For the past few days, I've been exploring Mont St Michel and its surrounding areas; pretty much walking and eating my way through France.  It's been beyond incredible and I'm still adjusting to the fact I'm not currently surrounded by five different languages while eating a crêpe au sirop d'érable!  Anyway, I let out a massive sigh this morning when I remembered I'd cancelled this weekend's plans - assuming I'd be too tired.  Honestly?  I'm not at all tired, but I'm still not re-making those plans.  Instead, I'm learning to appreciate the occasional 'slow weekend'.  You know, the relaxing kind that involves a ton of candles, and 100% prepares you for the week ahead.  But the question is, what separates a slow weekend from a dull one?
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Go out for the sake of just... going out - no cameras, seriously.  Go walking, explore, keep the moment to yourself and whoever you're with - social media doesn't have to join you.  

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Try that meal - the one you keep hearing about and want to taste.  Get the ingredients in the house during the week, and spend a while making it for yourself at the weekend (you can always shove a pizza in the oven afterwards if it's excruciatingly bad!)

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Ditch the terrible shows - but don't ditch the tv.  I'm not a hypocrite - totally addicted to both Revenge and Scott & Bailey right now!  Life is too short for films/series that leave you underwhelmed, so find something you do enjoy and helps you to switch off.  Better yet, start Friday night

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Shake off the Sunday night blues - regardless of how you fill the week, Sunday nights tend not to be popular with many people.  But the cherry on top of the slow-weekend-cake is heading out Sunday night with your other half or friends/family (eg. relaxing meal, or play).  You'd be surprised how much time it seems to add to the weekend!

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Look at your workout routine -  if your weekdays are packed with tiring classes, weights and circuits, distinguish between them and your weekend workouts.  Personally, when it comes to working out on weekends, I hit pause on everything besides running

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Give your mind a break - easier said than done, of course.  Things that can help?  Not checking and double-checking other people's social media, turning off the news and not dipping into your work

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I'd love to hear your thoughts on the concept of slow weekends - how do you enjoy winding down?

With love,

Gabrielle x