Can I be honest for a minute? Cliches make me a little stabby. Every time someone told me about how fast 2015 flew by, or how they can’t believe it’s 2016 already, I just want to scream. Everybody says these things, we all feel the same way, do we really need to talk about it?
By far my least favorite cliche is complaining about Mondays. Mondays suck, everyone whines on Sunday nights. Another long week at the office ahead, people comment as we gather around the coffee machine on Monday mornings.
But honestly? A big part of the reason Mondays suck is because we (I absolutely include myself in this) expect them to. We waste half of our Sundays dreading the next day, and we trek into the office expecting a barrage of emails to answer and problems to solve. And we do this every single week, 52 times a year.
A couple months ago, I accidentally had a really good Monday. I needed to get some holiday shopping done, and the markets had just opened here in New York City. I visited two of them, met a friend for hot chocolate, then went home and baked snickerdoodles while watching Christmas movies. It wasn’t even until later that night I even realized it was a Monday – it was just a really good day.
A few days later I was buying tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and I realized I had a couple weeks coming up where I’d be working night shifts. I thought going to a matinee performance before heading into the office would make for a fun start to the day – and an even better start to the week. I bought a ticket for a Monday afternoon show and the day was, simply put, magical.
And so then I thought – why can’t every Monday be this good? And I couldn’t come up with a reason. In 2016, I’m committing to making Mondays a little more magical, whether it’s by doing something as big as seeing a show or as small as setting aside time to read my favorite book. I’m going to give myself reasons to look forward to Mondays instead of dreading them. And I encourage you to do the same.
I’ll be documenting my Monday adventures over on Instagram with the hashtag #MakeMondaysMagical. I hope you’ll join me!