the COVID and the cold, so we are going to get into gratitude and show thanks for the wonders of life while also adding to our Futures Capsule. Instead of adding items and memories that represent the past, we create writings and ideas of what we want in the future. These include drawings, lists, goals, pictures, etc. The Futures Capsule allows us to dream while also creating family conversations focused on what we would like to do, explore, be and achieve. It’s an effective way of communicating with young adults who usually answer their parents with “stuff” or “things” when asked about their day.

Let us know about the fun ideas you have for Valentine’s Day!

Go Wild with Fun,

Dr. Connie

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

I am really curious about how other people celebrate Valentine’s Day. My husband and I have now been married for 20.5 years, and we are always looking for new ideas. We usually have a fun celebration at home with the kids because they love celebrating holidays with us.

We make some heart-shaped foods and enjoy a nice meal together. Then, we exchange a few small gifts – even the dogs get some extra treats! However, it is time to mix it up a bit! So, I am looking for ideas!!

How you spend Valentine’s Day?

Looking forward to reading some great ideas!

Here’s to having more fun today and everyday!

-Dr. Connie

Radical Leadership Wisdom for Valentine’s Day from Ricardo Semler

Ricardo Semler is a CEO and Organizational Changemaker, which is awesome. But, guess what? He is also a husband, father of 5 and a person who embraces living life in the present. He also knows and promotes living an intentional life while having FUN!

Mr. Semler is asking powerful questions designed to help people rethink their lives. He has some radical ideas on how to change both the workplace and the school system.

What if Ricardo Semler’s leadership wisdom is right? Check out his TED Talk and decide for yourself. Are you going to wait and complete your bucket list in retirement, or are you going to live in the here and now? Let me know what you decide by posting your decision below.

Personally, I think his ideas and experiences can be used to strengthen your Inner Leader.

No matter your situation, make sure you have a great Valentine’s Day. There is no such thing as waiting for the perfect “someday” Valentine’s Day adventure!

Go Wild & Enjoy Valentine’s Day!
-Dr. Connie

PS: If you need some help creating an authentic bucket list or intentional goals, download my SMARTER Intentions and Authentic Goals Coaching Guide from the web: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/kimmelfacpub/23/