Mind Ready Monday: Family and Food Comas

It’s Monday morning. I’m still full from Sunday brunch. Holidays will do that to you. I indulged pre-church. Post-church. Pre-brunch. Post-brunch. The day ended with a midnight cupcake shaped like a bunny. My mom left it on our counter. Really, mom?

Food coma aside, I’m feeling energized today. It could be the sugar. Or maybe it’s the weekend indulgence of family. I’m part of a big brood (think My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding) that can turn any holiday brunch into an all-day affair.

Often times, it takes a holiday for families to get together. There’s a certain pressure we put on ourselves for the food to be perfect, the house to be spotless and the flowers to be fresh. That’s ridiculous. Granted, I did enjoy six meals yesterday, so maybe the food part is important. None of the fluff matters more than the core, though— the people, the laughter, the time.

This week’s Mind Ready Monday challenge is to trade in that fluff for more family time. Don’t wait for the next holiday to spoil yourself with food comas or sibling gossip. Opt for spontaneity instead, and find an excuse to celebrate.

There’s always an excuse to celebrate — you’ve just got to take the pressure off.

Remain Present in Your Pursuit of Happiness

A common goal is shared among all of us: to feel accomplished, loved, joyful and present each day. Whether you’re a dreamer, a realist or a rare combination of both, the quest for happiness can often feel like an ongoing endeavor. Even after accomplishing one dream, we rush to the next one on our list. For several months now, I’ve been doing a lot of “searching” in an effort to determine how exactly I can achieve my goals. In that pursuit, however, it’s quite easy to lose sight of the present. In my latest writeup for The Chalkboard Mag, I detail what I’ve learned from my own experiences on how to remain present in your pursuit of happiness. Read the article here. There’s even some advice for mothers out there, as learned through my role of “Auntie Lulu.” Enjoy, friends… and happy weekend!

Life is a series of mostly ‘boring’ moments. Happiness lies within those moments, rather than merely around them.

A Malibu Proposal

A mere few hours spent in Malibu is enough to rejuvenate you for weeks. If you haven’t made a trip, I highly suggest it. Despite its ongoing growth, the oasis somehow retains its calmness— a trait rarely found in or around Los Angeles.

I have a lot of personal memories rooted in Malibu, because my family has a home on the beach. So, I was excited when a friend told me he planned to propose there. He and his fiancé flew in from Indiana last weekend— desperately needing a break from the long winter. Of course, I was more nervous about the proposal than he was! Men simply don’t think about logistics the same way women do. Example: the groom-to-be wanted my husband to toss the ring to him from  a balcony to the beach. I wouldn’t trust baseball’s best pitcher with that job. Not to worry, though— we came up with a better plan before having to buy a metal detector, and our friend managed to pull off a waterfront proposal without any hiccups. I had the honor of playing the not-so-discreet photographer all weekend. Enjoy a glimpse into all of the fun!