Guest Post: Funism
I have a special treat for you today! K.P. is here to enlighten you on the Fun she creates in California! She is truly a kindred spirit, and I know you’re going to enjoy what she has to share.
Hi, I’m K.P. and I am a fan of Mary and all her shenanigans. It’s my 8th visit to this blog today. I keep coming here for inspiration or direction on how to write this post. I want to make a good first impression, but every time I come back here, I read something I relate to, or something inspirational and I find myself clicking away at the mouse virtually frolicking with Mary and her friends. I have to reel myself back in and focus-“I am supposed to be writing a guest post”. There is a lot of fantastic stuff on this blog.
I am a practitioner of Funism. I spend a lot of time talking about this concept on my blog: At Home in the Fun Zone. I do my best to bring joy to a stranger’s life every day. Sometimes I re-purpose old card holders with messages and fill the inside with glitter dust. (Glitter dust is like glitter, only finer. I suppose some people might use it for embossing things, at least that is the section of the craft store you will find it in.)
Sometimes I make origami envelopes and leave them in coffee shops or on the shelves of grocery stores.
Whoever found this one got to read “Miracles happen every day” while glitter dust sprinkled around them.
Mainly, in my neighborhood, I am known as the “Chalk Bandit” and I leave chalk messages on the cement wall that keeps the sand from the beach off the bike path.
I like to write on this wall because there are a lot of people here every day who exercise alone, headphones in their ears, absorbed in their serious thoughts about their serious lives. I am so lucky to live by the beach, in sunny southern California. I don’t understand why more people aren’t happy and smiling. I do this in the light of day, but I try to keep my identity hidden because there are some people who think that chalk is a gateway to graffiti. For a while I cut back on the chalking, to give the naysayers their way, but there were many emails and messages on Instagram telling me the positive messages are missed.
I also like to paint tiny canvases and attach magnets to them, and leave them around town for people to find and take home. This one says “Hug your people” and I left it on a pole next to the house used to film “Beverly Hills 90210”. This is actually at the North End of the Hermosa Beach Strand, not in Beverly Hills.
Sometimes 1.00 a canvas can be expensive, especially if I want to leave at least one a day for someone to find. The craft store also sells balsa wood panels for only 20 cents a piece. They are sturdy and work fine to paint on, or make a collage or whatever crafty thing you enjoy doing. I happily take any magnet a pizza place or Dr. office hands out, and I glue them to the back of the balsa wood panels with gluestick.
I believe that any of us can change the world, one smile at a time. What I have learned from interacting on social media (Like Mary’s blog and instagram) is that there are so many like minded people out there. We all just feel alone- wanting to make a difference. But one person can make a difference, and every person should try. Together we are changing the mood of the world. Dr. Seuss says Fun is Good and I think we should trust him, he is a doctor.