If you've been keeping up with me, you'll know that I've recently found myself toying around with a Pentax SL - an old 35mm film cammy.
A few weeks ago, me and the missus decided to take a spontaneous trip to Scarborough. On our days off from work we always try and do something somewhat adventurous. Even if it's just going a few miles out. We went to hit the beach and to visit Peasholm Park.
Since my last post I hadn't touched the camera. So I'm still learning it, but that's why I brought it out with me. I made sure I had plenty of film and off we went.
I thought I'd use this post to help you with what to do on your days off.
It's so easy to complete your week of work, feel exhausted, and think that all you really need is to catch up on the latest Netflix originals - which sometimes can be an amazing way to spend your time. But save that for the night.
Get the hell out of dodge - Taking a small adventure to somewhere outside of town is always a fun and exciting thing to do. Even if it's just for something to eat and a walk around, or maybe a picnic if the weather is nice. Going to new places is always an interest of mine. It can be boring doing the same thing in your own city, I mean, c'mon, you live there. You've probably done most of what is on offer.
The best part of this I think is the drive. If you can drive anyway. I love driving to my favourite music, it's just so relaxing and I find it way better than being a passenger. Time flies when I'm just on a road trip with my music playing. Not only this, if you're with the right company, music is just your perfect background noise. The journey is time for conversation. Which leads me to my next idea.
Time with friends and family - When working full time, or striving to progress in your career or ambitions, it's very easy to forget those who are close to you. It's not a purposeful thing, but people can start to neglect their friends and family because they can be tired from work or they just want to slob out. Keep in touch, make an effort. Even if you feel tired, you'll feel much better for it. Even if it's just a coffee and a catch up.
Be a selfish bitch - This may seem a little contradictory, but you time is also good. Don't mistake laziness and needing time to yourself however. If you know you're just being a bit lazy and can't be arsed to get out of bed, chances are, you may feel a bit shitty by the end of the day.
Taking out even half an hour of your day for yourself has psychological and physical benefits. If you give yourself that KitKat moment you'll feel refreshed and happier. Read a book. Take a bath. Find something you can lose yourself in.
Cultivate your passions - What is it that you love? Do you love playing music, writing words, or creating art? Now is your time to do it. This is a time for personal growth, doing the things that make your happy but have something to gain. Not just trying to get to the next prestige on Call of Duty. Dust the grime off the wheels and take your skateboard back out there! Go shoot some people... with your camera... geez.
Tidy up - 'But mommmmm!' No. Do your damn chores! Yes, we all hate them, that's why they're chores. But just get them done. As chores add up, it runs you down. Keep up with them and you will feel accomplished. You can not honestly say to me you don't feel happy after tidying your room? Probably even bragged about it to your mum.
The future's bright - Are you working a shitty job? Not happy in your living situation? Work towards your future. Plan and act on whatever it is that's required for you to have a happier life. Want to be a full time writer? Now is the time to hone that. Send off your work. This can deeply relate to the 'cultivate your passions' header. Have a passion? Find a way to make that passion your income.
Netflix and chill - Not necessarily in the same way the internet memes make it out to be, but Netflix and chill is a great way to end your day. It can be super nice to get cosy on the night and watch a movie just before you go to bed. Not binge watch TV series one after the other. What I tend to do is watch only a single episode of a programme before going to bed. I try not to binge. You end up staying up too late, then waste half your time looking for a new series to watch the next night. Fact: Netflix and chill is always more fun with company.
Blog - Doesn't this one go without saying? People blog because they love it, but sometimes it can be hard to meet a schedule. You still have a life to live. Use some time to do your posts in advance, then you don't have to fret too much about creating content for the next week. Daily bloggers though, I don't know how you do it. Mad respect.
There we have it. On my day off in Scarborough, I managed to tick off half of these in one day. Played about with my camera, got out of town, and hung out with my girlfriend. Went out for a meal on the night, before getting into bed early and watching some TV together. Pretty sure I even tidied my car before the journey. No one wants to travel in a dirty vehicle.
What is it that you guys do on your day off? How do you make the most of your free time?