Happy Monday! I hope you had restful and fun weekend (or at least one of those). I spent most of the weekend doing as little as possible; somehow I managed to get sick for the second time in two weeks…#thanksimmunesystem.
I find it incredibly frustrating when there are so many things I want to do and people I want to see but am lacking the energy to do any of it. However being sick reminds us that self-care (especially rest) is crucial. Sometimes we just have to sit and deal with the fact that we are more than our to-do lists and social life.
Having said that, I am hoping to be slightly more productive this week.
I really love everything on the Monday 5 this week, I hope if not all of it, at least a few things will also get you excited. In any case, another week is something to be excited for in my books.
I got this nail polish for Christmas and am obsessed. It’s a simple, pale pink with a tiny bit of sparkle. I think it’s great for any occasion/season. I love when colors are neutral enough to use on a daily basis but chic enough that you could also use it for a date night or other more formal event.
PS: Just a heads up, it looks more pink in the picture than it is.
I also got this book for Christmas and read it in less than a week. Written by Joanna and Chip Gaines of the HGTV show ‘Fixer-Upper,’ the book tells the story of how their company (and it’s huge success) came to be. We learn how they met, how they started out, and the decisions made and challenges faced before finally landing Fixer-Upper. I found their story so inspiring. They not only worked incredibly hard, but also demonstrated an unbelievable faith over and over- even when things looked pretty grim. It also made me feel better that Joanna (who seems to pretty much have it all together, all the time) cried a fair number of times throughout the book.
As I believe I’ve mentioned before, Verily Magazine is one of my favorite publications. In fact, being published there published there last month was one of the highlights for me in 2016. This weekend (while spending hours lounging around) I came across this article about why as a couple, you and your s/o’s story matters. Not just how you met or when you started dating, but the ongoing adventure that is your relationship. In this article, the author recommended something they called a ‘Lark Journal.’ Lark is an old-fashioned word for fun (who knew?!) and the idea is to have a shared journal in which you keep your shared fun. It doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip, it can be a date night you went to a new restaurant or a fun day at the beach… the idea is to be able to look back on nice moments throughout your relationship, not just the beginning. On one page write down the logistics (time/date/location) and on the two following pages you both write your favorite part of the adventure. You don’t read each other’s entries until a later date (could be an anniversary or just another day down the road). I thought this was such a cool idea and nice way of being intentional in our relationships, might be worth a try.
This Peter Kreeft Quote
“Joy is not just happiness and satisfaction, but optimism, movement and strength to win the world.”
Recently joy is a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot. The search for happiness seems so crucial to our lives, but what is it really? I think this definition of what brings joy is so powerful. Today especially, it’s easy confuse happiness with contentment. So, if our needs our met (food/shelter/sleep) and we experience pleasure, that’s it right? But as Kreeft suggests, there’s more to joy than that; it’s about purpose, action and direction. Knowing the kind of person you want to be and working toward that… probably more likely to bring us joy than Netflix, don’t you think?
Happy Monday peeps!