I don’t often get the chance to go away for the weekend. I plan and pack my schedule, fitting things in where I can and need to in order to get things done. And yes, that includes on the weekends.
It’s how I’ve always been. And often, it’s what I need to do so I can fit it all in.
So when a friend invites me to her new house out of town, I find an open weekend and we make it happen!
I spent this past weekend with my friend, Danielle. She moved from the Hampton Roads area to North Carolina last summer and I hadn’t yet had the chance to visit. Life kept getting in the way. But we were finally able to plan it and I made the drive down Friday evening.
It was so nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Of doing household chores and laundry and the responsibility of being an adult. And it was so nice to catch up. To have quality girl time with a good friend who I’ve missed since she moved.
The beautiful part of it is that we didn’t make big plans to do anything. We didn’t rush around from one event to the next. We rested. We relaxed. We recharged our batteries. And we did so while enjoying good food and good company.
It was nice to not have plans. It was nice to be able to relax. It was nice to be lazy and nap on the couch with a movie on in the background. And it was nice to do so with a good friend.
I don’t often get that. I don’t often allow myself to do that because I feel like I’m not being productive. I feel like I’m falling behind. I feel like I’m missing out on something.
But resting and recharging is actually one of the best things you can do for yourself. It allows you to reset and give your brain and body a rest. Some of my best ideas and plans come from my downtime. When I let myself STOP thinking about my business. The ideas often just pop in my head.
And yes, I know I can reset at home. I can allow myself the down time. But I’m still a work in progress when it comes to that. It’s hard for me to do, even though I know it’s beneficial.
My goal for this year is to allow myself this down time. Even when I’m at home. I shouldn’t have to drive to a friend’s house four hours away in order to get it.
How about you? Do you need some down time, as well? Build it into your schedule. Allow yourself to take it. I promise, you’ll end up being much more productive in the long run.
Have a beautiful week! And take that down time!
With love and wellness,