OK so it’s not often that I share specifics or go into any great detail about my weekends (a girl’s gotta have some secrets, right?) but I’ve had a couple of EXCELLENT ones of late, and it got me to thinking about what it is that makes a weekend special for me.
Here are my top 6.
I wasn’t born and raised in Sydney, so unfortunately my family are about seven hours drive (or a slightly nerve-wracking two hour flight) away. It sucks. But it does mean that when I get a visit from one or all of them, I know it’s going to be special. Last weekend my dad visited, and we had the most amazing time. From watching Sydney FC draw with Brisbane Roar (complete with hilarious red-card incident) to our totally decadent dinner with cocktails at North Bondi Fish and everything in between, it was all the better to have been able to enjoy it with my Dadda!
I always knew I had some amazing people in my life, but they have really outdone themselves over the last few months as my life turned a little sideways. I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity when it comes to friendships (I’m the kind of girl that can count her really close friends on one hand), and I love catching up with them of a weekend, whether it’s for a walk, a coffee, wine or dinner.
There’s nothing like a dog to remind you about unconditional love and living in the moment. Spending time with Lou is always the highlight of my weekend. Whether it’s walking, breakfasting, cuddling or just having him at my feet while I’m blogging, I always feel happier when he’s near.
I prefer to play it by ear when it comes to exercising on the weekends. Sometimes I feel like heading to the gym for a HIIT session, but more often than not I don’t. That doesn’t mean I”m not moving though – my weekends are filled with long walks, filming workouts for the blog, attempting yoga (a new thing for me), running and just generally being active.
During the week, my meals are generally about convenience – what I can cook that will be nutritious, tasty and FAST. On the weekends there’s a little more time to play around. I’m more likely to try new smoothies and juices, attempt recipes from some of my favourite wholefoods blogs and check out new cafes and restaurants. And I always make a point of knowing what the weekly flavour specials are at Messina. Yum.
The older I get, the more I enjoy my own company – my preference is always to lock in one or two catch-ups and leave the rest to use as I see fit. Sometimes that means reading a book, stealing a cheeky afternoon nap or settling in for a Gossip Girl marathon and sometimes it means a wander through the back streets of Bondi with Lou. Whatever it entails, you can be sure that it’s part of each and every weekend.
As far as I’m concerned there’s no such thing as a bad weekend – whichever way you look at it, no work is better than work! But some are better than others, and these six things make me feel truly content. And if I somehow manage all six in a single weekend? Well that, my friends, is nirvana.
Have a great week, and let me know how you like to spend your weekends!