This weekend was exactly what I needed:
Friday evening, post-work, was spent in Central Park, reading. I found a little grassy nook with an accordion player close by and took in the gorgeous early-summer sunset. I texted D a version of the picture above and he left work and found me without any other clues! Impressive. We went and grabbed dinner at one of our favorite spots.
Saturday included some much-needed yoga, a Coffee Bean date with myself, a bit of baking (I made this gluten free, dairy free strawberry rhubarb crumble which was delicious!) and a night at work wrapping up the first show of our summer season.
This morning (Sunday) I woke up feeling really achey, with a headache and sore throat (boo!), so today I’ve laid low all day — lots of resting, reading and way too much housewives watching.
This is the first weekend we have stayed put in the city in quite a while and I have to admit, it was just what I needed. Lately, it feels like my weekends are jammed packed with activities: weddings, visiting family and friends, MOVING, chores… and it felt really good to stay in one place for a weekend.
Every week, when this time of the weekend rolls around, I routinely start thinking about the week ahead and the way too many goals I have for myself including:
- eat healthy — stick to dairy and gluten free if possible
- get up early before work and exercise, ideally every day
- get to work early and have a really efficient week
- make plans to see friends I haven’t connected with in a while
- make meals at home, pack lunch for work, no eating out
- organize everything
- blog every day
- I could go on and on… the list is endless!
I know, I know… this list of “goals” is clearly overly ambitious. I don’t know if it is the oldest-child-perfectionist in me or what, but by the time I get to the end of the week and realize I haven’t stuck with or accomplished any of the above, I start to get really frustrated and end up picking on not only myself, but on others around me as well. Not cool or cute.
This coming week is funky — it’s a short week (long 4th of July weekend here I come!) I have visitors in town for a few days (hi Mum and Erin!), a huge one-night-only concert to manage on Tuesday night, I have to get my NY license and registration figured out at some point, and on top of it all, I’m feeling achey and under the weather.
That all being said — this week I feel the need to kick things off with a new attitude. It’s time let go of the unrealistic goals I create and time to start being kinder to myself. After a day of “me time” (or G-Tox as I like to call it… get it, G, for Gillian?), I was able to take the time to reflect and create some positive intentions that will help me make the most of this week:
- drink lots of water (I am terrible at this! Especially when sick.)
- attempt to stay peaceful and positive with others (in work and personal relationships), take deep breathes where I need them
- eat foods that make me feel good and not crappy (lots of greens!)
This list feels a lot more manageable — I seriously already feel lighter. We will see how it goes!
Now I am off to bed early to get some extra shut eye and see if I can kick this sore throat situation I have going on… I need to get heathy, I have a baby to visit next weekend!
What are some ways you would like to be kinder to yourself this week?