By the time Friday came around, we were exhausted! So what do we do after a super busy work week?
A whole lotta nothing. (And it was pretty darn amazing!)
At first, I made a whole list of all the things and chores we needed to finish this weekend: we needed a blog-writing day, we needed to make our 90-day plan, we needed to get our Amazon Payments scheduled, we needed to finalize our credit card churn plan, etc. etc. etc. I was going to wake up bright and early on Saturday morning and get started on this list...
..except Carlos and I had a grueling, long work out at the gym - which felt really invigorating. When we finally got home, we settled down to talk about how we can be more healthy with our diet. While we maintain a fairly healthy diet, there's always room to improve. We decided to cut out sweets and dairy and limit our carbs intake - which are all somewhat difficult to do because I love chocolate, cheese, and pasta. To help with this rejuvenating but challenging diet, we decided we needed to get our minds right. The next several hours were spent watching TED Talks on our Netflix. It's great to be inspired by the different topics and the dynamic individuals leading the discussion! We felt so juiced that we subsequently downloaded our new favorite app, GratitudeDiary. It's a super cool app that lets you record things in your daily life that you're thankful for. When you're happy, you're thankful for all the great things in your life, but when you're sad and in need of inspiration, you can scroll down the list of things you're thankful for and you have an endless stream of happy memories to get you out of the funk!
After an afternoon full of inspiration, we had to get ready to host our friends who are coming over to hang out at our place. We love playing host to our friends and it gives us a chance to unwind and reconnect with people we love hanging out with. It was a great evening full of meaningful conversations, great food, a few beers, and lots of laughter. Once we finished cleaning up, we told each other that Sunday was going to be a very productive day...
...except we woke up pretty darn sore because of the workout from the day before and decided to stay in bed on Sunday morning. It was great to stay in bed past 10am, especially when most Sundays, we are already out and about doing chores early in the morning. While we had every intention of getting down to blog business, we spent the morning with Oprah and Eckhart Tolle discussing "A New Earth" for Super Soul Sunday. I think in our daily lives, we get so busy that we don't always take the time to check in with each other and I'm glad we were able to do this after the show.
After the show, we told ourselves that we have the rest of the afternoon to do everything else,.
...except we had to catch up with the NBA playoffs on TV (yes, we're crazy sports fans!)
After the Clippers-Warriors game, Carlos and I did something we haven't done in a really, really long time: we took an afternoon nap. How utterly glorious! And we woke up so well rested from the nap. I'd forgotten how great it is to take a nap in the middle of the day!
By the time we got up from our nap, it was already late afternoon and we resigned to the fact that we weren't going to get much done this weekend. (Game of Thrones was just about to get on!)
We literally let an entire weekend go by without doing much work and it was probably the best thing we could have done for ourselves! For two people who are so used to moving at 100 miles an hour, it was great to have the time just to BE. While we don't necessarily have much to show for it, we took the time to reconnect with each other, we took the time to rest, we enjoyed our time with friends, and we took the time to nurture our spirits.
Checking off all the things on the TO-DO list is gratifying. But hitting the PAUSE button once in a while just might be the best thing we can do to take care of ourselves and restore balance in our lives.
Have you taken the time to smell the roses recently?