No Makeup Monday

Have you ever named something?  I mean, besides your children or a pet?  I name all sorts of things, and there is something about it that I really enjoy.  Giving something a name makes it official, weighty, special.  I want to share with you my latest naming endeavor and hope you will join me.

With seven people in our family, our lives are full.  Weekends prove not to be a time of rest and relaxation for me.  We do a lot of working, serving, entertaining, and family living on  the weekends.  For a long time I kept expecting the weekends to be restful, because that’s the stereotype.  But then I would wake up on Monday morning and find myself feeling frustrated at how unrested and ill-prepared I felt to jump in and face the start of a new week.  But what’s a girl like me to do?

As a homeschooling stay-at-home mother and wife, I know part of my role and responsibility dictates that I really am never going to have a day “off” of work.  I get breaks from time to time, but there is no clocking in and clocking out.

I also know that God wants me to stop.  To rest.  To be inefficient and unproductive one day a week.  To enjoy His gift of Sabbath.  In response to my frustration, and in light of His design, I decided to make Mondays my day of rest, and I made it official and special by giving it a name:  No Makeup Mondays.

On Mondays I don’t wear makeup.  It’s an outward sign of a inward mindset and heart attitude.  On Monday mornings I linger in bed as long as I can and still be up in time to take care of my morning responsibilities.  I do get dressed, but always in very comfortable and easy clothes.  I don’t go to much trouble to style my hair.

I choose to approach the day with a relaxed mindset.  No laundry {unless there is an emergency}.  No chores except for basic things like cleaning up after meals or picking up toys.  I don’t schedule outside appointments or run errands on Mondays.  The kids and I do our normal routine, complete with a full day of school.  But we rarely go anywhere outside the house.  If I am tired, then I rest.  If I have been waiting to read the latest issue of Living, then I take the time to read it.   And I don’t worry about much.  I have six other days to take care of whatever comes up.

Now for an unexpected twist.  I do choose to work out on Monday nights.  Counterintuitive, I know, but for me it seems to be the perfect way to end to my relaxed and restful day.  I go for a run once Timm is home and the kids have had their dinner and a bath.  I view my run as a pocket of time for me to do something for myself.  I try to relax and enjoy the time outside, alone with my ipod, breathing, watching the sun set.  It’s wonderful.  Isn’t it fun that even something like running can be restful and restorative if we choose for it to be?

I can’t tell you how No Makeup Mondays have revolutionized my world.  I no longer am frustrated with less-than-restful weekends.  I don’t mind working hard on Saturdays and Sundays because I have Monday to look forward to.  And by Tuesday I am ready to get up and get going.

What about you?  How do you work rest into your weekly routine?


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4 Responses to No Makeup Monday

  1. Sarah Wolfe says:

    Love this idea! Maybe I’ll just have to stop by on a Monday to see all of you cute Sassers in your comfy clothes!

  2. Kelly Breedlove says:

    I agree….I love “No Make-Up Monday.” I think we are in a season where we have to be intentional about REST. It doesn’t come easy when you have a 12, 10 and 8 year old who are so full of energy resting is not high on the priority list. But you are so right, we are called to rest. What is true rest?
    We have fallen away from what we used to do when the kids were younger. We would be phone free on Sundays…NO CELL and NO CHIT CHATTING on the phone. We also were Wii and DS free. We would go to church, then have a yummy lunch and come home and everyone get in their PJs for the rest of the day. It was easier then because the kids would take a nap and we would too. Then dinner was something easy and we would have movie night. IT WAS AWESOME!!!
    Thank you for this blog. It has helped me to re-evaluate REST. This week will look different in the Breedlove home!! Not sure how…but the Lord will reveal it…and I will get back to you.

  3. Sarah says:

    Ever since I started working weekends I’ve been doing this. But since it is my only day without 2/3 of my kids, I feel so much pressure to catch up from the craziness of the weekend. And I don’t actually do anything productive, so I guess I’m resting, but I seem to cancel it out with the worry/guilt. It’s good to know someone else is taking Monday off, too. I suppose I need to “work” on resting.

  4. Brittany says:

    I love this! I wish I could incorporate “No Make-up Mondays” into my life, but I DO do “No Make-up Weekends” (unless absolutely necessary). Since we don’t have children (and work about 45-50 hours a week), we typically decompress on Saturdays: we sleep in, don’t do chores, lounge on the couches and try to spend time just US. It really revitalizes us for the next week and allows us to finally spend time together.

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