Bringing Balance in 2009
As we welcome a New Year, many people resolve to reprioritize their life and to bring more balance into their days. Keeping connected with our families by spending intentional time together is one way to bring balance into our lives. Here are some creative ideas of how to spend time together!
Instead of dinner and a movie, try brunch and a matinee. Same experience, less money! On the weekend, many restaurants will try to slip you their dinner menu during the day. So you may have to ask for the lunch menu, but it is available. A lot of great movies just came out for the holidays and will be playing for awhile. I can personally vouch for Marley and Me. Stay away-far away- from The Tale of Despereaux. Care to share your favorites-or cautionary tales?
I'm not a music connoisseur, but even I like a good jazz tune. Something about the sultry atmosphere in a jazz club just sets the mood for an intimate evening with your sweetie. Listening to a good jazz CD (try Isaac Hayes) beside a fire will do in a pinch.
Curl up together with the Sunday crossword puzzle. This one runs in our family. My mom inherited her love of word puzzles from my grandmother. My husband's dad loves crossword puzzles, so much so my mother-in-law got him a crossword dictionary for Christmas! But my husband and I have had to come up with an alternative. I'm not quick enough to do crosswords with my husband. I don't even get done reading the clue and he is already writing the answer. Instead, we have found some online games we enjoy together. My favorite to do with my husband is Word Whomp...it's like Whack-a-Mole with words!
You can go to your local planetarium's evening show or you can buy your own telescope for a private showing! On a clear night, you can just hold hands and look to the sky in wonder. A bonus this time of year: If you live someplace cool, stargazing is sure to lead to cuddling!
If you are athletically inclined, grab a basketball and hit the free courts at the park. If you are more of a spectator, head to a college basketball game. We enjoy going as a family to the college girls' basketball games. They are cheaper, but still entertaining. Plus we don't have the crowds to fight!
Do you have a favorite activity you enjoy with your family?
Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year with balance everywhere you look!