WHY I LOVE SLOW WEEKENDS

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Truth be told, when I was at school I hated the weekends. I found them boring, I didn’t like the lack of routine and structure they had, and I used to long for Monday to roll around so I could get back to a routine and see my friends at school. Now obviously, my opinion has changed! A few years ago I got into a real habit of making my weekends super busy, running around like the headless chicken amongst the super busy crowds of everyone else doing the same thing. Now I like them to be a lot more relaxed and laid back. I thought in todays post I’d tell you why slow weekends work for me and exactly what kind of stuff I’m getting up to.

They are a time to unwind.
I’ve worked out now that if I have a busy weekend, I end up paying for it. I don’t feel relaxed, I feel more stressed out than ever and like I’ve had no time for myself. I need a slow weekend to really unwind and get back to feeling like myself.

You can catch up on the things you missed during the week.
I know that I for one never get everything done that I’d planned during Monday to Friday. I always have a few little jobs left over that I don’t mind doing on a weekend, because chances are I’ve had a good week where I haven’t over-scheduled myself. I’d rather have a calmer week and a few things roll over into the weekend, then be crazy every weekday and laid bare on the weekend feeling too tired.

Time for you to do whatever YOU want to do.
To be completely honest, this is quite revoltionary for me and something I’m still getting my head around. I know of course there are certain things we sometimes have to do, but now I schedule them in the week, that way I know I have the weekend all to myself. Having two days where I can fill up my creative cup, do things for myself by myself, no obligations or plans set in stone, really makes a massive impact to my daily life, health and well-being.

You start Monday feeling fresh and renewed.
I actually love Mondays because they feel like a fresh start, and I’m sure a lot of why I do is down to how I spend my weekend. I feel happy, energised, and ready for the week to see what it will bring.

Things I love doing on a slow weekend:

  • Getting my paints out.
  • Baking- I made flapjack this Sunday!
  • Seeing family who live closeby.
  • Watching a tv show with Dan.
  • Going for a run.
  • Doing calming yoga.
  • Reading lots of my book.
  • Decluttering and organising.
  • Having a long bath watching Youtube.
  • Doing face masks.
  • Face-timing my sister and nephew.
  • Catching up on podcasts.
  • Walks with Harvey.
  • Practising the piano.

 

As you see from above, a slow weekend doesn’t in any way mean a boring, unproductive weekend. For me, a slow weekend means relishing the time you have doing things that make you happy. Whatever that may be!

 

Do you enjoy slow weekends?

DEAR DIARY: IT’S TIME TO SLOW DOWN

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Dear Diary, it’s time to slow down.

I always think you never quite realise how much you’re doing until you’re forced to stop.

Especially with this generation, busy is so glorified, and if you’re not crawling into bed at 1am after a 16 hour day, you quite simply are not doing enough. I find it so problematic, and even though I completely disagree with the whole thing, it even makes me feel like I’m never doing enough.

I work, blog, post creative images online, run, do yoga, meditate, organise, have our own home to clean, tidy and provide with food. I’m a daughter, sister, auntie, wife, grand-daughter, colleague. There are so many things we do without even realising, and I know that I for one always add pressure onto myself that I need to see x, organise y and complete x.

After a busy week (busy for me, might I add) my body sent me a sign to slow down.

And I’m listening to it. (Full disclosure: I’ve got the day off work today for rest, and I tried to be ‘productive’ this morning and clean the house, until my body AGAIN reminded me, hey you’re supposed to be resting? Let me pump up your heart rate and make you lie down to remind you).

This week I’m going to prioritise being less busy. I’m not even going to use the word ‘try’ because I’m really adamant about it. I AM GOING TO.

Here’s to a week of meaningful activity, listening to my body and my intuition, and learning that I am enough and I do enough, exactly as I am.

CURRENTLY

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READING.. I’m about halfway through The Rosie Project and I’m loving it so far. I just finished Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (ADORED) and Daisy Jones & the Six which I really liked too.

WATCHING.. Love Island. Obviously.

LISTENING TO.. I’m so excited The Fringe of It podcast is back! I can’t wait to listen to the first one.

EATING.. Lots of Oreo’s.

ENJOYING.. Walking more. I’m making it a priority this month to get outside a lot more often.

