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An Ode to Mondays

Oh, Monday

So misunderstood,

So undervalued.

While much of the world dreads your arrival and curses your name

To me, you are perfect.

Oh, Monday

My Saturday

My reset day

Each and every week it’s nearly the same

Me, doing whatever I damn well please.

Oh, Monday

For many

So busy

But for me, Netflix and rest and chopping vegetables and kitchen play time.

You complete me (or at least, my weekend).

Oh, Monday

Like this one

Like many

Roasted beets, turmeric lattes, veggie stock from scratch, and a whole bunch of Netflix.

Feeling accomplished and content.

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In my promise to myself to publish every day this month, today I decided to use this space instead of Instagram stories. To be honest though, I’m enjoying the video posts more than I expected and it didn’t take me very long to not care at all about what people might think of me walking down the street and talking to my phone. I live in downtown Portland — there’s MUCH weirder shit that happens here. Follow me on Instagram if you want to check out these stories :)

Today, I just soaked in what essentially is my whole weekend. I work Thursday-Sundays in the restaurant, and I spend Tuesdays and Wednesdays split between school and building my coaching business. So, Mondays are really MY days, and I’m feeling really grateful for that and have just about completely soaked it all in today.

I roasted beets that I’ll put in a salad tomorrow. I made veggie stock with fresh veggies (It’s so good!). I watched a bunch of TED Talks, a couple of episodes of David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” and about half of the first season of The Mortified Guide on Netflix.

Can you see a theme here? I really love our stories and the power they have to connect us to other people. So, today I let myself be inspired by a bunch of people with great ideas, great success, and great courage to tell their embarrassing stories to a room full of strangers.

So, while much of the world goes back to their grind on Mondays, I enjoy a little break from mine.


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June Goals: Inner Reset & Creative Output

HOW is it June already?!

Seriously, wasn’t it just New Year’s? How are we almost halfway through this year? DAMN, time’s a flyin’.

So, I had a birthday last month, and every year around my birthday, I spend a little time doing a bit of a personal evaluation and reset. Goals, some personal assessment, just basically a little check-in where I spend a little time evaluating where I’m at and where I want to go.

I didn’t really do that this year in the same way I have in years past. I mean, I thought about it, but I didn’t really take the time to be alone and do the real reflecting I want. Well, since that’s sort of an arbitrary goal I set without any real deadline, I’ve decided that I’m going to spend time in June doing the reset I usually do in May.

Spiritual reset, emotional reset, physical reset. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in the second half of this year, and I think before I do, the best plan I can lay is to give myself a strong foundation. That comes from a little bit of reflection, some honest assessment, and then some specific goal-setting.

I’ll share all of my June goals once I’ve formulated them, but here are the first two:

  1. Publish something every day. This can be a blog post, but it could also be Instagram. It could be a video or something else. But I will create and share something (even small) every day for the full month of June.
  2. Take a break from drinking. Starting Monday, I’m going to take a [near] month off from consuming any alcohol as a way to reset myself from the inside out. I’ve taken short breaks here and there, but never a month, and never with the intent to do some other inner work as well.

Those may remain my only two June goals, but I like working in 3’s, so I’ll likely add a third, something tangible that will show progress moving forward in my business.

Speaking of my business, I’ll be officially launching it soon (August-September), but in the meantime, there are two ways I’m currently working with clients:

  • One-on-one coaching, in a 6-month program
  • One-on-one coaching, in a single-session, Get Yourself Unstuck little creative jam

If you’re interested in either of those, let me know! There will be more information about all of it soon :)