My Fridays are back. This is b/c I take the boys to a during the school year to Kids Day Out program from 9-12:30pm. I started doing it a year and a half ago and it was actually John’s idea to give me a break…I know right – how lucky am I?!?! So 3 1/2 hours of whatever I want. I totally recommend this to every mom, even if it’s just a couple hours a week.
But this year I am going to make some changes to how use this time. I want to make my Fridays a time of renewing, re-charging, re-connecting, basically just put “re-” in front of a word and that’s what I want. I want to make it my restart day. I want to hold this time precious and sacred because of the impact that it can have on the rest of my week.
So what I am NOT going to do during this time is household CLEANING, surf the INTERNET and run ERRANDS that pertain to normal household stuff. I did this last year and and those tasks were time suckers and energy drainers. I went to pick up the kids feeling drained and resentful that I “had to” use that time to “get stuff done”.
Instead, I WILL focus my time doing one or more of the following: spending TIME WITH FRIENDS, EXERCISING, spending TIME WITH GOD, doing something I enjoy like GARDENING, UPHOLSTORY, FUN PROJECTS, BLOGGING, being in NATURE, and HELPING someone who could use me. These are things that are life-giving to me and I hope that that will help me be life-giving to others especially our sweet little boys.
I think I will need to reassess after every Friday morning to help make sure I am in line with my resolution. I did ask Marsha to hold me accountable about my Friday mornings. I may also try and post about how I spent my mornings too.
This morning, I spent time preparing for this retreat this weekend. I will be late for the retreat and will be missing the first half of this video they are showing – so I got caught up. This was kinda a “have to” but it was enjoyable. Then I walked with Penny for about an hour which was beautiful and being with her is always so encouraging. And finally, I’m writing this post…now I have to get the munchkins.