Let me start by saying…I am not a morning person.
I have always loved the idea of being a morning person. I have friends who easily wake up before the sunrise, soaking up the earliest moments of the day. And then there’s me. I’m a night owl through and through. No matter what time I set my alarm clock I hit the snooze button until the last possible minute, throw my hair into a top knot, and rush out the door…normally later than I had planned.
A few months ago I had an epiphany and decided to make some simple changes. I was constantly tired and drowning in my own to-do lists, always trying to catch a breath. I realized my priorities were becoming fuzzy, and the line between work and my personal life was becoming very blurred. I love my job so much that I was neglecting my own life, even my health at times. I may do a full post on that thought later but for now I’ll just keep it simple – I knew I needed to make a change and focus more on my heart and my health, both physically and spiritually. But where to begin?
I started where my day begins – with my mornings. And oh man, this was hard for me. I am used to waking up last minute, jumping out of bed to get things done, answering e-mails on my phone as I brushed my teeth, and making phone calls as I drive to work. I decided to start blocking off my mornings for “me time” – waking up earlier and getting to the studio later. Slowing down my mornings has completely changed my mindset and my day. It’s changed my priorities. It has given me focus and purpose for the day, and I regret not making these changes even sooner. So, with that being said, I wanted to write this to give you a glimpse into my new morning routine. It’s become my lifeblood of my day and I felt it was worth sharing in case you too need a little motivation to slow down.
MY MORNING ROUTINE:
This morning when my alarm went off I let myself hit snooze two times. (Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know.) I crawled out of bed and bed and put on my coziest sweatshirt. Ryan was still sleeping so I snuck into the kitchen and made my coffee. (Cold brew with ice and sweet cream, yum.)
I lit my favorite candle, turned on a chill playlist (my favorite is “coffeehouse” on Spotify right now). This winter I look forward to turning on the fireplace. I grabbed my blanket and read a short chapter out of my current book. Right now I’m reading “Present over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist and before I was reading “The Power of a Praying Wife,” both of which I highly recommend. Then I read a passage from my “She Reads Truth App.” If you don’t have this app, you need it and it’s free!
After this I normally throw on my lulu leggings, wash my face, put on my daily sunscreen, and head outside for a 30 minute walk or jog. I’m amazed at how the fresh air clears my head and gives me energy for the day. While I run I set my intentions for the day and pray. Do I need to be a better wife today? A better friend? What can I do that really matters eternally? When I get home I make a smoothie, get ready for the day, and head to the studio.
And that’s it! It takes about an extra hour of time and that is totally worth the sleep sacrifice to me. Now if I miss my morning routine I feel totally off for the rest of the day. It’s been a major game changer. I feel rested and for the first time in a long time, which is ironic with less sleep. I feel spiritually filled and more content in general. I’m able to be a better wife, friend, and business owner because I’m actually focusing on myself.
I’m writing this for those of you who can relate to my busy mindset. Is it hard for you to sit still? Do you fill like your brain is constantly overflowing with info, to-do lists, schedules? Slow down. Maybe you’re a mom who needs just a moment of silence before your kids wake up and you throw them in a stroller for your morning walk. Maybe you need a moment for yourself before you head into your 8-5 and get lost in the day. We were not designed to constantly go. We need stillness and quiet to survive. And if this busy night owl can do it, so can you! So take my advice and rest tomorrow morning. Do something for yourself. Give yourself rest. When you put yourself first, you’ll be a better version of yourself all day long.