1. Own at least two bubble machines. There is nothing more fun than turning on a bubble machine in my front yard — friends, neighbours, even strangers stop and want to play. One time, a mother and her two young children walked by my house. They couldn't see me, but I overheard the mom say to her kids, "Oh, look! This is the house of the lady who has a bubble machine. That lady is so cool!"
2. Create your own traditions. We have got into some great family traditions that keeps the children happy and excited throughout the entire day. Because Monday can be a hump it's our movie night, Wednesday is our candle-lit evening and Friday is for home-made pizza, sushi or fish n' chips. What could your new family traditions be?
3. Do some baking with the children and then give it to a previously unknown neighbour. The moment when the neighbours face lights up as they open the door can become some of the most precious memories your children will remember.
4. Don't take yourself too seriously. It happens to the best of us so next time something embarrassing happens, smile or even better laugh at yourself. Its the mark of a great character.
5. Shout your own praises- Don't be afraid to say what you're good at, it gives people confidence in your abilities.
6. Banish the boogyman. Whenever you find yourself thinking "what if?" replace it with a "I'll deal with that when it happens." Curiously you'll rarely have too. Most things we fear never eventuate.
7. Reduce clutter. Those boxes under the bed, the children's disused toys, the 'when I've lost 10kg jeans?' they're all heavy, old energy. If you're ready to let in some new-ness into your life let those things go. 15 mins everyday and, before you know it (and a few trips to the op=shop later) your home will feel clean and clear.
8. Be yourself, unabashedly. Yeah, I know you're a bit weird. I am too but, lets be honest here - vanilla ice-cream, plain, unremarkable and a little boring is simply no fun at parties. Its when we strut ourselves about and allow our quirks, idiosyncricies and opinions to be heard that we can attract people who adore us for who we really are. Its a very lonely world if we aren't surrounded in a tribe of raving fans so be yourself, and for goodness sake once someone loves you, take care of them. They're more precious than gold.
9. Write it down. When you catch yourself thinking of someone - let them know. Send them an email with the subject heading 'thinking of you' and, as you tell them about what you were thinking, their inbox (the modern day equivalent to stroll to the letterbox hoping for some handwritten love), is suddenly a much nicer place to be.
10. Read. It'll make you a more interesting person. People who don't read, don't travel, don't push their own parameters tend to be reasonably small-minded human and dare-I-say-it, pretty darn boring human beings. Sure, they might be sweet, they probably won't be interesting. Book those tickets, visit the library, push those boundaries.