7 Cool Ideas to Create Sticky Memories Over the Holidays

Holidays are a great opportunity to get in downtime, fun time, and family time!

It’s also a great time to break the mold and do a few things that deviate from your usual routine, and create some sticky memories that’ll make last weekend jealous!

To trigger some ideas, here are 10 hints to create cool memories that will stick with you, your family and friends for years to come:

1. Tech Deprivation

Lock all technology away for 24 hours and tap into your own creativity to find fun, relaxing and exciting things to do. It may seem surprisingly hard at first, yet prove to be a surprisingly rich and rewarding day you will remember for a long time.

2. Childhood Wonder

Write down a list of 10 things you loved doing when you were seven. Then pick one… and do it! As you begin reconnecting with the colorful gush of emotions that used to enthrall you as a child, you may re-ignite that same sense of wonder and excitement in you as an adult. That will be a moment worth remembering!

3. Switch Roles

If you’re married or have children, agree to swap roles with your spouse or child for the day, and see what happens. This is guaranteed to be a fun and eye-opening experience for both of you and a day you’ll never forget.

If you’re single, or on your own for the day, pick a friend, role model or movie character you admire, and spend the day doing what they would do. You may discover some cool things about your own character and potential you’d never considered.

4. Time Capsule

Pick a timeline and project your mind into the future. It could be a year or ten years from now. Write down what you see and feel. Where are you, what are you doing, what do you look like, what are your hobbies, who are you with, what do you own, where have you been since the present. Get friends and family to do the same over the same timeline. Then, seal everyone’s future memories in a container and mark it with the future date you imagined… and only re-open it on that date!
Not only is this fun to do, when you eventually open the container, you may be astounded to discover how many of the things you wrote down, came true!

5. Face Painting

Dash off to the nearest art store and buy some face paint… and for the more adventurous, sneak in some body paint. Find a picture of your favorite animal, superhero, comic book character, alien creature, or just go with your imagination… then, pick a suitable victim as your ‘canvass’ and paint away. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, it’s time for the photo-shoot… then share with your friends for some hilarious comments.

PS… If you did a full body masterpiece on your partner, probably a good idea to blur out the “Oh Yeah!” bits before blasting pics off on social media!

6. Reality TV

You’ve got a smart phone with a video camera and record button. Use it! It’s time to create your own Reality Show for everyone’s entertainment after Sunday lunch. Donn your directors hat and tag your partner, child or pet through the lens for a day. Catch short video clips of them doing quirky, funny, wacky, rude or naughty things, then string them together using a simple video editing app on your phone that takes 5 minutes to learn how to use. Slap in a backing track, voice over, or some sound effects, and you’ll have an entertainment asset you’ll watch again and again for everyone’s delight. Remember, it’s impossible to forget a memory caught on camera, which is super cool (and a subtle warning).

7. First Date

If you’re married or in a long term relationship, this one’s for you. Invite your partner out on a first date. Hit the reset button and go back to a time when you knew very little about each other and the sparks of attraction were already tangible. Now hold that thought and plan your moves. Where are you going to take the target of your affections? What are you going to wear? What questions will you ask? What impression do you want to make? How are you going to get your partner curious, captivated, laughing, excited, aroused and filled with anticipation?

As long as you both play along, this experience could turn out to be one of your most treasured memories.

Have a blast and create a memory that sticks

Whether you pick one, or try all seven ideas, you’ll have a blast and a cool, fun or cute story to tell and a memory that will stick with you for a long time.

If you’ve got a cool idea to create sticky memories, please share it in the comments section below. And if you tried any of my suggestions, we’d love to hear how it turned out. So drop your story in the comments section too.

Have a supa-fun, ultra-awesome weekend and or holiday filled with tons of sticky memories.
Gary Wilde

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Gary Wilde is an experienced Turnaround Specialist & Executive Wingman who helps executives & entrepreneurs build high-value businesses and overcome tough business & leadership challenges quickly. He's an author, professional speaker and creator of world-class programs focused on success in business, leadership and life.

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Julie Botha - 29 March, 2018 Reply

Fun ideas! Wow.
So often, we get caught in a rut and don’t make a conscious effort to live NOW and laugh NOW or treasure the present with the people we love and invest time in valued relationships. We are so busy sweating the small stuff and worrying about tomorrow that we don’t realize that life is happening right now. So thanks for reminding us to take time to live, revisit the child in us and make some sticky memories with precious family and friends.

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