I have a confession. I don't actually hate Mondays. (GASP). Or at least I don't anymore. I used to, though. I mean, I used to DREAD Mondays so, so, so much. My mom is probably reading this and thinking, "Dread is an understatement." Mondays used to mean the start of a new week of stress, anxiety, and utilizing passionless energy in what I felt was a wasteful manner. Mondays meant returning to school and trudging through another week of tests that determined my future in a career I had no desire to pursue. It might sound a bit dramatic, but in the moment I felt hopeless and directionless. Mondays meant the cycle of another emotional rollercoaster and I was just waiting for the next day off.
You might be thinking, "Well that's just how being in school can be." And it's true. School can be grueling, but if you're working for something you care about, it's so worth it. But to me, I was setting myself up for a life of disappointment. I read a quote once that said something along the lines of "My goal is to build a life that I don't need a vacation from." Oof. Does that make anyone else feel like they've been punched in the gut? When I read this, I really started to realize that I had been working hard in school, pursuring a career I hated and I was setting myself up for a life in which I dreaded the normal Monday-Friday and constantly longed for the 2 week vacation that I only got once a year. Not that immediately reading this quote gave me the AH-HA moment I had been waiting for, but it resonated with me and stayed with me as I began the process of chasing my dreams and living a life that I wasn't constantly needing a break from.
Today, I don't dread Mondays. Don't get me wrong, I don't ALWAYS wake up with a smile on my face SUPER over-the-top excited to face that first day of the week, because I'm a human and there are some boring business aspects to being a wedding photographer! But I do feel motivated by the fresh slate of a week that lies ahead of me and don't dread the week ahead because I am now chasing something that matters to me. Even doing the tasks that I don't love aren't as draining because they're playing a vital part in my business-building-dream-making story. I actually care about the projects I am pursuing and the energy and time spent working on them doesn't feel wasted. It feels purposeful.
Perhaps if you're dreading Mondays, maybe the real problem is that you don't feel passionate about your work. Your energy feels wasted because what is consuming your time and energy isn't allowing you to build a life you love. Find what sets your soul on fire and chase it. Throw caution to the wind and follow your heart, because we only get this one life, and I don't want you to waste it waiting for the weekend or dreaming of how you're going to spend those two weeks of vacation this year.
Happy Monday, loves.
1. Your holiday look inspiration.
2. This image really captures the vastness of the ocean. It's such a wondrous thing.
4. My favorite coffee shop in Logan Square that you need to add to your list of must-visits. Just a regular coffee with cream, please.
5. I absolutely adore this print and I am anxiously awaiting the Goal Digger podcast that Jenna Kutcher is releasing this week.