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Meaningful Mondays: Why My Mondays aren’t Manic anymore

May 8, 2017
My Mondays aren't manic anymore

My mondays aren't manic any more

There are songs written about Mondays which I have to admit aren’t too positive and poor old Monday gets a bad wrap.  For example, ‘I don’t like Mondays’ by the Boomtown Rats, released in 1979 was written following a school shooting spree.  ‘Just another manic Monday’ by the Bangles was released in 1986  bemoans the fact that the weekend is over.  These two songs give Mondays a very bad name and certainly not the motivation you need to get going into a new week.

When the weekly prompt from Denyse Whelan Blogs came in and I saw it was ‘My Mondays’ I thought it was a great opportunity to give Monday a boost and explain why I love Mondays and why I’m lucky they aren’t manic anymore.

Why My Mondays aren’t manic anymore

Being retired, although I have a full life with responsibilities, Monday mornings are a kind of easing into the week for me.  I don’t have to get kids off to school or get to work myself.  I can take my time with a cup of coffee, do a yoga session, a P.T. session or a run around my beautiful city and look forward to the week ahead.

This year I started a new morning and evening ritual which has really helped to make each day count by making time to appreciate the good things in my life.

I define my Mondays as my main blogging day so it is usually an ‘at home’ day in my home office.  It is the day I try to write and plan the topics I will be writing about over the next couple of weeks.

I co-host the Over the Moon Link Party each week  and the Blogging Grandmother’s Link Party, each fortnight so Monday is the day I start commenting on the posts that have been linked up.  If you are a blogger and would like to know more just click on the link.  Over the Moon Link Party or Blogging Grandmother’s Link Party

over the Moon link up

Blogging Grandmothers link party

A little while ago I started Meaningful Mondays because I wanted a positive way to start the week on the blog and to share this philosophy with my readers.  Being the first day of the normal working week, for some it is hard to get going after the weekend.  Making a positive intention each Monday morning will set you up for a much better week. Hopefully, reading a motivating post each Monday will encourage you to make the most of each day, rather than focusing on the negatives. If you would like to read any of these posts just click on the link. MEANINGFUL MONDAYS

Being retired also means that if we want to visit our other home on the Gold Coast, we don’t have to rush back on Sunday afternoon.  We can stay until Monday or Tuesday and really enjoy a four day break by the ocean.  In fact, this weekend was my husband’s birthday and we have been enjoying beach side life for a couple of days.

I really appreciate that Mondays for me are no longer manic and rushing to start the week.  That is certainly one of the great things about being retired.  Now, I think it is time for another cup of coffee!

Happy Monday and have a wonderful week.  What can you do to make your Mondays less manic?

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How do you spend your Mondays?  I’d love you to share with me.

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  • Reply Di from Max The Unicorn May 8, 2017 at 13:11

    Oh I would love to have Monday as a stay at home blogging day! I have to get my son to school and do the grocery shopping plus I usually put any medical appointments on Mondays too. So busy!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 8, 2017 at 16:24

      Yes Di it is difficult when you are a Mum with children, Mondays are very busy. I’ve lucky now that I can relax a little and enjoy my Mondays. Have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by. x

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill May 8, 2017 at 13:51

    Monday is back to work day for me – up early and into work mode. I don’t actually mind it that much, but if I had the chance to take it easy and have a second cup of coffee and do a bit of blogging instead I’d jump at the chance! My time will come 🙂 Enjoy that extra day at the coast x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 8, 2017 at 16:25

      Yes Leanne your time will come and I’m not saying retirement is always fabulous – sometimes I do get a little bored. However, I do like not having to rush on a Monday morning it makes all the difference to my week. x

  • Reply Debbie May 8, 2017 at 16:50

    Great to read of how you spend your Meanigful Mondays Sue. Sounds quite similar to mine these days ? Enjoy your week.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 8, 2017 at 18:01

      Hi Deb it has taken a while for me to adjust to retirement but I think I’m finally getting there after nearly 5 years. Hope you are enjoying your retirement but I think you are when I read your posts 🙂 x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan Blogs May 8, 2017 at 16:52

    Retirement is so not like it is in the ads is it? I think like the celebrations of mother’s day etc, there is so much stereotyping. The ONE thing I was looking forward to in retirement was not having to answer to people. However, in our own way we still do. To stay in our good relationship, my hub and I need to be on the same page…and i need to keep myself well and accountable for my actions. I regard the hardest part in retirement was the letting go of roles which I had identified with for so long. However this is easing. it HAS been only 2.5 years since I stopped everything. Blogging helps me a lot to keep connected and accountable.
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    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 8, 2017 at 18:01

      Yes Denyse, Retirement was a shock to my system and it took me quite a while to adjust – I’m not sure I’ve even fully adjusted but it has improved or maybe my attitude has. Letting go is hard isn’t it? I had been defined by so many things that stopped when I retired. Luckily blogging can help define who I am now and I can meet people like you who share similar experiences. Have a great week Denyse! x

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl May 9, 2017 at 15:37

    I love the sound of your Mondays, Sue!

