Monday songs

Classic Monday anthems

When it comes to classic Monday anthems there are several tracks that have stood the test of time. Here are some all-time favourites:

“Manic Monday” by The Bangles

This 1986 hit is perhaps one of the most famous ‘Monday’ themed songs out there. With its catchy melody and relatable lyrics about dreading going back to work after enjoying your weekend break – it’s no wonder this track still resonates with listeners today.


“I Don’t Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats

While not necessarily an upbeat track like others listed here – “I Don’t Like Mondays” was inspired by real-life events making it just as powerful if not more so than others. Written after a school shooting in California in 1979 – this song highlights how hard Mondays can be when faced with tragedy or struggles but also reminds us that we’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed at times.

“Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves

This classic 80s tune is pure sunshine with its bouncy rhythm and joyous chorus encouraging listeners to soak up those feel-good vibes from start to finish. It’s impossible not to smile when hearing this song!

Songs to motivate and inspire

Of course – not everyone wants or needs classics tunes from decades past blasting through their earbuds every Monday morning! For those wanting something fresh or less mainstream here are some newer tracks worth adding your playlist:

“Good Days” by SZA

Released in 2020 – “Good Days” quickly became one fofthe most popular Sunday/Monday tunes thanks largely imparted due SZA’s beautiful voice but also thanks t its encouraging lyrics telling listeners they’ve got this even when times seem tough.

“Higher Love” by Kygo ft Whitney Houston

This remake of Whitney Houston’s original track from 1990 blends together modern production techniques with Houston’s powerhouse vocals resulting in an uplifting dance-worthy anthem perfect for motivating listeners throughout their entire day.

“Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This funky rock favorite will get pulses racing thanks largely imparted due Red Hot Chili Peppers’ infectious energy throughout coupled with empowering lyrics reminding listeners anything is possible if they set their minds o it no matter how daunting said task may seem initially.


In conclusion – whether you prefer classic hits or modern chart-toppers there’s likely no shortage of tracks out there perfectly suited for getting your day off on just the right foot! By incorporating these kinds of feel-good vibes into your weekly routine you may find yourself feeling more motivated energized better prepared no matter what challenges lay ahead!

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International Day of Happiness -20th March.

Ah, the International Day of Happiness – a chance to celebrate all that is good and well in the world, and to spread joy like confetti. This annual occasion sends a message loud and clear: happiness matters, darn it! From enjoying a hearty chuckle with friends to taking time for self-care, there’s no shortage of ways to get your happiness fix today. So why not embrace this day with gusto? Start by wiggling your toes (seriously, it works!), inhale some fresh air, or even treat yourself to some delicious chocolate (hey, we won’t judge). Whatever you choose to do, just remember one thing: today is all about finding what makes your heart sing and doing more of it. Because when it comes down to it, happiness truly is contagious – so go forth and spread some of that glorious cheer!

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Looking ahead.

Do you spend more time thinking about the future or the past? Why?

I am absolutely elated at the prospect of thinking about the future rather than the past because the future is full of endless possibilities! Dwelling in past events often only leads to feelings of nostalgia or regret, and while there is certainly a time and place for reflecting on our experiences, I believe that looking forward with excitement and anticipation is what truly fuels us.


By focusing my energy on what could happen rather than what has already happened, I am able to approach each day with an open mind and a positive outlook.

The future holds so much promise – new opportunities, new friendships, new experiences – and by keeping my sights firmly set ahead of me, I know that anything is possible. So let’s embrace the path ahead with enthusiasm and see where it takes us!

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Don’t be scared of failing.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they feel like they’ve failed. Maybe you didn’t get that promotion, or your relationship ended, or you made a mistake at work. Whatever it is, failure can be overwhelming and discouraging. But it’s important to remember that failure doesn’t define you. Everyone fails at some point in their lives, and it’s how you handle that failure that matters. In this article, we’ll explore five ways to help you overcome feelings of failure and move forward with confidence.

