Keeping up with National craft month on the blog I thought it would be interesting to share my latest crafty girls/moms night out and why you just might need a girls night out, too.
About a week ago I met up with a couple of my crafty friends to attend one of those Painting with a Twist events. Not all Girls Nights Out have to be at a bar somewhere boozing it up, I am somebody’s mother for heavens sake, and let’s face I’m happily married to my crafty husband. That all being said doesn’t mean I am just this Mother person all the time. I was and still am a fun crafty quirky girl. But, my point is that just because it is a girls night, doesn’t mean its a night to relive any of your college days or crazy 20 something shenanigans. It is more of time to unwind, relax and break up the day to day routine we live everyday.
At this painting event, we all painted the same picture step by step with an instructor which was a unique experience over the course of two hours. The time went by fast. And since it was the same picture they were all similar yet different. Afterwards, we headed to dinner to chat about life in general, mothering, being wifey, and everything else in between that our families or kids do. While it may seem like a boring night or nothing big at all… it was awesome for this momma of three. Mainly because, it gave me a break to just sit and relax, and have grown up conversations. It didn’t involve work, nuggets, poop, or some resolve to the crazy rant with my three year old over whose turn it is to hold the talking dinosaur toy, all the while with the lyrics of Frozen’s “Let it go” is blaring in the background. It was anything and everything else, but that!
The restaurant we went to was a chain restaurant, nothing fancy, and was not overly quiet or anything, but it was a different noise than I am used to, and break from my daily norm. As I drove home that night, I realized that these mini breaks, or “girls nights” are worth the couple of hours away from my family and I’ve listed my top reasons on why having a Girls Night Out is oh so important, especially if you are a mom of young lil youngins.
- You Can Be You and Unplug.
I’m not saying you are someone else most of the time, but what I am saying is that there is more moments to relax. You can be yourself, you can sit and eat your entire meal if you want, without interruption to wiping away someone’s boogies, or refilling someone’s juice, cutting their meat and so forth. I got the chance to remember what that was like. I love my kids, I cannot imagine life without them, but in these simple Moms Nights, I don’t have the MOM GUILT to hurry up and eat so thay I can take care of another being. And that is a nice break. Just being able to go to the restaurant, sit and actually chew my food, and have un broken conversations.
2. Strengthens Friendships.
Let’s face it, being a working mom, having kids, among other things, it doesn’t leave a lot time left in the week or weekend if you have activities or events planned to have time with your friends. Planning for the occasional night out allows for you to catch up on old relationships with friends, and strengthen them. It is good to have quality time on an adult level, and be intentional with your friendships. I’ve mentioned this before, about being intentional, and this just one more way to do that.
We’d all be lying to ourselves if we said that we didn’t need to recharge our batteries every now and then. Taking time out for yourself allows you to recharge, and rejuvenate. When you return home, you are often times a better person or parent. For me, I was excited to share my new painting I had just created with a great group of girls, and hang it on my wall. Just one simple reminder of a fun night, to me just being me, while recharging my “mom” batteries. Plus, it was a bonus for this crafty girl who got to break out the paints and make something fun.
This painting made a great little addition to a blank space in our dining room. I’m loving it! And if too much time goes by before the next one, maybe it will remind me to call those girls up for another night out.
And there you have it. My three main reasons for why Girls/Moms Night Out is a must do from time to time. Have you planned any girls nights out lately? Maybe you have one coming up. Whatever it is make sure you take the time to do it, be yourself and recharge.