As I’m writing this, the Golden Globes are on television, and I’m doing what I do every Sunday right about now, which is preparing to take on the week. Mondays can feel like you were cheated out of your weekend if you’re not careful, that crazed jolt of fear and dread that comes when you have to be an adult first thing in the morning.
I had a revelation about how I feel about such things when my mother was here for the holidays. Assuming our normal position while sitting on the couch watching television — Mom reclining with her legs propped up on a pillow on the coffee table, me angling to be as close to her as possible without climbing in her lap as a fully-formed adult — I began to run down a neurotic to-do list of Things to Come the Minute She Left. You know that list because it usually happens to, oh, 95% of us on Sunday evening: work, financial obligations, social obligations, workouts, that thing you said you’d do that you’ve been working up an excuse for a week not to do (relatives can only “die” so often before things start to look suspicious, you know.)
My mother, as only my mother can do, looked at me and said, “Stop borrowing trouble.”
Well, no, these are actual things I have to do. That’s fine, she said, not even taking her eyes off the television. “But you’re making all of this so much harder than it has to be. Give yourself a reward for all that hard work. Build some fun into your schedule.”
Because, as a fully-formed adult, I forget about fun all the time. My reward for doing things is a sense of accomplishment for keeping someone or something from lamenting I didn’t do said thing, and the reward is usually more things to do. What if FUN was the reward for being an adult? Again, I know this sounds like I’m reading from a script for Sesame Street, but hear me out. What if you could do something fun every single day, instead of prolonging that super awesome thing you’ve been wanting to do?
And so, it is with that amazing advice from my dear Mom that I’m going to build a list of Fun Things To Do each week. Some of them may or may not look awesome to you, but in my book, these are totally worth getting out of bed and delivering:
Monday – Starting Couch25K with an awesome workout mix
I’ve made myself a promise to start training for a marathon, and that starts this week. As in, Monday afternoon. I figure the best way to get my ass out there is to resurrect my Monday Motivation Mixes, to craft my new favorite mix. I think this is one of the best I’ve ever made. These are somewhat obscure hits from the 1980’s that make me smile the minute any of them are played. I love them. If you’re familiar with 80’s music, some of these might strike a chord. If you’re not familiar with 80’s music, you might discover something new. In either case, this is what’s inspiring the first part of marathon training. Wish me luck.
Tuesday – Shanti Sweat yoga class with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman-Yee
You’re like, “Why are you listing workouts as fun?” Because I don’t do workouts that aren’t fun (life is just too short,) and this is no ordinary yoga class. Years ago, in the late 90’s-early 2000’s, I picked up one of Rodney’s DVDs at Target. I learned the basics from those DVDs, so you could say that Rodney is essentially my first yogi. The chance to take his class for the first time last week transported me into another dimension. I get what Willis was talking about, you guys. Also, his wife? OBSESSED WITH HER. I have her new book sitting on my bedside table. That class last week was a game-changer. I’m back for more this week on day 49 of 90 days of yoga.
Wednesday – Slutty Brownies
My boyfriend and I have a date to take down my Christmas tree and to generally Netflix and chill (we’ve been a bit busy lately.) I’m going to make this dessert for us, and see if this tastes as good as it looks. If you’ve not seen this video about these magical brownies, please do enjoy.
Thursday – Stroll through Chelsea Market
I have a full day out of the office on Thursday, and the end of it takes me within walking distance of this awesome market with all sorts of divine finds. Since I’m avoiding the lunch hour (at which point it is craaaaaaaazy busy,) I’m hoping I won’t have to do hand-to-hand combat with other shoppers while considering fancy purchases like truffle olive oil and things I didn’t know I needed but suddenly have to have from Artists & Fleas.
Friday – Buying a Henri Bendel Firewood Candle
I have a thing for candles (according to people who know me, I’m nesting?) and I discovered this one when I stayed with my friend Sheara in DC over the 4th of July weekend. It might sound crazy to light a candle that evokes fireplaces in the middle of summer, but suddenly I was yearning for campfires and marshmallows and OH MY GOD DOES THIS CANDLE SMELL GOOD. It’s warm, smoky (in the best way possible,) and could possibly be the most sensual home fragrance ever. Winter is coming. I’m stocking up.
Here’s hoping you have an amazing week filled with fun, and that you remember to reward yourself. Even if the work itself isn’t the reward, you can never have too much delight in your life.