Acknowledging the importance of self-compassion


When we fail, our thoughts can quickly turn negative. We might think things like “I’m not good enough” or “I’ll never succeed.” These types of thoughts can be damaging to our self-esteem and make it harder for us to move on from failure. That’s why it’s crucial to practice self-compassion.

Self-compassion means treating yourself with kindness and understanding instead of judgment when things don’t go as planned. It involves acknowledging that everyone makes mistakes and recognizing that failure is a normal part of life.

One way to practice self-compassion is to talk to yourself like you would talk to a friend who had just experienced a setback. You wouldn’t tell your friend they’re a failure; instead, you’d offer words of encouragement and support. Try doing the same for yourself.

Focus on progress, not perfection

It’s easy to get caught up in perfectionism and feel like anything less than perfect is a failure. But the truth is that perfectionism is an unrealistic goal, and striving for it only sets us up for disappointment.

Instead of aiming for perfection, focus on progress. Celebrate small steps towards your goals rather than measuring success by whether or not you’ve achieved them yet.

Remember that progress isn’t always linear – there will be setbacks along the way, but each one offers an opportunity for growth and learning.

Celebrate small victories and self-care

When we’re feeling down about our failures, it can be helpful to focus on the positive things in our lives – even if they seem insignificant at first glance.

Take time to celebrate small victories – maybe you finished a book you’ve been wanting to read or cooked dinner instead of ordering takeout. These little wins may seem small but taking the time to acknowledge them can boost your mood and help shift your focus away from failure.

Additionally, practicing self-care can help alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety associated with failure. Take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating well-balanced meals, exercising regularly, spending time with loved ones, or doing activities that bring you joy.

Failure is an opportunity to learn


It’s easy to view failures as negative events – something we should avoid at all costs. However, reframing failures as opportunities for growth can help us approach them with a more positive mindset.

Each time we fail at something, we have an opportunity to learn from what went wrong so we can do better next time around. Failure teaches us resilience and helps us develop problem-solving skills which are invaluable traits in both personal and professional settings.

Instead of dwelling on what went wrong during a failed attempt at something new or challenging (and beating ourselves up over it), look at what lessons were learned through those experiences so they won’t occur again in the future.

Success is not defined by others

In today’s world where social media reigns supreme values like likes/followers/views/subscribers/endorsements are often used as metrics success— however its important not compare ourselves with others’ definitions comparative accomplishments.

Success looks different for everyone because people have different goals & aspirations—what works well one person may not align perfectly another’s situation/circumstances/priorities/lifestyle choices etc.,

We sometimes forget this reality when scrolling through social media feeds filled with seemingly successful people living glamorous lifestyles—we feel envious & disappointed in ourselves when comparing our own lives against theirs! We need remind ourselves often everyone moves at their own pace!

Crazy idea.

If I was given the opportunity to try any sport without endangering my life, I would definitely hop onto a bobsleigh. Who wouldn’t want to feel the chill of adrenaline rushing through their veins as they zoom down an icy track like a bat out of hell?


The rush must be absolutely invigorating, but let’s face it; being strapped into a tiny metal capsule hurtling down hills at insane speeds is not for the faint-hearted. Nevertheless, if there was a risk-free way to sacrifice all your senses for speed and excitement, sign me up! Until then, I’ll have to settle with watching it.

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A new day.

As the first rays of the sun peeked over the horizon, the sky was painted in hues of pink, orange, and gold. The world was still and quiet, as if holding its breath in anticipation of the new day. I sat on the edge of the cliff, watching the sunrise with a sense of wonder and awe.

The sun rose higher and higher, casting its warm glow over the landscape. The birds began to chirp and sing, and the world slowly came to life. It was as if the sunrise had breathed new energy into everything around me, and I felt invigorated and alive.


As the sun continued to rise, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the beauty of the world around me. Watching the sunrise was a reminder that every day is a new beginning, full of endless possibilities and opportunities. And as I sat there, basking in the warmth of the sun, I knew that I was ready to embrace whatever the day had in store for me.

