I'm a stay-at-home/write-at-home/volunteer-at-school mom. My commute is a flight of steps and my receptionist is my dog. Lunch for me is usually what was forgotten by my kids or a grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwich (also grilled) sandwich, eaten while vacuuming or editing.
But what threw off my schedule? Sandwiches, drinks, and chocolate cake.
I caught up with a couple girlfriends when we all happened to be free at the same time, I visited with a friend who was in town for the week, and I went to a formal luncheon. I was, for a few days, like one of those fancy ladies who plan their lives around their lunch dates. And all three ate up hours of time in the middle of my day, making those days pretty unproductive. But here's five quick reasons to be a lady who lunches, anyway.
We need to connect to our friends. Vacuuming and running errands are important, but it's not going to make you laugh like sitting around with friends and complaining about vacuuming and running errands. We need to take a break from all the stuff to do and spend time with the people who matter to us. Take a break to share your joys and your worries, your celebrations and your concerns. We need to do that, face-to-face, not just on Facebook posts and texts.
|Delicious lunch, thanks to the chefs at Season 52.|
|For those days you can't wait 'til 5 pm.|
You could learn something. If you must make it productive so you don't feel guilty about neglecting whatever it is you are not doing, then find an educational event. Go to a brown bag parenting talk or take a lunch-time class (I took a writing class where everyone brought their lunch with them). Go to a professional networking event, if you are in the job market or an entrepreneur. Meet up with others who are in the same profession or volunteer organization and have a working lunch, share ideas and solutions.
|Any excuse for chocolate cake will do.|
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