Monday Mantra(s) #15 – “Inside the O’Briens”-Style

Happy Monday!

Despite flying by, this weekend was a good one!

I spent Saturday morning in the world’s most gorgeous urgent care because I wasn’t sure what was up with my eye – it turns out it was my very first stye and not an infection, thank goodness. Anyways, check this place out, it looks like a spa!

I hope that random woman appreciates me star-ing out her face.

Afterwards, I grabbed a delicious diner breakfast with Lawrence and carpooled with my friend Lauren to our friend Liz’s bachelorette party. We spent the day on the beach in Long Branch, followed by dinner and drinks in Asbury. It was a fun time and despite the oppressive heat we’ve had lately, there was a pleasant breeze at the beach.

Beach! AND double rainbow!

On Sunday I was supposed to babysit my niece but that got pushed back to a later weekend, so I had a lazy day at home. Sunday was also my library book’s due date, and I was (and still am) so proud of myself for finishing it and returning it on time!

What book did I read, you ask? Thanks to my friend Camillia who recommended it, I read “Inside the O’Briens” by Lisa Genova. Here is its summary, via goodsreads:


Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

And from this book come several Monday Mantras to keep us all living in the present and thinking positive:

A.A. Milne(4)

 “You are either Now Here or Nowhere.”

“You’ve had the power all along, girl. Go live your dreams.”

“Reality depends on perspective, on what is paid attention to.”

“Lotus flowers blossom while rooted in mud, a reminder that beauty and grace can rise above something ugly.”

“The thought is only terrifying if she chooses to be terrified. The quality of her experience depends entirely on the thoughts she chooses. Reality depends on what is paid attention to.”

“Don’t lose everything for nothing.” – I WISH I still had the book because I can’t remember this quote verbatim – but the gist is that you shouldn’t lose endless possibilities because of groundless worries. I think I need a tattoo of this!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Bonus picture of a HUGE houseplant we inherited yesterday from a neighbor who is moving:

You know a plant is massive if it requires wheels!

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