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The Future Is In Our Hands

There has never been a more crucial time to start thinking about the future. With climate change, social injustice, and economic disparity threatening our planet’s well-being, it’s up to each of us to make a positive difference. Small individual actions can have a significant impact when combined with collaborative efforts towards a better future. Moreover, we must ensure that equality and social justice are at the forefront of all our initiatives. Here are some actionable ways that we can all work towards shaping a brighter tomorrow.

Individual Actions for a Better Future

Every little bit counts when it comes to protecting the environment and building communities where everyone has access to opportunities. Here are some simple actions that individuals can take:


Reduce your carbon footprint

One significant step you can take is reducing your carbon footprint by using public transportation or biking instead of driving, consuming less meat, reducing water usage, and buying from eco-friendly companies.


You could also consider volunteering for local organizations working on issues like homelessness, education, mental health or environmental protection. Not only will you be making an impact on important causes, but you’ll also meet new people and learn valuable skills.

Stay informed

To stay informed about current events that affect the world around us, read reputable news sources regularly. Follow organizations working toward sustainable development goals and support them by sharing their content on social media.

Collaborative Efforts for a Better Future

No one person can build a better future alone; it requires collective effort from government organizations, businesses and citizens alike to achieve long-term goals. Here are some ways we can collaborate:

Mobilize your community

Talk to your friends and family about important issues affecting your community such as infrastructure development or waste management policies. Attend town hall meetings or write letters to elected officials advocating for change.

Promote sustainable practices in your workplace

If you work for an organization or company, encourage co-workers to adopt eco-friendly habits like recycling or composting. Suggest carpooling incentives to reduce carbon emissions from employee travel.

Equality and Social Justice

A sustainable future must prioritize equality and social justice above all else. No one should be left behind when progress is being made. Here are some ways we can fight for equality:

Raise awareness


Social media platforms offer powerful tools for raising awareness about injustices in communities worldwide. Together with friends, you could create videos highlighting these issues and share them widely on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You could also organize charity events or fundraisers for marginalized groups.

Sponsor educational programs

We need educational programs aimed at promoting empathy, multiculturalism, and inclusivity among young people. Schools, colleges, and universities can facilitate debate sessions around topics related to different cultures ,histories, and religions. Together with others, you could sponsor such programs both online and offline. Encourage schools in underprivileged areas, to prioritize equal access to membership in these clubs too.


Closing Thoughts

The future lies in our hands: each small action contributes significantly towards ensuring that our planet continues to thrive. We’ve seen how joint efforts between individuals ,government organizations, and businesses have led to significant strides on various fronts. Equally important is ensuring that no one is left behind in the process. We must fight against inequality and promote unity in diversity. By acting collectively today, in meaningful ways we secure a brighter tomorrow for generations to come. Thus ,it’s all upon us as individuals and societies, to build a better future!

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St Patrick’s Day.

Saint Patrick’s Day: A Celebration of Irish Heritage. Every year on March 17th, people all around the world don their greenest attire and raise a pint of ale to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.

This holiday is not just an excuse to party, however; it is a celebration of Irish heritage and culture. In this article, we will explore the history and origin of Saint Patrick’s day, the traditional foods and drinks associated with this holiday, the various traditions and celebrations that take place on this day, as well as how it is celebrated around the world.

Saint Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for over a thousand years in Ireland. It is named after Saint Patrick, who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. According to legend, St. Patrick used a three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans. The holiday was originally observed as a religious feast day by the Catholic Church and was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1762 when Irish soldiers serving in the English army marched through the streets of Manhattan. Over time, this parade grew into a celebration of Irish culture that spread throughout America and eventually all around the world.

Traditional Irish fare is an essential part of any Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. Corned beef and cabbage are staples at many St. Paddy’s Day dinners. Although corned beef is not typically eaten in Ireland on this holiday (it was more commonly pork), it has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day in America due to its popularity among early Irish immigrants. Irish soda bread or brown bread is another common dish associated with St. Patrick’s Day meals, made from flour or wholemeal flour, baking soda, buttermilk or sour milk (or yoghurt or stout beer) baked into a round shape with a cross cut into it before baking.

