Today is Monday and I want to make it something special.
Hope you will be a part of my journey.
This is my first blog and I’d like to tell you about myself and how this writing idea got started.
About a year ago, I was living in Tennessee and struggling to survive the cold, dismal winters. Some of you are probably saying that winters in Tennessee are relatively mild compared to other parts of the country. That may be true for you; but you see, prior to moving to the Smoky Mountain area, I had lived most of my life in the Sunshine State of Florida. I was accustomed to a max of 3 days where temps might dip below freezing and snow and ice was a rare commodity. Offering 95% of the days being sun-filled in Florida (sometimes even when it was raining), the Smokies presented quite the opposite weather….lots of dark and gloomy days especially during the winter months.
Perhaps, it was the weather, perhaps it was the lack of job satisfaction, perhaps the unsettled feeling that often plagued me, or maybe I was just a gypsy in another life and needed to move on to another quest. Whatever was the cause, when my son suggested moving West to California, it just seemed like the thing to do. “Chasing The Sun” became my theme and I packed up whatever would fit into my car and a small U-Haul trailer, loaded in my sweet dog, Tramp and we hit the road.
I had driven less than 100 miles, when the reality of what I had just done hit like a jolt of lightning! Should I turn back, did I do the right thing, what if it doesn’t work out????…..’Visions of question marks dancing in my head’…..all spinning around and questioning the core of my sanity!! As would prove to be the case, my physical being was stronger than my roller coaster mind. All the while my mind was interrogating my actions, my car continued to stay steady on course–headed West……I guess it was an interesting way to pass the time as before I knew it, I had crossed the state line of the great state of Tennessee and into Arkansas and soon Oklahoma. No turning back now….I had committed to my path and I started to have more visions of the Pacific Ocean than fields and farmlands of Tennessee.
So this is how my journey to today began……
Today, I am now in California, settled in a Hollywood Bungalow, living and loving the California life. I rarely ask myself “did I do the right thing anymore” but rather “why didn’t I had taken the leap of faith earlier?!!”
But wait….it gets better.
I have landed what I feel is the best job I ever had….and trust me, my resume is overflowing with job experience. At each previous place of employment, I gave my best and worked hard to succeed. Leaving each had many reasons….going to school, moving with family, company expansion, company downsizing, quest for more advancement or enjoyment. And for some reason, for many years, I would get easily bored with doing just one job and often had two or three at the same time.
But….this job? Well, it sometimes even seems unexplainable. My place of employment is
………….Every Monday Matters……….
It is a social responsibility company that is making a difference….one Monday at a time. It’s not about a dramatic show of banners and protests and bandstand politics; but rather a quiet movement of individuals who care about others; and each have learned that ‘caring’ starts with one’s self. It’s about creating a culture of goodness that then becomes a way of life that makes you want to share the feeling with others.
Sounds like something that might last for a short stint and then slowly fizzle out, right? Not in my World!! Once you experience the ‘heart’ of this movement, you are hooked forever. It starts with little things like caring for yourself by exercising or eating better or even drinking more water to be healthy. It’s about doing things that helps others, helps the environment and creates a feeling of gratefulness about each moment of your life and each of the individuals around you.
And the best part for me…..Well, you see the Every Monday Matters team isn’t about a staff who creates things that they don’t believe or care about.
We don’t compete….we support.
We don’t look at failures…but rather strengths.
We’re not too busy when a team member needs a helping hand.
We aren’t afraid to share our ideas….no matter how, at the moment, they may seem ridiculous or minute.
We are what we are creating among others…..individuals who want to make a difference–in our work, our community, among our team mates and in ourselves. We all are part of something bigger than ourselves and We All Feel that we matter.
Our purpose is simple…..We want you to feel the same. We want you to feel You Matter too!!
So….today is Monday. Want to join the journey?
Today You can make a difference.
Today……Monday Gets Purpose
What have you been wanting to do for some time; but just couldn’t seem to find the time to start it? Start small. Make it simple. Just Do it!!
