How to Have Fun Holiday Weekends

You deserve to have fun holiday weekends just as you deserve to have a great life all the time.

I just had a great Memorial Day weekend.  I left work early on Thursday, took Friday off and did all kinds of fun, and productive things.  Then Saturday and Sunday were up north at my friends place on the water.  Then a good Monday off resting up, relaxing and enjoying the day off.

Now I am starting to prepare for the big 4th of July weekend and Labor Day weekends here in the US.  The extra day off really helps to make everyone a little more cheerful and willing to let go and have a good time.

Why not you too?

4 Main Elements of Fun Holiday Weekends

  1. Not at work, not thinking about work with some extra time off.
  2. Doing the bare minimum of normal chores and errands.
  3. Good food, maybe drinks and relaxation.
  4. Going some place interesting and/or doing interesting things (you may need to spend some money) like spending time with fun people.

Not At Work

You can't relax and enjoy yourself if you keep thinking about work and what you should be doing or your day to day struggles.

I love my schedule where I work 9 hours a day, Monday through Thursday, and then 4 hours on Friday.  Using only 4 hours of vacation time, I get a 3 day weekend.  With a holiday, that is a 4 day weekend.  I may even leave early on Thursday to get the long break started earlier.

You need time off from work to relax and recharge.  It is almost impossible to fully let go of work for the weekend if you are busting your, you know what, until 5 p.m.  You have to drink so much to do so.

Liking your work is critical to your overall happiness.  If you hate your job, you must keep looking.

But part of liking your work is not having to be there all the time -Work Less Be Happier

Your life is too important to not be looking for the quality of life job with plenty of time off that we all want.

Minimal Annoying Chores

You can't relax and enjoy yourself if you keep thinking about your chores, what you should be doing or your day to day errands that seem to constantly pile up.

Yes, all that stuff needs to be done.  But it's better to work a little harder earlier in the week to get in front of it and let it slide during your holiday time off.

It will still be there when you get back.

Then you can smile while doing your normal chores and errands reflecting back on the fun time you had.

Excessive errands and an overly clean home will not make you happy.

Save your house cleaning and errands for being productive after work in the early part of the week, not your precious fun holiday weekends.

Good Food, Maybe Drink and Relaxation

Good healthy, tasty food should be your priority all the time but especially on fun holiday weekends.

Trying other types of foods, letting others cook, going out to eat all contribute to the fun.

Thinking about other things helps you to relax.  So does talking with others about their lives and especially joking around talking nonsense.  Being serious all the time about your problems does not make you a lot of fun to be around anyway.

Some alcohol helps that too...maybe a lot.  At least until you can learn how to relax.

You may need to drink a little more alcohol to start to loosen up and relax.  It helps you to get more into the moment, to laugh and joke around.  To say the wild stuff you normally keep tightly bottled up inside.

I think the lack of drinking enough can be a problem for a lot of tightly wound people.

You know the type.

Don't go crazy, drinking and driving, getting sloppy drunk, making one drunken bad decision after the other.

What I mean is just to work in a little extra drinking in when it makes sense so you can relax.

Do Fun and/or Interesting Things

This is critical.  Without doing something fun, you won't have any.  Without doing anything interesting, it won't be interesting.

Is is your life.  You can choose to make it fun and interesting.

Or not.

I choose fun and interest.

My Typical Packing List for Fun Holiday Weekends

Things

  • Golf Clubs and plenty of balls
  • Golf Shoes
  • Larger Cooler
  • Comfortable Outdoor Chair
  • Beach Bag
  • Suitcase

Contents of Beach Bag

  • Swimsuit
  • Beach towel
  • Water Shoes wrapped in plastic bag
  • Hat
  • T-shirt
  • Wet wipes

Food and Beverages

  • Ice for cooler
  • Beer
  • Soda
  • Bottled water
  • Chips in individual bags to share
  • Nice desert to share

 Clothes

  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Nice shirts
  • Golf shirts
  • White socks
  • Belt
  • Sandals
  • Tennis shoes
  • Maybe nice shoes
  • Maybe nice pants
  • Maybe dark socks
  • Underwear
  • Pullover
  • Maybe a waterproof jacket

Other

  • Toiletry bag fully stocked
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Vitamins

From Good Looking Loser

How to Have Fun With Your Life

I just took his little quiz and I had 24 memorable days in the last year.  That averages out to 2 per month.  I have been making fun a priority and it is paying off.

Most of my years of being married there was very little fun.  Then the years after the divorce were mostly a struggle to survive.  My most recent years were mostly about productively getting things accomplished.  Now I want to have plenty of fun along with the productivity.


I went out in my town on Friday night.  Drinking beer and having fun at a local tavern, meeting new people and a girl or two.

I drove up to my friends place on the water on Saturday.  Started drinking as soon as I got there.  We went out on the boat late that afternoon.

Someone made a great dinner that night of brats and burgers with all the extras.  Delicious.  I did not have to cook or clean up at all.

We kept drinking all evening, swapping stories and laughing it up.

Sunday we were up early, golfing.  With a few drinks on the golf course and some more on the 19th hole.

We sat around napping and relaxing the rest of the day with one joy ride mixed in seeing the sights in my friends new Suburban.

After another great dinner, most of us packed up and went home.  I arrived home late, unpacked and collapsed.

Monday was just spent relaxing and recuperating from one my best, most fun holiday weekends.

Golf Can Be Better on Your Fun Holiday Weekends

I finally took the time to learn how to hold the golf club correctly and the difference in my game was dramatic.  I hit it straight and longer than normal more consistently than ever.

Golf was fun.

Here are the short, simple videos I watched to improve my game.

Holding the Driver and Irons Correctly

Scroll to the 50 second mark if you are short of time.

My pet peeve is long introductions on videos.  I would rather the video get right into it.  It is why I prefer reading to videos.  Reading is so much faster.

Maybe I need to stop and smell the roses a bit more.

But this video will help your game quickly, especially if you have been struggling or are wondering how to get started.

Hold the Putter Properly

Scroll to the 20 second mark if you are short of time.

But now a few days/weeks later and my wrists still ache. 

It is partially due to the big weights I have been pushing.  But it was more fun golfing when doing it right.

Have some fun holiday weekends.

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