EEEK! I totally forgot to announce the winner of Friday's giveaway of Sally Bradley's KEPT!
The winner is SARAH! I'll be sending Sally your email address, and she will contact you with how/where to get your free ebook! Congratulations!!!
Yesterday Jaime posted about needing to refresh and re-center and refuel. I can appreciate that. We're only a few days past the annual ACFW Conference, and while getting away from home and getting to hang out with lots of authors and agents and editors is a definite break from the normal routine, it can also be stressful. There is a lot of prep-work in the run up to the conference, some lost sleep, some anxiety. Then, while you're there, it's go-go-go from morning to night. You sort of feel as if you have to be 'on' all the time.
And when you get home, there's more. Making sure you write all the thank you notes to the people who met with you, who invited you to events/dinners/receptions, etc. Making sure you get those proposals and full manuscripts that were requested all polished up and sent in. Retooling ideas based on the knowledge you gained in the workshops. Following up on the new friendships you made.
Not to mention whatever chaos ensued while you were away from home. Laundry, chores, children, work.
So, how do I refresh and recharge? Two Words.
That's right. No matter how crazy life gets, no matter what else is going on, my husband takes me out for Date Night every Friday. Usually it's dinner somewhere. Sometimes it's something as simple as burgers and frostys at Wendy's or chicken fingers at Arby's, or we relive our pre-married days by sharing a sundae at Perkins. Often we head to Carlos O'Kelly's for chips and salsa.
But the food isn't the important part. It's the much-needed face-time away from all the distractions. This is where we talk it all out, the joys, the frustrations, the real life stuff that can threaten to overwhelm me. Peter listens. That is just one of his super-powers. He's supportive and funny, and I could go on forever about him, but I won't. :)
The bottom line is, in order for me to recharge and make sure I'm not spinning off course, I need one-on-one time with my husband. Thankfully, he prioritizes date night as much as I do, and has for the last eight years...ever since our kids were old enough to be left alone for a couple hours in the evening.
How do you recharge? Do you have a scheduled Date Night?