Welcome Back Monday – You Ole’ Son of a Gun.
Monday’s are inevitable. They’re creeping around the bend as you put on your pajamas Sunday night. Sometimes Monday’s can be a real drag. Some of us have to go back to our 9 to 5’s. Some of us have chores a mile long waiting for us. Most of us have a week long list of dinners to think about. Either way Monday’s can sometimes make you want to stay in bed.
Monday’s don’t always have to be the party pooper.
For me I use Monday to regroup after a weekend filled with often chaotic activities and a schedule that is defined by the clock. I welcome Monday in with a cup of tea. I take the moments I need to think about my week. Where do the kids have to be? What household goals do I need to achieve this week? Are there appointments? Are there school projects that are due? I make it a point to include in my thoughts some mini goals that I would like to achieve this week that will make my soul happy – even if it’s just an hour of working in my art journal. Scheduling in time for ourselves is essential to helping us be better moms, dads, husbands, wives and friends. I feel fulfilled if I put aside some time for myself. This carries over into my day to day life. I don’t believe this to be selfish. I believe it a necessity to continued self awareness and growth as a human being.
I realize not everyone can take all of Monday to regroup. I’m not suggesting you call in sick every Monday to figure out the week ahead. But why not get up just 15-20 minutes earlier and make yourself a cup of something and enjoy the calm while gathering your thoughts for the week? Starting the week off positively can change the way your entire week plays out. I think we all deserve that.
Hope you have a Soul-Positive Week!
The Quotes Edition
My friend Nicole who writes the Always Reiding Blog had a post entitled “Top Ten Tuesday” which this week was a list of ten inspiring quotes from books. Running with the quotes theme I decided to post a few of my favorites today for Triple F. These aren’t all from books but they do happen to be a few of my tried and true favorites.
Photo Cred: eisymorgan.blogspot.com via Pinterest
Do you have a favorite quote? This quote junkie would love to hear it. Please share it in the comments.
It’s the weekend folks…Enjoy it!
The lovely Amy from Fearlesslines has written a blog post about our #taggedbykindness project! I’m gushing over the fact that the #taggedbykindness project is growing some wings.
Amy was the first “Carrier of Kindness” when she made a batch of tags for our project. Oh the lucky, lucky recipients. Amy your kindness, enthusiasm and support of #taggedbykindness has been so amazing. Please go check out Amy’s post here! While you’re there check out the other blog posts. Amy and her friends are writing about some fabulous stuff! xoxo
A Snapshot of Amy’s Beautiful Tags
My fear of bridges is different than my fear of putting myself out there but both have offered personal growth over the years.
I was never really a fan of driving to places that I was unfamiliar with especially if they were in a different state. I don’t find a GPS to be helpful because I have a hard time reading signs, paying attention to the road and listening to the voice of the GPS all at one time. Now let’s throw in a bridge between point A and point B. Well – needless to say that would have me in a white knuckle grip on my steering wheel as I was pulling out of my neighborhood.
My children all play competitive soccer. Traveling to other states for tournaments is a very common occurrence. In the beginning with child #1 I would try and catch a ride with the coach or another parent. This would be difficult because for that whole weekend I would be without a car. I didn’t like inconveniencing people. However, any bridges along the way I could just take deep breaths and close my eyes.
A funny thing happened as the years went on. I began driving myself. My daughter and I enjoyed the time together and the convenience of having our own car. Was I still afraid? Sure was. But little by little, trip by trip a quiet confidence grew within me. I would be nervous approaching the bridge but as I was descending on to the other side I noticed I was inhaling and exhaling deeply. I’d get to the other side and high five myself mentally. I could do this. Traveling out of state will never be my favorite pastime but knowing that I faced one of my fears allowed me to grow and make my stress level tolerable with each anticipated trip.
Being brave and putting yourself out there strikes a fear as well. Whether you’re a writer, artist or innovator putting your heart and soul into something and opening the door for critique is scary. I know initially when I began thinking about making a website for the specific reason of showcasing some of my projects and writing about my feelings – I hesitated. It’s so easy to bounce ideas off your circle of friends. Showing my latest art piece to my gal pals is a breeze because they are my best cheerleaders. Posting pictures and blog posts on the world wide web….yikes.
I like to play a game I call “Worse Case Scenario” when it comes to this type of fear. Mentally I go over all the things that may or may not happen if I post a picture of my art journal or blog about my feelings. Someone could comment that they “don’t get it”. Maybe I won’t receive one comment or like. The fact that I take the chance and post it is a #win. Why? Because I took a step out of my box. I faced my fear of rejection and guess what? Still alive. No one took my website away because they thought my post stunk.
Fear doesn’t always have to be the bad guy. Facing our fears large and small is empowering. The results we receive whether they are overwhelmingly positive or somewhat negative teach us lessons. Sometimes the lessons aren’t readily visible. But with retrospection comes clarity. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on yourself! You just might be surprised at how far you can go.