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February 29, 2016

Celebrate Your Most Memorable Leap Day Ever

Leap Day is upon us again. It feels like only four years ago that it was all the buzz. The history of Leap Year goes way back, involving such notable historic figures as Julius Caesar, Pope Gregory XIII and Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. Bottom line? Because it takes our Earth 365.2422 days to complete a full orbit around the Sun, every four years we add an extra day to balance out the math.

Are you looking for ideas on how to celebrate Leap Day 2016 in bold and memorable ways? We can help.

1. Propose!

Take inspiration from Genevieve and her guy on Leap Day 2012 when the enterprising woman professed her love and popped the question in public. An Edinburgh band played “Can't Take My Eyes Off You” and helped her spell out her proposal. This Irish custom dates back to the 5th century when St. Brigid of Kildare convinced St. Patrick to allow women to propose marriage to men for the sake of fairness and balance.

2. Literally leap

Be inspired by the rare day and do something physically challenging that you’ve always wanted to do. Go bungee jumping, parasailing, rock climbing or zip lining.

3. Volunteer your time

Devote the extra day to doing good works. Walk dogs or groom cats at your local shelter. Deliver meals to the homebound. Pay it forward anonymously by buying someone else’s bagel or coffee.

4. Pamper yourself

If you’ve been running low on energy reserves, take the newfound time to replenish yourself with a massage, a hike in the woods or the entire day spent on the couch in your PJs binge-watching your favorite Netflix show.

5. Create a digital time capsule

Shoot a detailed video documentary of your daily life, and tuck it away until we celebrate Leap Day again on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. Imagine how fun it will be looking back on what’s changed in those four years!

6. Break a bad habit

Maybe you need to stop doing something so much or start doing something more. Set your intention on implementing your plans as of 2/29/16 to add momentum and historical importance to your efforts.

7. Take action

Procrastination can really drain you; so if you’ve been putting off an undesirable chore like doing your taxes, taking the cat to the vet or phoning a chatty relative, mark it on your calendar for Leap Day and just do it. Once it’s accomplished, you’ll feel relieved and probably a bit proud that you overcame your inertia.

8. Step forward and leap ahead

…through an academically excellent, Christ-centered and affordable education at Geneva College. Through our 40 undergraduate majors, five master’s degree programs, and campus-based and online Adult Degree Programs, we are confident that we have something to inspire you to become everything God means you to be over the next four years!