Beyond the Kitchen

Monday Meditations

Monday Thoughts

I spent most of the past weekend working, which… far from a humble brag, is actually a very bad habit.  I took some time Sunday afternoon to sit, paint, and really… just clear my mind enough to think beyond work tasks and more about how what I’m doing everyday feels.  A little bit of Sunday afternoon navel gazing isn’t so bad for the soul.  

A few months back I had a birthday… one of those milestone birthdays that had me taking stock of the things I’ve done and accumulated, had me briefly check in on my neck wrinkles, and had me send a passing thought to that retirement fund check I’ve been meaning to send off.  I posted about that moment here on my blog and asked you to share any words of wisdom you had accumulated through your years.  Your wisdom was SPOT ON.  Find them in the comment section of that post if you want to see for yourself.

One of you, (I’m looking at you Ms. Renee, thank you!!) left such a thoughtful comment, it’s been on my mind ever since. She shared with me a writing exercise she does for herself and with her students every year.  It’s a way to either quickly associate or think more deeply about who you are, where you are, how you feel, and what you’re dreamin’.  

These sorts of questions could be a good mid-year check in on those far-gone New Year’s Resolutions, or a seasonal kick in the pants, or a birthday tradition.  They’re simple prompts.  Glance through them on this Monday morning, see what pops out at you and at the very least, think it through for a few moments.  Just for you… a quick gut check. 

I think…

I wonder…

I want…

I dream..

I speak…

I act..

I honor…

I cry…

I see..

I feel…

I manage…

I support…

I seek…

I find..

I teach…

I learn…

I am..

I (create your own) _____…

I love…

Enjoy this Monday.  Let’s take long strides.  Slow as we need, and graceful.  

xo Joy

Oh!  The coloring book pictured above is this dear Flowers Coloring Book by Brittany Jepsen.