Day 15: Girl's Night Out/In
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him?
Ecclesiastes 8:15 So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.
Happy Fifteenth Day of Thanks Everyone!
I went to visit some girlfriends today and they started talking about the many good binge-worthy movies, documentaries, Netflix and Hulu series that they've watched. I had absolutely no clue of any of the titles they mentioned. After one friend gave me a list of the series that I should spend time binge-watching, she declared "we need to do a pajama night at my house with the fuzzy pajamas, movies, desserts, and drinks. With all the things!"
My friend's words made me reminisce about the many pajama parties and girls nights out/in that I've had throughout my life. From my youth, I remember having so much fun at those pajama parties or soirees. My friends and I had the cutest pajamas and fuzzy socks or slippers. I had extra butter popcorn drizzled with chocolate for the movies. If it was during winter, we had my famous hot chocolate and smores. If it was the spring or summer, Kool-Aid or a slushy was our drink staple and candy instead of popcorn was preferred. We discussed the latest and hottest topics that ranged from the beautiful boys/men we were dating to the latest scandal in the news. During the pajama parties, we would do each other's makeup and manicures and pedicures.
We had fun!
As I snapped out of memory lane, I realized that I have not had that kind of fun in my life, not even with Lilah, for quite some time. I haven't had a pedicure in so long, my feet look like I've spent twelve years as a slave. (Don't judge me! Life's been hard.) I can't remember the last time I went to the movies, although, I guess in all fairness, the COVID pandemic has had most people not going much of anywhere. It seems as if something/an emergency has come up every momma's night out for the last few months. I've spent so much time working and finishing projects that I haven't had much time to look up, smell the roses, and enjoy life. As I write those words, the harsh reality of knowing or hearing myself mentally say those words--I haven't taken time to enjoy life--set in.
I immediately question myself, asking "what do you plan to do to change that?" I remember the promise I made to myself several years ago, "Make sure you do something nice for yourself every month, even if it's as small as buying yourself ice cream or taking a walk through a park." I have to get back to the basics of self care and having fun because there will always be hard work.
Today as we give thanks for Girl's Night Outs, I ask that you please consider donating a gift card, a massage, or a makeover to the loved one(s) in your life who are completely overworked, under-acknowledged, and in need of some tenderness. They will love and thank you for it.
Have a Great Day of Thanks!