Let’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.
1. Group Hug. When you put out positive energy, the universe conspires to give you a big group hug just when you need it (it seems). It may be in my head, but I’ve felt so much love from people all around me this past week, and just for no particular reason. For example, on Monday, I gave my first ballet lesson to my friend’s daughter. It was so much fun preparing for it, as it brought back so many fond memories. I’m using the dance room at my school for the lessons, though it was unavailable this past week, so we improvised using desks as our ballet bar. A female janitor, who was cleaning around us as we galloped around the room, asked me if I had children of my own. I told her I didn’t, and she said, “Well, you are going to make a really good mother one day. You are so good with her.” The warmth of what seemed like a genuine compliment from her made me feel pretty wonderful.
2. Connected. In the same vein, my students were seemingly extra sweet this week. They were full of compliments (though of course, that could be because grade reports are around the corner — ha!), and they made my heart so happy. One of my classes and I had a Michael Jackson dance off. Now, I have a pretty smooth moonwalk, if I must say, but the fact that some of them were not afraid to show me up, made my day. I also thoroughly enjoyed an activity called “Me too!” where we learned about our connections with one another with a ball of yarn. My students were so open to learning about one another and celebrating each other’s connections as well as what made them unique.
3. Gold Out. Thursday was a full day and evening, as my coworker promoted her friend’s non-profit organization supporting pediatric cancer research. Her dear friend’s son recently lost his battle with cancer, and so this day meant a lot to my coworker, and she worked tirelessly to make it a huge success — and of course, it was. She sold over 200 t-shirts (profits going to this charity) at our school, and we all wore them on Thursday. Her friend’s organization raised over $30,000 from this event altogether. To say I am proud of my friend is a huge understatement. I am so lucky to have such a caring, warm, and selfless person in my life and to be able to call her my friend. As a part of the social committee at my school, I invited staff to come to her volleyball game after school that day and then out to dinner after the game. Even though she was exhausted from all of her work (not just at our school, but at other schools and places around the community as well), it was great celebrating with her on a day that meant so much to her. It was pretty incredible not only seeing the gold shirts all over our school, but also seeing the outpouring of support from so many people.
4. Friday HH. Happy hours with my friends on Friday are always a weekly bonus.
5. Saturday Fun. This Saturday, I spent a good chunk of the day and night at my friend’s apartment where we made brownies, played card games, and played a silly game of “never have I ever” with a few new friends. We took a night swim in our clothes, had meaningful conversations, and laughed enough to burn off our brownies. Honestly, I felt like a teenager again, but embracing that part of myself this weekend was exactly what I needed.
6. A Trip to Dell Children’s Hospital. My friend, who I mentioned organized Thursday’s Gold Out event, asked a couple of teachers, students, and I to go with her to the children’s hospital where her friend’s son went for his treatments. She wanted to deliver ribbons that her volleyball team signed with well-wishes to the children in the hospital. The ribbon posters were hanging around our school this week, but she felt that it was important for the children to see them hanging up in the hospital. After she thanked the nurses for everything they did for her friend’s son and snapped a few pictures with them, we went over to the Ronald McDonald House next door to deliver more of the ribbons. Though it was incredibly sad to see children suffering in any way, it was also moving to see how much they are cared for by the staff and by people like my sweet friend. Seeing things like I saw that day puts so much into perspective, makes me appreciate everything I have even more so than I did, and makes me want to act more selflessly every day.
7. Blood Moon. As cliché as it sounds, I find myself unable to escape the comfort that comes with the fact that I was watching the same moon with countless other people. We are never alone. As I do most nights, I went on my nightly walk last night, winding down the day, and listening to my ear buds on blast. I was memorizing a blues song (see why here). Only this time, I wasn’t quite as alone as I typically am on these walks. As I passed each house in the neighborhood, every other one had people planted in the front yard to watch the spectacle in the sky. The walk last night felt transformative. It’s not that I believe that the moon is magic; I just allowed it to be. It felt oddly, yet wonderfully healing. The air was cool and crisp; the wind felt like an embrace, and the red fullness of the moon was strange and beautiful.
I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss! Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!
Have a wonderful week!