Embracing Those Monday Blues

Happy Monday guys! I’m back today to share some thoughts with you on everybodys least favorite day of the week. I know I start a lot of posts like this but once again… as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to see things in a different like. Particularly Monday! Monday used to be a day of the week I would dread. It meant the end to the weekend and the floodgates for another week full of stressful activities, work, plans etc. About 2 years ago however I decided to stop feeling like this.

After leaving San Francisco, a place that kept me smiling and busy as heck for almost 7 years, I was ready to ¬†finally get my life organized. That’s not to say I wasn’t always organized, but I knew there was a way for me to maximize my potential every day in a better way. I wanted to get more done, spend more time doing the things I loved, and be happier while doing so. Ergo, Monday. This has become the most important day of the week for me, believe it or not. I find that if I really set my self up well on Monday, the rest of my will turn out so much better. Here are a few tips that you can embrace to help yourself get your week started amazingly as well!

  1. Plan out your week – I know this may seem tedious, but let me tell you. It makes a world of difference. We all have those mental checklists in our heads, but usually how that turns out is you start the week with this motivation to get through the list and before you know it it’s Thursday and you’re at happy hour and you haven’t even cracked the surface of that list.
  2. Get rid of the checklist – Even better than planning out your week is getting rid of that checklist. Unless you are writing down timeframes next to every line on your list, it gives you an open ended and forever growing list of stuff to get done. Use a planner, print out a monthly calendar, or even better – sync yourself up and use the Gmail or Apple Calendar that way you will have the info with you everywhere you go.
  3. Prioritize your tasks – This may seem very marketing company-ish to say, but it seriously works. If you have 3 main things to get done in a week, a trip to the post office, a blog post to complete, and a few orders to ¬†package – prioritize them. Tackle at least one thing per day and don’t let more than 2-3 days go by without completing one of your big ticket items for the week.

The more I write down, the more I realize this really all comes down to planning. You are capable of doing a much larger amount of things in a day then you realize. When you plan your day (seriously from start to finish) you’ll be able to see how much more time you’re able to utilize. It’s truly an awesome feeling. Once you get in a great routine you’ll find yourself getting to Wednesday and either all or a majority of your stress related tasks for the week have been completed. And if they haven’t, chances are you’ve organized your week to this point where you know on Saturday that last big thing has to get done, but you know you’ll have the time to do it. That’s the breakthrough moment right there. The more you plan, the less you procrastinate, and the less stress you will feel. You’ll start to look forward to Monday just like I do! Errands will make you feel accomplished, and you’ll look forward to those bigger projects that used to bring you so much stress.

So this afternoon, give it a try. Write out your list for the week, and translate it into an action plan. Print out the schedule of classes at you gym and hang it on your wall, print out a list of recipes you’ve been waiting to try and hang it on your fridge. Write out all your campaigns for the entire month, and assign them all due dates. Choose one thing to get done each day and just do it. You’ve got the time and you’ll get better and better at using your time as you go!

Got some Monday tips to share with me? I would LOVE to hear them! Leave me a comment here on the blog or find me on Facebook or Instagram. xx

Nominated! South Florida Bloggers Awards 2017

Hi guys! I woke up to some very exciting news today. I’ve been nominated as Best Lifestyle Blogger in the 2017 South Florida Blogger Awards! Such an honor. Moving to Miami was a crazy experience for me. I had spent years building my network of fellow bloggers, photographers, and content creators out west and honestly didn’t know if I would find the same thing here. Turns out, I absolutely did! I’m feeling extra grateful for all the amazing women I’ve met since moving here and for the constant inspiration they provide me. Also for Wynwood! I was so fortunate to land in this crazy part of town. I am constantly surrounded by evolving artwork and new business. It’s a very exciting time to be part of the local community here in Miami, and I definitely look forward to seeing what cool new things I can bring your way in the future!

A special thinks to Christine Michelle Photography. It’s so important to find people who genuinely make you smile, and she is absolutely one of those people in my life!

Shopping Local with Nelson Family Farms

Growing up in Vermont, we were always used to buying the majority of our food and supplies at local markets. To get real with you guys, going to an actual grocery store was such a big deal that we actually fought over which kid got to go along with my mama on her weekly trip. Can you imagine? Looking back on it now, especially after living in such major areas like San Francisco, Las Vegas and Miami for my entire 20’s, I still appreciate my small town roots.

Shopping locally is a passion of mine and is something I try to share with as many people as possible. I view it as a movement that I can help push further into becoming the norm in our society. Here in South Florida most of the farmers markets even accept food stamps now a days which is amazing! Shopping locally gives local farms and businesses a better chance of sticking around and it also just instills great values (I believe) from a community standpoint. Its a great excuse to get outside and even learn about some produce that you might not know about.

Just a bit north of us in Fort Pierce we’ve got Nelson Family Farms. Nelsons was founded in 1938 and has maintained their local family owned and operated status since then. I absolutely love heading up there on Saturday morning after the beach. The best part? My usual giant load of 4 shopping bags worth of produce never runs me more than $60 or so (unless I splurge on cheese). How much would that cost me a Public? Easily – EASILY – over $100, probably more. It’s affordable, friendly, welcoming, and I’m so glad to have them around. If you are in search of one around you, here’s a great article on the 101 Best Farmers Markets in the USA today.

Looks pretty amazing right? What are some of your favorite things to look for at your local markets? I would love to know! Leave me a comment below or find me on Instagram – @mallorymitchell!

Beach Yoga with Fabletics

Hi guys! I’ve got something exciting to share with you all today. Ready for it? One word… Fabletics!

If you haven’t heard of Fabletics yet, allow me to rock your world. Imagine a gorgeous conference room, Kate Hudson, a team of incredible women marketers, and a massive pile of workout clothing. What do you get from that? A custom tailored monthly workout wear service that ranges in sizes up to a 3XL. That’s right… THREE XL! Amazing. Gone are the days of wading through the racks and bins at Marshalls or squeezing into the latest Victorias Secret sport pieces. Seriously, I am in love.

This is a big one for me because normally I’m not really known for blogging about outfits, let alone anything with a plus size theme. But I feel like this one’s important. I used to be a lot smaller than I was but full disclosure, I stopped smoking a few years back and curbed a few additional bad habits. Ergo, weight gain and lots of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not down on myself. I’m an incredibly happy person, I eat well and I love to exercise. This is just the way my body is now. So it was incredibly refreshing when Fabletics was introduced to me. The clothing is really great. Everything fits well and you can choose each item that comes in your outfit in any size that works best. Also it’s affordable. Very affordable. Prices range from $19 – $49.95 monthly and you can always choose to skip a month. They put out new styles and collections all the time so you can build up an awesome workout wear collection without having to spend a ton of money or time.

Thanks so much to the team at Fabletics for giving me this amazing new found confidence and my girl Christine Michelle Photography for these sparking photos. I hope you all give their service a try! Seriously, I promise you it’s worth it.