If you have watched this show, you absolutely know what I’m talking about. After binge-watching Seasons 1-6 twice I could not believe I had gone so long without these characters in my life!
Whenever I am in a sour mood or want to take my mind off something (and I have 20 minutes), I turn to Parks and Rec. This show has humor, it comically reveals the truth about human behaviors, and its characters welcome you in with open arms.
I may be taking this show too seriously, but all I know is how much it helped me get through the last 4 months. It’s not the healthiest option as a form of distraction, but sometimes you can’t be picky. Overall, I just seriously recommend you watch it! Some may say to start at season 2 because season 1 isn’t that great (I have mixed feelings about this). But if you’re going to watch it, why not start with season 1??
Here is when you should watch the show:
When you’re in a bad mood because Andy’s ridiculous comments or Ron Swanson’s extreme beliefs will be so absurd that you can’t help but laugh & forget why you were ever upset.
When you have 20 free minutes because why not? If you want to exercise, do some squats, push ups, and lunges while you watch. It’s a great mood booster!
When the world seems too pessimistic because it helps put things into perspective. It honestly helped me to watch Leslie Knope kicking butt at her job and loving it. While it didn’t help solve my problems, it gave me a new angle to view a job situation.
When you want to crack up because it’s impossible not to laugh when Andy puts his mouth over an entire water fountain spout or goes to multiple doctors in a day & gets his “ankles microwaved”.
Also, a little tip – head to Youtube and search for “Parks and Rec bloopers” for some hilarious clips from each season! Now go watch and laugh your butt off!!
No, seriously. What would you do?
This question gives you permission to daydream fearlessly and to imagine a world without boundaries or limitations. Would you become President? Would you own your own dive shop in The Bahamas? Or would you direct movies? Your imagination has no limits – it’s logic that hold you (and me) back.
There are a million different things I would do if I just had the courage to take the first huge leap. Instead, I feel like I’m stuck in cement at the bottom of the ocean (…that may be a little dramatic, but it’s not wrong!)
The crazy part is that I put myself in the cement at the bottom of the ocean. I didn’t listen to my heart and got caught up in things that don’t really matter in this life. Now it’s up to me to bring myself out of it and create the positive world I so strongly desire.
Kris Allen’s song (see below) really gets me in the mood to take charge of my life.
So does this song by OneRepublic
They give me goosebumps!
Since I am not following my heart at the moment, I can’t exactly preach to you all about it. But I can tell you it’s worth trying when you find the motivation – even if it’s 5 minutes every week. Something is better than nothing.
…now go listen to those songs!
I read something today that impacted me in a new way…I have gotten in the bad habit of denying myself happiness basically every day. When I’m in an unpleasant situation, I infect everything else in my life with negative thoughts and think of myself as a victim of my circumstances. But when I read this article by Marie Forleo, I realized things don’t have to be this way!
In order to find my passions in life, I need to bring passion to everything I do.
Whether you’re brushing your teeth, making love or cleaning the kitty litter—do it like you want to do it. – Marie Forleo
Let’s face it…this isn’t easy to do, especially when you feel down in the dumps! Who likes cleaning the kitty litter? But imagine doing it with a new excitement and energy that will brighten your mood rather than continue to bring you down. That is powerful.
This will be my new goal day-to-day because there are sooo many tasks that I would rather never have to do again. By revamping them, I can bring more excitement and joy in my life and hopefully become a more passionate person.
Another side benefit to proactive passion is kicking life-sucking habits like procrastination, resistance and complaining straight to the curb. – Marie Forleo
If you never try, you’ll never know…right?