Drinks also play an important role during these festivities – Guinness stout beer being one such drink that has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day itself worldwide. But whiskey too holds its own against beer for consumption on this lucky occasion – Jameson being one among many other brands which make whiskey drinking popular during festivities surrounding St.Patrick’s day celebrations.

In addition to feasting on traditional food dishes and enjoying hearty drinks like beer & whiskey – people have embraced certain customs unique to celebrating St. Patrick’s day!

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One such custom includes wearing green clothing items like shirts, hats, sweaters etc…to honour Ireland (The Emerald Isle) itself because green symbolizes new beginnings & good luck!

Shamrocks are also widely popularized during these celebrations due to their link back to Saint-Patrick himself – They are symbolic of his teachings regarding Christianity and became known as “the emblem” for Ireland post his arrival there centuries ago!

Parades are also held worldwide often including music, dance performances involving traditional tunes played by bagpipers along with floats featuring art displays depicting scenes from mythological legends tied back to Celtic heritage!

In addition to parades held across major cities like Dublin, Cork, Galway etc…they also celebrate through attending mass at church! Another way they celebrate involves visiting family members’ gravesites where they leave flowers or decorate them using colourful ribbons etc…as part homage paid towards ancestors past!


This often continues through ceilidhs-an evening filled with socializing, singing, dancing ending late into night hours involving lots of fun-filled revelry-which takes place at community centres throughout rural areas within Ireland.

St.Patrick’s day may have originated within Ireland but today its reach extends far beyond borders. To put things into perspective, it is estimated that over 100 million people around globe celebrated this event last year alone-chances are you were probably one among many too, right?

New York City hosts one amongst largest iconic parades leading up Fifth Avenue lasting hours showcasing marching bands adorned colourfully dressed participants wowing audiences lining streets often culminating outside city hall where grandstands await crowds eager see what happens next!

Chicago dyes its river bright green each year adding extra charm during weeks leading up till celebration time! And did you know Tokyo has its very own parade filled with dancers decked out head-to-toe dressed up as leprechauns & other mystical creatures?!

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St.Patrick’s day may have started out as small religious feast-day centered around honouring Irish patron saint for his contributions towards introducing Christianity but over time has transformed into much larger global phenomenon associated with merriment, cultural heritage, and yes – lots of fun!

From feasting on delicious foods like corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, stews & soups, to indulging rich hearty drinks like Guinness Stout Beer/Irish Whiskey ,to participating variety activities including music, dance, -it can’t be denied that St.Patty’s Day brings together communities celebrating all things Irish while fostering sense unity across cultures too… Sláinte!

Sorting and decluttering

Well today didn’t exactly go to plan, but never mind. Tomorrow’s another day!

What I did get done today though, was a load of sorting and decluttering of makeup and first aid bits n bobs.


So cleared out the stuff that had quietly gone outta date, or just looked tacky/grotty, and rearranged what was left into makeup bags for the moment. More sorting etc…. still to do. Love the feeling of accomplishment though.

Gif of a doll’s house being magically organised.

Found some great colours of lipstick 💄 whilst sorting, some were a tad bright, but I’ve kept them 😂.


Describe the most ambitious DIY project you’ve ever taken on.


I am one of those people who has amazing visions of what they might do in the way of DIY, but lets get real here. DIY isn’t something I am good at, yes at a very basic level, but beyond that – lets get the experts in.

I know what I am and am probably not capable of, and it’ll cost more to get mistakes put right.

A small basic flat pack is something I can do, and enjoy doing. My physical disability prevents me doing the bigger ones, but I have put together a small table and a TV stand in the past.

Given plenty of time, and the people around me having the patience to wait for me to do stuff at my speed is half the battle honestly. I know I am slow at doing some stuff, and may not do it the way you’d do it, but if it works don’t knock it. If you’re getting frustrated at the pace I do something, read a book, offer a hand but please please don’t jump in and take over.

Shop front of Parkers garden machinery and DIY shop, Denmead by Peter Facey is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0