This last weekend I was writing Lacey about some plans we have for the blog. Lacey will be the new Editor of the Beautifully Branded segment we have all come to love. So get used to seeing her gorgeous face around these pages!!! The funny thing was, I didn’t hear from her until Monday morning when she sweetly replied that she was sorry for not getting back sooner but had taken the weekend off from the internet. “Good for you!!!” Were the first things out of my mouth and then I was immediately convicted… lol! What she shared was so inspiring and refreshing I asked her to write about her weekend….
So without further ado…. the lovely Lacey Rabalais.
Have you ever felt like you just needed a break? A break from work, chores, email….from life. Well on Thursday of last week I felt this way. I was done, exhausted, burnt out, and run down. So on Friday morning I answered a few emails, making sure that nothing was crucial if I left it. Yes, I left them. I left my inbox with new emails and then I did what I never do…I turned my computer OFF.
I had some errands to run like the bank, buying a wedding gift for friends, and picking up some new clothes for the hubby since he started a new job on Monday. After accomplishing what I HAD to do, I returned home to pack my car and drive to my parent’s house. I spent the afternoon with my mom. We picked up pizza and my hubs, brother and his family (wife and 2 boys), and parents all got to hang out. Saturday included a pedicure with mom (Oh my wow….a pedicure. I can’t tell you the last time that happened). Then J and I went to a wedding as guests. It was amazing to spend the time with friends. Sunday morning included keeping my nephew (he’s 17 months and the CUTEST kid ever). Breakfast with him was awesome and very much needed.
We decided to come home early and that was a great idea. Caught up on laundry, organized our closet, donated clothes we don’t wear anymore, and I even gave some of the closet space I had taken over back to my husband. The afternoon was spent hanging out, watering the flowers and garden, reading, and being together. I was tempted to look at emails and Facebook on my phone throughout the weekend, but I didn’t. I’m not going to lie, Monday morning the emails and notifications were crazy but what I got over the weekend was worth it.
Spending quality time with my husband has become my favorite thing to do. I hope he knows that I appreciate him working and going to school to better our life. I don’t want him to ever think that I put my computer or business before him. No matter how successful I become or my business grows, I’m nothing without my husband. We are one. He is my better half. (OK…sometimes I think I’m his better half…..:o) Just joking). My family also means the world to me. My parents are amazing and I don’t want them to think that I am always busy with work and don’t make time for them. That would be horrible. I know that everyone understands when we have to work but I don’t want anyone to ever doubt how much they mean to me.
I’m making the effort from now on to spend time with what’s important. I think you should too. If you don’t believe me….just try one day without internet, Facebook, and emails. Spend time with your loves and see how much you get out of it. I feel that the effort that I put out has been so beneficially for all of these relationships, especially my marriage, and for me. I feel rested, renewed, and happier to do the work that God wants me to do.
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