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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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

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You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

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Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

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After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

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Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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Dance Marathon Helped Me Understand What It Is That I Stand For

What do you stand for?

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This is what kept me standing. This motivated me so much that I did not complain once because I knew who I was doing it for, and I was not going to let them down.

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