Welp, it’s a rainy Monday here in Brooklyn. Since Mondays can be kind of a drag, I thought I’d share a few things that are making me smile today.

1) My apartment is SO clean right now.

IMG_0902I resisted all impulses to make plans and go places this weekend, because I have desperately needed to do some housekeeping (literally and in my brain). The apartment is looking orderly and spiffy and it is bringing me so much peace!

2) These cute bins I found at Target to stash all my workout tech/goodies.

OrganizationI have been wanting to get something to hold all my resistance bands, my running hydration packs, key holder, road ids, garmin, etc. I found these cute metal bins on sale yesterday, and I am THRILLED to not have a pile of “exercise related things” shoved into my windowsill. A place for everything, and everything in its place!

3) This Gerber Daisy I picked up for $2 at the grocery store.


Sometimes your pile of unopened mail and unfinished books needs a little color! This was such a great little mood-lifter for me when I bought it, and now everytime I see it, it makes me smile. It’s always the simplest things right?

So, after a week of lackluster marathon training and some general life frustration last week, I’m ready to start this Monday on the right foot! My run this morning was interrupted by some IT band pain, but it’s ok. Last week it might have gotten me to throw in the towel and go back to bed, but this week it means I do 30 minutes on the bike trainer, foam roll the problem areas, and stretch my poor neglected hip flexors. Things don’t always go the way I want them to, but I can always control how I react to them. On this rainy Monday, I’m going to keep looking for things to smile about.

About the Author Aubrie Fennecken

Aubrie Fennecken is the Chief Alchemist at Opportunity Kitchen | work + wellness strategist | nonprofit fundraising expert | providing productivity and self-care support for mission-driven humans

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