Monthly Archives: July 2014

Wants and Needs

We all have two lists in our minds that we are constantly updating. Those two lists are titled “Wants” and “Needs.”

Maybe you’re window shopping, and out of the corner of your eye you spot a gorgeous sun dress with your favorite pattern, cut in the exact style that complements your shape.

You NEED it.

In that instant, you are 99% convinced that you cannot go on living your gorgeous-sun-dress-free life, so you buy it, and of course it’s super overpriced. But who cares! You bought the dress you wanted.

On your drive home, your car suddenly stops in the middle of the highway. Why? Because you didn’t buy the belt that your car needed.

As I get older, I’m realizing that my “Need” list, while not always exciting, is the more important of the two lists. Do I need those awesome stilettos? No. Do I need those reliable sandals that I can wear anywhere from work to the bar? Yes.

It’s fun to want things. It gives us something to look forward to! For instance, I am in need of a new car in the near future. I’ve been saving up to get a reliable one because my current car has a lot of miles on it (and I travel over an hour to get to work).

Here is what my two lists currently look like:






Self controlllll.

5 ways to stay positive on a Monday

I’ve returned from my month-long hiatus, fully employed and partially hating the “real world.” My previous blog posts spoke of fear and anxiety about graduating and getting a “real job” in the “real world.” Well, a few weeks after graduating, I landed myself a job with a publishing company, throwing myself into the reality that is Life. I now deal with the struggles of a morning commute, rush hour, conference calls, and, worst of all, Mondays.


No, no it does not.

Mondays are the reason you can’t have nice things.

However, Mondays do have a silver lining, even if you have to squint really hard to see it.

1. Brand, Spankin’-New Week

Mondays are like the tippy tip of a rollercoaster where you look down and see what is about to happen. The point right before you are released downhill through loops and around curves. Mondays set the tone for the rest of the ride, or the week. You can either keep your eyes pinched shut and scream, or throw your hands up and embrace it. Make your week a good one!

2. The Common Monday

The dark circles under the eyes, the loud yawn-grunts, the shameless slurps of coffee. Yep, the whole office has a case of the Mondays. You are dreading being in front of that computer screen as much as the guy in the next cubicle. That shared common hate works as an understanding, a mutual ground, a lethargic wave between coworkers. So don’t see Monday as an excuse to hate everybody. See it as a free membership to a We Hate Monday club.


3. Be a Hero

One of the things that makes Mondays so dreadful is the monotony of the day. Be the talk of the water cooler and everyone’s week-long hero by bringing in a sweet treat to mollify the Monday Blues.

4. Five-Minute Spotlight

Everyone likes talking about themselves, and Monday is really the only time people will listen to your story about the weekend. Savor the moment!


5. Eyes on the Prize

While Mondays may be the most hated day of the week, they make the weekend the greatest days of the week, by giving us something to look forward to. Work may suck, but that just makes you long for the weekend even more!