Life, Weekends, Wisdom

Long weekend + Monday motivation on a Tuesday

I was excited for this long weekend, and it did not disappoint. On the whole, it felt pretty relaxing. We still did things, but there was also a lot of downtime.

  • Anniversary dinner out Friday
  • Cleaned (most) of the house on Saturday
  • Ethan started his job!
  • Went in hot tub several times (we’re having much cooler weather right now)
  • Watched a bunch of episodes of Younger on Hulu (recommended by….?? Can’t remember! Took me a couple episodes to get into it (as is often the case for me when starting new series though), but enjoying it a lot now!)
  • Went to Rockford all day Sunday (just me + Asher) for soccer tournament
  • Lazy evening Sunday at home w/ the kids while Ivan and his brother went to a friend’s birthday party. (I respectfully declined the invite. Ha.)
  • Took the boys to the gym soccer field and watched them kick the ball around.
  • Went out for breakfast on Monday and then ran some errands.
  • Got back to the gym!! (x2 so far)
  • Made fish and green beans for dinner last night and then we all randomly decided to watch Coco (again)- one of our FAV Disney movies of all time.
  • Ordered hot lunches for the week/ updated Google calendar/ etc.


Asher at soccer tournament

Later, more soccer at our gym’s indoor soccer field:

Stopped at a furniture store (looking for a desk for Ethan, no luck) but did spend 15 minutes getting free massages in the massage chairs:

Not joking, we ALL sat down in these chairs….it felt so good! But I was whispering to Ivan, “I think we should get out of these. I don’t know if the sales guy will like us all just sitting here?!?!” We clearly had no intention of buying one of the $8,000 chairs! hahaha…. I felt better when another bunch of people moved in to try them out once we left. lol.


And because it’s a Tuesday that feels like a Monday, I’ll just drop a few more quotes from my book Tribe of Mentors (still plugging away…. it’s so long!):

Integrity is the only path where you will never get lost.

Make sure you have something every day you’re looking forward to. Have something every day that lights you up. It’ll keep your soul hungry, to create more of those moments.”

The first “no” is the easiest and cleanest. Declining a request is uncomfortable, so it’s tempting to equivocate, even when you’re confident that you’d rather not engage at all. But this will lead to you having to accept or decline in the future again.”

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.”

In the big picture of our lives, we really don’t know whether a particular success or failure is actually helping or hurting us.”

If you must play, decide on three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.” – Chinese proverb

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful for my new workout plan! Feels great so far and happy to have some new direction.

18 thoughts on “Long weekend + Monday motivation on a Tuesday”

  1. Look, I’m kind of upset about the weather, to be honest. I want a couple/few more weeks of summer. I am ANGRY that I have to have a sweatshirt on to walk the dog in the morning. I love being able to leave the house without worrying about layers and what the weather will be. I am SO GRUMPY about this. Listen, weather. I like fall. I enjoy it. But don’t start too early.

    It sounds like you had a great weekend and hopefully the start of the school year will jumpstart a routine you feel comfortable with.


    1. Well, looks like it’s heating up the rest of this week!! I know what you mean. I love fall too, but there is something so amazing about those nice warm mornings (and evenings) of summer that we are never quite ready to let go of.


  2. I recommended Younger to SHU and then she mentioned liking it so that might be where you got that rec? I loved that show!!! I was so sad when I got to the last episode. Since I’m such a book nerd, I loved the inside look at the publishing industry and the thinly veiled references to real books.

    Our neighbors have a massage chair like that and then another couple has one. There is a cheaper version of it at Costco. I’ve sat in it at my neighbor’s house once. I should go over there more often to use it because it was very delightful when I sat in it!

    We had a really great weekend, too. We did a lot but that is best for us! The less we are home, the better!


  3. i love this one “Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace”. it’s hard to do, but really the only way to live peacefully.


  4. Those chairs look AMAZING!
    Sounds like the perfect balance of fun and productive and family time over the weekend.

    The mornings have been quite cool here, too, but the day-time temperatures are still quite high. This is my favourite combo. I love wearing a light jacket in the morning when we walk the kids to school and then to be in a tank top by the time they get off the bus!


    1. Yes, my boys said it was “freezing” the other morning (it wasn’t- and they should know better, as Wisconsinites- 60 degrees is NOT freezing….) but then by the afternoon it was HOT and then they were complaining about that! lol….


  5. That sounds like a fun, balanced long weekend 🙂

    “Make sure you have something every day you’re looking forward to. Have something every day that lights you up. It’ll keep your soul hungry, to create more of those moments.” –> does coffee count?


    1. hehehe….. I felt so justified in this, because I was an EXCELLENT sport during our Mexico trip with all the gatherings and parties, etc. So I just said “nope” to this one, and fortunately my husband didn’t mind at all.

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  6. OK, those chairs look AMAZING. I should figure out where you were. 😉
    And, totally get declining the party. So glad you took you time!
    (also it is much MUCH chillier now since I am reading so late!)


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