The Best Day: Sunday

Ahhh Sunday!  Don’t you just love it?  A day to relax! A day for family and friends or just being lazy.

Sunday is the day I allow myself the luxury of things I might feel a little guilty about indulging  in, or too busy  through the week to slow down and truly enjoy.

Things like reading a good book, or binge watching my favorite shows that I missed .  The day certainly doesn’t feel complete unless I can go to church, come home, get into my comfie clothes and start planning my week.

I do have a certain routine when it comes to planning . I have been planning for many years,  but about 2 years ago I discovered the Happy Planner and it has become somewhat of an obsession.   Not to be a cliche` but my Happy Planner makes me happy,  It does double duty.  It gives me a chance to be creative and productive at the same time.

If you follow my Instagram you have seen  posts of my planner pages and how they are arranged and decorated.  I found an entire group following of “planner babes” on YouTube who share their weekly calendar spreads with other planners and tips on organizing the week.

Wow…who knew?  So how has it helped and what do I plan?

It keeps me focused.

I know that if I don’t keep things ordered and focused my life tends to go a little sideways.  Chores and papers pile up, deadlines are a little on the late side and appointments can go completely out the window.  It’s not just the inconvenience of things out of place or punctuality problems….it makes me feel lousy!  I need order and I believe it is something innate in us that requires it.

We’ve all heard “God is in the details”.  I believe that is true.  God IS in the details and our daily life is more fulfilling when we stay on a certain track to our goals.  12 step programs use the slogan Good Orderly Direction: G.O.D.  To keep my life running in a Good Orderly Direction I write down everything for the week. Meals, appointments,  exercise, social engagements, and shopping lists.  My calendar is filled with to do’s, motivational stickers and quotes to keep me going through the week: Helping me stay on task and get to Sunday feeling accomplished.

I love the feeling a “good Sunday” gives to the start of my week.  A few things I do on Sunday to make my week better:

Fresh Sheets!  I put fresh sheets on my bed on Sunday.  It feels good to crawl into a freshly made bed and somehow makes awakening to Monday morning just a little easier.

Check medications and supplements.  I like to make sure every thing I need is on hand and ready for the week.  This includes any meds I may be taking as well as vitamins and supplements.

Make ahead meals.  Any meals that can be prepped or made ahead usually happen on Sunday.  I like the feeling of knowing what I am going to eat and having ingredients on hand helps to avoid any last-minute trips to the grocery.

So what about you?  What do you like to do on Sunday?  Are you a coach potato watching sports or do you like to get outside and play?

Do you have a special routine you follow on Sunday?
Share in the comments below and give us your idea of the perfect Sunday.

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”



The Ultimate Makeover: From the Inside Out

It happens every new year. I get the urge to do “better.” I’m going to lose weight, quit wearing yoga pants, put makeup on everyday and be one of those “put together” people. You know who I’m talking about. The people who you run into at the grocery store who look better than you do when you go to church!! Ok , maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but there’s always someone who can make you feel a little less than.

2018 was my year of doing better cosmetically. I created a capsule wardrobe, took better care of my skin and put make up on…well more days than not anyway. I began a more scheduled existence and worked to become less willy nilly day to day.

It’s a process . I’m still working on my self care. More on that later!

Still something was missing. There was this feeling of dissatisfaction with myself. I wasn’t sure why. I am a good person. I don’t lie, cheat or steal! But then I began to ponder this question…If not lying, cheating or stealing is my benchmark for being virtuous how far along am I really ? THIS was when I decided I can go deeper. How do I become the best me?

And this is what I hope you will explore along with me. I have some ideas! I hope you have some to share with me! I read something long ago that meditation on prayers, scriptures, ancient writings and quotes that can help us go deeper. I went first to my favorite quote :

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. “

Soren Kierkegaard

It’s so true. To truly know myself and understand the way I’ve become what I’ve become I have to look back. Not it a morbid, self judgement exercise of self loathing or self aggrandizement but to just know where my paths tend to wander. Complete objectivity is a useless pursuit when it comes to self, but I think it’s possible to check mark solid accomplishments and past mistakes when time and patience are applied liberally.

So what about you? Take a look back. Meditate on your accomplishments. Give yourself an attagirl (or boy) and remember you are smart, you are capable, but best of all you are good! Maybe losses and mistakes have been strewn along the path but you managed them, overcame them, and pressed on. If you are in the middle of something challenging think about what you have overcome in your past. You can do this thing, whatever it is!! You are good!