As a follow up to my last post about the things that make our homes feel luxurious and relaxing, I've also been thinking about how to incorporate more rituals into my life.
Sarah at Pink of Perfection recently reflected on this a bit more eloquently than I could:
"I find myself very interested in rituals these days: the way they mark the passing of seasons, days, and even the smallest occasions. Rituals make the ordinary sacred — like the grandmother and grandfather of a friend who always sit down together for a glass of wine before dinner each night."
I also think rituals and traditions are important for couples (or friends or families) building a shared life together. Rituals can be grounding; they can be homages to the things that are important to both parties; they offer a new opportunity to connect over shared interests each time; and they can transform mundane chores like grocery shopping into something special rather than something to just get overwith.
One of our so-called rituals is to bike down to Park Slope when we have a free weekend afternoon for drinks at a bar, a snack, and some time alone to chat. But I'm trying to think of new ideas. For example, a champagne toast every Friday evening to kick off the weekend, or trying out a new restaurant once a week, or sitting down to dinner together every night sans phones and distractions. However, irregular work and social schedules make it hard to establish regular plans, so these ideas are really just in my head at this point.
What are the rituals that make your life more fun, more relaxing, and more meaningful? How do you find time to sustain them even when busy life gets in the way?
PS. I highly encourage you to check out the two blogs referenced above if you haven't already. Last Night's Dinner features the most beautiful photos of inspirational seasonal meals; and Pink of Perfection charms hearts with her musings on "a thrifty girl's guide to la dolce vita."