TOP 5 FRIDAY is when we each list five of our favorite things, depending on the topic. Feel free to join in via the comments or by posting on your own blog and linking back here. Play along. It’s Friday.

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I literally refuse to use the word “chillax.” I think it is the dumbest word our culture has created….

says the girl who overuses “totes” and “adorbs” and “perf.”

I’m an alphabetical hypocrite.

So here’s the sitch [annoying abbrev]. My life has gotten a little whackadoodle- lots of travel, lots of writing, lots of time with my CrossPoint small group, and then I have friends and a gym membership and family. I love my life like whoa, there are just lots of lots in my life.

And I’m finding it harder and harder to relax. Part of the problem with working from home is that you can always be working.

Just this week, sweet Amanda said, “Tell me what will make you feel restful and we’ll do that.”

And I didn’t know.

I. Didn’t. Know.

Reading is my favorite hobby, but it isn’t relaxing per say, because words are my job.

So I’ve thought long and hard about what things make me feel relaxed. Being that none of us have unlimited budgets, this list is things I can actually attain. [Example: a weekend in a cabin in Colorado would be relaxing. But I do not have a cabin in Colorado. Ergo, impossible.]

In no particular order, here are the Top 5 things that are relaxing to my mind and heart [that do not directly include humans… I’m worried my friends or family will read this and be all, “Annie thinks it is stressful to love me” and that’s not it. These are just ACTIVITIES. Everybody settle].

1. Go to the movies

If I can put my brain in someone else’s story, I’m less likely to be worried about the stories I’m living. Also, snowcaps. Also, coke icee.

2. Coloring

Call me a looney toon if you will, but a coloring book and a set of crayons can keep me entertained and rested for a good long while. I’m forever looking for discount coloring books at Michael’s.

[And that sentence, my friends, may have something to do with my singleness. TBD.]

3. Podcasts

I love podcasts where someone else tells me a story. My current [and longtime] favorite is This American Life.

[Once, I asked one of my Scottish friends if he had ever listened to This American Life. I’m gonna let you think about that one for a minute.]

4. Playing the piano

I have a dream. I want to take piano lessons. I’m a self taught pianist, meaning I would take the tiny three octave electric keyboard at my parents house and bang out the notes from my hymnal. [Actually, that’s rather adorable, isn’t it? Maybe that balancing the love of coloring books? No? Still single? Got it.] But I think being able to really play the piano, like chords and stuff, would be really relaxing.

5. Laying on a blanket in my front yard at night with hipster mason jar candles lit and listening to emo music like Bon Iver.

I’ve earned my cred in this town, people. I’ve got a hipster streak a mile wide.

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YOUR TURN!

Also. Help me. What are some of your favorite ways to relax that don’t take a lot of dolla-dolla-bills-y’all? 

[PS- Would you pray for me? As I’m learning this new life and an author/speaker, I’m having to relearn me a bit- and relearn how to care for myself so that I can be most effective in ministry and most normal in relationships. Your prayers towards this end would be really sweet.]