20 Easy Ways to Make Today Awesome!

This post is dedicated to my dad, James Kraemer (Dec. 1948 – Oct. 2012), a man who lived a life dedicated to love, and taught me to do the same. In loving memory of all our good times together.

Is your life in need of more awesomeness? Do you go about your day wishing for a bit more excitement? Looking for a few easy ways to make the day awesome??

Here are 20 of my favorite ways to turn a blah day into an awesome one:

1. Wake up with a smile.

2. Try something new.

3. Help someone else.

4. Give sincere compliments.

5. Be Young Again — Think of something you always wanted to do when you were a kid. Find a way to make it happen.

6. Play with your food.

7. Go someplace interesting.

8. Write a thank you note.

9. Get messy.

10. Hide single dollar bills in the toy section of the dollar store for kids to find.

11. Read to a child.

12. Paint something. Use every color of the rainbow.

13. SMILE (again) just because.

14. Give someone a hug!

15. Spend at least 15 minutes playing with play dough.

16. Living room dance party.

17. Bake a special treat to share with a friend.

18. Watch the sunset.

19. Call an old friend and reconnect.

20. Start a Gratitude Journal — Count your blessings to invite more of them into your life!

Have fun!!


  1. Brilliant!

  2. Dear Valerie,

    21. Take a nap


  3. God Bless you and your Dad! So nice to have you back my friend .. now go take that nap!!

  4. Awe, what a sweet way to honor someone who must have been an awesome man! We will certainly do many of these thinking of you and your family!

  5. I’m so sorry about the loss of your father. I hope that the holiday season will provide healing opportunities for you and your family.

  6. Beautiful post, Valerie. Your dad would be proud.


  7. Sorry to hear about your Dad Valerie. That is a lovely list. Sending hugs across the miles.

  8. Sorry to hear of your loss.

  9. So sorry for your loss, Val. I can only imagine he was a wonderful dad, to produce such a wonderful daughter! (I concur with the nap suggestion!)

  10. I’m so sorry Valerie for the loss of your dad. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Oh Valerie I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. So devastating and at such a young age. Making the most of every day, with naps or for me, yes naps and most of your list!), is such a wonderful message. Take care x

  12. So sorry for your loss! Hope you and your family are all doing ok, and finding some comfort in many happy memories. Best wishes to you and the girls.

  13. Valerie – my heart goes out to you – so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.
    Great list – I need to do some of those!

  14. This is a great keepsake AND wonderful motivator! Thanks for sharing this encouraging mantra!

  15. MaryLynn P says

    Thank you for this post. I really needed it today, especially. I’m very grateful for your Dad, and the father he was to you.


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