What is a morning routine?

Word on the street of my life right now is all about a morning routine. In every book I read, podcast I listen to, and conversation I have this topic keeps coming up.

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So, let’s start at the beginning. Do you have a morning routine? Do you even know what a morning routine is? Are you interested in developing your own?

Mine is a work in progress, always has been, always will be. I am a big believer in hard work and discipline, and I am a big believer in flexibility, growth, and changing with the seasons.

Writing a blog is a brand new thing for me. This is day #3. Woohoo. It’s been my dream to be a writer for so long that I’ve decided to dive right in and post something 30 days in a row. Something. Anything. After that, we’ll see. I’m also working on a book, trying to figure out how the heck to put a hashtag on an Instagram photo (anybody want to help?), am in school and I work. As this blog baby settles in to my life in a regular and consistent way, the quantity may be dialed back. I’m not sure yet. We’ll see.

I mention that because it is apart of my morning routine. In addition to posting every morning, I also get up at the same time. For me, that’s 7am. For some of you, that may seem really early, for others that may be very late. Either way is great. It works for me. I don’t have kids, I work irregular hours and don’t have to get to an office, my classes start at 10:30am, and I like to go dancing some nights or to stay up late with my friends, so 7am is the perfect time for me. Also, it’s September and the days are getting shorter. In no time at all, it will be very dark and cold at 7am and if I had committed to something earlier, say 5am or 6am (which are actually my long term wake up goals), I would soon be struggling deeply.

So, 7am. Then writing. Before I turn my phone on, before the world rushes (too far) into my mind and heart, I write. It’s just me and my laptop. And my coffee. Well, actually it’s my warm lemon water and then my coffee.

A short gratitude meditation follows. This is another one of those things that keeps coming up over and over again and sometimes I think the world purposely throws information and experiences at you if you’ve ignored them for too long. It’s like, “hey, you’ve known about this for a while and you still aren’t doing it? What the heck? Why are you wasting so much time? I’m not going to let you get away with it anymore and so I’m going to show it to you EVERYWHERE YOU GO”. Maybe some people can get away with ignoring the universe, I can’t.

As I begin each day focusing on what I am grateful for, I am consciously altering my own game of life in a positive and direct way. Perception shifts may be small, but they shift reality in large ways. Don’t work harder, work smarter.

Then, more writing! This part gets an exclamation point and a smiley face because it is my favorite 🙂 Dreaming baby, it’s so fun. I write down 10 goals and dreams I have as if they are happening RIGHT NOW. I got this directly from Rachel Hollis and am giving her full credit. If you haven’t read her book “Girl, Wash Your Face” yet, it’s another one I read this summer and it resonated with me in a big way and I highly recommend it. It’s probably just for the ladies, but hey, you never know, check it out.

This part is fun, so enjoy it and please, please, please, don’t limit yourself. If you want to live on a houseboat in Sausalito, write “I am living in a houseboat in Sausalito”. If you want to open your own brewery, write “I run my own brewery”. An example of a list I might write is this:

  1. I get paid to write
  2. I get paid to travel
  3. I am my own boss
  4. I make my own schedule
  5. I love my job
  6. My first book is finished and published
  7. I am proud of my writing and my work
  8. My first book is on Audible and I am the narrator
  9. I am the healthiest I’ve ever been
  10. I am the happiest I’ve ever been
  11. I make over $100,000 a year
  12. I can afford to pay people to help me
  13. I own my own home
  14. I am fit for service

As you can see, it’s longer than ten and honestly, when I do this in my notebook, it’s usually 2 pages. Like I said, it’s my favorite part. It’s definitely embarrassing to show this to you; generally I won’t do this and you will never have to show anyone, so have fun with it and don’t be ashamed about what your dreams are.

Now, go write your own list. And then do it: Every. Single. Day.

Something else I want to touch on quickly is yet another Rachel Hollis piece of wisdom and it’s this: “Hope is not a strategy”. Hell ya. I am not at all saying that all you have to do is write down your dreams and sit back and relax. No, no, no! You have to do the work! (I’m yelling here because I’m talking to myself. I am always trying to learn these lessons and integrate them into my life and sometimes it takes me a while to learn them, so I apologize if you thought I was yelling at you. Then again, if you need to be yelled at, go ahead and let me yell at you).

Break down your goals and dreams and chase after them every day. If you want to get fit, you have to wake up early and go for a run and stop eating crap. If you want to be a dancer, you have to go to classes and dances and have regular practice sessions. If you want to be totally self-sufficient, you have to plant some fruit trees. Whatever it is, go do it.  AND IF YOU FALL OFF THE WAGON, which you will, because we all do, you have to get back on again, hopefully laughing as you dust the dirt off of your knees.

I believe in hard work and I believe in big magic and I think rewiring the brain and changing our perceptions have bigger effects than we know.

We are all so amazing and unique and talented and there is more than enough room for all of us on this planet. If we play to our own strengths and work together what we can dream up and then accomplish is absolutely unlimited 🌟

After my meditation and my dream writing I hop in the shower and start my day. I’m a stickler for working out everyday and I’m right now I’m spending 1-2 hours building my business and working on my book, but I’m less structured about when these events occur during the day as long as they do. I have found that if I my energy channel into my morning routine, which I view as the oil my the engine, everything else will flow smoothly. I will stay more focused, I will stay more present, I will eat better, I will feel happier, more grateful, more grounded, and more inspired, AND I will want to accomplish more throughout the day with this consistency and routine.

Good luck! If you made it to the end of this post I applaud you. It was a long one but I think that just means it’s important and I’m passionate about this, for myself and for everyone. I love you all, now go charge.

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4 thoughts on “What is a morning routine?

  1. My morning routine: 7:30.
    Dream diary in my half asleep handwriting.
    Get out of bed.
    Shower.
    Pint of water & squeezed lemon.
    Coffee.
    Poached egg on toast.
    Journal (it would probably make sense to do this at night, but, hey. It’s habit).
    FB – how I’m growing to depise FB (must drop out soon).
    WP – has anything happened while I was asleep?
    9:00: start writing (interspersed with, ahh, FB & R4; Woman’s Hour is my favourite morning show).
    12:00: start drifting off & losing concentration.
    Jesus! Suddenly it’s the afternoon! How did that happen?
    Do whatever for a few hours: lunch, go for a walk, groceries, guitar, doze, watch some shit, read, collage, engage with humans!
    Oh, gawd! The day has run away from me again!
    Dinner.
    Whatever.
    Tidy up what I’ve written.
    Whatever.
    Press.
    Scan WP.
    Go to sleep too late with R4 or Seinfeld repeats, documentary, movie.
    Begin again.

    It’s been like this since easter. I quite like it.

    Nice blog – good energy.

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