I'll admit it- I'm not usually a Monday person. I love what I do- and anyway, there is no real significance to Mondays in the life of a self-employed yoga teacher- so it's a completely irrational dis-like.
On any day or with any occasion though, it really only takes a few things to make a "bad" time more pleasant. Often it's a shift in attitude, or meditation, or some nutrition to boost mood, or exercise, or journaling or something like that.
Today was sort of an "all of the above" morning. It was a day for
- lemon water
- meditation (just 10 minutes today)
- a long run with a dear friend
- good tunes on the way home
- a delicious protein and nutrition-packed smoothie, so pretty I had to take a fancy photo of it (recipe below)
- some time writing
Often any one of these is enough to shift me from energy-draining inaction and negative thinking to increased focus, purpose and whole-heartedness. Today I was lucky enough to start the week on a light note and able to do them all. It sure ain't always that way!
The aforementioned smoothie:
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup filtered water
1/4 cup raw almonds
3 large organic strawberries
big scoop Vega protein powder, chocolate
2 tbsp chia seeds (I've written before about my love for them)
Blend all of the above til a smooth puree, pour into a pretty glass and top with raw cacao nibs and coconut flakes. Vegan, protein packed and super delicious.