Find The Fun – How I Am Learning To Laugh And Have Fun Again

Joanna Fowler December 31, 2015 Family, Parenting, Self, Lifestyle, Travel

four person surreyWe are just finishing up week three of our big family Florida vacation. A few days ago, I found myself starting to feel suffocated, a little bored and craving my routine at home. I know, I know, boo hoo, right? I am on this beautiful vacation with the five loves of my life, how can I possibly complain?

I come from a long line of people who thrive on routine and need our share of alone time. Plus, as a long time claustrophobia sufferer, being cooped up in a small condo with six people can make me feel a little anxious at times.

Mike had noticed that I was getting quiet and withdrawn. It was time to shake things up.

I decided that we needed to do something adventurous and fun with the whole family. We headed out to rent a four person surrey bike and go for a ride.

Just when we were about to go, I hesitated. I started to fall into my type A trap. Thinking about how this would impact nap times, worrying about how exhausting this might be, or if the kids would actually like it.

Luckily, my husband, gave me the push I needed.

Putting the kids in the bikeNote: There is a single lap belt in front that we cranked over Mia and Everly’s laps. Then we took zip ties to secure it down the center. The kids didn’t have seat belts in the back which made me nervous. It was an open bottom, so if they let go, they could have broken a leg. Mike was able to rig some straps and create seat belts for them. I was able to relax and have fun after ramping up the safety features.

This was honestly the most fun I have had in a long time. Plus, Mike and I couldn’t stop cracking up.

Squished into a four person surrey 2He barely fit, we were such a spectacle and a few bike riders almost veered off the road because they were so distracted with how cute Everly and Mia looked sitting in the front.



Mia thought it was hilarious to stick her finger in Everly’s ear. Everly was not impressed.

All four kids not only had their own fun, but could feel how light Mike and I felt.

In the end, we missed our twins’ nap window, and Mike and I had sore muscles from peddling. But it was all worth it.

As Joy from Inside Out says, “find the fun.”

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    We are overloaded with information and experiences; one way to rewire your brain for happiness is to deliberately focus on the good that you find in life. This is more than just positive thinking, when you spend 10 seconds or more focusing on something that makes you feel good you are teaching your brain to take a more positive bias than the one it is predisposed to. Hanson says that when we hold onto positive feelings for these 10 seconds, our brain is able to relocate the happy thought from the short term to the long term memory. The more happiness you fill your mind with, the happier you will be.

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