    SSG xxx

  • Reply Shirley Corder May 10, 2017 at 02:29

    Oh I do love the idea of a quiet, blogging SAH Monday, Sue! Unfortunately my Monday is the day when I have three standing appointments. One at 9 am (I know, dreadful, right?) the second at 11, and the 3rd at 3. In between that I do blog – furiously. But the relaxation is missing! Thanks for the suggestion though!
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    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 10, 2017 at 13:54

      Oh Shirley! 9am on a Monday morning how could you LOL:) You might need to reorganise your week so you can get some relaxation time in. Have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by.

      • Reply Shirley Corder May 14, 2017 at 00:35

        Thank you for your response to this, Sue. You gave me a good chuckle. Unfortunately the 9 am appointment is NOT my doing. I really would NEVER do a stupid thing like that!! It’s a senior choir practice, of which I’ve landed up being the co-director, so I really do have to be there. Who on earth came up with this insane time for retired people I really don’t know – but it’s been set in stone for 25 years, so I don’t hold out much hope in changing it!

        • Reply Shirley Corder May 14, 2017 at 00:37

          BTW, what plugin do you use for your comments? I’ve recently started using one but of course I don’t see the replies so I don’t know what they look like. They obviously work as I get responses to my replies quite often.

          • Sue Loncaric May 15, 2017 at 08:43

            Hi Shirley! I use wordpress and in settings>discussion I tick the box that asks if I want an email each time there is a comment. Hope that helps and have a great week!

  • Reply Katy @ Midlife Rambler May 10, 2017 at 04:11

    I’m looking forward to Mondays that are a lot less manic. Right now, it’s jump up and jump into the fray. Definitely looking into scaling back. Your routine sounds wonderful!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 10, 2017 at 13:53

      I’m very luck Katy and I’m sure you will reach that stage as well. It took me a little while to actually realise I didn’t need to rush but it is certainly a luxury for me. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Laurie Stone May 10, 2017 at 04:20

    Isn’t it nice how Mondays aren’t as dreaded as they used to be? I also like to ease into my week and your post helps me realize I’m not the only one!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 10, 2017 at 13:52

      It is a lovely way to start the week Laurie although it took me a little while after retiring to actually realise I didn’t have to get up and rush off anywhere. Have a lovely week and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Jennifer May 10, 2017 at 06:47

    I agree. The best part of being retired is not having to rush back for Monday morning. My husband and I are currently on a three-week vacation. Certainly not something I ever would have done while working.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 10, 2017 at 13:51

      Oh I hope you are enjoying and relaxing during your holiday Jennifer! I recently went on a 7 day cruise and did not look at the internet or social media once! I was quite proud of myself LOL:) Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your holiday.

  • Reply Jan Wild May 15, 2017 at 12:49

    I find it interesting that despite being in re-wirement, Mondays still feel like Mondays for me. Monday is a day for getting back to some sort of routine, be that exercise, eating better, getting work done, making appointments and plans. I like that our weekends still feel like weekends too; even though we might work on those days we are also more inclined to do so at a slower pace.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 16, 2017 at 07:15

      Yes Jan I agree and we have been still living the Monday – Friday work week timetable. However, this year I’m really trying to make an effort to simplify life and that means realising that I do have more time on my hands now to just enjoy life.

  • Reply Wendy | The Art of "Why Not?" May 25, 2017 at 02:28

    I guess I am really fortunate, because even during the child-raising years, I have always loved Mondays. They are just a fresh start (well, usually 😉 ). I am trying to take better advantage of that feeling of motivation by being more organized before Monday morning arrives. I find that if I know exactly what I want to do, it gets done. Otherwise I spend the whole day trying to decide what needs to happen, haha!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 28, 2017 at 15:39

      I actually like Mondays too Wendy. To me it is the start of a week of new beginnings. Your idea of being pre-organized is a great and productive way to start Mondays. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week. Xx

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