Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe another weekend is over, and that it’s almost February! The past few days have been exceptionally quiet for me as I continue to recover from a pretty bad illness that has lasted way too long. This required a lot of saying ‘no’ to various opportunities to go out and spend time with friends, something I needed practice in anyway, so… yay.
The past few weeks have definitely been a valuable lesson in self-care and how important it is; but more on that later.
Here is this week’s list of things to be excited about! I hope you are excited by these too, or at least motivated to make your own Monday 5.
This song has been stuck in my head this past week and I’m totally okay with it. A new up and coming country/folk band, these three brothers actually were Mennonites before heading to Nashville to try out a career as singers. I love the sweet lyrics and I think the upbeat, folksy combo is kind of refreshing in a genre that keeps sounding more and more like pop.
Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’
As a result of my having pretty close to zero energy this past week, I spent a lot of time watching Netflix instead of working or being with people. I don’t often binge-watch anything but the new take on Lemony Snicket’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ was not a bad way to spend a few hours a day. This book series was one of my absolute favorites when I was younger and I think the show does the books justice. I especially love how they include vocab lessons in the dialogue. Although I don’t think anyone can beat Jim Carrey’s interpretation of the villainous Count Olaf, this show (and definitely the book series) has it’s merits and I can’t wait for season 2!
Medicine cabinet organization
Another side-effect of my being sick and spending increased time at home, is our now-organized family medicine cabinet. I took the time to go through the shelves of medicine we’ve collected over the years and throw out what wasn’t needed anymore and organize anything that could still be used. I grouped the medicines according to their use (for ex: cold/allergy or vitamins, etc.) and labeled each area respectively. Now we know what everything is for and it looks much nicer. While I’m probably inordinately excited about this, I think a clean and organized home is worth celebrating.
A new discovery I made this year is erasable pens… that work. I had attempted to use some before and was pretty disappointed. Being left-handed, writing in general can be a challenge as the pen/pencil gets on your hand as you write and leave marks on the paper; so frustrating. These pens avoid that and make the occasional spelling mistake a non-issue. As a student I am super grateful for these and have used them diligently since I came across them. You can check them out here.
“Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not need to remain the way they are.” – Augustine of Hippo.
Recently hope has been something I’ve been thinking a lot about. Sometimes there are things we want and are really important to us… that we don’t have: yet. It could be a job/title, a promotion, or a new car or a relationship. Waiting is a big part of life, and I think to do so joyfully we have to hope for the things we really want. Trying to tell ourselves to suck it up or that it’ll never happen won’t help… it will just make you bitter. But allowing yourself to believe in the importance of your dreams while doing what you can now, that might be a better recipe for patience.
I love this quote because Augustine reminds us the power and importance of hope. I think a lot of big things have started by hoping… hope for a better future, hope of accomplishment, hope for change.
What are you hopeful about?