Blue Monday

Of course I managed to postpone this Monday entry until Tuesday.. I started typing yesterday and then had to do something else and then I forgot.

I should have waited for next week’s Monday for this post to make more sense. Or I could have changed the title.

But I didn’t. Because *insert valid reason I’m too lazy to make one up*

So that said, I have a confession to make..  I like Mondays.

No hard feelings if you stop reading now.

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Still here? Good 😊

Let me explain myself. Most people dread Mondays, because it symbolizes a week full of MUST DO THINGS (like work) ahead of them. When Monday arrives it also means the weekend has already flew by and the new weekend is still very far away.

To me Mondays are like the blank screen. It symbolizes opportunity, a new start. It’s the perfect day to start something because it’s a beginning. Not a BIG beginning like January 1st but one that happens 52 times a year. So if you resolute on doing something that day or week, and you fail, the next Monday is already waiting around the corner for you to try again.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m the most healthiest person I can be on Mondays. After the weekend it always seems a good  idea to eat more healthy and walk more . (Stairs are also less daunting on Mondays, trust me). Monday is also the day I don’t really mind going to work.  Probably because I usually don’t have to go on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Did you know there’s such a thing as a blue Monday? It’s believed to be the most depressing day of the year, the Monday in the last week of January. The holiday season has left most of us broke, the New Year’s resolutions were too big to take on and are tossed aside, the days short and dark. Enough reason to feel sorry for ourselves, right?

Wrong 🙂

Blue Monday is one of my favorite days. BECAUSE OF THE NAME.  How can a blue Monday make you feel depressed. (I however, would cringe at the thought of a purple Thursday).

Since today is Tuesday I’m trying to tackle this day with as much energy as I would do a Monday.

And so far I have been very productive, after getting the kids to school, I went to the gym, the grocery store, volunteered at my boy’s school, did the laundry and made sweet potato soup.

(Not to mention that I’m about to publish a Monday post on Tuesday) .

So what I’m saying is that a day is shaped by the energy you bring to it. There no real reason to look too far ahead or over your shoulder. Focus on being a happy you today and I promise that even Monday can be the prettiest day of the week.

Ciao!

Pumpkin soup & the pursuit of happiness

Yay first post!

I started this blog because I want to do more of what makes me happy.

Life is too short to stop learning so this is the beginning of a (hopefully long) journey in which I try to make new things.

Because time flies.

Not only when you’re having fun. But also when you’re looking the other way, making other plans.

This blog journals my feeble (but hopefully enrichingly fun 🙂 )attempt of slowing time down.

Life is happening now.

And I’m attending to make the best of it, by doing more of the things that make me happy.

Try new recipes.

Go places I’ve never been before.

Write better and more.

Do new things.

So for starters here’s an attempt at a very simple pumpkin soup in my pursuit of happiness  🙂

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What you need (serves 4):

A pumpkin (around 1,2 KG)

Carrots (300 gr)

Garlic (two cloves)

Two red onions

1 liter of water

1 vegetable bouillon block

Parsley

creme fraiche

How you do it:

Roughly chop the onions, garlic, carrots, pumpkin.

Heat a bottom of olive oil in a large pan (soup pan/ sauce pan) and cook the chopped vegetables for 15 minutes. Add water and bouillon block  and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Blend with a stick blender.  And tata! It’s soup.

Add a spoon of creme fraiche to every bowl and some parsley.

Then it’s happy soup.

🙂