Maybe you need to finish a project at work. Or maybe you need to clean out a closet at home. Or maybe, you need to tackle doing your Taxes (awww! the dreaded beast). Perhaps, you have a school project to finish or even there is a room that needs a new coat of paint. Make it about moving forward to a better place.
Make a list, step by step, of what it will take for you to accomplish your goal. Then, tackle the steps one by one. Give yourself a date to meet your end results. Put it on your calendar with the thought it will be a time to celebrate. Each time you mark off one of the steps, you need to give yourself a pat on the back and remind yourself that you’re doing a good job. We all need to have goals in our life; but we also need to remember to reward ourselves when we are able to ‘jump the hurdles’ to reach those goals.
I’d love to hear what you have given yourself as a challenge. Feel free to share your goals here. Or maybe, you’ve run into a roadblock and would like suggestions to keep going. This space should be considered your community that supports you and makes you feel you are not alone and there is someone else here applauding your efforts and cheering you on. Maybe others will offer suggestions or encouragement that you need to keep moving forward.
And remember…..once you give your Monday Purpose……you have become a part of the Every Monday Matters movement. You have just made a difference! Now, you’re part of thousands of others who have done the same thing.
So pass this on……to one, to five, to ten other friends.
Invite them to be a part of the Culture of Goodness that we’re creating……one individual at a time. We LOVE having you part of our team!!
Nancy . . . I am so excited for you finding this space of thriving! I always thought California was the place for you and I am so glad you followed your heart and the sun there! I love the idea of having such purposeful goals and i have been trying these types of goal setting for a while, too.
This Monday my first goal was to go back to bed and sleep up a Frova I had taken for a migraine. I am patting myself on the back for this because the idea of sewing or working on taxes with that headache was unbearable. I am working in town Tuesday and Thursday . . . so I have decided to just take this Monday for myself . . . read, take a bubble bath and make my list for the week.
Sometimes for me, relaxing is the hardest thing!
So proud of you!
Thanks so much for your comments, Sher. And thanks for letting people know that this has to be about the individual. Every person has their own agenda. Thanks too for re-posting this on your Facebook page. Hope you “checked off” on your list the relaxing part of today and are all set with your list to tackle the rest of the week. For those reading this post, Sher Fick is a wonderful artist who lives in Tennessee. Check out her website. She has some wonderful art pieces available for sale.
Glad you joined the EMM movement. See you here next Monday.
It is good to hear from you and to know that you are doing so well! I have already been thinking of items for my list and you timing for this blog is perfect! I have been needing a nudge to get started with my house, my organization at work and my Jewelry making.
Hi Jo Ann. So glad to hear from you and love that you got inspiration from my Blog. Starting your list is great. I have one for work and one for home and they often get meshed into one; but it has really helped me get lots of things done. The best part of a list is marking off the items you have completed. Quite honestly, I even give myself a little “cheer” when I check off some of the items, particularly, the ones that have been on my list for some time. For others….Jo Ann is another artist living in Tennessee who makes wonderful jewelry with very interesting and beautiful stones. She runs a great little Gallery in Oak Ridge called Locally Grown. Hope you have a very productive week, Jo Ann. Check in next Monday too.
I love it. Great work, Nancy. Thanks for sharing YOU.
Thanks, Matt, for the encouragement. For all…Matthew Emerzian is the CEO and Founder of Every Monday Matters. He is part of the inspiration behind this Blog. I had been thinking about it for a while; but just needed a little push to get it going. His “lists” are often plastered all over his office walls as he continuous works on ideas to push our Movement forward. The ‘fever’ is growing more and more each day. We all LOVE the excitement of it.
Love you and your blog! Took me til Thursday to get to it, but running behind as usual. I have however been doing more for ME like exercising, going out to movies, concerts, etc. And my immediate goal is to keep on doing more of that. Wish you were here to join me. Be in touch!
About time you started doing more ME stuff. You have been giving to others and making a huge difference in this world for a long time! You deserve more balance in your life. I admire all you have done for Legal Services in your area. Wish I was there to join you too. You are often in my thoughts.