Hi I’m Laura Kebby and I have Splendour in the Grass Fomo. Man that feels good to finally get out in the open. But I mean, who doesn’t right? Personally I’ve never been, but it’s definitely something that’s firmly on my bucket list and I feel like every single year I always miss the boat. This year though I was just kind of lazy. And now I’m using the one platform I have to complain about the fact that I’m not going, but also take a chance to say yeah well my weekend is going to be heaps better anyway. *Queue toddler tantrum*. So here’s your list of 5 things to do this weekend that are heaps better than going to Splendour in the Grass. What these things won’t offer you though, is a hangover, a mud bath, and an empty bank account so now who’s #WINNING.
1. Go on an Adventure
That’s right, you heard me, go and do something fun. Take a full day off, I personally suggest Sunday, and go and do something you’ve never done before. Disregard your normal routine and go and live outside your comfort zone. Head outside of the city, check out the wonderful eclectic world that is Morpeth, climb Mount Sugarloaf, go and pat a cow in the Hunter Valley, whatever floats your boat, just go ahead and do that!
2. Have a full Newcastle Day
I’m not talking about just heading into Honeysuckle to take in the view, I’m talking about going and seeing the town like a tourist. Don’t head to your local to grab coffee, or to your favourite breakfast haunt, go and find somewhere new. Do your research! Make it your own personal vendetta to find the best coffee/picnic spot/bacon and egg roll/burger/bike path/park/beer on tap and make a flipping day of it.
3. Drive out to Nelson Bay
Nelson Bay and Port Stephens honestly feels like a world away, which is why we usually like to stay in our own little bubble and refuse to venture out. But the whole point of a comfort zone is that we eventually have to venture out of it, to enjoy the life and time we have. And you don’t need to have a plan, or an agenda, or a time frame, or the most comprehensive logistical profile and technological equipment you can find, especially if you have children. Ditch the Ipads, take a picnic and a footy and go and explore a new patch of grass to waste the day away.
4. Go and adopt a dog
Ok, before you fly off the handle, this is definitely not a decision to be taken lightly. A dog is a family member and someone that you care about, love and treasure for the rest of their days, but if it’s been on the cards for a while, and you have all your ducks in a row, why not this weekend? Go out to the RSPCA at Rutherford and go and at least meet some of the wonderful rescue dogs out there. Each and every one of those wonderful doggos would absolutely love a home, and why not give them yours? Even if you’re not looking to take home a dog, go and fill your pat quota anyway.
5. Just Do. Nothing.
When was the last time you simply did… Nothing. When was the last time you had some unstructured time to yourself, to simply recharge? I read something yesterday where someone said “what is a day off?”. You need to make a conscious choice to take a day off. Make a conscious choice to switch off, enjoy yourself, and simply be able to enjoy the time you have on this planet of ours. It sounds a little airy fairy sure, but you honestly have no idea what good it will do, to your mind and your productivity. No one loves a workaholic, especially one that refuses to do anything about it.