Fridays Are Fabulous: Take the Time to Slow Down
It's summer. I don't know about you, but this is absolutely my favorite time of year. I slow down in everything I do and allow myself to rest and be. This purposeful slow down does not come easily the rest of the year.
This week marked my 43rd birthday and I took the time to hit the road with the kiddos a short distance away to the Poconos. We stayed at a hotel that we never had to leave; it had a couple of pools, a playground, a tiny arcade, a bar by one of the pools—it had tons of other activities further down the road, like golf and horseback riding and hiking trails, but we didn’t do anything more than swimming and playing and connecting and eating. Pretty awesome! The best part of our slow down was the urge to just stare at the sky and snuggle and nap under the blankets in the middle of the day. The other best part was the semi-disconnection from technology we experienced. Because of this disconnect, we made up a ridiculous story about some crazy alcohol crazed person named Bob who used this as a superpower (my kids, thankfully, don't know any hardcore drunks or else this may have not been as funny). We just rolled with whatever we felt like doing. The kids and I were on the same page, slowing down and enjoying our lives.
The trip was a reminder that we can learn how to slow down whenever we need it. We do not need to go away to do it, but it sure is nice when you can. All we need is a day or more of unplugging and walking outside and camping in the living room or the yard (weather permitting). There are tons of ways to just be; we forget in our jam-packed schedules of learning and doing everything. Remind yourself to slow down and just be.