Inspired a couple years ago by a desire to slow down more often and hold a cup of coffee with two hands while visiting with friends; I’ve been hitting pause on the daily routine and taking a bit of time for myself with people that I enjoy.
Every so often, I’ll send out a text inviting a handful of friends to come and share a cup of coffee on a weekday morning. Kids are welcome, no activities are planned. Kids can come and just play. Dress code is ultra casual, yoga pants are welcome and makeup is definitely not required.
There are no set dates on the calendar, sometimes it’s once a month, other times, it may not happen for 2-3 months. It’s rarely planned more than a day or two in advance. The only way this works for me is keeping it super casual and low-key. The two-handed coffee concept was originally inspired by this blog post and I fell in love with the idea when my friend Kristen shared her two-handed coffee story.
I can not encourage you enough to set aside a casual hour or two just to catch up with friends. So many of us tend to set a crazy pace in our daily lives with nonstop activities on the calendar, it’s a gift to myself when I set aside time just to relax and connect. The time away from the to-do lists and daily schedule is priceless.
My plan for this week was to spend Tuesday and Wednesday in my office writing and editing photos. However, the kids and I started baking on Tuesday morning and Almond Bars turned into White Chocolate Pretzel Fudge which led to Chocolate Covered Butter Toffee and we finished with Almond Shortbread Thumbprints.
After breakfast yesterday, my boys asked me to play a game with them and one game led to another and another. At that point, I decided to call it the official beginning of our Christmas vacation. Reminding myself not to put memories on hold, we made cookies, watched movies, and played more games. (If you happen to be hanging out with me on Snapchat, you’ve seen the pure chaos that has been our week. No complaints about that either.)
I enjoyed a morning of two-handed coffee with friends today and as I sat here finishing up my work this afternoon, I decided to share my thoughts with you. I look forward to our two-handed coffee days so much. After just a couple hours spent visiting with friends, with nothing to check off the to-do list or things that needed to be done, I’m refreshed and ready for the next thing on the never-ending to-do list.
Tonight I am wishing you a wonderful Christmas and an absolutely peaceful and happy rest of the year. I’ll be sharing next week’s meal plan in the newsletter Saturday morning and I’ll be back next week with some great recipes to get you through the last week of December. (and I already have some healthy new recipes I’m excited to share in January!)
Merry Christmas to all of you! May the holiday weekend be exactly what you want and need. Me? I’m headed to the couch this weekend with plenty of new books from the library loaded on my Kindle. I plan to read, play board games, watch movies, and enjoy Christmas with Sean and the kids.
Photo credit today goes to my oldest son, who took a photo for me when I realized I didn’t have an image for this post. Thanks, Sam!