Do you ever find yourself waking up with the alarm, grumpy that morning came too quickly? You press snooze, stumble out of bed and settle for dry shamps… AGAIN? You rush out the door wearing a less than par ensemble (possibly with coffee stains as your accessory of the day) and get to work just in time? The mere task of writing that stressed me out. But I’ve been there.
There was a time when I was OBSESSED with watching morning routines on youtube. Anyone else? No? Just me? ok…
In my defense, I was working a job that didn’t fulfill me, I didn’t have a routine in place, and I felt like they motivated me to create a routine to help create the kind of day I wanted to have.
Eventually… it worked. I had to stop watching the videos and actually start implementing the steps. Also, in full disclosure- I am totally a morning person. I LOVE the quiet moments in the dark before noise fills the house and light creeps through the windows. It’s magical to me. It’s also a time that hubs and I spend together a few times a week. But we also go to bed at 9pm.
If routine is your JAM (or you want it to be) and you’re so over rushed mornings, frustrated moments in front of your closet, not reaching goals, and barely starting your day with enough time for a cold cup of coffee… you’re in the right place.
There’s no ONE WAY or ONE SIZE FITS ALL of morning routines. Do what works best for you and your lifestyle. Take some tips, leave a few, and spend some time cultivating a routine that you love so that you will be successful with sticking to it. If you’re a brand new mama, maybe read this later? Don’t stress yourself out before baby is on a sleep schedule.
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Also, it could seem a little unnecessary since you will be right back between those sheets in no time. But hear me out, this quote is what sold me.
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another.”
-Navy Seal William H. McCraven
Bonus– it makes your bedroom (most important room in the house) look it’s best and gives mama a calm sense of clean and put together.
Making space each morning for gratitude has changed my life. It’s a small task the produces big outcomes. I like to write it out in a gratitude journal, it helps me focus and it reminds me of what I have and how far I’ve come.
I’m grateful for everything from my cup of coffee or legs that got me through a workout to my family and the roof over my head. Nothing is too small to be grateful for.
Get a cute journal (it’s like getting cute workout shoes for motivation to get to the gym) and start with 3 things each day- this would take less than 5 minutes. As you create your routine you can adjust the amount of time you spend being grateful.
Feeling stuck or hopeless in an area of life? Try spending time each day being grateful for the positive outcome. Thank God for what has yet to come and see what happens.
If you have a little extra time, start writing down your goals and visions for the future. Think about how you want to feel each day- healthy, successful, energetic, etc.. and then work backwards to write out the goals you will need to reach in order to fell that way.
Write the vision, and make it plain on tablets
I combine my devotions, bible reading, and journaling with my morning cup of coffee while the house is quiet. It sets the tone for my day. This doesn’t have to be a big overwhelming part of your routine- start with 5 minutes and work your way up.
When the alarm goes off in the morning remember how you want to feel before walking out the door each day. This will help you wake up in enough time to create a routine and not cut out important steps like quiet time. If you’re always on the go and love a good to-do list like me, quiet time might be a tough adjustment, it may make you feel unproductive because of the stillness.
If we are able to spend the quiet time with God each morning before our families and to-do lists use up every ounce of energy we have, we are able to pour from a full tank instead of one that’s half empty.
Right now I’m loving the She Works His Way App for my morning devotion
I’m ordering THIS Prayer Journal for 2019
I’m not talking about a rushed shower with messy bun, a dash of makeup, and a stained shirt. It happens- I get it. Life is busy. But this doesn’t have to be your normal.
Carve out time to enjoy the process of getting ready for your day. Celebrate yourself in the morning. You’re beautiful, you created life, you raise tiny ninjas, you kick ass at your job, you’re the best mama your babies could ever have, you’re a hot and loving wife, you serve faithfully, you create a safe and cozy home, YOU are AMAZING. Treat yourself like it.
Instead of walking around with a towel tied around you, try a cute little cotton slip dress. It’s not too sexy to wear around the house, it covers you, but it will make you look and feel good- first thing out of the shower. Get cute slippers, a fancy robe… have fun with it.
Create a 5 minute makeup routine, use shower products that make the morning feel as luxurious as possible. Spend time practicing some go-to hairstyles that you know will come in clutch. Know the outfits that work for you and body, create a capsule wardrobe for work, wear things that make you feel your best.
A little effort each morning will help you show up as your best self for everyone and every task ahead of you.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. I know you’ve heard it. Sticking to a morning routine takes discipline and discipline takes preparation and follow through.
Start working some of these tips into your morning one by one so that you know how much time you need for each, find your sweet spot, and schedule it into your day. Make your routine a priority.
Prepare for your mornings by minimizing the clutter in your life. Think through the steps you take in the morning- Bed, shower, closet, bathroom, makeup bag, kitchen, etc… and start to create the experience you want in each area.
What does the space look like where you will journal your gratitude and read your devotion? Do you have all of the supplies you need for meals, a shower, makeup, etc…? Not having shampoo or ingredients for lunches can turn a morning around REAL QUICK.
I hope that at least one of these helps you to create and cultivate a morning routine full of gratitude, quiet time, and a peaceful, productive start to your day.
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If you create a morning routine or if you already have one- i would love to hear about it!