Tuesday Tips: Ten Things To Do This Holy Week Vacation

Posted: April 19, 2011 in Tuesday Tips for Writers
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We’re hearing that a lot of people would rather stay at home this Holy Week, either due to the overwhelming heat or financial considerations. They even invented a term for this phenomenon which is now called the “staycation”

That doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun staying at home or in your own city. Here are some of our suggestions on how you can make this four-day weekend count. And of course we’d love to hear from you too, if you have any suggestions that you would like to share with our readers 🙂

FAMILY GAME NIGHT

It’s rare to have all family members present for four straight days, so take advantage of this opportunity to have fun with your family. You can have a wii or PSP tournament, an old-fashioned board game night, a fun and chaotic trivia competition or just a simple but meaningful formal sit-down dinner. Whatever stay-at-home activity you think of, the important thing is to spend quality time with them, especially if you rarely see them during working days and even weekends.

EXTREME MAKE-OVER: YOUR HOME EDITION

That room makeover that you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time to do so? Well, now you have four days to at least get it going. It doesn’t have to be major overhaul, just the first steps towards actually starting on this project. Better yet, you can involve the whole family or even your friends to make it a group project.

BE YOUR OWN TOP CHEF

This is another one of those things that you neglect to do because of the busyness of school or work. So line-up those recipes that you’ve always wanted to try out. And you will never run out of people who will volunteer to be your guinea pigs and try out the dishes you’re experimenting with.

GO OFFLINE

Some people cannot imagine not being online for a long period of time, but every once in a while, we need to step away from our computers, netbooks, androids, iphones, etc just to experience the real world. There are so many things that you can do away from electronic devices, just wait and see.

RE-DISCOVER YOUR INNER ARTIST

You’ve probably lost touch with the artist in you due to the daily grind, so now is the time to check and see if he/she is still buried somewhere in you. Bring out the coloring books and crayons, the watercolors and pastels, the scrapbooking materials, the sketching pad and pencils. Who knows, you might re-discover your passion and make it a regular habit again.

ORGANIZE EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE ORGANIZED

Whether it’s your closet, your inbox, your itunes library, your kitchen cupboard or your bookshelves, take time out to actually put things in order. A clear (insert whatever it is that just seems too cluttered and messy) makes a clear head.

WRITE

While writing might not be an ideal vacation activity for some, chances are, if you’re reading this, then you probably have some sort of love for the written word. So take advantage of these non-working and studying days to jot down thoughts, story ideas, ambitious to-do lists. And why not write an actual letter to someone and send it through snail mail? The recipient of that letter would be pleasantly surprised.

MOVIE/TV SERIES MARATHON

Invite friends over, break out the popcorn and sodas and just sit around for a few enthralling hours while you share your favorite movies and tv shows with those who haven’t seen it before

READ

We would be remiss if we didn’t say this right? A vacation would not be complete if you didn’t spend a day or two in your favorite spot, curled up with an old favorite or a new book that you’ve always wanted to read or to catch up on your reading list. The reading experience would be even more perfect if you had coffee and cookies, or a cool drink and chips, beside you.

REFLECT

But most importantly, you need to spend time quietly meditating and reflecting on the things that are important in your life. Think about where you are at this point in your life and where do you want to actually go to. What have you been doing with your life and what do you believe should be your priorities in life? Spend quality time with God, just telling Him how you feel and listening to His voice too. After all, the reason why we’re having this long weekend is to commemorate His great love for us. Doesn’t He deserve a few hours of your time, and so much more?

Have a blessed, fruitful and inspirational Holy Week

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