In the past I have let my holiday schedule rule me. I must see x, y, z. I must do a, b, c. I must cram as much as I can into this weekend! I must, I must, I must, I must. Ever said that?
Over the past few years of holidays I have attempted to take the weekend back. My main reason was I wanted to be there to experience the weekend, not race through it (no one likes it when Mamma-bear = Stress-bear).
Here are some of my ideas on how...
1. Carve out some white space family time and honour it. Time just for you and your family, with no plans or to-dos. You decide what you are going to do when the time arrives (Do I hear trip to the park? Perhaps a board game? Easter crafts?)
2. Build in buffer time. Instead of jetting from Nana's to Gramma's then to Uncle and Auntie's house, build in buffer time. Give yourself time to stop at home, stop at a park or grab a Timmy's on the way.
3. Don't overcommit. If you are hosting, ask for help! Help others help you by telling them what they can do or bring. If you are heading to another's house, no need to spend four hours in the kitchen prepping. Offer to bring something that brings you joy in preparing, or is fresh, fast and easy to throw together.
4. Come at it from a place of gratitude. Whenever I approach my life from a place of gratitude there is a smile on my face, a skip in my step, and extra hugs to go around. Be grateful for everything and everyone around you and watch how it adds to the moment.
Wishing you and yours a weekend full of love, happiness and time together.