Here’s to a lovely weekend !
Anyone else feel like Friday arrived awfully fast. Have no idea what I’ve done this week apart from go to work and walk back to my car to get a mask every time I was halfway anywhere – good times
Anyhoo the weekend is here and I hope some resting, relaxing and enjoying things you love is on the menu.
Lets start right here
A Good Word
A Good Look
What a very good idea. See more of this gorgeousness here
A Good Idea
from Meredith Barnes
When you slow down some people will feel threatened by your pace
Sometimes slowing down may offer you less:
Less moments missed.
And with each less you might start to find more comes in a shape you weren’t expecting.
More time with those you love.
More moments of true joy.
More feelings of fulfillment.
More willingness to hear God’s voice.
As a mom I know how hard it is to slow down with young children. Sometimes it can seem that time is no longer in your control. And while I struggle with this, I am determined to find ways for slow moments in my busy days.
Some mornings this means getting up early to give myself more time. To find time for my desires before the time suckers descend. To spend slow moments in the Bible or to carve out space to move my body without interruption.
Some days it means accepting not everything will get done and focusing on a card game with the kids. Or just watching each of them closely, allowing their faces to show me the magic of their world.
It may feel like slowing down is beyond your control but not every moment has to be slow. If you invite a slow rhythm into moments of your day, you will bring more appreciation to the rest of it.
A Few Good Reads
It’s one thing to know you should take a vacation, and it’s another to actually take one, especially when just a simple trip to the grocery store can be a daunting experience. For those of us who don’t feel safe to venture forth right now (and with a newborn at home, I’m definitely in this camp), a staycation can provide some of the same benefits: a chance to rest, a break from usual routines, opportunities for freedom and play. Sometimes, a staycation can be even more relaxing than a regular vacation. Think about it: No crowded airports, no jet lag, no jostling for the best lounge chair at the beach or a spot in line at the museum. With a staycation, you get to maximize the time you spend recharging your batteries.
There’s plenty of advice out there for how to make the most of a staycation. Unplug from your devices. Take a break from the news. Change your schedule, so that you’re creating a clearly different rhythm on your vacation days. Yet while these ideas might help you have a restorative week, I’m not sure they really capture the joy of getting away. It strikes me that one thing that’s hard to find on a staycation is adventure, especially if your staycation occurs entirely within the four walls of your home. And adventure is one of travel’s greatest delights. Shaken out of our usual surroundings and plunged into a different world, our ears filled with the sounds of a foreign language, breathing in unfamiliar scents — the potential for joy is all around us. Adventures break the monotony of the everyday, restore senses that have become numbed by long hours staring at screens, and help us build new memories.
So what I’ve been wondering is: Is it possible to have an adventure without leaving home? And if so, how? – – – keep reading
Years ago, I came across this sentence written by the Sufi mystic and poet, Rumi: “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” At that point, I was in the throes of heavy grief because I had been rejected by every Ph.D. program I had applied to and my aspiration of becoming a scholar and professor felt completely out of reach. I remember getting a massage shortly after receiving the last rejection letter and weeping on the massage table during my session. There was lots of blubbered apologizing between blowing my noise and crying – – – keep reading