Okay mamas, when was the last time you got together with your girlfriends outside of a play date with the kids? If you can’t remember (or don’t even know what I’m talking about), it’s time to arrange a girls’ night out STAT (that means immediately)! No, it’s not easy to arrange, especially with littles, but the extra work it takes will be SO worth it!
With all of the schedules and details that we parents have to keep track of, it’s easy to forget that we need to schedule in some fun. I know I’m not the only one that struggles with this! As important as our relationships are to us, if we don’t write in the date night, one on one times with our kids, or girls’ night out on our calendars, months can go by without realizing that we’ve neglected to schedule them.
That’s why every month my monthly intentions include at least one girls’ night out every month. That might not sound like a lot to you, but the goal is to get together with a girlfriend at least once a month. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, it’s just a time to get together with a friend who supports you and you enjoy spending time with.
Ideas for Girls’ Night Out
Time with girlfriends doesn’t have to be a weekend away (although if you can swing it – go for it!). Here are some ideas to help encourage you to plan your next girls’ night out :
- potluck dinner with wine
- movie and dinner
- free concert or outdoor movie at your local park
- a long walk at your local nature preserve or park
- coffee and a long chat
- frozen yogurt and a long chat
- yoga class
- painting and byob class
Trying Something New
This year my word has been “spark joy.” I’ve been intentional about trying new things and paying attention to how I feel while doing them. Does it spark joy in me? In others around me?
One of the new things I recently got to try was a painting class with Painting with a Twist. I’ve been wanting to attend a class for a long time. One of my sisters is a fan of these events with her own girlfriends. The classes are scheduled around a particular painting that you want to try. I chose a class for my friend Aimee and I that was a painting of a tree.
They have prepared canvases and paints all set up for you. Aimee and I put on the aprons they had there and were ready to get started. It’s a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Painting with a twist locations play music and have cups and plates for you if you choose to bring wine, finger foods, or other non-alcoholic beverages. There were two instructors – one at the front demonstrating the steps, and one on the floor who could give you tips if you wanted them.
Aimee and I did our own thing, content to play with the colors and methods.
Painting the same thing in a classroom setting reminded me of my yoga practice. Yoga instructors will frequently remind us to honor your body and stay present on your own mat – not to compare yourselves with others. In the painting class, I reminded myself to stay on my canvas and do what felt good and right to me, not to look around at others’ canvases. This was a time to play, using the instructions as a starting point but letting my curiosity guide the process.
Here are our finished paintings:
I placed mine in my special space in my bedroom. I sit in this space every morning and it’s a great pop of color that brings me joy:5 benefits of a girls' night out! #selfcare #momlife #girlsnightout Click To Tweet
Benefits of a Girls’ Night Out
- You will feel renewed – not having to think of everyone else’s needs before your own.
- You will get a chance to check in with yourself – how am I, really?
- Stepping out of your routine is a great way to add perspective
- It is a chance to try something new with people you love to hang out with!
- You’re modeling the importance of friendship for your children
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What is your favorite thing to do on a girls’ night out? Let me know in the comments!
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