Blackout Dates

This year has brought something I never expected to happen. An insanely busy social schedule. As we have been inviting people over for dinner and making new friends, it seems my little white board looks like a month of scribbles instead of open dates.

While both Hubby and I are very social and like getting to spend time with new friends/family there also comes a point where you need a break. So starting in the month of June we discussed starting blackout dates. The day/days get picked at beginning of month, some weekend some weekday and they get blacked out. Nothing gets scheduled that day. We may choose to go do something together or stay home and watch movies in pajamas, either way it is for us.

The kids aspect of this hasn’t happened yet, but I have a feeling that this is something that we would want to continue.  I see plenty of families that get swamped with parents personal activities, kids games, kids activities and hanging out with friends. Whether it is a Friday night ritual or a day of your choosing, what an idea to black it out and just have it be family time. Once people catch on that is a family thing for you to have X day booked, people generally respect it and even think that it is a great idea!

Make time for yourself. Make time for your family. While it is great building relationships, keeping up with activities and being involved in ministries; it won’t work well if you drive yourself to burnout!

There are the thoughts for this Monday. Hope you had a fabulous weekend and an even more fabulous week!


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