Our goal with the The Monday Muse series is to start off your work week on an encouraging note and be your muse to have the best Monday mornings possible!
Rather than a playlist or list of things you should read, I thought I’d share some thoughts on a subject that’s been weighing on me lately. So for those of you who don’t know, I recently had a birthday and turned the big 2 7! I actually feel FANTASTIC. Still, so many young people lament the fact that they’re getting older. “I’m closer to 30 than 20, my life is over.” “I’m more than a quarter-century old. Might as well check into that nursing home.” But guess what? YOU’RE ONLY IN YOUR TWENTIES.
Even though we live in Southern California and only experience two seasons 一 warm and slightly less warm 一 summer here means constant sun and consistent forecasts of cloud-free, 77-degree weather. And, like true red-blooded Americans, we have barbecues! Whether your menu features burgers, hot dogs, and potato salad or consists of carne asada, grilled corn, and tacos for days, you’re going to need a chill summer playlist to accompany your lazy afternoons in the sun.
We are often given the advice to just Be you!”or “Be yourself!” and Instagram is loaded with endless posts on #authenticity. It seems like our culture is craving to see realness and uncurated lives, yet so much of what we see/experience is still edited to look or appear a certain way. This applies to a perfectly posed kitchen #shelfie as well as your own personality. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this the last couple of years, so I thought today for The Monday Muse I would go a bit deeper into my journey of learning to be happy with my personality and just being “me.”
Happy Memorial Day! We finally have another three-day weekend and a day off of work, so everyone can rejoice! While these extra days off are well-deserved for all of us, whether you’re spending your Monday relaxing at home, traveling, or having an all-American barbecue, I do encourage you to take a moment to remember why we have this holiday in the first place.
I know not everyone likes to read. The act itself is slow and requires a lot of concentration 一 not to mention sitting still. There’s a reason why people immediately reach for their TV remote the second they get home (I definitely do). Unfortunately, not everyone has the sort of concentration to read long novels, even if they love the story itself. And if it’s Monday? Forget about it. So, rather than force my favorite lengthy literature on you, I want to present a few books that are short and easy to read without sacrificing a good story.
Here we are again, Monday. A brand new week to not only get the work done we need to for our jobs, but also to enjoy ourselves, spend time with friends and family, work toward our goals, or make delicious cocktails. Whatever you have planned this week, we know that the biggest barrier to a great week is Monday. So, to hopefully make it suck just a little less, as you sip coffee through half-closed eyes, I created our second volume of Monday Mix (check out Volume 1) which highlights a few longs I’ve been loving lately as well as a curated Spotify album for you to listen to later.
When I wake up on Monday mornings, the first thing I want (besides more sleep) is coffee. However, even that can get old; sometimes your mouth just wants variation and other flavors. And then, something miraculous happened. I discovered a coffee that filled that void ― a coffee so delicious that it actually made me excited to wake up in the morning and drive to work. I’m talking Vietnamese-style coffee. So for today’s Monday Muse, I thought I’d share exactly what you need to make your own Vietnamese-style coffee in the comfort of your own home or office.
Avengers: Infinity War premieres this Friday (or Thursday night for those attending premiere showings), and as a lover of the Marvel cinematic universe, I am very excited. But, we still have to get through one more week of work before we can settle in with our popcorn and soda, ready to cry our eyes out as we watch our favorite champions face unimaginable evils.
In order to help you get through this week and hopefully make your Monday a little better, I have created a Marvel Movie Marathon that gives you a different film to watch each night this week in preparation for the premiere….
Because Pixar Animation Studios produces visual art, it’s easy to gloss over its mastery of music, as well — and that’s largely due to the fact that these songs are instrumental and not being sung by Disney princesses while they let animals dress them in the morning. ... So for this Monday Muse edition, I thought I’d celebrate the music of Pixar — and get you pumped for the upcoming Pixar Fest — by making a playlist of some of Pixar’s best songs.
Our lives and schedules are so full. Between work and family responsibilities, it can be daunting to try to fit in hobbies. And if that wasn’t enough, we also love our friends and want to spend time with them. Once all of this is accounted for, your entire schedule for the week is probably packed. Where does that leave hobbies or personal projects? On the wayside.