Oh hi there, Monday!
As odd as it might sound I’m not that unhappy to see that apparently most resented day of the week on the calendar today. Why? Because yesterday’s overall music choice wasn’t my jam. Read: we’re talking about a case of the Sunday blues here. It hit me particularly hard again this week and threw me into a little funk. Which in itself is positive in that it actually makes me look forward to the week ahead even more. Not just because my birthday’s coming up which means a reunion with my sister and P though that obviously helps. Onwards and upwards from here on.
While I might not be entirely satisfied with my past week in terms of accomplishments – am I ever really? – I know I could have done worse. And embarrassingly have in previous ones. Trying to find a recurrent theme in the past days [or actually January in its entity so far] three words got stuck in my mind: better than before. Before as in: the past year, the past month, past week, Not in all areas of life but some I have been making subtle changes for the better. There’s still plenty of room for improvement but – following up on what I said in the previous week in review – I now know I’m able to make changes I previously hadn’t. Which increases my hopes of accomplishing more in the future.
After that introduction let’s take a look at the past week of life as inspired by Meg.
[I didn’t take any pictures so will be reusing old ones #sorry]
In the past seven days I …
Worked five days – not quite the same game as usual, though. With one of my colleagues currently out of the office for a while and the other colleague subbing in for her getting sick I suddenly had to switch to the reception desk. Being an introvert this was a true challenge the first day or two. Welcoming clients, answering their requests, operating the phone as well as trying to make a dent into my regular paperwork proved to be tricky. Overwhelming. But also by far more rewarding than any previous week at work. Loking back I’m thankful for the chance I got. A chance for some self – growth. In fact, I’m almost sad my colleague will be back this week [though glad she’s feeling better], me switching back into my regular position. Not something I thought I’d ever say.
Waiting in line behind an elderly man with a full cart he very slowly unloaded on the conveyor belt at the store I felt anger, waiting behind him to pay for a mere two items. Rather than let my anger build up I took a deep breath and then helped him unload his cart. Releasing stress rather than letting negative emotions build up [I’m sure we’ve all been in that situation before]
Bought my mum baked goods a few times when she had to stay at work longer than usual and dropped them off at her office.
Baked more granola for one of my colleagues. I’ve played around with the recipe lately, changing up the nuts and also the way of preparation, aiming for a more clustery granola. Dare I say it’s even better now?
Picked my mum up in town one night when she was – once again – staying late at work and didn’t have the car. We usually all get to work by bike but haven’t recently because a) it’s flipping cold and b) snow and ice.
Cleaned the apartment.
Washed a load of laundry and got rid of a few tights that didn’t fit anymore. Which obviously means I may or may not have to invest in new ones.
Meal prepped for the upcoming week on the weekend plus breakfast for the next day every night.
Shared the treats I mentioned in my previous week in review with my colleagues. I know I said I was going to share the recipe but with my laptop swallowing some of the better pictures and Picmonkey continuously crashing it didn’t happen. They’re still coming, though. Keep your fingers crossed for less fussy technology this week.
Read for around an hour right after returning from work every weekday and in the mornings on the weekend. It’s a nice little habit to nourish my brain and disconnect from technology I’ve been rereading old issues of the magazine I’m subscribed to [note: by magazine we#re not talking trashy celebrity ones but this right here ]. Because I still haven’t been able to decide on new books to read. Our local library doesn’t have a huge choice of newer books so I’d have to order ones which makes the decision ten times harder. Not like I was good at decisions to begin with …
Signed up for Georgie’s self-care challenge. It’s just starng so this is advance praise but I’ll recommend it already in anyway as I like the idea behind it so much.
Seeing as this is getting very wordy again I’ll close off here and would be happy to hear about your week instead. Ups, downs – everything.
Happiness-inducing today: My morning reading time. Calming and blissful.
Stay in touch!