Weekend Projects

There’s Only One Way to Celebrate a Fun Holiday Like Today (And Yes, Today is a Holiday)

published Aug 27, 2021
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If kids get a Yes Day, don’t grownups also deserve a day where they can let loose, have fun, and put responsible adulting on pause for just a little bit?

You’re in luck, because there is such a day, for anyone lucky enough to be caught celebrating it: National Just Because Day, on Aug. 27. It’s just one of those zany holidays that gives you a reason (not to be confused with an excuse) to do certain things, like post a million pictures of your siblings or pets on social media, or pick up a dozen donuts.

National Just Because Day puts some fun and frivolity back on the map of days that can too easily become rote. And there are bigger reasons to shake up the norm: Doing things that are out of the ordinary creates memorable moments and can even slow down your experience of time.

This weekend you’re going to pick one or a few things to do, just because:

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This Weekend: Do something just because.

This weekend is going to be so fun, and could be one you’ll remember for a long, long time. Not because of something huge, but because of one purposeful choice to live intentionally. Here are some ideas to get you started on what you can do “just because”:

  1. Eat outside.
  2. Have your morning coffee in a different spot.
  3. Take a different route wherever you’re going.
  4. Eat dessert for dinner.
  5. Try on old Halloween costumes.
  6. Make a cake for no reason.
  7. Dress up and take family photos or make a family video “portrait.”
  8. Sleep all together in the living room, indoor camping style.
  9. Sleep in your tent outside.
  10. Give a loved one a wrapped gift.
  11. Write a letter or send an email or text to a friend/old teacher/workmate you want to thank.
  12. Play catch.
  13. Pay for someone’s order in the drive-through line.
  14. Shop for a new plant and plant it in your garden.
  15. Bake cookies and drop them off at friends’ or neighbors’ doorsteps.
  16. Send a loved one a gift or care package in the mail.
  17. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time.
  18. Look at photo albums (physical or digital) with your family.
  19. Bake bread or pitas or naan from scratch for dinner.
  20. Get up in time to see the sunrise.
  21. Go to a good spot to see the sunset.
  22. Use the fancy china for a meal.

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Remember: This is about improvement, not perfection. Each week you can either choose to work on the assignment we’ve sent you, or tackle another project you’ve been meaning to get to. It’s also completely okay to skip a weekend if you’re busy or not feeling the assignment.