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Party? No thank you.

December 18, 2015

Tonight is the night of our company Christmas party. These events are usually pretty big, especially these days as we now have over 500 staff. It’s crazy to think that the amount of staff has pretty much doubled since I started in 2011.

Back in the day, I used to be all about these parties. If someone asked me whether or not I was going, I would have said ‘Of course I’m going, why wouldn’t I be?’ Looking back on the events, I’m not going to lie, they were pretty great.

These days it’s different. I just feel like I’ve got different priorities now. When thinking about going to this particular party, all I could think was things like ‘I won’t get enough sleep to feel energised the day after’, or ‘I really don’t feel like getting drunk’ and ‘I’d prefer a relaxing night’.

So I decided not to go. I thought I would have some sort of feeling of missing out, but I really don’t. In fact, I feel super good about it. After work, I went to the gym for a quick workout. I didn’t make it a really challenging one, just a bit of cardio and strength for about 45 minutes. Enough to feel like I’d made some sort of effort rather than just sit on my butt.

Jeremy and I then drove to get dinner. Friday is the day we normally get take-out, and today was no exception. I got home, had a shower, washed my makeup off, put my nightie on and then had dinner. Yeah, that’s right – I had dinner in my nightie and it was great.

I’m currently in bed and thinking about turning the computer off to get some sleep. It’s just before 10pm. That would be the earliest I’ve gone to bed on a Friday in a long time. But I feel like it will be good for me. The earlier I go to bed, the earlier I can wake up tomorrow to make the most of the day. If you asked me 5 years ago if that sounded like something I’d say,  I would have laughed in your face.

What do you prefer – party or a relaxing evening at home?



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  • Miriam

    Hi Sophie, you know what, you’re growing up! And you’re growing wiser and getting your priorities right. Not that there’s anything wrong with a good night out but I think as we get older it’s all about balance. I love a good night in with pizza and a movie.

    December 18, 2015 at 10:13 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah I totally agree, I have definitely noticed myself growing up this year. And I’m loving it! Certainly wouldn’t say no to pizza and a movie!

      December 19, 2015 at 10:04 am Reply
      • Miriam

        Good for you. 🙂

        December 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • wisewoodpidgeon

    Love your posts – makes me remember what it’s like to be young but can relate as an older person too. Keep writing – love reading your stuff – thanks 🙂

    December 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Thank you very much! Glad to hear you enjoy my posts. I’m certainly not a writer so it’s always cool to hear my posts are appreciated anyway!

      December 19, 2015 at 10:05 am Reply
      • wisewoodpidgeon

        I feel the same way. I’m not a writer and so I get blown away when someone comments that what I’ve written was ‘beautiful ‘ – I love hearing that, so I understand what you mean. And I think it’s cool that someone else connects with what we’re writing so it’s a win/win really! All the best for Christmas 🙂

        December 19, 2015 at 11:59 am Reply
  • StephJ

    I always prefer a relaxing evening at home. But I have found in the last year or so that has really multiplied, I still go to the occasional party but I would rather a nightie, tea, and a book over parting any day and I am not even ashamed 🙂

    December 19, 2015 at 1:11 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      You definitely shouldn’t be ashamed! I don’t feel bad at all for choosing what feels best for me. After all, we should be doing what makes us happy!

      December 19, 2015 at 10:07 am Reply
  • the Helm Household

    Home, home, home! I’ve found that those nights turn out better than partying.

    December 19, 2015 at 1:32 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Yeah I’m starting to feel that too. There is a time and place for everything though, so sometimes it may be more fun to head out. Yesterday was not one of those days, haha.

      December 19, 2015 at 10:08 am Reply
  • pursuitofanewadventure

    I feel exactly the same and 10 years ago I wouldn’t have agreed with my now self either haha 🙂

    December 19, 2015 at 2:43 am Reply
  • Amanda Bella

    Sometimes passing on a party is the way to go! Good for you for doing what you wanted ! 🙂 Dinner in PJ’s sounds fab to me! 🙂

    December 19, 2015 at 4:59 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      It was amazing! And now that I’ve woken up without a hangover, I feel even better!

      December 19, 2015 at 10:09 am Reply
      • Amanda Bella

        That is the BEST! Def. a good choice! 🙂

        December 19, 2015 at 6:28 pm Reply
  • Dreamer Achiever

    I like parties with friends but I feel you! Today I should go to party and still work today and next 5 days. That’s not too fun idea to be honest. But well, I’m planning to go by car – so no drinking, but still I’ll meet my friends. 🙂

    December 20, 2015 at 12:59 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Good idea to take the car. Then you’ll definitely have a reason to stay sober! 🙂

      December 20, 2015 at 9:42 am Reply

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