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Managing Mondays – Starting Tuesday

I was sipping my tepid cup of coffee this morning and realized it has been quite a while since I’ve shared any of my weekly spreads. This week is a slightly different type of week because it is a holiday week. It is also the first week of summer vacation in my house. My schedule is more my own for once.

I decided to wait until Monday to do my planning for no better reason than today is a holiday. The three day weekend inspired me to take a Sunday off from planning. It didn’t take much to convince me to do that considering the past few days I’ve been feeling a bit off. A focus on self-care seemed a bit more prudent. Tummy ailments and colds have been the norm around this family. Who knows why but we cannot all seem to be well at the same time. Perhaps it is the freakishly cool Phoenix weather. I mean, honestly, by this point in the annual calendar our temperature is typically in the triple digits. This barely getting close to 80 degrees is bizarre. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining. Not one single bit. Nope. Not me. I’m just commenting on the observations we’ve been making as we have all been fighting off these ailments. The weather in Phoenix is mild. It is absolutely NOT normal. Period.

Before the Pen

Now let’s take a look at this weekly spread. Usually I break my days out to reflect the crazy family schedule but this week, well, it is all about me. For the first time in a long time I get to plan MY week. School is out for Summer. No after school activities to take into consideration and my daughter does not have any plans. Yippeeee! With so much freedom I could do a decorative and pretty spread and worry less about my normal functional needs to organize my week. With so much freedom I spent a couple of hours just thinking about what I could do and struggled to decide what I wanted to do. Silly? Perhaps. So why not be a tad frivolous and go with rainbows and unicorns?!?! Yes!

Unicorn Dreams mean Big Goals to Achieve.

After the Pen

With only myself to focus on, I decided this week to remind myself of some key goals. BIG Goals. I sat and looked at my Vision Board and the big W reminding me to write. I looked at the image of the books on the night stand reminding that I should be reading more. I saw the spa images reminding me to make more time for self-care. I saw the Boss women like Oprah and Rachel Hollis on my vision board reminding me that I have big dreams that I want to achieve. So this week, I grabbed my pens, put in the important people, places, and things and then filled in all of the reminders to DREAM BIG, ACT BIG, and BE BIG!!!!!

Don’t just Dream it. Be it.

If not now, then when?

This spread was inspired by Rachel Hollis. No, she doesn’t always talk about the unicorns. But in Girl, Stop Apologizing, she has some amazing quotes that inspire me to not just dream but to live my dreams. So, yeah, unicorns come to mind. I’m going to be that amazingly different, often hard to find or understand unicorn. I’m going to go out and do ALL the things at work and at home this week. I’m going to get into my writing. I’m going to do the important things at work, and I’m going to carve out my time each day to be me. Unapologetically Me.

How about you? Do you have some things you have been putting on the side burner? Make that list and pick one of those things and do it now. If not now, then when? When is NOW. Have a great week and come back because I’ll be sipping coffee and sharing more plans, crafts, thoughts, and achievements. B



I am a 40-something, single, working mom who surrounds herself with a motley crew of family and friends. Here is my place to share musings, discoveries, learnings, and stories of my zany life. I am blessed to continually learn and love sharing with others. My quiet time centers around large cups of coffee. While sipping this manna from God, I get inspired and motivated. So grab your cup and sip with me. Love and blessings! Michelle

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