With only two weekend days, it can be SO tempting to overcrowd Saturdays and Sundays with activities and errands. It’s something that I still struggle with, but I will tell you that I have gotten so much better at having “Slow Sundays” in our house.
I don’t have much control over the pace of my life Monday – Friday. Of course, I can choose what activities I do after work, but I’m usually on someone’s else’s schedule between 6 am – 6 pm. This mindset left me feeling like I needed to have FULL control over my calendar on the weekends.
In September, I read “Chasing Slow” by Erin Loechner and I found so many gems that really resonated with me, including this one.
I used to think the opposite of control is chaos. But, it’s not. The opposite of control is surrender.
This is TOTALLY how I used to view my weekends. I couldn’t have full control over my life during the week, so I needed to control and plan every second of Saturday and Sunday. I didn’t care about the cost to my body, my mind or my family. Cramming crazy amounts of chores, activities, visits, and errands into two days wasn’t leaving me much time to unwind. And, that eventually took a toll on me.
So, I surrendered the busyness and chose a lighter pace for Sundays. If I schedule something on Sunday, it has to be something that fulfills me. So, family dinners, girlfriend gatherings, and pumpkin picking are in – as long as I’m home by 6p.
This slow pace has become a key staple of my Sunday routine. In fact, I count on it. Before I dive back into the crazy workweek, I just want to enjoy a day of leisure that is filled with moments that matter. A moment to nap, to plan out the week, or to simply relax and reclaim my time.
What are your Sundays like? Do you have a Sunday routine or do you keep the day planned to a tee?