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5 Things I Do (or should do) for Fun

Today, I reread one of my favorite posts from Meghan about 5 things she does for fun…it came from a daily writing prompt calendar, which I think is really cool and I want one. So, I thought I’d hijack the prompt for today’s post.

List 5 things you do for fun. In the last six months, how much time have you spent doing these activities?

1. Running. I’ve spent plenty of time working out in the past 6 months but have hardly run. Part of it’s been injury induced, but most of it has been that I just haven’t pushed myself to get out there and run. It’s so depressing to run when you haven’t for a while but the only way to get back into it is to just get back into it.

2. Baking. Not enough time. I’ve been trying to cut down on my sugar intake because whenever I get bloodwork done, I have really high sugar levels (triglycerides and glucose I think?). So…by cutting down on baking, I thought I’d cut down on sugar. No, no…I just spend more time at Camino Bakery.

3. Travelling to new places. Since I’m not from NC, it’s quite easy to see places that are new to me. But as far as a legit, plan-ahead-for-months trip? It’s been too long. Also, one specific travelling thing that makes me happy: New York City. It’s been, sheesh, 4 years since I’ve been there? Unacceptable.

4. Hiking. Hikes in NC aren’t nearly the same as hikes in Utah. And I quite like Utah hiking – it’s more varied and stunning and pine trees and meadows and all that jazz. NC hikes feel like walks through my neighborhood just without houses.. As a result, I don’t take time to hike in NC very much. I’ve gone 2 times (if that) in the past 6 months and whined the whole time that the hikes weren’t nearly as good as Utah hikes. But I know there must be beautiful hikes here that, while they may be different from Utah hikes, are still breathtaking.

5. Reading. Between blogging, reading blogs, Pinteresting, Instagramming and Tweeting, it’s quite easy to pass an entire night with plenty of entertainment. Growing up, I’d spend hours tucked away witha  book. And now, I read just in bits but not consistently every day. Book club has helped with this, but considering I’ve skipped a few book club meetings because I hadn’t finished the book, I’m not prioritizing it enough.

What’s one thing you do for fun and how often do you do it? 

 

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
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    I love to hike as well! But living in Illinois doesn’t offer much opportunity for that. So I only really hike once a year when my husband and I go to Colorado. In fact, that’s where we are right now! Just got here yesterday–hiked this morning–love it! We hike our little hearts out while we’re here. 🙂

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    sarahsouth
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    I am reading The Year of the Gadfly and loving it!

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Year-Gadfly-Jennifer-Miller/dp/0547548591

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      Teri
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      Adding it to my to-read list!

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    Michelle M
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    Where can I find season 2 of Downton Abbey?? I just finished season 1 and loved it.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Hulu!!!!!!! Season 2 is awesome!

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    Jessie
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    What a fun little survey! To me exercising is fun. Even the days where I’m not in the mood @ all. My body and mind always feel so refreshed after the workout!

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    Lea
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    There is some really great hiking in the NC mountains. It probably still doesn’t compare to Utah but a friend and I go hiking weekly when I’m at school in Boone. There are some great hiking trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Pisgah National Forest and Grandfather Mountain. Some of the Grandfather trails are pretty intense!

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    Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed
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    Something I love to do for fun is have a big dance party with my friends. Doesn’t matter where we are, what we’re listening to, or who we’re with, we love to dance and it makes me super happy 🙂

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    Mrs Type A
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    Reading is definitely one thing I enjoy doing, and up until now, hadn’t been doing enough of. It was so hard to read anything for pleasure during law school, but I really missed getting lost in a book and spending time in bed, relaxing, and reading.

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    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
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    Maybe you would like http://www.goodreads.com? It always gets me so excited to read!

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    Holly W
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    Gosh! I never thought about the fact that I’m probably spoiled by my Utah hikes. I’m so lucky that it only takes me about 15 minutes to drive to any trailhead and guarantees a beautiful hike every time.
    Fun post!

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    Lauren T
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    Reading is something I love to do, but don’t do enough of. I usually read a lot more in the summers, which is definitely true of this summer too. I like to get away from my desk and computer at work and read on my lunch break outside. It’s so relaxing, and a good getaway from work. I like light easy reads like Nicholas Sparks books 🙂

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    Jolynn
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    I just finished Season 2 of Downton Abbey… love it! For fun, I do love baking, but like you, I’ve tried to cut back to try and eat healthier. Unfortunately, I don’t enjoy cooking as much. And, I haven’t thought of being spoiled by our hiking trails in Utah. I’ll have to savor them even more.

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    Melissa
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    Your list and mine are pretty similar (except for the running–I just cannot love it that much) but I will add vintage shopping/thrifting. I love to hit a thrift store and browse for as long as I need and come back with a bunch of fun stuff.

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    janetha [meals & moves]
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    I need to do more things I love. I keep making myself too busy, but really.. I could make time. Love this post!

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    Katie
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    I need to get back into running too! Like you said, it’s just so disheartening when you haven’t done it consistently!

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    Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
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    I used to be the same way as a kid–my nose in a book all the time, but now all I read are blogs and things on the computer.

    I had to smile a little when I read about how much better hiking in UT is compared to NC. I’m sure a lot of Alaskans would say the same about the hiking here.

    As much as I love baking, I am trying to resist the urge to do a lot since most of the things I bake are not so healthy. I’m trying to curb my sweet tooth and the less I bake, the better it is for my waistline.

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    kayleigh
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    I am from NC and my favorite hiking spot is Mt. Rogers in Virginia! I know its not NC, but I recently went out there for a 3 day backpacking/ hiking trip and it is BREATHTAKING. Now, I have never hiked in Utah, but this is pretty good for the east coast.

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    Meghan
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    I saw this post on your FB page and I thought “that topic sounds familiar!” 🙂 I love that you saved the prompt to go back to – that calendar is so addicting. You should see how many pages I have torn off saved as future prompts. (If you’re ever struggling for a blog topic…srsly, email me. I’ll just send you iphone pics of calendar pages and you’ll be inspired for days.)
    Anyways! I declare you need to make some more time for fun in your life! Bring a book and come over to my porch. We’ll sit and read in silence and put away our cell phones/twitter feeds/instagrams for a few hours. (Silence, haha. Ok, it’s a nice thought…)

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    Steph
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    I love geocaching! We try to go a few times a month. A great way to have a little adventure and get a hike in at the same time.

    I also love fishing. Great upper body workout, if you catch something, that is! 😉

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    Sara @ sarasmiles
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    I love this post! It really makes you realize how much/how little time we spend doing the things we actually enjoy. My conclusion is life’s too short not to make time for those activities!

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