It seems like everyone we know is always busy: they have social lives taking up much of their time and energy from Monday through Sunday. Todd and I are quite the opposite.
Todd and I attempt to keep our calendars open as much as possible. To be honest, we don’t even keep a calendar due to the lack appointments we keep. Our lives are so laid back that all the dates I need to remember are kept in my head…many times no more than 2-3 weeks out. Not having a social life means we have more time with one another.
Admittedly, I am the one in the relationship who is always trying to make friends with other couples to go out and do things with once in a while. We schedule times and meetings with our friends every few months and for us, that is enough. I love my friends and family, but we do not feel we need to “hang out” with them every week. My favorite thing to do with friends and family is to have them over for a meal or go over to their house, sit and talk. We have one set of friends who like to do some of the same things we do (and they are frugal too!), so we go on nature walks, get ice cream, play board games and have a good time chatting.
Since we started dating, Todd has been made aware how important family dinners are to me. Nearly every dinner we eat together is sitting at the dining room table together with nothing other than great meals and the two of us talking about our day and our plans. By having a sit-down dinner every single night, it doesn’t leave much time for extracurricular activities during the week after work. To be honest, I enjoy life more this way.
We consciously have to keep in mind what is important to us (spending time with one another) and say “no” to those activities that would take away from the little time we do have together each week.
I would love to hear about why you have decided to live this way as well.
This post is linked up to Intentional Me.