How was your Halloweekend?
This past Halloweekend looked a little different from how I normally celebrate the holiday. You see, I still wanted to have fun and spend time with my friends, but I didn’t really feel like I had enough energy to go all out. I definitely didn’t feel up to making a lot of small talk and thinking up fun conversation with strangers. I was going to be working three 9-hour shifts all weekend, and I hadn’t spent the time necessary to plan out a “real” costume. So Joe and I sat down and talked about it. Turns out he was feeling a low-key, relaxing Halloween, too.
Instead of scurrying around last minute for costumes, we went to a friend’s house for an Oktoberfest celebration. It was a quiet, backyard get together. There were bratwurst, sauerkraut, fresh apple cider, and close friends. We spent intentional time with people we know, sitting around a glowing campfire, and enjoyed relaxed conversations.
It was so good and necessary. And it was exactly the pace that I needed! Sometimes, holidays turn out to be big stressors. I don’t know about you, but I spend so much time worrying about what to wear to which event, what food I need to bring, and how I will ever have the time to clean my bedroom & house, that I quickly forget to enjoy the time I will spend with friends and family.
This past weekend was a wonderful reminder for me to appreciate those slow, intentional moments. Our Halloweekend was casual and leisurely in the best ways. I came home and didn’t go to bed too terribly late. I didn’t feel so exhausted that I believed that sleep was more important than taking that extra minute to wash my face, and I was refreshed enough on Monday to spend time applying a detox mud mask.
Pretty sure I’ve come to the conclusion that when you spend your time and energy deliberately, you end up gifting yourself time to intentionally relax and rejuvenate. That’s my takeaway from this past weekend! Let’s see how this mindset carries over into Thanksgiving and Christmas because those are just around the corner!
Stay true to yourself,