This might be the most controversial thing I’ve ever put on my blog, but I am going to say it anyway.

I’m trying to view Monday as a gift.

Trying. Praying.

I woke up in a horrible mood. Tired, grumpy, so not ready for another week in the daily grind. My fuel tank feels empty and more than anything else, like the toddler I secretly am, I just don’t wanna.

However, my prayer this morning was and is to be reminded that today is amazing. Today is an opportunity to be alive. Truly alive. To live for my purpose in life. To work toward my goals and to do what I love.

Today is an opportunity to serve. I can serve my company and my bosses. I can serve my employees. I can serve humanity as a whole by just being kind and letting Christ shine through me. I’ll just take the back seat and let Jesus be Jesus. I am blessed with a wonderful husband whom I choose to serve as well. I can cook us good food, I can clean our kitchen (if he doesn’t beat me to it) and I can be his pal and his confidante. Shout-out if you recognize that. Soul sisters.

Today, we can also praise and worship. It’s raining, so I already know my commute will be awful. But I’m just going to crank up KSBJ and worship. Praise Him in this storm. (Haha, I know, so clever.) Praise Him because of and in spite of Monday.

Those are my goals, anyway. My hopes and prayers for myself and for any of you struggling with Monday. The struggle is real, y’all. But if we focus on Jesus, we’ll start to forget how awful Mondays can be.

And then we can focus on other important things, like food. And TV. Or literature, poetry, and art, if you’re one of those classy people.

Let’s talk menus. Again, in no particular order:

Meal 1: NY Strip with Creamy Garlic Mushrooms. I might make this tonight. Will definitely help Monday taste a little sweeter, seeing how these are two of our favorite things.

Meal 2: Poached Salmon with Hollandaise. Made this last night with some sauteed spinach and it was delicious. I’ve never poached anything before and I’ve never made hollandaise before, so I was in the frantic/weird zone I’m in when I’m trying a new cooking technique. But it was actually really easy and fast and I will definitely be repeating.

Meal 3: Chicken Paprika with Sour Cream Gravy and steamed broccoli. Family favorite.

Meal 4: Sriracha Beef Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Sriracha Roasted Broccoli. Sriracha ALL the things! The lettuce wraps are delicious and amazing. We haven’t tried the broccoli before, but I know it’ll be amazing.

Meal 5: “Best Damn” Short Ribs and something with parsnips. Whole foods didn’t have the radishes I wanted (what’s up with that?) so I just grabbed some parsnips. I’ve never used them before, so I’m on the hunt for how I want to prepare them.

Meal 6: Beer Braised Bison Meatballs. We have not tried these, but I’m sure they’re going to be super delicious. I will roast a cauliflower to go with.

And there you have it. Food, faith, and the tools to not only survive, but thrive on this Monday. Do I sound enough like a motivational speaker? Sheesh.

Y’all have a great day!

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