Last month I worked on making dinner more & better. While it changed & evolved over the course of the 30 days, I learned a lot…a lot I will tell you all about tomorrow. This month, I’m working on two things, but they go hand in hand for me. Exercising more & better & morning routines. I’ve given up on the thought or idea that I can work exercise into my day at 9 am, 2 pm, 8 pm…it’s moving to the morning & this is where it ties in to my morning routine.
I read an article last month, which I can’t find now, but the main idea was to wake up FOR your day, instead of waking up TO your day. It was a powerful thought & in an area where I knew I could use some improvement. After thinking about it for a week or so, as I was winding down from my 30 meals in 30 days, I thought, that is what I need to work on next. And so this week I began.
So what does it mean to wake up FOR your day? For me personally I’ve had to rearrange a few things. Over the last 8 years, I’ve always had a ‘baby’ which meant I may or may not be waking in the night to care for them. It’s been a rarity to wake in the night for awhile now, yet I found myself still arranging my time like I did when I had a baby. Which usually included staying in bed in the morning as long as I possibly could. Running a business & household at the same time, I have usually allowed myself to stay up late in the evenings to work. Either I’m burned out or my season has shifted a bit, where my kids are up later & I’m not really interested in having those hours be my ‘working’ hours.
And so the thought kept returning to, wake up FOR my day, instead of TO it and this is the week where I am beginning. Right now, one of the things I crave the most is peace & quiet. By the end of each day I find myself on what I like to refer to as, ‘sensory overload.’ Which is just a technical way of saying, my brain is fried. So part of my morning routine has included an effort to capture some peace & quiet. One of my favorite ways to do that is outside, so I’ve began my running again.
In the past, I’ve put so much pressure on my running, timing my splits, looking at race calendars, blah, blah, blah. This time? I have yet to time a split or calculate a distance. The point isn’t to run faster, or farther, to burn calories or to lose inches, those are all great by products that will happen anyway. The point right now, is just to start my morning. I love the crispness of the air & quietness of the streets. It gets my heart going & makes me a happier person. Once I get home, I’ll sneak out back to do some stretching & lifting & call it good.
This past week the mornings have been so so nice, I’m going to go ahead & call that a sweet tender mercy from a Heavenly Father that is rewarding my efforts. We’ve been soaking them in & eating breakfast out back on the patio, which is also when we do family scriptures. Since I’ve been waking up earlier, my grogginess is gone & this time has improved as well. The kids & my husband eat breakfast while I read…then they are all off to finish getting ready & I have my personal study & doodle thoughts in my notebook. It started as a gratitude journal, which I love the practice of, but now it also includes any thoughts, ideas or moments of inspiration as well. Today’s looked like this…
A wise thought from Majorie Hinckley, that has been going through my head recently. I’ve found that while maybe not conventional to have your journal look like a high-school doodle session, the process of writing it out slowly & creatively is actually quite helpful to me. It solidifies it in my head & keeps me still enough to allow more thoughts & ideas regarding it to process. I’ll keep you posted on how I’m trying to say yes more, but I’ll tell you this…my kids are learning I’m much more apt to say yes once homework & jobs are done!
Here’s to a month of better morning routines…just before summer, when I’ll have to figure it all out again. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes…