The Mother of Adventure

The playtime pledge

on January 2, 2016

Don't stop playingHappy New Year!

I think I’ve had equal parts broccoli and Ferraro Rocher this weekend; I’ve been straddling the fence between the lingering indulgence of the holidays and looking towards stronger, healthier habits.

The first week of a fresh, unwritten year is upon us. What are you anticipating for the year ahead? Are you making any New Year’s resolutions?

Leading up to Christmas, I found myself in a bit of a rut. As someone who has periodic arm-wrestling matches with anxiety, especially during the dreary winter months, I didn’t feel quite like myself. Taking a break from the day-to-day routine of office life, home and family commitments was great – our family spent an awesome week in Washington, DC with my in-laws. They spoiled us rotten with home-cooked meals and babysitting services – which allowed my husband and I to get out a few times alone. We went to see Star Wars, spent an evening at an awesome wine bar and finished up our Christmas shopping (as best we could with the brutal exchange rate!).

Our time away reminded me of the importance of playtime. Nope – not for the kids this time, although they are a great reminder of how to do it and can be just the catalyst we need to embrace general silliness. But as working parents, we need to find time for our own fun. For me, that can take a lot of different forms, from cooking a tasty new recipe from scratch, trying a new yoga class at the gym or brainstorming my next creative writing project. Sometimes it’s as simple as an impromptu dance performance to the tune of a favourite song, catching up with a friend over a pint or following up a serving of veggies with a big, rich, indulgent chunk of chocolate.

Life is about balance, after all, and if we can’t savour the flavours of our favourite parts it can get pretty stale. So I’m pledging to add more playtime to my 2016.

What about you? What’s on your to-do list of fun this year?


3 responses to “The playtime pledge

  1. I want to finish my book, travel and see the world. If I can’t do that, maybe more Netflix, more reading and more movies out!!!

  2. Louise says:

    I hope you have found your way out of the pre-Christmas rut for good. As for me? I’m signing on with a lifestyle coach for three months starting in February as part of my goal to figure out how to make my life more manageable and enjoyable for me and those around me. I also plan to keep reading. I made it through 50 books last year and have set the same goal for this year. We shall see.

    • Those are awesome goals! I hope you’ll blog about the personal trainer and how it’s going. Wow, 50 books! That’s impressive! So…do you have a couple to recommend? Something engaging and uplifting to read in January…would love your suggestions!

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