Entries in m-dashing (35)

Monday
Jun172013

Monday on the Menu Board

I just needed the reminder this week. Thought you might, too.

Monday
May202013

Monday on the Menu Board

A quote by Joseph Campbell, the longest the menu board has seen thus far and clear proof I'm a girl in need of more E's and I's.

[I feel like there should be some sort of hidden meaning in that.]

Monday
May062013

Monday on the Menu Board

Because it is. My favorite line from "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje. (Book version, of course.) See the whole quote here.

Monday
Apr292013

Monday on the Menu Board

Like a majority of women I know (especially the Southern ones), I grew up learning how to be a people pleaser. And frankly, that means that a lot of my adult life has been an exercise in learning how to say "no" in a healthier, more self-aware way.

With that under my belt, though, lately, I've actually been embracing more ways to say a healthy "yes" -- and good grief, it is just as powerful as "no," and most of the time, it is WAY more fun.

Here's hoping you inject a little y-e-s into the week.

Monday
Apr222013

Monday on the Menu Board

Not playin'. Start the week off right, friends.

Friday
Apr122013

Mondays on the Menu Board

Here's one of my biggest secrets: in most aspects of my life, I am uber organized. You know, like, co-worker-who-creates-the-seemingly-unnecessary-but-"oh-hey-this-is-actually-really-helpful"-tabbed-binder-for-the-first-client-meeting kind of organized. It's undoubtedly annoying to some folks, especially on top of my clear penchant for neat-freakiness. But the thing is, I ultimately do it because I am uber forgetful.

Now, I don't mean major-investments-made-in-belated-birthday-cards forgetful. I mean more like an everyday level of "forgot to let the chicken thaw" or "left my water bottle at the gym" absentmindedness. In turn, I live and die by Google alerts, notes left to myself on the desk, color-coded email labels, and lists crafted within smartphone apps. Mostly, these reminders are ways for me to manage stress; if I deal with making sure they're queued up on my calendar/to-do list/phone, I don't have to worry that I am going to forget them. Because I am a master of worry, and that factor, coupled with extreme forgetfulness, can be slightly exhausting.

This idea of reminders also works for me in the big picture. I have certain places I keep inspirational words--emails, notes from friends, quotes, passages from books--that remind me, when needed, to touch base with how I want to live my life. I keep these because, even though that's not something I ever forget, there are still times of worry or doubt or fear that simply require a little refresher.

One of the places I keep reminders is on the wooden menu board in my kitchen. I found it about a decade ago in the sale section in the back of a Pottery Barn catalog. (You know, back when we all shopped nonstop at Pottery Barn and got its catalogs in the mail every two and half days.) It came complete with a giant canvas bag of letters, numbers, and punctuation marks. It was a completely unreasonable purchase, but I loved the idea of letting it act like a piece of art that could be changed up periodically.

Today, it is the largest, most slightly obnoxious Note to Self in my entire home. I use it to remind, entertain, and/or motivate myself. (The above photo, for example, was taken while I was deciding whether or not to go freelance last summer.) I've been snapping pics of others along the way, and they're inspiring (or at least smile-inducing) enough that I thought I'd start sharing them here with you. So, every Monday, pending the health of my camera, I'll post a new one for you to get our collective week going. I'll just make sure to set a calendar alert ahead of time so I don't forget. Sound like a deal?