Finding Your Happiness on Monday
I got my first part-time job at the age of sixteen. I was a server/cashier/dishwasher at a mom-and-pop pizza shop in my small town of Bolton. Since then I’ve been an Editor for an educational publishing company, a Publicity Intern at Random House of Canada, a Customer Service Coordinator for an importer of Spanish cured meats and specialty items, a Mail Room Clerk at a construction company, and most recently a Trades Payable Clerk at the same construction company. I can honestly say that apart from school I’ve never loved Monday’s. Every job I’ve held since I began working full-time has filled me with dread from Sunday at 6:00 P.M to Monday at Noon.
At my previous place of employment I burnt myself out and the Sunday night blues turned into an all day, everyday feeling. I liked what I did and the people I worked with but I found that after three years of employment I couldn’t handle the stress and without the help of my anti-anxiety medication I couldn’t get through the days without tears. So, I quit. I took the summer off to re-adjust, write, and spend time with my family.
When I was debating whether or not I should quit my job, the Instagram gods (algorithm) blessed me with Happy on Monday’s. Mimi Boyer is the peppy mastermind behind the brand, movement, coaching, and monthly meetups. I remember sending her a DM, yammering on about how unhappy I was in my current situation, how I had no idea what my dream job would look like, how I just wanted to be happy on Monday! It was a fifteen-minute online conversation with her that that gave me the courage to leave my job, and take a chance on myself.
I filled three months (and two notebooks) with memories of laughter, warmth, and words. I would get anxious from time-to-time about being unemployed - especially when my husband and I would be moving into our condo at the end of August. I reached out again to Mimi who reminded me why I left my job. She told me to keep an eye out for my dream job, enjoy my time off, and be open to the next step.
When I was offered the Mail Room Clerk position, which turned into a Trades Payable Clerk position only a few short months later I took it. I took it knowing that it wouldn’t be my dream job but it would be the kind of job that allowed me to work hard and have enough time and energy at the end of the night to do things I love - like write. I am not unhappy on Mondays anymore and that is a HUGE step in the right direction for me.
Before I started writing this post I reached out (again!) to Mimi, I wanted the opportunity to get her message out there. As always, she took the time to answer any questions I had and I hope her answers inspire you too.
What is Happy on Mondays and why did you start it?
Happy on Mondays is a movement that I started because I wanted to scream to the world that I think we are all worth more than this. We truly deserve to be happy on Mondays and pursue a career that we’re passionate about. I started this movement because I was very unhappy on Mondays. I spent six years climbing the corporate ladder. I got raises and promotions and worked hard. I hit a wall about a year ago when I realized how unhappy I was in spite of the titles and money. I wasn’t satisfied or fulfilled in my career. I was going through the work week wishing it was already the weekend on Monday and I wanted more than that.
For three months I made an exit strategy from my job. I saved money, did a lot of soul searching, and tried to understand what I wanted to bring to the world. I knew I didn’t want to go back to the corporate world. I wanted to solve a problem, I just needed to figure out what the problem was. I realized that the best problem to solve was one that I was having too - not feeling fulfilled and being unhappy every single day of the work week.
What advice to you have for anyone who is not Happy on Mondays?
Stop finding excuses and really go internally. What do you really need to let go of? What do you need to let go of to find happiness? Don’t blame your job or your boss. You are choosing to be there. You need to uncover the real reason behind your unhappiness.
Mindset is greatly important; create a positive routine for yourself on Mondays. Train your mind to be positive and stop seeing Monday as something negative. I have dance parties in the morning to get my positive vibes going! Instead of complaining do something fun on Mondays!
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