How Can You Add Some ‘Red, Shiny and Fun’ Into Your Daily Routine?

Mini CooperI just got home from an 7-hour battle at the car dealership.

Don’t get me wrong — they didn’t do anything wrong; and I ended up buying a car I really love. But the two test drives, the mounds of paperwork, the back-and-forth negotiations … it all takes a long time.

But I digress.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today, until I took a look at my new car (see the photo to the right).

My company leases a car for me for my frequent travel out-of-state and for my local business meetings.

Previously, we leased a Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata is a great car. Safe.  Comfortable.  And boring.

So we did something different.

We went with red, shiny and fun — a convertible Mini Cooper.

Why not, right?  It was comparable in cost to the previous car, it gets me where I’m going, and it’s totally different than any car I’ve ever driven.

When we first started talking about getting one, some eyes rolled. The first inclination is to always play it safe.

Why is that? Is that notion of safety holding us back … from having fun? From realizing our dreams? From just doing something that’s different from the same old, same old?

I’m not just talking about a car. I’m talking about our daily routines. The food we eat. The lifestyles we choose to live.

Is the desire to play it safe leaving you to want more?  To wonder, “what if?”  If so, maybe it’s time to try something different.

Smart small — maybe the way you dress, or the route you take to work in the morning. Perhaps try shaking up your morning routine — taking a walk to the beach or going for a job, instead of enjoying your coffee on the back porch.

It’s your life, so you decide. But I hope you’ll at least start thinking about how you can inject some shiny, red and fun into your life.

You deserve it.