A little over a month and a half ago I started feeling like I was on the verge of losing my mind. “Why don’t you take a few days off?” my husband wisely suggested. Fabulous idea!
Unfortunately,with the start of Spring quarter rapidly approaching and my husband’s 2-week training in Mississippi leaving me a single parent, the dream would have to wait.
Initially I envisioned my time off to be a quick overnight getaway to someplace either tucked in the mountains or overlooking the water (seriously, how blessed are we in the Pacific Northwest that both of those are reasonable options?). After further consideration, though, I decided against that idea. We have had such an awful Spring and I knew I would be sorely disappointed if I made such fantastic plans and my weekend ended up cold & rainy.
Instead I decided I would just have a Retreat Day at home.
I went back and forth between setting an itinerary (you know, to keep myself on schedule to make sure I got all my fun & relaxation crossed off my list) and doing a completely unscheduled day. I landed on option #2. 🙂 My only rule was that I would not do any housework, no matter how tempting without a husband and a toddler in the house.
What a wonderful day it turned out to be!
I got to sleep in to the refreshing hour of 6:45 am – which is 1 1/2 hours later than my regular wake-up time. (Just writing that makes me sad. We wake up waaaaaayyyyy too early in our house) After a leisurely cup of coffee I brought my little one to daycare for the day. For the first time in 2 years, I left him there and then went back home for a day that was all my own.
I worked out for an hour and a half, took the opportunity for a devotional, and went to the library to return some nearly overdue books.
I came home to a quiet lunch and then, taking advantage of the rare sunshine, decided to walk to the new nail place up the road. It was delightfully quiet & relaxing and they did a fabulous job!
Next I was off to my only pre-scheduled activity – a hair appointment – after a quick stop at the local espresso stand to treat myself to an iced latte.
When I got home, both my boys were back home and we had nice family time! Keeping true to my word, I didn’t cook and we got a pizza for dinner.
What a delightfully refreshing & rejuvenating day! It was an absolutely perfect Retreat Day – even though I stayed close to home and didn’t do anything terribly out of the ordinary. I might make my Retreat Day an annual event! 🙂
For any woman who is tired, overwhelmed, anxious, or just feels out-of-touch with who she is as an independent person apart from her family, I highly recommend she take a guilt-free, unapologetic, refreshing day for herself! I know it’s easier said than done, but it is sooooo worth it!