When I was in college, my Sundays were for.. err, recovering. Friday and Saturday nights were spent exploring the big city, trying new restaurants and bars, and meeting new people. So by the time Sunday came around, it was time to rest up and try and finish my homework/study. However, after graduating and spending one year in “the real world”, my Sundays have taken a drastic turn for the more- stable. No one ever told me how much I would appreciate having a routine after college but the more structure I can have in my life, the better. Maybe it’s the feeling of content after planning all my events for the week ahead. Or maybe it’s the satisfaction of knowing that i’m ready for a new Monday but, either way, I’m learning very quickly that rejuvenation is the new “recovery”.
My Sunday mornings begin with church. Afterwards, my family makes it a point to have our Sunday lunch at one of our favorites restaurants. When lunch is over, my family splits ways. Like clockwork, my mom begins the laundry, my brother takes a nap, and my dad watches football which is interrupted with the occasional 15-minute nap. Me? Well Sunday is the day that I use to get everything back in order. A good chunk of my day is spent re-hanging all the outfits that didn’t quite work out, cleaning, vacuuming, and longest part– re-shelving all my makeup. After 5 consecutive days of getting ready for work, my bathroom begins to look like a raccoon ransacked it.
When all the cleaning is done, I sit down and wrap up the events from the last week and begin to plan the one ahead. I try and assess all the things that got done and the ones that still need to. Since I do research, am a personal tutor, work out 6 x’s a week, and am applying to dental programs, it’s important I know where I am allocating my time during the work week.
Tip: If you’re like me in that sense, I recommend using a Daily Planner that breaks down your events by 30 minute intervals. I use Passion Planner because it combines a planner, goal log, and journal. I even use it to plan my meals. You can try it for free here!
This last Sunday I spent it taking down all my Christmas decor. As tiring as it was, it felt good taking down the the reds and greens and refilling my room with the my favorites– gold and cream.
Sunday is my favorite part of the week. I get to light a new candle, drink coffee, read, and reflect in my journal. For a lot of girls that are younger than me, I can see why it’s not as appealing as trying every drink at the new martini bar. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cucumber martini, but for the other weekends in the month that aren’s as exciting, try reading a new book or even just starting a new show on Netflix! You’ll be surprised the difference it can make on your Monday’s.
P.S. For the next few weeks this is what my Sunday will look like. My best friend Rebecca finally got me to start watching Grey’s Anatomy. So in 8 hours, this is where you can find me. In bed. iPad in hand.
Have a great week!