If you're a fellow victim of the 'Sunday Scaries,' you may find that the tail-end of a weekend feels a bit more stress-inducing than relaxing. Since I started my job as Social Media Manager at cupcakes and cashmere, I've been fine-tuning my Saturdays and Sundays to make the most out of those short days off.
One thing to note: I aim to complete all the tasks I don't enjoy (like doing laundry, preliminary meal prep and other house-related chores) on Saturdays for the few hours I'm at home. It totally frees up my Sunday so I have close to zero restrictions or unwanted responsibilities, which means I can actually look forward to it. Of course I'll break up Saturdays with more enjoyable moments. This particular weekend I deep-cleaned my bedroom while watching The Dark Knight and reorganized my closet, then made a huge batch of Levain cookie dough as a reward for finishing. Here's what my Sunday routine looks like, and my tips for staving off the "scaries" that come with it:
9 AM: It may sound mundane, but the few extra moments I get with my cat as I'm waking up are usually the highlight of my morning, especially since I don't get them on weekdays. Mimi is my alarm clock as she gets extremely chatty when she's hungry, and we spend a couple minutes snuggling before I hop out of bed to feed her. I look forward to it every Friday and Saturday evening as I'm falling asleep.
9:20 AM: I like to kill two birds with one stone and get some fresh air while grabbing a coffee before the sun is at its peak. I throw on a pair of leggings and a sweatshirt, grab my tumbler, apply sunscreen and walk over to Abbot Kinney. It winds up being around a mile each way, which is, in my opinion, the perfect distance to walk in the morning. I throw on The Ringer's Rewatchables podcast (I'd watched Wedding Crashers the night before in anticipation of this episode) and soak in the eclectic Venice environment that inspired me to live here.
10 AM: After I've polished off the cold brew, I hop on my Peloton bike to get in a quick workout. When I have time, I prefer to spin on Sunday so I don't have to exercise on Monday (I try to work out every other day, when I have the energy!).
10:50 AM: I know Leslie remains the reigning cookie champion from our contest a few months ago, but on Saturday I couldn't stop thinking about G's ooey, gooey Levain cookies. I took advantage of a break between the deep-clean of my bedroom, laundry, and closet reorganization to whip up the dough and set it in my fridge to chill and become more flavorful overnight. I used this 30-minute window to bake them before heading to the farmers market, knowing that my future self was going to be thrilled to have dessert ready to go for the week.
11:20 AM: I change into a slightly less sweaty outfit and drive over to the Brentwood Farmers' Market with my boyfriend—one of my favorite Sunday traditions. We make it a priority to spend this hour together each weekend and plan out our meals for the week based on what produce is in season, knowing we're heading to Trader Joe's in the late afternoon to grab any pantry staples we may not have. I also pick out a bouquet of flowers for our house. It's not anything groundbreaking, but the sight of them each day does perk me up!
12:45 PM: In true Social Media Manager form, I try to scope out at least one new, Instagrammable restaurant over the weekend. I tend to find brunch in L.A. gets a little less crowded after 12:30 PM, so I keep my mornings busy with activities and hold off to eat until closer to 1 PM. We went over to the east side of L.A, to meet up with my sister and try out All Time (which came highly recommended by both Leslie and Emily—and I even ran into Emily, G and Sloan on my way out!). It did not disappoint. Pro tip: Go with a savory meal and always order a table pastry or sweet dish to share.
2 PM: My boyfriend and I are looking to be first-time homeowners in the near future, but we've been attending open houses since well before we were serious about buying. When we first relocated, I would scour Zillow for chic and well-decorated homes, and found that the staging served as interior design inspiration. It also keeps you up-to-date on the housing market in your city, so if you do decide to buy a home, you're not playing catch-up.
4 PM: I try to avoid the midday madness of Trader Joe's by waiting until the late afternoon to grocery shop. This took many trips to my local TJ's to figure out, but it's worth determining when the calmer hours are at your local market to keep the experience as stress-free as possible. My boyfriend and I pop in for a few final-touch ingredients for the week.
5 PM: Sunday evenings used to give me anxiety. My to-do list was daunting, and prepping for the week ahead would keep me awake way past a reasonable hour. Recently, my boyfriend and I have been attempting to recreate some of our go-to dishes from our favorite restaurants (this weekend was the Bee Sting pizza from Roberta's) and carving out an hour to head to our favorite froyo shop. It's the ultimate way to wrap up the weekend, and I spend Sunday looking forward to our kitchen adventure and dessert trip rather than stressing about my 7 a.m. alarm on Monday morning.
8 PM: My final trick to combat the Sunday Scaries? I refrain from watching at least one of my weekly shows until Sunday night. After dinner, I curl up on the couch with nearly four days worth of anticipation and forget that a new week begins the following day.
I'd love to hear: What do you Sundays look like? Share in the comments below!