Slow Down Sunday

7 days a week, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes, 604,800 seconds. <—–

The hustle and bustle of your week sure can get quite exhausting! This is why I will be discussing the importance of Sunday and slowing down. Sundays should be that day out of the week where you take time for you and your family. It’s the day that you get recharged and renewed for the week ahead.

It’s also creating balance and structure which can be so hard to do! Trust me, it took me awhile to accomplish this. I could write a book just on balance alone. It’s tough, but with creating a structure and using your Sundays the proper way could be a huge part in reducing stress throughout your busy week.

Let’s unplug. 

Yes, I work from home or from anywhere for that matter which is why it can be so hard to unplug, but on Sundays you will probably find that I may turn my phone on silent for 3 hours. I didn’t say all day, however even 3 hours of silence and snuggling on the couch with my family is a big deal to me. No dings, bings, vibrates. Guess what? It can wait. My family is my top priority and they will always come above my business. If I don’t have a solid foundation at home then I don’t have a solid business do I? See where I’m going with this? 🙂

What do my Sundays look like?

First, I wake up with Roxy jumping on my bed and licking my entire face! I also have CRAZY bed head and a strong desire to brush me teeth as soon as possible, lol! Not everything in Ashley’s world is picture perfect!

This is my Roxy paired with the perfect wine glass! 😂 “I just want to drink wine and pet my dog”

If we are not traveling you will find us at church, although we do tend to go to Saturday night service when available. If we are traveling we either login to our live church service and watch from our hotel room. God is #1 in our home. No God, No hope! END OF STORY! I have always loved the saying, “The family that prays together, stays together”. There is so much truth behind that and is a staple in our home. Not a day goes by that we don’t give thanks for waking up and living the life that God has blessed us with. This is yet again why slowing down on Sundays is a must.

If we can stay home all day on Sunday, then my inner peace is completely filled! We are always on the go doing something and we pretty much find that we’re living out of our suitcase. This is why if we can stay in all day on Sunday and do absolutely nothing, I’m the happiest mama and wife there is! No joke! I tend to stay in my PJs all day, (NO BRA!) Can I get an AMEN on that one?! I do shower, however I don’t spend the time on blow drying my hair and using hot tools. Maybe I’ll post a pic below of my crazy, frizzy hair for you! Haha! That also means NO make-up! Can you see why I absolutely love Sundays!? HA!

Sundays happen to be the day that I don’t give a crap about what I eat! Thank you Cheetos for your Deliciousness! 🙌🙌🙌

As mentioned above, movies are definitely a must for my family. I’d say we watch at least two on Sundays. Dinner time is my absolute fav! You will find all 3 of us in the kitchen cooking together and having a good time! It’s great family time and also acts as good bonding time for us three. It also helps that we all love to cook including our 12 year old son. It kinda causes some arguments here and there because we fight about who cooked the best! haha!

Sitting together at the dinner table is also a big deal. Now, I’m not saying that we do have evenings where we sit on the couch and enjoy a good meal together. There is just something special about sitting together in the dining room and have a meal together. We discuss our day and everything that happened! Something that I hope our Ethan will instill into his family routine one day.

As I turn off the kitchen lights after we all clean up, I always say, “Kitchen is closed!” Well, unless Papa has dessert planned! That’s another story! The older I get I find that my sweet tooth yells at me every night at 8:00pm! It’s so annoying! LOL

Ending my Sunday night, I always make sure I break out my planner for the week ahead. I also like to add to my schedule ways that I can help improve myself as well as ways that I can give back. Of course business is business, but I have to also find ways that will fill up my heart and giving back is just that.

In Closing

Remember, when time slows, God’s voice is clear. It is crucial to take that day of rest not only for your family, but for YOU! If you don’t take that time you will become worn out, angry at the world and possibly take it out on your family. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to take it out your frustrations on our loved ones, when in all actuality they’re the ones that you need to be loving on the most. It’s easy to get lost in the current, but you have to find your own rhythm. That rhythm starts on Sunday, sweet girl!

There is beauty found on the Sabbath.

Please share this if you found truth in my words and know that others should hear it too!

Blessings,

Ash

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