Monday Morning Music

I had the fun of opening Facebook this morning and finding a video of my 3 and 5-year-old grandsons dancing. The next post that found it’s way to my “Home” page was from a good friend about a song she wrote and sang. I was smiling and feeling mighty fine, when I realized their music had put in a great Monday-morning mood!

So, I am passing it on  – Happy Monday-Morning Music!

MH900438438Make music part of your Monday mornings. Dance the kids down the stairs, and out the door. Play some Mozart with your cup of tea, or put on something up-tempo to get you moving and exercising.

Studies show music can elevate your mood, chase away the blues, increase your motivation to move and maybe even recall memories. Music ignites many regions in our brains so it might just be the perfect pick-me-up on a Monday morning.

Hopefully, you will leave home humming a tune, which can inspire you and reduce and lingering anxiety and give you courage to face the week ahead and maybe even twirl a time or two!

And, if these tunes didn’t put you in a great mood, there’s always tomorrow. 🙂

Have a great day!

A glutton for joy

On Friday, I asked a number of open-ended questions in my post. Including:

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing with your life now, what would you be doing? 

What did you want to be when you grew-up?

I hope you answered them, at least in your head. Knowing the answers may be a step in the direction of creating the life you want.

Here’s one more question that is good for a slow-starting or an already-overwhelming Monday morning.

What one thing could you do today to bring more joy into your life?

Okay, you thought of your answer, now please do it. (If your immediate response was “I don’t know”, please take a deep breath, smile and then ask yourself again.)

Me? I’m going to take a walk. And when I do, I am going to listen to the birds, notice the flowers and trees, and search for color all around me – instead of thinking about something I am working on.

Oops, that’s more than one thing. I guess I’m just a glutton for joy.

WTW Dandelion

PS For more Wishful Thinking Works posts on “joy”, please use it as a search term at the top of the page and select “this site”.

Weekend memories; Monday morning moments

It’s Monday morning. (But you probably already knew that.)

Could you use a quick boost of energy without more caffeine?

If so, write down three things that made you happy this weekend. 

They don’t have to be big things, but if they are – congratulations!

Maybe it was a great cup of coffee or tea, or a nice glass of wine.

Or, fun with family or friends. (Yes, for me on both counts.)

Getting the weeds pulled, the grass cut, flowers planted, the closets cleaned, or the wash done.

Did you have a great night out, or a quiet, relaxing day in? (Yes, and yes, again for me.)

Special time with the kids or grand kids?  (I did – oh, so sweet.)

Whatever made you happy this weekend is worth noting and savoring – and you can do both in less than three minutes – 1, 2, 3, go! 

1. Write down what made you happy (feel free to post them as comments);

2. Close your eyes (this is fast, no one will catch you), and take a deep breath;

3. Now, savor each memory: picture the people, the setting, your feelings.  Hold them for just a second, take another deep breath, open your eyes and relax.  

Ahh, doesn’t that feel nice?

I just relived my wonderful weekend, which was full of great moments with family and friends. Special thanks to Mattie for making it possible by hosting Nellie and me in Tampa.

One of the highlights was spending time in a beautiful little tea room with 15 of my good friends and some of their friends talking about Wishful Thinking.

Enjoying the company of so many caring, dynamic, interesting, and talented women was wonderful, and being able to call Ann, Barb, Cindy, Darlene, Lynn, Malinda, Mattie, Nellie, Patty, Sharyn and Susan my friends is truly an honor. You are amazing women, thank you!  

Meeting Barbara, Betty, Cindy, and Gina was a treat.  Thank you for sharing the morning with us – hope we meet again.

Well, got to go – but before I do, I think I will savor two more weekend memories: the sweet tanginess of Mattie’s fantastic home-grown and made key lime pie and my son’s delicious barbecue ribs. 

Perfect meals and memories: all the fun and the flavor, none of the calories.

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