April 10, 2017


Growing up, Sundays were a consistent part of my life. I'd wake up, get dressed, go to Sunday School, and then come home for lunch before finishing up homework or playing with neighbor friends. Sundays were never a busy day, but a day for resting up and catching up before the week began again.

Now that I'm older, I've realized that I'm in complete control of my time and how I spend it. Sure, my work consumes a huge portion of it, but even working is something I choose to do. And it's something--that even though I enjoy it--it doesn't define who I am.

Part of this mindset change came after seeing bloggers and Instagrammers post about the Sabbath and what rest means to them. People are jumping on the slow movement, sharing about their self-care tips, and sharing photos of their cozy Saturday mornings in bed.

And it's something I've always craved, being the recovering perfectionist and busybody that I am. So now that I get to choose how I spend my time, I've been trying to carve out more time on the Sabbath for rest.

Sometimes it means spending time in the kitchen baking or meal prepping for the week. Other times, it means spending time outside on a Sunday afternoon walk. Some Sundays involve a long afternoon nap (or even a short one will do!). And the best ones involve all of the above. But no matter what it involves, Sundays are now defined by intentionally spending my time. I don't get much "free time" anymore but of the time I've got, I'm going to choose to savor it and stop taking it for granted.

So here's to resting, savoring, and enjoying the present. And finding joy in the Sabbath.

How do you celebrate the Sabbath?

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