TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
It's also the FIRST day of a brand new week.
What's in your calendar?
Maybe it likely looks a lot like mine: work related meetings, coffee dates, a day dedicated to writing (currently with focus on this blog that you're reading with such great interest ;) haha), play dates, rehearsals for SISTERHOOD and Easter weekend (COME!), daily workouts, phone calls, working the dream of a part-time job doing what I love (personal training), getting the kids to daycare/preschool and other various activities (on time, fed and fully clothed, might I add), date night with my man, connect groups, meal prepping for dinners ... not to mention some of the littler things I have in my heart to do around the house like buying a picture frame for a new print I received <thanks Meg!> (and tasking my husband to hang it) or getting in a couple of chapters in the book I'm reading and potentially making muffins so my house smells delicious. There is no question that my week is jam packed. I bet yours is too. Or at least that's how it probably feels on a Monday!
But guys, Monday's are beautiful.
Disclaimer: I'm not writing from this perspective just because I'm full to the brim with a yummy Americano and because it's the only day I'm by myself for the entire week, ha
This is truly how I've come to see Monday's.
It can be quite easy for us to fall into a "case of the Monday's" some weeks, or maybe it's every week for you. No judgement here. From my own experience, I believe that cultivating the skill of being self-aware and distinguishing exactly where your head and heart are at every Monday is vital to the success of the rest of your week.
verb (used with object), cultivated, cultivating.
- to prepare and work on (land) in order to raise crops; till.
- to use a cultivator on.
- to promote or improve the growth of (a plant, crop, etc.) by labor and attention.
- to produce by culture:
to cultivate a strain of bacteria.
- to develop or improve by education or training; train; refine:
to cultivate a singing voice.
- to promote the growth or development of (an art, science, etc.); foster.
- to devote oneself to (an art, science, etc.).
Being intentional and becoming self-aware isn't just something we stumble into. We must cultivate it in our own lives through intentionality and investment in the time given toward it.
Monday's can sometimes be hard, especially after coming off of a restful weekend or perhaps it was an energizing one where you've ran yourself ragged with nothing left in the tank. In any case, I'm aware that everyone's Monday's look different but;
Monday's are a day to re-group.
They are FULL of OPPORTUNITY.
To plan ahead.
To set goals.
To re-evaluate the previous week and how we scheduled our time effectively or ineffectively.
They are days to create space for new dreams.
They are days to feed your soul with perspective that will set you up for a win and carry you through your entire week.
I realize that not everyone has a Monday to themselves, most are just getting back to the grind and can feel overwhelmed by the commute, line-ups the encounter, ̶̶c̶̶r̶̶a̶̶n̶̶k̶y people dynamics, a long list of 'to-do's; trust me. I get the hustle and bustle of Monday's. However, I think we can sometimes miss the opportunity that a Monday, a fresh week has to offer.
Your preparation on a Monday might not be glamorous or involve any sort of quiet; Maybe you're currently reading this blog while kids jump on you or are screaming their heads off around you thinking "Right Steph ... Like I have time to prepare my week." I so get that life. I live it Tuesday - Sunday right now. So please hear the heart behind my words. The time we take to prepare for our week mentally is the foundation of our entire week. Even amidst the noise when I wasn't able to take a day for myself - I intentionally carved out what started at 5-10 minutes of quiet time to prepare my heart and prepare my schedule for the week, and grew to 60 minutes. Maybe to start, it looks like getting up 10-15 minutes early and writing out the week, or mentally taking note of all it's details (that just doesn't work for me #MommyBrain). Maybe it looks like listening to an encouraging podcast or sermon on the bus every Monday to set your week up for success. Maybe it looks like ensuring you get to the gym every Monday #NeverMissAMonday so that your body is full of endorphins and ready to propel you into the week with excitement and anticipation. Maybe it looks like sitting down and having a weekly family meeting with your spouse to plan out the week schedule wise and financially. Maybe it looks like all of these and more! Wherever you are in your scheduling, where do you find yourself today?
One thing my hubby does every week that is so inspiring to me is that he goes to the grocery store on Monday mornings and he purchases what he needs for his lunches throughout the week. He does this so that when he's hungry for lunch or for a snack at work, he has something to eat. He is intentional about carving out that time at the beginning of his week so that the rest of his week is set up with food to nourish his mind and body so that he can smash it at his job. If he didn't do this because of the time it would take or the money it would cost or just lack of desire to be intentional about doing it (which in all honesty, sometimes happens because he's human #RealLife), he just isn't prepared for the week; because he hasn't planned ahead to nourish his body to replenish his energy, his capacity at work just isn't be as sustainable on Wednesday as it was on Monday. When my hubby needs to be replenished (food), he knows where he can go (fridge).
When you need to be replenished, do you know where you can go?
Monday's are days to be intentional about scheduling the time we are investing, the time we are spending, with whom and where.
Monday's are days to cultivate a sustainable schedule that will both replenish and challenge you.
Don't let a case of the Mondays become a bad week, month, year or life.
Today is a fresh start.
A NEW week.
A GREAT day to plan for the beautiful week ahead of you.
And when you're feeling the need to be replenished on Wednesday, it'll be there. Because you planned it and pencil'd it into your schedule.
Challenge: Take a peek at your calendar this week. Does it have time for you? Does it have time for pouring into people? Does it have time to get poured into? Does it have time to be in church? Take some time to be intentional about your calendar and the things that matter this week and see how amazingly your week takes shape.