5 Tips for Slaying Your Monday

I’m sure you have heard someone complain about Monday in some way, or maybe you have yourself. Usually the complaint is the weekend is too short, or that tiredness is an issue. Monday is 1/7 of every week for the rest of our lives, so the complaining kind of gets old!

How can we get to a place where we set ourselves up for success and start out the week strong? Not to worry–I’ve got some tips for you to make it a lot more bearable.

1. Start out with gratitude. Gratefulness is the best attitude changer ever. Wake up a little earlier and make a list of all you are grateful for and see how you set your day to receive abundance. Get creative with it! I am even grateful for things I have prayed for that are yet to happen.

2. Plan out your week. Devote a little time on Saturday or Sunday to set yourself up for success during the week. This could be any number of things–doing laundry, meal prepping, checking your email to make an action item list, etc.

The idea is to make life easier for yourself. Become your own executive assistant for a moment: what needs to be done, and what will it take to do it? I find the Wunderlist app to be extremely helpful for my action items list, while others may prefer pen and paper or sticky notes. Find a system you can can stick to, and be willing to change if it is no longer effective for you.

3. Eat a rockstar breakfast. You deserve it! Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day.

If you choose a meal that is vibrant, nourishing, and tasty– it can really boost your mood and give you energy. My go-to is often a smoothie, but it really depends on how much time I have. My breakfast favorites should give you some inspiration to make your own rockstar meal.

4. Listen to motivational podcasts. I honestly never thought I would turn into my dad and start listening to talk radio, but now as an adult I cannot get enough. I love listening to podcasts in the car or while getting ready, but I also listen during my work day too. Many shows can be very insightful for life improvement tips, or stimulating as they shed light on subjects in a new way. Have you listened to my podcast yet? I happen to have one about Mondays! Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/wonderfullymadepodcast/how-we-view-the-days-of-the-week-casual-friday

5. Pick out your outfit before you go to bed. Even if you plan to spend the day in yoga pants tomorrow, this can save you a ton of time.

Maybe you plan to exercise first thing in the morning. If you pick out your outfit ahead of time, you’ll recognize if your favorite workout pants for cycling are actually still dirty or if your favorite workout socks have been misplaced. There is nothing more annoying to me than spending a ridiculous amount if time trying to figure out what I will wear, yet I do care about style. What usually happens is I usually end up running late and my bedroom looks like a tornado hit it! I’ve got two hooks on the wall inside my closet, and I hang my outfit there so I am ready to go in the morning.

I hope you found these tips helpful. What tips do you have for making it a successful Monday?

Now, get out there and slay your Monday!

XOXO,
Fifi

The Tale of the Three Thieves | The Wonderfully Made Podcast

My latest story is a tale of three thieves who come to steal from a young army of men and women who have everything to lose. They are on the brink of conquering a beautiful land that once belonged to their ancestors. Much like the young army, we too have a lot to lose as well, and there are things that come along to talk us out of our hope, peace and confidence. Listen to this episode to find out more about the three thieves and how the story plays out in the end. Click the link below, or visit iTunes if you are using an Apple product.

xoxo

Fifi

Berry Apple Breakfast Salad

Hey healthy bunnies,

When I’m trying to be especially on top of my health, the first move I always make (aside from staying really, really hydrated) is to eat more raw foods throughout the day. This may include more smoothies, salads, spirilized veggie noodles, and even replacing raw veggies for chips when I eat hummus or guacamole. I do it in the most convenient and tasty way possible.

 

Now that I’ve become a voice actor, I am trimming back on how many smoothies I drink first thing in the morning. The cold drinks aren’t so great for my vocals. Still, I need to get my raw foods in. This is where salad is especially ¬†helpful!

 

I always thought I hated salads where greens and fruit were mixed, but it turns out– I hate berry salad dressing, not necessarily berries in salad. Usually they are syrupy sweet and it just feels like eating lettuce with maple syrup on top. Some may love it, so to each their own.

 

This berry breakfast salad has dark leafy greens, seeds, and fresh fruit. It’s packed with vitamin c, protein and fiber.

 

For this recipe I used a blend of kale, cabbage, brussels, and broccoli. You don’t have to be this extra, but I don’t now how not to be. Any dark leafy greens will do!

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Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded dark leafy greens
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup diced Granny Smith apple
  • 1-2 finely chopped dates
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds

Salad dressing

  • 3 tbsp mild flavorless oil (like grapeseed)
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • a pinch of sea salt

 

  1. Combine leafy greens, strawberries, apples, dates and cilantro. Once complete, sprinkle chia seeds on top.
  2. Whisk salad dressing ingredients till well blended. A mason jar is great for this, because you can shake it, and store the rest for later. The dressing is enough for about 3 servings.
  3. For best results, let salad sit for 5-10 minutes to marinate.

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