As a working mom of three little kids, I often find myself wishing for an extra hour here and there. This year, my wish is coming true. Well, not quite. It's true that 2012 is leap year and that means the notoriously short month of February gets extended by one day, a Wednesday as it turns out. Unfortunately, I won't be able to horde those extra 24 hours all to myself. Children will need to be fed and bathed and readied for school. Emails will need to be answered and projects completed on deadline. And, the household chores I've neglected all winter will still be nipping at my heels. All that said, leap year day only comes around every four years which is a rare enough thing to warrant a little celebration. So, here are some ideas on how to spend at least a few moments of your leap year day:
- Take a leap of faith. According to folk tradition, women may propose marriage to men during leap year. It was a pretty big leap of faith for a woman to take back in the day. Why not channel all that courage into stepping out into the unknown in your own life? Maybe it's something as innocuous as painting an accent wall in your living room or as daring as venturing into a new career. Either way, let the spirit of the day encourage you to be brave.
- Enjoy a nap. Just thinking about leap year day makes my head spin with all that I'd like to get accomplished. While you're loading up your list of to-dos, set aside an hour or two to just relax. Take a nap, go for a long walk, enjoy a leisurely lunch. It's okay to be a little lazy every fours years!
- Plan your summer vacation. You've been dreaming all winter of the perfect summer vacation. There's no time like today to start making plans. Book early and you'll be rewarded with greater availability and better rates.
- Reconnect with an old friend. Most would agree that friendship is one of the most valuable things in life. Don't let the day go by without picking up the phone to chat with an old friend you've been meaning to connect with for weeks, months or even years.
- Do one thing you love. It might be starting the day with your favorite hot beverage or pulling out the craft supplies for an evening of creativity. Whatever floats your boat, plan to do something on this special, extra day that makes you happy. Because even though this year is one day longer, life is much too short!
Contributed by Danyelle, Fairmont Private Schools