Tuesday, May 3, 2011

You Deserve A Time Out - How To Plan a Girl's Day Out!

Yesterday I talked about how to plan a day out with your kids (scroll down to see that post). Today I'm talking about how to spend time with YOUR friends. You do have some right? When was the last time you saw them?

"Energy is the essence of life. Every day
you decide how you're going to use it by
knowing what you want and what it
takes to reach that goal, and by
maintaining focus." - Oprah

While I'm sure Oprah wasn't intending this quote to be about seizing time for yourself, it certainly applies.

If you don't refill your gas tank, how can you expect to function?

Quality time in = quality time out.

Organize a day out with your friends. With email, Facebook and Twitter it's easy to contact everyone, without making numerous phone calls.
Your steps:
  1. Pick a day that is completely free for you. If all your kids are in school or camp, pick a weekday, feels more decadent. If not, pick a Saturday or Sunday when your hubby can take over child rearing.
  2. Plan some simple, inexpensive fun activities that you never get to do and that you would never do with kids in tow.
  3. Invite all your friends via email, Facebook or whatever works for you.
  4. Pray for sunshine.
  5. Enjoy your day!
Here's a sample of what I call "A Day In The Country" that I plan once a season with my friends.
  • Meet at 8:45 at my house, right after drop off at school Form carpools if you have a crowd..
  • Go to chic french bakery (Coco Luxe is our favorite!)about 1/2 hour away, but plan a road trip that takes you past huge mansions and wonderful scenery. The point is not to get from point A to point B as fast as you can. The point is to slow down and relax. Meander.
  • Have coffee/tea and a pastry. Calories don't count today.
  • Drive to a high end consignment shop that is over the river and through the woods.No highways allowed . Califon Consignments gets our vote!
  • Have lunch a a cute bistro. Gourmet Expressions is absolutely the best for great food and no stress atmosphere. Located in a 100+ year old general store.......does it get better than that?
  • A quick stop by a home decor/gift shop on the way home (LamingtonGeneral Store) for some much needed browsing, and more relaxing.
  • Home before the kids need to be picked up from school or camp.
And there's only one rule - No talking about your kids. I want to hear about what you've done, not what your kids have done. Today is reserved for you as a person, not you as a mom.

I guarentee you will face the next day with a renewed sense of energy and a feeling of well being.....


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be organized.....evelyn

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