Weekends are a time for sleeping in, catching up with loved ones, and day drinking.
Cue: Sunday Funday!
Sunday Funday is the best way to capture all that the weekend has to offer before having to go back into work on Monday morning. When I lived in Atlanta, my Sunday Funday’s were often spontaneous and involved a lot of alone time due to the fact that my weeks were filled with school and work. Now that I’m in LA, Sunday Funday’s have become quite the adventure as there is a lot to see and do here LaLa Land. Whether you’re looking for some quality alone time like I was or looking for something more people-centered, there are a few key things that are essential to the Sunday Funday.
Listen: I’m of the persuasion that brunch is good any day of the week. In fact, in Atlanta, brunch goes from a weekly event to an everyday occassion. In my opinion, nobody does brunch like the ATL; and I’m the person who will eat brunch for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if ya let me. For me brunch isn’t a meal; it’s a food group and no Sunday Funday is complete without it. Whether you have brunch in the comfort of your own home or on a rooftop patio overlooking where you call home, brunch is a must-do to kick off your Sunday Funday. Bonus points if brunch includes bottomless mimosas.
Yup, good ‘ol sunshine. Vitamin D helps your body fight off disease (sometimes chronic ones) and has also been linked with helping fight off mood disorders such as depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). You can find some more information here. So when you’re thinking about what to include for your next Sunday Funday, make sure gloriously basking in the sun’s rays is at the top of the list. (insert pun here about sun being in Sunday)
GET YO’ FREE ON
The next component of a perfect Sunday Funday is finding something free to do. Whether it’s a festival downtown, time at your local park, or staring at some local art (check out galleries near you for a free alternative to paying admittance at a museum), doing something that adds value to your day (and life!) without having to pay for it puts some bounce in your step. This is something you can do alone, with your significant other/family, or with a group of friends.
Next on the list is another meal time. This time it’s dinner. Make it something fun and light like tapas or a super fresh salad. You don’t want to overdo it with dinner after that delicious brunch you had. Plus, you can excuse a glass of wine (or several) and feel less guilty about it with a lighter dinner. Mmm…salad and white wine…
The final key to a beautiful Sunday Funday is making sure you get enough rest. Instead of watching tv late into the night, start winding yourself down early so that you can make sure you get enough shut-eye and wake up feeling rested on Monday morning. Light some candles, put on your favorite music, call that one person you’ve been meaning to call back, and think about the week ahead. What do you want to accomplish this week? Imagine it’s Friday: what’s the one thing you want to be able to say you did? It could be professional or personal or both. Write it down plus a few ideas on how you can get there and then let it be. Call your mom for a few minutes. Take a bath or shower. Brush your teeth. Go to bed–early. Your body needs rest from all the fun you’ve had today.
Let us know how you like to spend your Sunday Funday and if you’d like suggestions for fun things to do in LA or Atlanta, email us at plateandpassport(at)gmail(dot)com.
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