Even though as a nurse I usually get 4 days off a week, there is just something about being off on a Sunday that gives me all the feels. My favorite things to do on my days off are take care of my plants, plan meals for the week, wash my hair, write, listen to music, clean, catch up on my favorite shows.. you know, fun stuff for this homebody like me.
I think it is wonderful to make the most of each day, to get outside, to get things accomplished, to dare I say it…seize the day; but, it is also okay to take it easy every now and then. It’s the simple things in life that I enjoy and although sometimes I give myself a hard time when I feel I didn’t do enough in a day- I try to remember that it is perfectly okay to have a to-do list as simple as do nothing.
I mean, not literally ‘do nothing’ but just nothing that stresses me out, which is super important since my job as an ICU nurse can be pretty overwhelming. On most mornings, I like to start my day with a good stretch and a strong matcha latte. Here is a quick and failproof matcha recipe:
- 6 oz nut milk
- 1 tsp matcha
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- sweeten with agave, coconut sugar or honey
All you have to do is heat up milk until hot and then place all ingredients into a blender on high for 1 minute.
Another weekend task that doesn’t stress me out is good food and there are two places in Downtown Orlando that never disappoint: Dandelion Cafe and Market on South. I am always on the hunt for fresh and clean plant-based meals which is not always the easiest here in Orlando (at least not as easy as it was living in Los Angeles..). Most of the time, I just cook my own meals but it’s nice to take a break from the kitchen every now and then.
This time I tried the creamy tomato soup from Dandelion and it was SO good!
So you know they always say not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach so I usually try to go shopping later in the day unless I have plans to really meal prep the hell out of my Sunday. For this week, I am only planning on prepping some banana bread for easy snacking, vegetable soup (that only takes me 15 minutes) and some quinoa with beans. The Trader Joe’s in my area was on the next level of hectic this weekend so thank god I had a short and concise list. Like I said, my day is for stress free and as much as I love finding new items or buying food for my favorite recipes- a crowded grocery store is one of my biggest triggers (lol).
I am thankful that I get to have these down days and that I have the ability to do what I like to do which apparently is eat, buy more food and chill (self reflection is a powerful tool hehe). And I am okay with that. I think more people need to take the time to slow down and do things that light them up- even if it’s nothing.