11 (Practical) Ways To Be More Spontaneous

11 (Practical) Ways To Be More Spontaneous

Spoiler alert: It really IS possible.
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Spontaneity: a Pinterest-inspired concept that we all dream about being able to actively implement into our own lives, but are never able to achieve in reality.

When you hear the word spontaneous, what thoughts come to your mind? If you're anything like me, it may not seem possible to be spontaneous due to your many responsibilities and seemingly never available schedule. But despite common misperceptions, there is a real, practical way to make spontaneity a part of YOUR life today!

To be spontaneous and also be responsible in keeping up with your daily commitments isn't as difficult as you might think. Learning how to balance spontaneity and responsibility is SO important - being practically spontaneous will bring you refreshment and joy ever single day!

Here are 11 practical ways you can begin to implement spontaneity in your daily life:


1. Don't procrastinate when you have time to get things done.

This will allow you to say "yes!" without hesitation when something does pop up!!!



2. Learn to see opportunities.

Many of us will fail to be spontaneous simply because we fail to realize when we are given the chance. Have this little thought in the back of your mind as you go throughout each day and you'll be surprised what might happen!

3. Reduce time-wasters.

Get rid of activities that don't truly add value to your life and take away from the motivation to do something out of the ordinary. Sit down (with a pen and paper) and think about where you often spend too much of your time (scrolling through social media, binge watching Netflix, etc). Write out all of these things in a list.

Once you've recognized your time-wasters, think about how much time you should really be spending with them. This will give you back time that you didn't think you had while also opening up so many doors to new adventures.

YAY for adding more hours to your day!!!

4. You can still plan AND be spontaneous!!!

It really is possible. I absolute LOVE planning and still try my best to be spontaneous! Read on to #5 to see how...

5. Schedule spontaneity.

If you always jam pack your schedule with commitments, you'll never have time to do anything on the fly. So when you're learning what this will look like in your life, leave time open in your schedule to do something that will bring you unexpected joy. Scheduling time for spontaneity doesn't mean you have to schedule the activity...you're just leaving time open for it to happen!

6. Do what you want. Seriously!!!

Make time for what matters to YOU and brings refreshment and joy to the mundane.

This may not mean getting beaded dreads and rocking them in front of all of your friends, but try to shoot for something HALF as exciting and fun-filled! You'll be set.

7. Start small.

It doesn't have to be a huge road trip (although it TOTALLY can be). Just get out of your everyday schedule and I promise you won't regret it.

8. Get Off Your Phone!!!

I know I sorta kinda touched on this earlier, but it really deserves its own point (and I think Raven would agree with me on this one).

When you're immersed in the world that is your phone and social media, you not only waste time but also compare your ability to be spontaneous to everyone else's. You might be in a busier season of life that is allowing minimal flexibility and spontaneity while a friend is able to take trips to Colorado every other weekend. A last minute trip to go get ice cream is spontaneous too!!!

It's okay, friends!! Spontaneity will look different from everyone. Don't expect your life to be a certain way or you will ALWAYS be disappointed.

9. Talk to/smile at strangers.

Even though they may be a little bit weirded out at first, push past the awkwardness. It's worth it! You never know what may come of a conversation with a stranger.

Even if you don't stop and have a conversation, flash those pearly whites! Smiling is contagious and truly encouraging. And as funny as it may sound, you really might make someone's day.

10. Change your perspective.

Be practical about what spontaneity will look like in your life. Even though it may not seem as Pinterest-y as you'd like, that doesn't make it any less wonderful! Challenge how you view spontaneity so it can begin to become a practical and real aspect of your life, not just something you talk about.

11. Create a "do something" jar!

Ask your friends, family, and (of course) Google about ideas for spontaneous adventures and start to compile them into a (preferably Mason, how 'white girl' of me) jar. As you randomly think of fun getaways or little spontaneous ventures, jot them down and drop them in the jar.

Now you can randomly draw from the jar (or, even though it's less whimsical, draw until you find something you have the time/ability to do at that moment) and BAM you have an adventure picked out and ready to go! Now all you've got to do...is DO it!


I hope that this has jump-started and encouraged you in your journey to (practically) live more spontaneously each and every day!

Now, let's get practical: Which item on this list are you going to tackle THIS week?!

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A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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