Pencil Me In

There’s something about autumn. The days are cooler and the nights are crisp, inviting you to snuggle under a quilt and enjoy the warmth just a little bit longer. A chance to walk around in a hoodie and smell the change in the air. It’s a time of year that is alive with possibilities: new schedules (that are usually more structured than summer’s!), new places, new people to meet. There are so many opportunities out there that it’s hard to choose just one. Photography, voice, computer classes, languages; Bible studies, networking groups; there are so many things to do and learn and experience!

But in the midst of all that, it’s important to remember to save time for you. Time to spend with God, time to work out, time to relax. Why is it that we are always the first thing to get pushed aside? I don’t know about you, but time booked on my calendar to run to relax is most often pushed aside for work or friends or other things that are important. And it’s ok to do that sometimes, but I have to remind myself that it’s not ok to do it all the time. If I don’t have enough sleep or spend time with God or exercise, I don’t have enough energy to do everything else to the best of my ability.

In an effort to combat this, I have reserved one night a week as “me” time. This is a night when I can do anything I want to. If my bathroom needs to be cleaned and that’s what I want to do, that’s fine. But if I want to lay on the couch and watch TV, that’s ok too. It’s my night.

Credit has to go to my brilliant roommate for this idea – she did it first and encouraged me to do the same. And it has helped to know that I have that night to look forward to! It’s easier to do the things I need to do the other four days in a week when I know I can do whatever I want without guilt for that one night (no, that doesn’t mean I can go rob a bank. You know what I mean!).

So I’m looking forward to fall and the chance to learn some new skills, spend some time with new people, and plan out my alone time!

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