Deep down, we all have a “should” list. It’s the 392-plus things we tell ourselves we should start doing, often once a day: floss more, read more, keep a journal, get eight hours’ sleep, start an Instagram photo-a-day challenge. The list seems to continually keep growing, and bit by bit, your day is gobbled up, until you feel so overscheduled with “shoulds” you wonder how you’re supposed to do your job or make dinner that doesn’t involve shouting
Sometimes, you just crave a little veg-out time, where you can get lost in a great show…and then obsessively talk about it to every friend, relative or unsuspecting-person-walking-his-dog you meet. We get it. For those chilly nights when you’d just rather stay in, consider tuning in to one of these treats:
A big part of the Life Between Weekends philosophy is creating a life you love on your own terms, and naturally, that involves a big, scary, close-this-window-rather-than-think-about-it question: What are you meant to be doing?
Yup, we’re going there.
For some, finding your passion comes naturally: You were born with a soul-throbbing desire to do this one thing, and you love, love, love it. That is so amazing, and it deserves to be celebrated. Our goal over the years will be to help you develop
Ah, the quickest of on-the-go dinners, short of grabbing fast food: canned soup straight out of the microwave. It’s convenient, no-fuss, and it doesn’t mess up a ton of dishes.
But it can also be a little hum-drum, unless you do something to make it seem (and taste) a little more special. Here are a few ridiculously easy upgrades:
My Aunt Teresa and I have always struggled with goodbyes. Our eyes water, our voice gets shaky, we purse our lips to hold it all together — even if we’re just saying goodbye to someone for a few weeks. Or a few days. Even half a weekend can do it.
But where I always look away, feigning interest in something out in the distance to keep from losing it, rushing the goodbye (or even avoiding it altogether, slipping out the back door when possible), Aunt Teresa faced the goodbye head-on.
Since we posted our Tarpon Springs tour and Epiphany preview, we thought we’d share the highlights for anyone who couldn’t make it.
Growing up in Tarpon, I never realized how unique the Greek Orthodox Epiphany celebration was — or how relatively unfamiliar most people were with it — but that became crystal clear when a friend posted photos from this year’s event, and the comments from people outside the area came flooding in: “Everything ok???”
All this goal-setting and vision-boarding can be fun, but it can also be a serious letdown 11 months from now when you’re (a) trying to remember what the heck your goals were in the first place, (b) piecing together that workout checklist you tore up, oh, seven months and 13 double cheeseburgers ago, or (c) trying to figure out how you spent nearly a whole year fighting for this one thing — and you’re still so far from reaching it.
That’s why it’s helpful to keep
Negativity has a way of hardening us. We stifle our feelings when something upsets us, so the world won’t see our perceived weakness. We justify away not helping someone in need, because we don’t have enough money, time or patience to help ourselves, let alone anyone else. We numb ourselves from bullying, failure, anything that brings us pain — and over time, that resistance becomes a plaque on our mental wellbeing.
I’ve come to refer to it as my “barnacled heart.”
If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, Tuesday is a compelling day to play hooky: Jan. 6th is Epiphany, a celebration of the baptism of Jesus, and few places commemorate the holiday quite like Tarpon Springs, FL.
Welcome to Life Between Weekends! We’re here to infuse a little more joy (and, okay, a healthy dose of ridiculousness) into your weekdays, so you can live every day with that, “OMG, it’s Saturdaaaaay!” feeling. We’re serving up a new post every Monday-Wednesday, and on Sundays, our newsletter subscribers will get 10 reasons to look forward to the week ahead. No Monday blues around here.
With that philosophy, what better time to officially launch than right after The