#223; sunny side of the street

So, folks, it’s Monday morning. And worse, it’s raining. And I had to wake up early. Not the best start to the week, right? Especially after the last couple of weeks. August has been a rough month of transition and summer colds. And yet, I sit here today with a purpose, which is more than I could say last week. I decided this morning, I’m going to be more positive. I’m going to smile more. I’m going to be friendlier. I’m going to be proud of my work and helpful toward my friends (and the strangers who happen into my sphere of social influence, as well!).

I’ve been spending a lot of time on random graphic design projects, having joined an online art challenge community on Livejournal (yes, there are still those of us out there who LJ, millions as a matter of fact). This, though, has forced to me to practice on the regular, moving around within my comfort zone and pushing myself beyond its limits. It’s felt wonderful. I’m also challenging myself intellectually, having signed up for a graduate level open course at Northeastern for this fall. For the first time in years I’ll be engaged in an academic environment, discussing the role of government in the 21st Century with experts, practitioners, and other students. I truly cannot wait. To prepare myself, I’ve tackled some of that reading list I built last month, and have taken part in a massive The West Wing marathon with my boyfriend for the last two weeks (we’re on the third season already).

I’ve been in search of new music that might tickle my fancy, nostalgic for 90’s pop-rock and foot-stomping country-western. I’ve been keeping in touch with friends and letting myself sleep in on the weekends. I’ve been karaoke-ing.

I think taking stock like this, every so often, is important. It allows you a moment to see where you are, where you want to go, and how you hope to get there. It gives you the energy and the ability to maybe help others on their paths, as well. So tell me, it’s Monday morning – what are your outrageous dreams for this week? Your moderate goals? What do you hope to have accomplished even by the end of the day? And can I help?

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