Monday Mantra: Embrace the Day

Monday Mantra:  Embrace the Day

It’s that time of the week again. Time to set those alarms, jump into drive, and start yet another week. If you’re thinking that Sunday should come with a pause button, you’re not alone. How many of you embrace Mondays? And how many of you have already started your countdown to Friday at five? I was always part of the latter group. For me, the Sunday Scaries would kick in around 5 pm on Sunday night, and I would wake up on Monday telling myself I just needed five more minutes of sleep — which would inevitably turn into forty. Those feelings are what prompted me to find my passion, and start a creative outlet (since I was too young to be plotting my retirement).

When I started this blog, I was working full-time in a demanding job. I constantly felt burnt out, but when it came time to write my posts each night I was hit with a sudden burst of energy. It was then that I realized that I should be feeling this spark everyday. I should be excited to wake up…start my day…and get to the office. But I wasn’t.

More and more people today have found some type of side-hustle — whether lucrative or not. It gives them a level of pleasure and satisfaction that they can’t or haven’t found in their 9 – 5. And while it isn’t always easy to come home from work and start working all over again, it can bring you a sense of fulfillment that can keep you going until you are able to turn your passion into a paycheck.

I’m by no means an expert on the subject, but if you have a side-hustle that brings you joy, embrace it. Be easy on yourself, and remember that it is supposed to make you happy, not feel like homework. Have fun with it, and relish the time you devote to it. With any luck, it will make your day job more palatable, and help you find a path that will ultimately make you happy and reward you.

So on this Monday, if you’re one of those people counting down the seconds till Friday, take a breath and tell yourself this too shall pass. And if you’re one of those fortunate few who loves what they do — give yourself a pat on the back, and rock on!

How do you embrace the day?



  1. Great post, Vanessa! You’re always so motivating and encouraging with these quote posts you always share, I love them! I agree, we should all look for something that helps to bring happiness and relieve the stress, whatever that may be. I remember when I was doing my undergraduate studies, one of my professors was an artist (a really great one, too!) and would have his work showcased in galleries. I felt that to be pretty cool that such a successful and renowned person in his professional field did other things than write books and conduct research studies on human behavior, haha! I don’t know why this reminded me of him exactly, haha. Nonetheless, I love and agree with the post and thanks so much for sharing, beauty!



    1. Thanks for sharing that story, Jalisa! I think it’s great to pursue other hobbies — even if you enjoy what you do for a living. I’m so glad you found this post insightful. Hope your week is off to a great start!

  2. I am loving this post! I used to have my online shop as my side hustle, but after sorting things through my life, I was able to turn it into my full-time hustle. I agree– everyone should feel the spark every single day. It’s such a great feeling!

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Etsy

  3. I might sound like a nut head but Monday is my favourite day of the week and never have I felt the Monday Blues other than thsoe Mondays where I wasn’t feeling well. That shows how much I appreciate a good start to the week ahaha! Hope you Monday was fabulous dear and Happy Tuesday xx

    Real Life Nerd

  4. “Side-hustle” – a wonderful term for what makes you feel alive, when your job is killing you. We all need one. Finding “it” is harder for some, easier for others. A great, inspirational post.

  5. This is exactly what I’m going through! Currently, at a 9-5, and trying to find the balance of working out after work, making dinner, spending time with my boyfriend, and squeezing in time to blog. I really want to get my blog on it’s feet, but I’m having trouble finding the energy and time after each long day. I think I just need to put my mind to it. Eventually, I want to make it my full time job. Thanks for the encouragement in this post… it definitely helps!

    1. I’m so glad you found this post insightful, Angela! I’ve been there, so I know how you’re feeling. My advice would be to do what you can. Don’t pressure yourself — if you can write three great posts a week, that’s wonderful. If you find that you need to write them all on the weekend and schedule them in advance, that’s fine, too. Do what works for you, and still allows you to enjoy the process. Good luck!

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