Starting your week off on the right foot is simple. "Proper preparation prevents poor performance." Right? Sure. But sometimes it's so easy to say and think this mantra without actually following through. Here's my new, different approach to taking on each week:
P is for Monday Motivation.
I was stumbling through photos on my phone on Monday morning, trying to decide what a good Insta post would be (of course I didn't have anything planned), and my mind started to flutter with ideas for what I wanted to accomplish this week - while also remembering what I didn't accomplish last week!
I was sitting at the kitchen table with the morning sun glowing through the windows, and remembered that last week I had tasked myself with putting a plan together for our garden this year. Beyond having this thought in my head last week, I didn't make any headway on garden planning. Zero. No list of seeds. No research on annuals or perennials. Nothing. No PLANNING. Guilty as charged.
Then my mind started wondering about property. As in a plot of land. And prayers. My husband and I spent the day on Sunday driving about looking at lots for sale. (We've been dreaming and scheming about buying a lot since before we got married!) We ended up back at the first piece of property we discovered over a year and half ago. Still available. Still our favorite. By the end of the day, we had contacted our realtor friend and asked to submit an offer. Holy cow. PRAYERS. It's so easy to remember to pray when we want or need something - a bad tendency of mine that I need to break!
Next, as I was sitting there sipping my coffee, my brain started veering off to thinking about how I needed to get my butt out of the chair and get moving. Exercise. Loose weight. Look great. Feel better. Ugh. Watching the Oscars was fun. And I love the fashion. But unfortunately, after shows like this I always find myself feeling down and discouraged. I want to look like that. Her arms. Her skin. What am I doing wrong?! I'm being ridiculous and negative. That's what I'm doing wrong. Self-love and confidence has to start with POSITIVITY. Right? Seems right.
Despite my apparent attention disparity, I somehow managed to pull all these thoughts together.
PRAYER. PLAN. POSITIVITY.
Truthfully, I believe prayer should be top of mind awareness all the time! But we're human, and sometimes it becomes an afterthought. I can honestly say, though, that when I focus and make time for prayer, life is better.
When I plan, I accomplish things. I feel good about myself. I feel more successful. I feel less stressed. I feel good. (Cue the positive thinking!) Geez. I know planning is a good thing. Just do it, right?
Positivity is contagious, even within ourselves. The dark circles under my eyes are really not that bad. My jeans still fit. My skin is looking better. My husband loves me. I'm so self-concious sometimes and constantly comparing myself to others. Why?! Ladies (and gents!), we have to start being positive. Positive towards ourselves. Celebrate the small successes. Be motivated by improvements however big or small they might be. Love yourself. We're much better partners, parents, and friends when we love ourselves and have a positive outlook.
P is for Monday Motivation.
My new task this week and every week is shifting. I'm focusing on prayer, planning, and positivity. Hopefully you'll find some inspiration in some of these thoughts. And please share your weekly mantras with me! I'd love to hear how you stay on task and what makes you feel great about yourself.
Much love, Laura