I’m going to be super honest whenever we started to think and pray about what we wanted to write about in February I was pretty uninspired. February has never been my favorite month for several different reasons. If you are a February baby then just know that your day is the best day of the month for sure and I love you! February is one of those winter months that is brutally cold (maybe not if you're in Texas this week), yet it has no super fun holidays (in my opinion) except for the made up Hallmark one. If you are in a relationship, February is hyped up as a super romantic month, which can lead to unmet expectations of an extravagant month of gifts and romance. If you’re not in a relationship, it can lead to a month of avoiding all things hearts and flowers and feeling sad about your lack of a romantic situation. So bring on a new concept that my friend Jackie explained to me called “FUNuary.”
In this month of Funuary I want to focus on just that, fun, and focus on celebrating the every day and in finding joy in the small details. When we started 2018 I found myself wanting to be super intentional about celebrating and showing up for my friends in the everyday. This February, I want to try new restaurants, send out cards “just because” (side-note I could hang out in the Target card aisle for hours on end), drink too many margaritas, and have spontaneous game nights. I was researching fun and somewhat meaningless holidays that always seem to pop up on Instagram such as “National Sibling Day”, “National Margarita Day”, and “National Dog Day.” I love these holidays when I see them pop up and immediately start scrolling through my phone trying to find an adorable photo of Gus or plan a spontaneous night out at Mi Cocina for Mambo Taxis. If there is any excuse to celebrate then I want in! Well, while I was researching , I stumbled across “National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” on the first Saturday of February, which just sounded like the perfect way to start out the month. Yep, you heard it the personal trainer wants to eat ice cream for breakfast! Do I recommend this very often? Well probably not, but we’re all adults and so let me tell you waffles and Blue Bell are a pretty fun combination for a Saturday celebration.
This whole concept just got me thinking about celebrating life and how I want to make the people in my life feel-- celebrated and valued. How amazing would it be if we were all more intentional about making the people in our life feel celebrated? The big celebrations like birthdays and major holidays are most of our favorite times of the year, so why not spontaneously celebrate the little things and the everyday things such as running 3 miles without stopping, overcoming a fear, or waking up to the most beautiful sunrise. Finding joy in the mundane parts of life is one of my favorite things, being able to point people to celebrate the little things rather than the dwell on the negatives. God is always working in the details of our lives, so I want to pay attention to those details made for me and celebrate them.
What if this February instead of dwelling on the dullness or the hype that it might bring we just chose to make it FUN! Let’s choose nights to celebrate at happy hour with your coworkers or girlfriends, to host a couple of neighbors over for chips and salsa, and to make and keep plans that are carefree and unpredictable. Let’s toast to celebrating within the mundane, to eating ice cream for breakfast, and to choosing joy even when it is difficult. Celebrating connects us to each other, allows us to be present and it reminds us to praise the God who delights in giving us good gifts. In February and on let’s focus on today and on celebrating every day that we’ve been given.
“Your life, right now, today, is exploding with energy and power and detail and dimension, better than the best movie you have ever seen. You and your family and your friends and your house and your dinner table and your garage have all the makings of a life of epic proportions, a story for the ages. Because they all are. Every life is. You have stories worth telling, memories worth remembering, dreams worth working toward, a body worth feeding, a soul worth tending, and beyond that, the God of the universe dwells within you, the true culmination of super and natural. You are more than dust and bones. You are spirit and power and image of God. And you have been given Today.” - Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to dance in the kitchen (not an abnormal occurrence for me) and celebrate right here and now after reading that quote. Even in the cold month of February there is so much life to be celebrated.