I think we all know Mondays aren’t the easiest day of the week. Lately I’ve made a promise to myself to try to view my work week in a different (more positive) light, but I think Mondays really test my resilience with this! So… it may not be the ‘healthiest’ of approaches but today I took myself off after work and indulged in simple retail therapy. And I picked up two of my very favourite things – a mug (used for tea!) and a new lippy.
Lately, I’ve been having trouble staying motivated to do even the simplest things. Thing is, I don’t know why, but sometimes I feel inspired and can take on anything – and other times (lately) I haven’t even been motivated enough to do the things I really love.
I may not have all the answers, but I can tell you what always seems to help me get motivated again.
I am such a nerd… I love all things to do with organising. If I spent an entire weekend just rearranging and organising things, I’d be happy! However, I have found that keeping my person organised is a more difficult task, one that actually started to cause stress, rather than alleviate it.
Let me explain…
I am obsessed with tea. I drink it every single morning before work. I drink it when I need cheering and I drink it when I’m happy. And in recent years I even drink it when it’s hot out … because I have discovered iced tea!
I’ve decided to start something up here called Simple Moments… and I’ll make it on Mondays because Monday’s are by rule of thumb a tough day of the work week! Oh and also because alliteration is awesome. I’m doing this because live in my head about 90% of the time, and I am really trying to work on that. I’ve realised not only does it heighten my anxiety, but it also means the world flies by and I miss out on so many things. Something that’s been helping this tendency of mine is to stop and take stock of the little, yet awesome, moments that make up my day
So. Today was Australia Day. A day where everyone gets out the BBQ & beer, listens to Triple J’s Hottest 100 and generally has a grand old time. Today, I had to work. Major bummer. (Never fear, we did celebrate the previous day – more on that to come!)
My job is, a lot of the time, mentally draining, so when I finish work for the day I usually need to immerse myself in something completely un-work related to shake it all off. Today was definitely one of those days!
Therefore, today I got home from work and decided to do my new favourite thing – gardening. It’s nothing too special as I live in an apartment with a balcony, but I’m developing my green thumb and I love it. I love learning as I go and creating something beautiful and alive for me to look at everyday. Today I potted some Gardenias and some New Guinea Impatiens. We’ll see how they go, as flowers generally tend to love sun and my balcony doesn’t get much of it. I picked these ones however because they can stand up to long periods of shade (oh god, I hope!).
This little project didn’t take me long – simple project, blissful moment.