start Monday.

I am typically a happy person.
And for the past 10 months I have been on fire with happy.
I don’t mean that I walk around perpetually smiling, but that I feel happy in my core.
That everyday I feel joy.
About a month ago, I had a week that threw me for a loop.
Knocked me down and kept me down.
I was not happy.
There was no joy.
I was tired, frustrated and pissed.
And for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why.
I still don’t know why as I sit here a month later scratching my head.
What I do know is that I needed that terrible, no good, very bad week.
Yep, I needed it.
I find that low times bring about perspective, but more than that, they bring about growth.
Let me explain.
I spent that whole week blowing off my 5 a.m. alarm.
I dreaded the stuff I needed to do each day that normally brought me joy.
My kids were beyond annoying.
My husband couldn’t seem to do anything the right way.
By the end of the week I was fed up. FED UP.
Furious and fuming at everyone including me.
Because I couldn’t figure out what the heck was going on with me.
I felt totally out of control.
But I knew one thing.  I had to change.
So on Friday of that terrible week, I made a decision.
I decided that the week had sucked and I was going to start the following Monday anew.
I gave myself permission to be miserable, not workout and to sleep in until Monday morning.
Then it was going to change.
And it did.
I woke up that Monday with a renewed sense of joy.
I got straight up at 5 a.m., did my workout and got some work done before starting the day with the kids.
I hit the ground running and am still going strong.
That growth I mentioned?
I found a new schedule that works so much better for my family.
Do I like changing the schedule? Nope.
But it sure has made things better.
So if you are struggling, let me encourage you.
Pick Monday.
Monday is your new start.
Make a plan!
Give yourself permission to do nothing different until that Monday.
Then when Monday arrives, you give it a big ole’ sloppy kiss and kick butt.
You got this.
Be awesome.
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