Do you remember a specific moment or place where a small decision you made impacted the rest of your life?
August 2018. Jacksonville Beach, Florida. I desperately wanted to wake up one morning and catch the sunrise on the beach. A beautiful, vivid memory that I’ll cherish forever. My first time catching the sunrise. The photo above captures the exact moment I saw the sun. I was mesmerized to experience something beautiful, yet so simple. Little did I know that this day was the birth of my morning routine.
My ‘eureka!’ moment: witnessing the sun kiss the ocean good morning over the Atlantic. I believe that we sometimes experience unusual, but special moments in life that are actually secret messages. This was mine.
Now, let’s dive into the beauty behind a morning routine.
Morning routines have helped shaped my life in such a positive way; it shaped the life that I aspire to live. My intentions on sharing my journey with you all is only in the hopes to motivate you or spark some type of change in your life/habits. When you do, you’ll understand why the most successful people in history are in fact successful, they all adhered to rigid and specific routines.
Make your Bed: sounds like what your parents would nag you for when you were young, right? Well, thank you, mom & dad. Thank you for preaching a great habit because this is the first thing I look forward to every morning. I think of it as a small win 🙂 it teaches you that the little things in life matter, and if you can’t get the little things done right, how do you expect to do the big things? This is the first thing I do when I wake up. Making your bed starts you off by setting your day right. It helps with your productivity and at the end of the day, who doesn’t love coming home to a nice, made bed? I know I do.
Move your Body: the best medicine for your physical and mental health: exercise! I love to start my mornings with a brief twenty – thirty minute walk/run; it clears my mind and helps me start my day on the right foot. You start to cherish the early mornings better this way. I live in a pretty peaceful neighborhood so, truthfully, I appreciate the alone and quiet time.
On the days where I just can’t get out of bed, I turn to Bailey Brown. Her ab/butt workouts are killer. Some of them are literally ten minutes. You can do it. Short, very effective, and fun!
Yoga with Adrienne has also changed my life. Yoga in general is incredible. Highly highly recommend in the morning or before bed #namaste
Invest in Journaling: I’ll admit that I was hesitant to start ‘journaling’ – it reminded me of a secret diary, but it’s the complete opposite. It’s actually therapeutic; you’re basically talking to yourself (haha). Writing regularly can improve your mental and physical health which is why it is SO important to make it a habit. The more and more I researched journaling and how people structure their writing, the more eager I became to start.
I started journaling every morning, and then I thought to myself, “I actually want to be the kind of person who keeps a record of her life.
You can write in your journal either in the morning or before bed, but I like to switch it up. Writing in the morning is great because you’re hyping yourself up to have a great day and then you can write about all the things you want to do/ have planned. This is also a great way to talk about your goals and passions. Make sure that you’re working towards those every single day.
On the contrary, you can write in your journal at night about the end of your day; the ups and downs. Now, here’s the best part: the ending. Make it a habit to close with 3 things you are most grateful for. A relativity small, but easy trick to humble and appreciate the most important things in your life.
Tip: always always end on a positive note. Remind yourself that okay, maybe you had a bad day, or that you’re upset with someone or something(s) in your life, but hey……..you’re alive, your dog loves you, and that’s all that matters.
Dance Party: after I return from my morning walk, my favorite thing to do is blast music (from my headphones because the rest of my family is sleeping) and just jam outttttt! My adrenaline is already pumping after a quick sweat so, dance party it is. This helps me get hyped up for the day. It’s an instant mood change. Try this out before you go to work!
Reading: I do the best that I can to try and squeeze a little bit of me-time and read a book out on my deck each morning. Me-time can mean something else entirely to you; maybe it’s meditation, cleaning, etc. Find something that you can do for 30 minutes or so to help set your mind up for a great day. For me, it’s reading. Add me on Goodreads! If you can swap checking your phone for a good book in the mornings, you’re already off to an incredible start.
For Your Own Good: here are a few tips I’ve learned along the way that have helped develop and further stabilize my habits in general:
- go to bed early. you will thank yourself for that in the morning
- please discipline yourself
- embrace your failures
- hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
- please eat breakfast
- cherish your morning cup of coffee or tea
- DO NOT CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA
- better yet, do not check your phone at all. seriously.
- fall in love with something that will make you want to jump out of bed
- start small! allow yourself to adapt to change first. It wont be easy, but that’s why you go back to rule #2
- consistency is key for *everything*
- choose yourself every day. take care of yourself. enjoy the journey to becoming a better you. it will always be worth the wait
I never understood the purpose behind a morning routine, but I always admired people who had one. I envied their determination. I used to be the girl who would roll out of bed 20 minutes before work, rush to get dressed, never eat breakfast, etc. To be honest, life was pretty miserable at that stage. Now, I’m incredibly thankful that I don’t know who that person is anymore.
Before you try to tell me that you don’t have ‘time’ ….
You prioritize the things that matter to you. No ifs, ands, or buts. You make the time. period. I slowly learned that the hard way, but I am so thankful that I embraced it, and you will too. I’m thankful that I woke up at 5AM (on vacation, might I add) to catch the sunrise in Florida. The solace of being alone watching the sunrise on the beach is a feeling that I want to spend the rest of my life chasing. My morning routines mean so much to me.
I love early mornings when it feels like the rest of the world is still fast asleep and you’re the only one who’s awake and everything feels like it isn’t really real and you kind of forget about your problems because for now it’s just you, the world, and the sunrise.unknown.
Here’s to becoming a better person than who you were yesterday.xo,