During the whirlwind that was Love Finds You in Charm the movie, I did a LOT of media and public speaking. For several weeks straight, between my day job, a deadline, and movie promotion interviews and such, I barely had time to breathe. It was very exciting, but there has been something wonderful about the quiet that followed the June movie premiere.
Although I’m currently on a deadline for a new book, I’ve also been able to have some downtime this summer. And let me tell you–downtime is so important! If you’re busy (and aren’t we all?) there is something so rejuvenating about taking some time away from your hectic life.
This summer, a real vacation wasn’t in the cards, but I’ve managed to have a couple of long weekends that have made all the difference.
So here are 5 suggestions on sneaking in some down time even if you can’t take off for a week-long vacation:
1. Take off work a couple of hours early one afternoon and treat yourself to something you enjoy. Maybe an hour alone to shop at Target or a mani/pedi. Just a little something that helps you to feel pampered.
2. Morning coffee and a good book in a quiet spot. I have a great patio in my backyard. There are certain times of day (either early morning or just before the sun goes down) when it is a perfect place to relax.
3. Something that makes you feel like a kid again. My husband and I spent a long weekend in Branson at Silver Dollar City, riding roller coasters and eating salt water taffy. Even though I was only gone three days, I came back totally refreshed.
4. A classic date night of dinner and a movie. Is there anything better during a hot summer than sitting in a cool theater and being swept into a story? We hardly ever go to a movie (we’re kind of Netflix junkies) but we went to see Jurassic World and had such a great time.
5. A laid back Saturday spent going to yard sales and flea markets. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this is one of my all time favorite ways to relax. My husband and I love looking for furniture that we can fix up and restore.
There you have it! These have been some of my favorite ways to sneak a little “vacation” into my busy summer.
If you have any other ideas for quick (and cheap!) summer activities, let me know!