WORKING ON.. Meditating.

LOOKING FORWARD TO.. The little cottage getaway we’ve got at the end of this month.

STRUGGLING WITH.. Finding new vegan lunches. I’m just not a ‘lunch’ person!

SPENDING TIME DOING.. Pushing myself to my creative boundaries.

THINKING ABOUT.. That it’s so much nicer when theres blue skies around.

PLANNING.. To update a few pieces in my wardrobe this Spring.

INSPIRED BY.. Veganuary and trying to be more sustainable.

FEELING.. In a good place where I know when to be kind to myself, and when I need motivation.

What are you currently doing?

MY FEBRUARY GOALS

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Is it just me or has January lasted ages? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to wish time away but this month has been a super drag and I know I for one am ready to see the back of it. Anyway, enough rambling, lets see how I did with my goals.

JANUARY RECAP

Yoga with Adriene 30 day challenge. I did it! Whoop whoop. Some days I really didn’t want to get on my mat but I managed it, I’m really proud of myself. I think this is the 5th year I’ve done it and I love that it makes yoga a daily priority for me. I’m going to keep it up because it makes a massive difference to my mental and physical health.

Donate. I’ve definitely done this this month too. I donated lots of books, a few clothing items, two bedside lamps and some other bits and pieces we had lying around that we didn’t use anymore. Always feels so good!

Re-decorate our bedroom. This is half finished. I got a new lamp and changed up a few prints on our walls, and I got some new bedding too from H&M home but we still haven’t got the headboard yet, it’s currently in the works so I think by next month it should all be done and dusted.

FEBRUARY GOALS

For February, I want to focus on small everyday goals. Little things I can commit to every single day that make me feel good in myself.

Walk. I feel like I’ve really missed walking more so I want to make that a habit this month. Getting outside always makes me feel better and I just need to motivate myself to do it more.

Meditate. I’ve been doing this over the last few days and I’m really enjoying it. 10 minute a day meditation with nature sounds, where I can just zone out a bit and focus on my breath. It makes such a difference.

Ease. Relaxing when I can. Being creative when I feel like it. Not putting pressure on myself and doing things because I want to, not because I feel like I have to.

Do you have any goals for February?

3 RECENTLY READ ‘FIVE STAR’ BOOKS

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I know we’re still only in January (how is that happening by the way? Longest month ever I swear) but I’ve read some really amazing books already. 3 out of the 8 I’ve read were ones that I absolutely adored, and I wanted to chat through them with you today.

Small Great Things
I picked this up in a local charity shop, and I had it on my TBR shelf for quite a long time before I got started it. My mum had read it before and said it was really good, so I knew I would enjoy it. This book really did take me on a journey with it. It’s not an easy read. It definitely isn’t light and fluffy. It really is quite powerful, and it’s a book you can’t stop thinking about once it’s ended. Speaking of which, I’m a person who sometimes gets disappointed with the endings of books, but this one was wrapped up so well. I would totally recommend to read it!! I completely loved it.

An American Marriage
I had no preconceptions about this book, in fact I’m not even sure I read the blurb before starting it, but I had seen it on lots of bookstagram accounts and was very heavily influenced, what can I say! I was totally surprised by how much I loved this book, it really made me think and I kept changing my mind on how I wanted it to end. You really do get so wrapped up in the story and invested in this couple, I think it would make an amazing film too.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
This is the most recent book I’ve just finished and I’m still thinking about it. In fact, I can’t stop thinking that I need to buy a physical copy (it was only 99p on kindle) so I can lend it out to my mum and sister, and then keep it forever. I’m so sad it’s finished so I can’t read it anymore. This book completely hooked me and I felt like I was living in the story. In fact, I’d go as far to say I haven’t read a book that was told like this story before. I urge you to read it!

How you know it’s made it to a 5 star status for you:

  • You can’t stop thinking about it once it’s ended.
  • You also can’t stop talking about it either.
  • You daren’t lend it out to anyone incase you never get it back.
  • You just want to spend ALL day reading, but at the same time you don’t want to finish it too quickly.

For more book updates, you can follow my bookstagram account here!

Have you read any of these 3 books? I would love to hear what you thought of them if you did.

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