Monday, 19 January 2015

It's Savvy Monday! 19/01/2015

Welcome to Savvy Mondays!

This is the first of a series designed to inspire and  make life each week a little less stressful and a lot more sweet.

Every Monday I will post up a new idea, tip or challenge for you to take away and think about for the week. A little something that might just help in your everyday life or give you that spur along that we all need sometimes.

Here's a question: how often do you catch up with a good friend for one-on-one time, maybe over a glass of wine or a coffee? Without the kids?

If you're like me, the answer is probably not nearly as you'd like. Or, more specifically, 'When the f*#k would I get time for that?' Fair enough, really. I mean, why should your needs come into it anyway, when there's mouths to feed, bums to wipe and little minds to entertain?

After a year of being unable to go very far without at least two children in tow, I've recently been able get out for a few hours on the weekend or in the evening during the week to catch up with friends. Sure, there are times when I feel like it's too much effort or I can't really justify the expense, but man oh man, is it worth it in the end! The feeling of freedom, the beauty of relaxing without worrying about the kids wondering off, and the power of connecting with a good friend leaves me feeling completely recharged.

So this week, my Savvy Monday super-task for you is:

book a catch-up with a friend
Be it for coffee, drinks or a movie, schedule a catch-up this week with a friend and enjoy some adult conversation as well as some time away from the usual routine.

In case you need more convincing, here are three more reasons to book your partner in to mind the kids so you can head out:
1.  It is so easy to let friendships slide when kids come along and your immediate family becomes your whole world. But I've learnt that friendships aren't static things. Especially as we get older, when we all get busy and life can send us in different directions.  If you let things slide enough, you could lose touch with good friends to the point of no return. Which means you absolutely have to keep making the effort to maintain your relationships outside of the home.
2.  A glass of wine and a gossip does wonders for the soul! When your life with kids frazzles you, getting out for a decent break and some adult conversation will make all the difference. Sure, you might spend an hour talking about little Josie and her sleep issues, but it's still a conversation you're having in a different environment. And it's so nice sometimes to find out that other people are having the same battles at home as you!
3.  It's nice to watch the world go by in a different environment than the park or supermarket. I love people watching and seeing what's happening outside my little family bubble. It's also nice to put on 'going out' clothes that are free from snot/vomit/food. Try a spritz of perfume if you really want to push the boat out. 
Provided you don't get too 'merry', you will return home a renewed woman! Don't procrastinate on this one, book it in now. For all you know, the friend you have in mind could be thinking that a vino and a gossip is exactly what she needs too....

Have a great week, and feel free to drop me a line to tell me how you get on with this one! 

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