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A Weekend Reset

I headed into last weekend exhausted for a variety of reasons. I needed a reset, and I needed it bad. Why?

  • Our sweet little Sophie (old mini-dachshund) woke before dawn twice during the week.
  • I woke before dawn two of the other days–who knows why? I certainly have no clue.
  • Too many carbs, too much coffee. Kept me productive but also made me gain weight.
  • A loooong to-do list for work.
  • I’m in the middle of writing a first draft of a novel. It’s a draining process for me. See “Writing Slow and Not Loving It” for a glimpse of my drafting woes.

Anyway, I forced myself to NOT work and to limit the scrolling on the phone. Here’s what I did instead.

  • Read a fun novel
  • Watched two movies from the 90’s
  • Bought a cute welcome sign shaped like a pumpkin (If you want inspiration, try “40 Best Fall Porch Decorating Ideas to Welcome Autumn” via Country Living)
  • Baked homemade apple-butter crisp
  • Made yummy football food
  • Watched a few football games
  • Went to church
  • Created a playlist for autumn on Spotify
  • Decorated my house for fall
  • Cleaned out the junk basket

There was plenty of downtime to journal and just sit and think or watch the birds, too. Sometimes I need a reset, and the weekend is the perfect time to make it happen.

This week has been jam-packed, but I’m handling it. And, thankfully, I’m getting more sleep!

How do you reset? Are your weekends busy or do you have downtime?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

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  1. I try very hard to keep my weekends as “me/us time” – unless a seriously tough deadline is approaching. We watch movies or football this time of year, read, play a board game. I bought a Kanoodle recently, which is basically a physical Tetris game. I love that – so relaxing … and without a screen!!

  2. I’ve needed some days of reset lately. Lots of babysitting and writing. The housecleaning gets put aside during those times. Alan tries to help clean, but sometimes, I say, “No thank you.” hahaha! Going to God in prayer helps me reset. 🙂

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