Mondays have this bad reputation for being TERRIBLE. But we all love fresh starts don't we? That's what Mondays are! I want you all to decide RIGHT NOW that this week will be awesome! Set yourself a reminder on your phone that goes off every hour or every two hours that says, "You can do it! Stay positive!" Think of all the blessings in your life. Write them all down if that helps you. When your coffee spills all over your lap at your desk at 8am think about how lucky you are to be in a heated building with your $4.00 Starbucks. Be thankful that you were able to wake up in a warm bed and drive your own car into work. Be thankful you have a job! Here in America we have access to SO much more than a lot of people. We are free. We are alive. We are loved! We are loved by friends, by family, and by our ever merciful God.
And guess what? I have a secret to tell you. Do you know the secret to having a really really good day? Here's the trick:
EACH DAY, INTENTIONALLY DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
That coworker who forgot their lunch? Sneak a $10 bill on their desk with a note that says, "Lunch is on me." Don't leave your name. Don't let them see you. Just make them REALLY happy.
Hold the door for someone.
Hold the elevator for someone.
Give someone your last piece of gum.
That mom friend who is sick? Spend your day off keeping her kids out of her hair. Do some laundry for her. Clean up her kitchen. (And I'm not just saying that because I was sick this weekend and I wanted help with my kids, my laundry, and my kitchen. Hahaha okay mayyyybe I am... ;)
That sickly elderly person from your church? Get some extra ingredients next time you go shopping and surprise them with dinner! (This is also WONDERFUL for moms who are newly pregnant & experiencing morning sickness. Just make sure they aren't sickened by what you make. Ask them what they're craving! This is ESPECIALLY wonderful for moms who have just delivered a baby or babies. Oh my goodness. There's nothing like someone cooking dinner for the family when you're newly postpartum.)
Giving is what truly truly truly makes you happy. Yeah Netflix and Nutella is fun. Yeah, going to the bar is fun. Yeah, eating an entire pizza with your friends while streaming 4 seasons of your favorite show is fun but you get so much more satisfaction from GIVING instead of TAKING. And yes, while giving to our neighbors (fellow man) is very important, so is giving to God. I challenge you this week to go to church at least one extra time apart from Sunday. I'm so bad at that. It's hard with kids. But I CAN do it. I will do it. Say some extra prayers and talk to God during the day. Say good morning to Him. Say good night to Him. Say "I love you" to Him.
I hope these tips make your week wonderful. Remember : Giving is living.
My name is Hannah and I'm a lucky wife to Tom, and mama bear to two sweet girls - Charlotte & Rosalie. Coffee, lipstick, sunshine, and dresses are some of my favorite things! I love to blog about God, motherhood, "wifeyhood", food, health and much more.
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