Tag: Weekend

Date Your Girlfriends

A girlfriend and I were recently talking about our plans for the weekend.  I asked her what she had on her agenda.  She replied dispiritedly that because she didn’t have any dates lined up for the weekend  she would probably stay in.

Don’t get me wrong, staying home alone is one of my favorite things.  But that is a blog for another day.   However, I get where my girlfriend was coming from because I also enjoy spending special moments with a man out on a date.  There is something sweet about a man picking you up and, in a way, courting you.  He can take you for a night out at the movies, dinner, a play, a special concert or an event.  Or it can be a daytime thing that involves hiking, a picnic, sightseeing, a scenic drive or something else fun.  Day or night, the man’s goal is to show you a good time… not to mention share some romantic moments of hand holding, subtle touching, eye contact and/or lip locking.

However, if there is no man at the moment… what is a girl to do?  It can get tougher as we get into our late 30s and older.  Every year, more and more of our friends are getting married.  The pool of women you used to go out with continues to shrink.  And all of the sudden, you are stigmatized as one among the women that still can’t find a husband.   You and your status can quickly become the topic of conversation anywhere you go.  A date with a man shows that you are a least making progress. So more times than not, if you don’t have a date, you opt to stay home.

I submit that instead of staying home, that you date your girlfriends.  Now I am not suggesting that you start romantically dating women.  What I mean is you should grab one or more of your girlfriends and get out of the house.   You are probably thinking “I do go out with girlfriends”.  But I am talking about something different than a ‘girl’s night out’.  Why not stop making such a firm distinction between going out on a date with a man and going out with a girlfriend?  When we do make that distinction, we put off doing many things that we really would enjoy, like attending a black tie affair.   We single ladies often save the plus one to that special occasion for a man.  And many of us reserve our date nights… Thursday, Friday and Saturdays… for men.  We do this because… well, that’s what we think we are supposed to do.   Often we feel so unaccomplished if when don’t have a man for at least one of those date nights or special occasions, that we would rather hide at home than face the public.   That’s because for too many of us our self-worth is greatly defined by a man’s affection for us.

Society is mostly to blame for this feeling.    Before we even enter preschool as children, we are conditioned to value the importance of the affection from the opposite sex… after all  Mickey Mouse had Minnie, Mulan had Shang, Shrek had Fiona and The Lady had the Tramp.    And as we continued to grow, we saw romantic love celebrated in just about every movie, TV show or book we encountered.  So it is understandable that we feel deep disappointment when we find ourselves without that type of love.

But we should not lose sight of the importance of non romantic love and relationships.  My girlfriends get on my nerves sometimes, but I really do love them like family.   And medical studies show that spending time with friends is good for our health.  While so many men have come and gone, my girlfriends have been there for the highs, the lows and all of those little yet significant moments in between. Often we are so busy mourning the man that we wish we had, that we forget to appreciate and enjoy our friends.

You may not want to attend that black tie event, because everyone (including you) would expect for you to show up with a man, and you don’t have one.   Or you may feel a bit embarrassed to go out on a ‘date night’ and let the world see you don’t have a man.  But why not stop worrying about what everyone else thinks and instead imagine how much fun you will have hanging with your BFF!  Life happens quickly.  We shouldn’t wait for a man to bring us flowers in order to ‘smell the roses’.  We have to do our best, every day, to enjoy our lives right where we are.  So call up your girlfriends, get out your calendars and make a date!

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*This article was originally published on Single And Living Fab.

S.H.I.T. – Sure Happy It’s Thursday!

TGIF is probably one of the most commonly heard expressions used towards the end of the week. There’s always a lot of excitement leading up to the weekend either because of your plans or because there’s no work. Don’t get me wrong, I really used to like Friday’s. It’s casual day in the office, there were always fewer meetings and everyone usually left the office early. People seem to be in a better mood too. Plus everyone knows Friday is date night or time to head out to the club – a time you can usually let your hair down.

Then I realized something. Friday was only 3 days away from Monday, where we start the work week all over again. On Fridays people at work sometimes make last minute requests from you or don’t want to work that hard so you have to pick up the slack. Fridays can be stressful especially if you have something due on Monday morning. And yes, I get to leave the office early but Friday is when traffic is the absolute worst.

And what happens when you don’t have a date on Friday night? Or any plans at all? Then there really isn’t anything to look forward to on a Friday except your couch & television to keep you company. Aren’t most people tired from the work week anyway? Even if you do have plans, a weekend of activities means more money you’ll have to spend. Someone wise once said, “Weekdays are for saving, weekends are for spending.” (Okay, I’m the one who said that but you get the point)

So now my new favorite day of the week is Thursday. Thursday means you’ve gotten over the midweek hump and the promise of an entire weekend is ahead of you. There are still plans to be made and an entire 3 days to look forward to. Not to mention there is always better television programming on Thursday versus on Friday. I just love the anticipation of it all!

So the next time a Thursday rolls around, enjoy it as much as you can. Friday just means more traffic, rushed work and a weekend of spending money ahead of you.

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