Cheers to the Do Nothing Weekend

Here's to wonderful weekends of not doing anything | The Champagne Supernova

Long live the “Do Nothing Weekend.”

This was the first weekend in a long time where there was nowhere we HAD to be and nothing we HAD to do. No scheduled birthday parties, volunteer events, kids’ sports games, or social obligations.

The entire weekend was my oyster.

While this type of weekend is some peoples’ Nirvanas, as someone with “ants in the pants” who thrives from being busy, the idea of it initially freaked me out.

I don’t know how to sit still and hate not planning things.

However, it ended up being one of the best weekends of all.

On Friday, we got popsicles with my daughters’ buddies after school and went to the local pool with friends for an impromptu swim and dinner night. On Saturday, I slept in (until 7 am- cut me some slack), went to a circuit class, my mom came over and made lunch, and then we hit up Home Depot for plants to spruce up the front porch. That evening, we made a pretend campground in the living room and watched a cartoon from Red Box. On Sunday, we went to breakfast, ran errands, took the kids bowling, and I put together a jigsaw puzzle with my dad. (I also went to the tire store to get a screw removed from my brand new tire, but we will omit that part from my weekend utopia.) Tonight before bed, my kids and I laughed and laughed making iPhone videos of ourselves doing Pee-Wee Herman impressions. (If you know me, text me and I’ll send them to you.)

Yes, that sounds like a lot, but everything I did was on my OWN terms. I was only at places I wanted to be, when I wanted to be there. I got to enjoy the weekend with the people I love and be in the moment. It was pretty great.

Being parents automatically means we are going to be busy. But we also live in a world that perpetuates business where everything is go-go-go.

“Go here.”
“Buy these tickets.”
“Do That.”

It’s nearly at the point where you feel guilty for sitting around and being still.

But here’s a secret. It’s better when you do less and slow the heck down.

Cheers to the “Do Nothing Weekend.”


    4 Comments on Cheers to the Do Nothing Weekend

    1. Matt Tarkenton
      September 21, 2018 at 10:54 am (4 years ago)

      I hope you are doing well and always enjoy your blogs. Even though my kids are older now, busy people always want to feel busy. Sometimes, at their own expense.

      I don’t know if you ever read (or had time to read) Essentialism … I moved from that into more conscious mindful meditation … truly stopping, even for 1-5 minutes a day has so many benefits for your brain, your overall health, etc … If you want more info on mindfulness, let me know.

      Cheers to your family!

      • jenniferdaku
        September 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm (4 years ago)

        Thanks Matt! I remember you mentioned this book when we were in Quebec- I definitely need to check it out. Can you send me more info on mindfulness? I have a hard time focusing and staying in the moment.

    2. Kimberly Welch Staley
      September 19, 2018 at 4:56 pm (4 years ago)

      Love this post Jen. It’s so true. Enjoy the No Plans weekends when you can.!

      • jenniferdaku
        September 19, 2018 at 9:06 pm (4 years ago)

        Thanks Kim! I think about you all the time and have been praying for your family.