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. Award Party. The past couple of weeks were super busy, as I was grading essays and projects until I never wanted to look at another word for the rest of my life. Students got to celebrate being on the honor roll by taking a time-out and an ice-cream sandwich. The teachers joined in, and I couldn’t not reward myself, too, for helping that many students accomplish success in the first quarter. AMIRIGHT?
2. Hump Day. The middle of the week is a good time to have someone make you dinner, watch a movie, and just veg.
3. Girls’ Night. After what seemed like a long week, before the countdown till my week off for Thanksgiving, my roommate and I made martinis and watched Scandal on a rainy Friday night — the ultimate in girls’ nights.
4. Shorts. I love a good short film — it’s a different art form altogether than a feature film (just as short stories are to novels), and I missed catching them at The Alamo (Austin theatre) this year, so I was happy to watch a few with good company after my girl’s night.
5. Lazy Saturday. On another dreary day, I spent it with company watching movies, laughing over silly videos, moving things around in the apartment to trick my roommate (she hasn’t noticed until — well, if you are reading this, just ask – ha!), making breakfast at home, and eating a delicious lunch at a restaurant I hadn’t yet checked out in Austin.
6. In Good Company. I hung out at my friends’ lovely home Saturday night and enjoyed drinking, eating, and laughing with them around their patio. It’s always nice to share time with like-minded people who value intellect, wit, and kindness. It would seem like that would be the norm with people, but of course, it’s not. Fortunately, I know of a few of the rare ones. 😉 As a bonus, they were around that night when I heard some disturbing news and kept my mind on the positive. I’m thankful for good people who keep me from leaning into cynicism — it would be much easier, but as they remind me that they appreciate my relentless romanticism of the world around me, I am encouraged to lean into what though may be more difficult but is ultimately more me.
7. Not Duped. I hesitated to add a few things in this 7 for seven, knowing now what I didn’t know then, but I can’t do that. I wasn’t duped into believing something I shouldn’t — I interpreted what was given to me, as I should. Everything I mentioned here was fun, and just because things have shifted in my thinking about those things since they happened, doesn’t take away from what I should value out of this week’s experiences. I know that is vague, but I simply want to focus on the positive — after all, that’s what my 7 for seven is all about. I’m okay seeing the world through rose-colored glasses, and one of these days, I will meet someone who sees through the same sweet lenses.
Repeat personal manifesto: Being scared is not a good excuse for not going after what you want. Possible rejection is not a good excuse either. Own yourself. Own your feelings. Act on them.
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!