If you didn’t catch yesterday’s post, maybe read it. It gives a good deal of background as to what made me think of this list.
Some background: I have decided to start this list to promote activities us ladies can do in our free time to become more well-rounded and influential in our communities/the world. Each week I’m going to post 10 things each week and soon I’ll have 100 ideas of what I can do in my free time. Then, we’ll never have an excuse to say “I’m bored” again! Note: These ideas are meant to be in-the-moment activities that don’t require giant time commitments in order to keep it simple.
#1 – Write Your Feeling *right now* In Poem Form
Just sit down with some paper and a pen and fill that paper with some words. Females develop language skills much earlier than males, and continue that advantage as we grow older.  That means somewhere inside of your mind is the ability to beautifully express yourself in ways perhaps the opposite sex cannot. Feeling bored, angry, sad, happy? Try to give it all words!
#2 – Read This Short Story
This is a great way to take up some time while learning in amazing imagery about a very useful concept, the Butterfly Effect–which is basically how one small, seemingly meaningless change can lead to enormous differences later on.
#3 – Start A Journal
Probably one of the most important things you can do. For me, personally, I am the kind of person who needs to talk out my problems to understand how to organize them in my mind. Instead of sharing what might be sensitive/personal information with others, I like to get it out in writing. I’m able to express myself much better now, because I’ve had so much practice putting thoughts and ideas into words. Also, it’s important to record things you learn–maybe you can use it one day for you or someone else!
#4 – Meditate In Nature
Sometimes, when I have a lot to think about, it’s nice to just slow down. I enjoy being alone at times and love to find secluded places (free from the distractions of my room/etc.) to just sit and reflect. It’s just silent time to yourself to ponder on the things of the world. Does wonders for stress.
#5 – Watch A Comedy Show
“When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress.”  I think sometimes we’re too worried we’re wasting our time, but we don’t have to always be working! Entertainment is good, so long as we’re not constantly involving ourselves in the world with the mindset of “entertain me.” Here’s an idea to get you started.
#6 – Help Fund A Kickstarter
“Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.”  Most of the time, you can pledge as little or as much as you’d like. This helps you get involved in the online community and contribute to the success of people with ideas, just like you. Have a great idea? Start a Kickstarter!
#7 – Watch An Educational Video On YouTube
Some find it easier to learn by watching, rather than just reading or listening. There are a lot of creative people on YouTube who dedicate a lot of time to clever ways to inform the public! I used this quote yesterday, but I feel it needs repeating: “Prevailing myths imply that [women] … are generally sweet but uninformed,”  Don’t let that be you. Might I suggest these to get you started.
#8 – Try a Pinterest Recipe
There are so many out there. Try one, document it, and put it on your social media outlet of choice to impress the world! Or at least make them laugh. No point in Pinning so many things if you’re not going to actually try it out! (Here are my Sweet & Savory boards!)
#9 – Frame Your Favorite Photo
Go get a good one printed out, buy a cute frame (they even have them at the dollar store) and put it somewhere nice.
#10 – Check Out A Great Infographic
A very visual way to learn stuffs, infographics are the new big thing for easily getting information out in succinct ways. They’re cool. Here’s a list of 20 great ones.
I’ll have 10 more next Wednesday! Let me know if you do any of these–and then you can thank me for becoming a more well-rounded, contributing human. Wink!