Blog Posts for a Fabulous Weekend

It’s Friday evening, the start of a few days off, the punctuation at the end of the work week, the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s the perfect time to set yourself up for some rest and rejuvenation over the next couple of days.

Need some inspiration to get your weekend off to a great start? Look no further.

After a long week, it’s easy to feel rundown and low energy. From Marie Forleo, what to do when you doubt everything and just wanna stay in bed.

Easy hair is imperative on your days off. Try a subtle twist into a side braid from Cute Girl Hairstyles. I didn’t get it quite right on my first try, but I did on my second, and got lots of compliments on it at the hockey rink last weekend.

After hunching over at work for hours and hours, a good stretch can be just the thing. Try these three yoga postures for rounded shoulders from the Peanut Butter Runner (and now I have peanut butter cups on the brain).

Saturday is the perfect day to get your body moving after a good night’s sleep Friday night. Not eager to workout? Check out what Tara Bliss tells herself when she doesn’t want to move her body and galvanize yourself to get physical.

Wanna tackle some of that clutter? Check out the biggest decluttering mistake you don’t know you’re making from My Love for Words and tweak your approach to make it even more effective. If you need a little more inspiration, check out my three simple steps for easy decluttering.

I’d love to know about any posts you found particularly inspiring or uplifting this week. How are you taking care of yourself this weekend?

Not Another Bucket List: A Guide to a Weekend of Living

Palm TreesIt’s a long weekend here in Saskatchewan, which doesn’t make much of a difference to me since I usually don’t work Mondays anyway, except that my kids will be home from school on Monday – all of next week, in fact – and so I have the opportunity that day to plan some family time. (I have to say, though, that I cherish my solitude on Mondays, so it was a deliberate shift in mindset to see it as an opportunity rather than as a drag to give up me time for family time. I insist that that does not make me a bad mom, just someone who values her alone time.) It is Family Day, after all.

It’s Friday night and I want to really dig in and enjoy the weekend, so I thought I’d take a few moments to set out what I want to feel this weekend and what I want to do this weekend to get there.

How do I want to feel? I want to feel calm and refreshed this weekend. The refreshed may not happen immediately, but that’s what I’m working toward.

How do I get there?

Do things that bring me joy

  1. practice yoga (in a quiet space, not with my family running around)
  2. reading (but not too much, otherwise I start to feel sluggish)
  3. drink some yummy tea
  4. light candles
  5. take a hot bath
  6. listen to music that matches the mood I want to embrace
  7. drink cold water with fruit in it (it feels like I’m at an upscale hotel)
  8. eat some good chocolate
  9. bake cookies
  10. write
  11. watch a fun movie
  12. take a nap
  13. listen to my body and mind and choose what feels right

Do things that will help me move forward in my life

  1. spend time working through the Positive Parenting Solutions course
  2. match up my work VISA receipts to the VISA statements
  3. lift weights
  4. cardio (ride the stationary bike)
  5. review our spending for the week
  6. spend time daily decluttering
  7. review my 2015 non-resolutions

Practice some healthy habits

  1. eat breakfast mindfully
  2. get my workout in first thing
  3. set my daily most important tasks
  4. designate several hours to unplug completely (no computer, no cell phone, no TV)

Spend time with my family

  1. watch a movie with my husband
  2. learn a card game together
  3. play a board game
  4. read to the kids before bed
  5. take each kid out for a meal or “coffee”
  6. bake together
  7. prepare a meal together
  8. go out to eat a meal together

Prepare for the week ahead

  1. do some laundry
  2. meal plan and grocery list
  3. plan my workouts
  4. go through some of the life coaching-type worksheets I’ve found
  5. set aside healthy snacks for at work

This is not a weekend bucket list or to-do list. Rather, it’s a set of activities to guide me to the feelings of calm and refreshed that I am intending for myself. It’s a collection of activities that I’ve mentally accumulated over the years that are best practices for living a good life.

What do you do to you enjoy your weekends to the fullest?