Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday Afternoon Slow

We are still adjusting to getting back into a school schedule around here! It is taking us longer this year than ever before to get into a groove and the first thing to go has been slow and beauty making. I'm missing it so much and looking for ways to cultivate these parts of me that refresh, restore and help me thrive.

One weekend recently, I made a list of things I was wanting to do on a Sunday afternoon - it gave me such purpose and good use of my time to have a direction and not just squander my time but also to use it in slow and beauty making ways that were a blessing. It was one of the best days I've had lately.

It reminds me of when our extended family gets together over Christmas - we frequently make lists whether physical or mental of things we want to do while together. Then we share these ideas and make as many of them happen as we can. Sometimes on next to last day, we'll revisit and try to see what else we want to do before we leave. I love that. And that is really what I did on this Sunday afternoon.

Here was the list I made:
Fall decor
Go for a walk
Watch Monastery Farm
Call my sister Carrie {I usually talk to my Mom on Sundays but we had a different plan this weekend!}
Cut David's hair
Send CC email
Wear a sweatshirt

Most of those things are very restful and it helped me bring purpose to my day of rest to enjoy it to the fullest doing these things that I'd been wanting to do. I didn't spend hours on each one but was able to do all of these things which was glorious!

I had so much fun getting some of my Fall decor out and fluffing a little around my nest and I was able to go for a walk while talking to my sister on the phone! This is one of my favorite ways to get a walk in is to talk to someone and walk at the same time.

Monastery Farm is a show I discovered on You Tube one year on Thanksgiving and I've been wanting to continue the series ever since. I finally made that happen and there is still more I can enjoy another day!

Wearing a sweatshirt is almost laughable because it is still hot here and our a/c is still keeping us cool inside! But I just could not shake this desire to be cozy and wear a sweatshirt - so I did and it was lovely until I got hot and then it was easy to change!

I don't think I will make a list every Sunday afternoon but I really enjoyed this scenario where it worked out so beautifully! Next I'm making a list of things I want to do this Fall and I've been able to mark several off already!

Tell me about your ideal Sunday afternoon!?


Ginger said...

For this season of my life, my ideal Sunday is spent at my parents' house an hour away. Dad is nearly 90 (November 9!). and Mother is 86. I made Dad give up driving in January. I cook for them each Sunday (nearly always the same meal), and Dad and I nap in the living room until I leave between 2pm and 3pm. We have spent the morning talking about the Clemson football game the day before.

This is my ideal Sunday for now, being in the house they bought in 1964.

Mary Ann said...

This all sounds so nice! I did have to chuckle about "wearing a sweatshirt". It is really too warm here to wear one yet!

Our Sundays are pretty chopped up with church in morning then a leadership meeting in the evening. We don't usually plan anything for Sunday afternoon. I am a napper and I can hardly make it through Sunday afternoon without a nap! Ideally, a perfect Sunday afternoon would be sitting outside in nice weather and maybe working on some kind of sewing or craft project. But realistically, a nap and then a bit of food prep for the week seems to be where I'm at and it gives me a sense of satisfaction to have a little preparation for the week ahead.

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Our school year seems to be similar. I have older children with more demands with work, work schedules with a teen, and homeschool activities. I am also missing my slower pace. We also changed our curriculum which changed everything. This is the first time in years for a change.
I am at a place when and if I do have extra time I have to make a choice between rest/nap or making beauty and reading. I tend to choose mindless napping or watching a show.
I am glad of your refreshing afternoon.

Wendi said...

This was a different Sunday for me. The first thing I found out when I woke up is that my aunt had passed away late the night before. Not a hugh shock as she had been a nursing home under hospice care. I was out of sorts all day. Partly because I had a headache, partly because of the loss of my aunt, and partly due to some family drama surrounding this occurance. I opted out of going to my in-laws for the afternoon and staying for dinner. Instead I stayed home and did laundry, decorated for fall, and watched several episodes of the Waltons. I needed that slow, alone time and felt refreshed by time my family returned home.

Unknown said...

I just loved this post... it was super inspiring... I just made my own Fall Bucket List because I realized if I don't write it down at this point... Christmas will be here and I will have missed my FAVORITE season... We had sweatshirt weather quite a bit last week...but, our temps are up again!!