How to Make Your Monday Better

Let’s stop attacking Monday mornings and strike back with positivity. Here are ten ways to help make your Monday better!

  • Use Sunday to plan your weekly agenda.
  • Read a positive quote to start your day.
  • Set your alarm to your favorite motivational song.
  • Remind yourself to have a Happy Monday.
  • Ask yourself “How can I help someone have a better Monday?
  • Chant You/We/I can do it! Positive self talk will help shift your mindset.
  • Start a gratitude list. What are you thankful for?
  • Reward yourself with your favorite treat after a successful day. #treatyoself
  • Take two minutes to reflect on your Monday. Write down one way to improve next Monday.
  • Remember, you are one step closer to fulfilling your goals!

Happy Monday to all. 😁

2018: My Year in a Review

Thank you to everyone that supports A Growing Document Blog.

I learned

-To set higher goals.

-Rejection is temporary.

-To accept new challenges.

I experienced

-Traveling to Philadelphia, New Jersey & Pittsburgh

-New music- Erykah Badu & 6LACK,

-New food-Snails & Vegan Cheesesteak

Goals for 2019

Improve time management

-Set deadlines

-Remove clutter

-Be consistent with weekly agendas

I Slept with a Bat in My Closet

After waking up at 4am to fluttering noises, I spied a blurry bat flying around my bed. I dipped and ducked my way into the living room to knock on my new roommates’ door. J sluggishly responds and rescues my glasses, keys & shoes. Minutes later ‘Bobby the Bat’ was quietly tucked inside my closet.

One year later I decided to revisit this experience and put myself in his claws. Here are four ideas about dealing with the battiness of life.

  1. Don’t stress yourself out. Flying around in unfamiliar places can feel frustrating. It’s perfectly fine to take a moment to hide behind a curtain and breathe.
  2. Bobby was unable to ask Siri for directions to his bat cave. Luckily humans can call or text their closest friends and family and seek guidance .
  3. Reference your instincts. I’m pretty sure Bobby, the night adweller had his heart set on going home. In a room full of light he remembered his instincts and flew in my closet.
  4. Remember, when you feel bat shit crazy take a moment to back it up, assess the situation and make time to move on.

FYI: No bats were hurt in this situation. My roommate strongly advised against pepper spraying Bobby the Bat.

10 Thoughts on Traveling Abroad

May 2017, my aunt & I traveled to the Bahamas for her birthday.  It was filled with fun-filled & family oriented experience. Here are some thoughts about my first out of the country traveling experience.

Before

  1. Pack and comfortably.
  2. Always be prepared for obstacles.
  3. Be organized.
  4. Read the fine print.
  5. Be early! Time is rarely on your side.

During 

  1. Safety first. Always.
  2. Negative forces will prevent you from having a good time. Ignore them
  3. Try something different everyday.
  4. Enjoy your experience & live in the moment.
  5. If you spend more than 10-15 minutes talking to a person you are no longer strangers.
  6. Take notes & write things down.
  7. Ask questions to help you navigate your way.  
  8. Always be prepared. 
  9. Make wise and smart decisions.
  10. Distance yourself from drama. 

After

  1. Feel liberated.
  2. Reflect.
  3. Plan in advance for your next trip.
  4. Share your experience with others.

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Fifty for Your Thoughts

 A man standing outside of Dollar General asked me for fifty cents and I paid him with my thoughts and prayers. This is what I learned about the cost of being a bystander.

Never be too lazy to help others.
Man outside of Dollar General: “Miss I need .50 cents. Can you help me?”
Me: I had the change.  Did I give it to him?  No…
It was laziness that prevented me from reaching in my purse and giving him the change.  While walking away from the store, my thoughts and prayers began fill my heart. I also reflected on my personal financial debts, concerns and family members. Although I carelessly dismissed his request , I sincerely wished that someone else would stop and help him reach his goal.

Perspective is key. Don’t be a bystander.
I am sharing this experience with you because being bystander has consequences. In this moment I was a spectator attempting to mentally defuse the responsibility to someone else coming from the store. This experience taught me that life isn’t about helping my friends and family circles and ignoring others needs. I lost common courtesy for the common man and consequently lost my pocket-money.

Karma will come for you. 
Several hours later, I decided to take a twenty-minute bike ride to the Philadelphia Art Museum. After returning the bike to the Indego Bike Share station, I went to the ice cream truck and bought water and Gatorade.  I stuffed my cash back into my disorganized purse and walked away to my next destination. Somewhere between the ice cream truck and the journey to the bar I lost my fifteen dollars for drinks.

Looking back, I couldn’t allow myself to be upset about losing money after committing a moral blunder earlier in the day. After drowning my liver and wasting the money I “didn’t have” I felt obligated to shed light on the selfishness in being a bystander. After this experience I believe it is my duty to support and nurture others outside of personal circles.