Weekend Adventures


Silhouette of a couple canoeing in a lake, Malaysia

While it isn’t a week or two of vacation, a weekend is long enough to have some fun and do something exciting, rewarding, or enlightening.

Let’s talk about some of the ways you can use your weekends for adventures now that you have stopped using the time to catch up on household chores or your daily job.


Over the years I have participated in many weekend retreats. Most of them have been focused on some aspect of spirituality or religious practice. Others have served as an opportunity to get away for a couple of days and experience nature and solitude. Whether it’s to expand your spiritual life or just spend some time alone with your thoughts, going on retreat is a great way to spend a weekend.

Seminars and workshops

If you have any special interests outside of work, you have probably attended a seminar or workshop to learn more about them. I average one or two events a year. Last year I attended a Hay House conference in New York City and a WordPress conference in Orlando. I came away from these events with a renewed sense of purpose and the information I needed to move forward in my projects. I also met some great people along the way.

Customized getaways

Because I work from home a good part of each month, I don’t always feel like I’m getting away from work unless I physically leave our home. When I told my husband I wanted a weekend away to get some writing done, he suggested we drive an hour north, stay at a nice hotel with a pool, and structure the days so I could have uninterrupted time to write and he could spend time at the pool and in the exercise room. We met for meals and spent a little time together in the evening browsing at a local bookstore. The weekend was both productive and relaxing, and I got to spend some quality time with my spouse.


Most of us have wanted to accomplish a task that is too big for a week night but could be completed over a weekend. I’ve had lots of weekend projects–totally revamp the master closet, do the prep work for a party, plan a vacation and make all the arrangements, etc. Maybe you want to redecorate a room or put in a garden. Weekends are ideal for this kind of activity.

What other kinds of activities do you enjoy doing over the weekend?







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Meet Gail

Gail Pentz, author

My work experience spans Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. As a corporate trainer, I have delivered training throughout the U.S. and in 18 other countries. I designed and wrote hundreds of instructional materials for numerous industries, and worked as a teacher and staff in private schools. I also have experience with small businesses. I was a founding partner and Director of Operations for T.W.I.C.E. Educational Services, Inc., a Sarasota-based continuing education firm serving mental health professionals.

Having worked 60+ hours a week for several decades, I know what it’s like to be on the proverbial hamster wheel, using weekends to catch up on what I didn’t get done and preparing for the week ahead. Like me, you may be ready for at least two days each week that are filled with activities you find satisfying and fulfilling. Less time working (or preparing for work) translates into more time for recreational travel, self-care, and personal development. I firmly believe that as we take better care of ourselves, we are better equipped to share our gifts with the world (and especially the quality of effort we bring to the workplace).

You can begin enjoying a retirement lifestyle this weekend. Let’s get started!

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