There are very few things that have made me feel more empowered as a mother and a wife than my new morning ritual. I have never been a morning person. Now that I get up with a very specific routine, with the intention of “sharpening my ax”, I wake up more energetic and excited. I now wake up with purpose! My morning plan also gives me a great reason to go to bed early, and the TIME to accomplish the most important things: taking care of my spirit, mind, and body, EVERYDAY!
My new morning routine is mostly inspired by Hal Elrod’s book Miracle Morning. The concepts in the book have TRANSFORMED my life more than any other book (besides the Bible). Implementing the ideas in this book have released additional hours in my day. I have also so much more energy and drive during the day to do the things I’ve always wanted to. The excuses have been removed!
My Morning Routine
I now wake up at 5:30am. This gives me HOURS before the kids get up to take care of me.
My routine includes:
Meditation (about 10 minutes) – I especially love meditating. The moments that I spend in silence are some of the most powerful of my day. I am taking the time, everyday, to train my spirit to be still, and LISTEN to my Lord. It is a great time to take deep breaths, and be present. Once the kids get up, there’s not much time to do that 🙂
Prayer Journal – I love writing down my prayers, my confessions, my supplications. This is one of those things that I have always wanted to do but never had time to. Now that I am doing it during my morning routine, it gets done daily! I spend extra time while I journal GIVING THANKS! What a powerful way to start my day and direct my thoughts. Focusing on all the things the Lord has blessed me with and expressing my gratitude sets the mood for the day.
Read/Write – Depending on my schedule for the day, this is time I spend reading an inspirational book, listening to a podcast, or writing for my blog. This is definitely time that I thought was a luxury I had no time for as a mom. With my new routine it is something that I get to do consistently!
Top 3 Things – This is where I plan my day. I consider the things that need to get done during the day, look over my calendar, and determine the 3 most important things to get done that day. These are the things that I tackle in the morning and try to get done by noon.
Exercise – Finally, I workout for 30 minutes. This is another thing that I struggled finding the time to do consistently. Doing it before the kids get up removes the excuse. Exercises also gives me the energy to tackle my day.
My morning routine is the most powerful change I have made as a mom, EVER! As a person who has ALWAYS considered herself a night time person, there is ONE THING that made the difference. Waking up with a plan!
I will be writing MUCH MORE about the different elements of my routine and sharing LOTS of resources for YOU to transform your days as a woman, wife, and mom!
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NEXT POST will be about my night routine, which makes the morning one possible 🙂