I'm not good at making time
to RELAX on a regular basis.
I do plenty of things I love, things I really enjoy and things that are fun for my family, but I wouldn't call it relaxing. I spend my days doing things for my family, the house, chores and taking care of my sweet little people and my husband. Let's be honest. Motherhood is exhausting and there's not a lot of relaxing involved. I get a few moments here and there to do things I want to do and I usually end up scrolling through social media, writing a blog post or watching a quick show on the DVR.
The last time I went and saw a movie in the theaters was when I was pregnant with Olive back in 2013. It was a Nicholas Spark's movie Safe Haven and I ended up bawling my eyes out at the end. Like walked all the way back to my car with Kevin and I was a slobbering, crying mess. We laugh about it now, but I'm sure he thought I'd lost my mind. I blame pregnancy hormones and Nicholas Sparks. haha
Back to my point.... I love to cross things off my to do list, to do things for other people and to keep a tidy and organized home. All of those things keep me busy and I RARELY just sit. I'll catch up on shows late in the evening, but I'm ALWAYS multi-tasking. I watch TV while making lists, folding laundry, writing thank you notes, addressing Christmas cards or cleaning.
The other night I had crossed everything off my to do list and it was still early. Everyone else had gone to bed so I started looking at my options of things to watch. I came across The Intern with Anne Hathaway and remembered how much I'd wanted to see it when it came out.
I got excited for a second and realized that I could actually watch the movie right that moment. I hit play and made the decision that I wasn't going to do anything but SIT AND ENJOY THIS MOVIE. I didn't clean up the family room while I watched, I left the dishes in the sink and I just relaxed. I really loved The Intern (minus Anne's movie husband and his story line) - have you seen it??
I grabbed a snack, a cozy blanket and really enjoyed myself. I caught myself just sitting and smiling because I was having a nice time. It was wonderful and it served as a good reminder to me that I need to make time to relax more often. Not just to do things that I want to do, but to do things that make me happy, I find relaxing and things that I really enjoy. I woke up the next day with a little extra pep in my step because of my relaxing evening.
Can you relate?
What kinds of things do you do to RELAX?
Topher loved the late night company.
"High Five for taking it easy, Mom!"
"Let's pretend that I'm an only child, okay??"