An Inside Look at My Morning Routine
So many people have been sending me private messages asking about my morning routine! If you're following me on Instagram, you have probably seen my gratitude journal, my prayer app and of course my personal development books.
Two years ago, I read the book Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and from that point on my morning routine started to have intention & meaning. I started getting up really early and reading in the morning, doing my personal development, praying, and writing in my journal. So many of you want to know how I schedule time in my day to work on these types of things that may seem like a luxury to lots of moms. Who has time to journal when you've got a baby up before 6 and how can you meditate with your kids flying around the house? I figured the best way to explain it all is with a blog post that has links to all of the things that I love!
First of all, I want you to know that I’ve always been an early riser. When I had my kids I made the conscious choice to get up before the rest of my family and to start my day with this practice because I feel like it sets me up for a better mood and a better mindset for the rest of my day. I found that even though I hate my alarm clock just like all of you might, I’m way more productive when I have this quiet reflection time in the morning! #worthit I found that when I slept in, I was always feeling rushed and getting behind on absolutely everything! It occurred to me very early on that when you have kids, your time is not yours when they are awake. So it is necessary for me to fill my own cup and it means I get up earlier than they do. I keep praying that one day they'll start sleeping until 7 but until that day comes, my alarm is set for 5am.
When that alarm goes off I get up, go to the kitchen, and pour my coffee. I prepare it the night before and have it on an automatic timer because I like to smell it first thing and it totally gets me out of bed if I think it will get cold while I snooze! Total psychology right there. Then I go into my living room, keep the lights off, pop in my ear buds and start with just 5 minutes of meditation using the Insight Timer App (that I LOVE!) If you are someone who has never meditated before this is a great app to start with. 5 minutes is just enough on some mornings, and when I got better at it I went for the 20 minute meditations. But not every morning, I truly don't have time for that long every day even though I wish I could!
After I do my 5 minute meditation its time to start my gratitude journal. I recently got this one on Amazon because it's really simple. I like this journal a lot because every day it has you write down three things you are thankful for. It really makes me take a step back and think about my past 24 hours and what I’m thankful for. At the end of the week it asks what your highlights from the week are. Instead of waking up and focusing on what went wrong the day before, adding this into my daily routine really helps me keep a positive outlook! I like starting my morning with a positive mindset and just being GRATEFUL for the ways that I'm blessed or that I might even take for granted in my daily life if I weren't doing this.
Then I move on to my prayers. I use an app that’s called She Works His Way and this is what you probably see me screenshotting a lot on my Instagram stories. All of the content is geared towards women who are in business and who want to incorporate their faith in what they're doing. I'm not sure how the writers know but their topic for the day is usually related to something I’m going through in my business at the moment!