Maple Donut Monday

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Mondays can be such a drag – it always means you have to get back to responsibilities, early wake-ups and the lovely feeling of freeness on the weekend is gone. However, a few months ago, I was visiting with my elderly friend Phyllis, and she was just having a yuck day – so I ran up to Dunkin Donuts and snagged her a maple donut (my grandma’s favorite flavor) in an attempt to cheer her up. While I was checking out, I figured that I may as well grab one for my grandma too. After delivering both donuts and seeing their faces light up – Maple donut Monday was born.

You see… we look forward to the weekend because we make plans with friends.

We look forward to trips because it’s a change up of scenery.

We are constantly looking forward to pretty much anything BUT Mondays.

But how simple is it, that both of these women, now look forward to the most hated day of the week each week for the delivery of a donut, in a maple flavor.

And because of their happiness, I now look forward to Mondays too…

So my hopes are that you can find a reason to look forward to Mondays (& maybe in the process, you can help others look forward to it too!)

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Your Emotions Are There For A Reason

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Always listen to your emotions, because they are there for a reason…

 

Bitterness shows you where you need to heal, where you’re still holding judgments on others and yourself.

Resentment shoes you where you’re living in the past and not allowing the present to be as it is.

Discomfort shows you that you need to pay attention right now to what is happening, because you’re being given the opportunity to change, to do something different then you typically do it.

Anger shows you what you’re passionate about, where your boundaries are, and what you believe needs to change about the world.

Disappointment shows you that you tried for something, that you did not give in to apathy, that you still care.

Guilt shows you that you’re still living life in other people’s expectations of what you should do.

Shame shows you that you’re internalizing other people’s beliefs about who you should be (or who you are) and that you need to reconnect to yourself.

Anxiety shows you that you need to wake up, right now, and that you need to be present, that you’re stuck in the past while living in fear of the future.

Sadness shows you the depth of your feeling, the depth of your care for others and this world.

 

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The World Is So Much Bigger

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The world is so much bigger than your brain, stop living inside your head.

It’s so easy to get lost in the mundane of life, but after my first International trip, I have come back with different viewpoints, different thoughts, and just a whole new outlook overall. Perhaps, it’s not entirely new, but I certainly returned to my structured and routine life with an inspired spirit {that I truly hope doesn’t fade away}.

Writing used to be outlet so many things, from developing inspirational quotes to creative writing and beyond, but for the past 5 years, I have had what many like to deem the {writer’s block}… over the past 20 days while on my trip, I mustered up enough creative juices to get back to it. So I’m diving in & we’ll see where it goes.

Cheers to life adventures; learning from experiences; and pushing the envelope.

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Creating A Day Worth Living

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Space For It All

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You’ll never reach a point in your life where everything is solved, all neatly tied up in a bow. That’s the point. There’s no ‘final scene’, only the on-going adventure movie, forever unresolved. You learn to love the mess of your life, its constantly changing nature, its unpredictability. And you stand as the immutable silence in the midst of the storm, the wide open space in which joy and pain, ecstasy and agony, boredom and bliss, can arise and subside like waves in the ocean. There are no problems when you know yourself has the space for it all.

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