Since I retired a year and a half ago, my morning routine flew out the window. Not having to be at work at the same time every day, my mornings no longer feel productive. I tend to linger on the couch with my husband, which isn’t a bad thing, but I wanted to get back into a groove again. I started asking friends what they do in the morning.
I spend time, about 20 minute or so, appreciating the stillness of the morning. A time of prayer, meditation, contemplation at the beginning of the day. With a cup of coffee in hand I create what I call my “Today List” setting the agenda of items I want to accomplish for the day. I then catch-up with family, either in person or by phone. Then I start my day.
I like the idea of appreciating the stillness of the morning. I like to sleep with my window open, and I can hear the birds singing every day.
Upon waking up, I enter the bathroom and begin by washing my face and putting on my make up. Due to the color in my hair (Sandy owns The Purple Sage and has the most amazing purple hair) I only wash it twice a week. So after putting make up on, I will wash my hair, dry it then get dressed. I don’t leave the back of my house until I am dressed for the day. Then I head to the kitchen and make either coffee or tea…whichever I’m in the mood for. After coffee/tea, I get back to the bedroom to make up my bed, and then I get on with my day.
I’m impressed. Lately, I only put make up on the days I go to my part time job. I do like the way I look with a little mascara, maybe I should do that every day…
My morning routing BEFORE my accident (Marilyn hurt her right foot and is recuperating as I write this blog). I hear the birds calling up the morning light and listen to that for a bit. Then my cat Peanut jumps up on the bed and stares at me till I get up about 7:30. I get up and go make coffee immediately. While it drips I get a couple of lights on and pour a cup of coffee. With coffee in hand I settle on my love seat with pen and journal in hand and do a brain dump to clear my head. It’s also a form of meditation for the day to write down first thoughts for the day. I drink a second cup in the process and then jump in the shower and get ready for the day. I love this and have missed this over the past several months and hope to get back to this soon.
Lol, one more thing Marilyn and I have in common, we both listen to the birds in the morning.
I wake up between 6:30-7:15. I have a mug of hot lemon water, brought to me by my hubby, as I read the morning news on my phone. 3 days a week I get on the elliptical before work. 2 days a week I have Pilates. 2x a month I have a drum lesson for an hour. All of this I do before work. I will answer emails and address any situation work wise that may come up, but normally I save the mornings for my sanity.
Hmm, Roberta exercises in the morning. Brian and I have been trying to walk every day. Some days, we actually do 4 miles. Gotta do more of that.
Coffee and “morning pages”. Coffee gets me going…morning pages gets any and all ideas out of my head and in paper (sometimes it’s just me babbling…but…)
So both Marilyn and Christine write in the morning. Maybe there’s something to that.
Before I get out of bed I focus on my own gratitude. It can be as simple as my bed or the light streaming through the window. Then I make my way to the kitchen for a cup of percolated coffee before answering emails.
Like Marla, Gratitude is a big one for me too. I think I’ll add a few minutes of saying “Thank You” to my morning routine.
Wake up ontime! Get myself ready as quickly as possible. With a 15 year old and a 9 year old, I am able to spend time with each of them separately to make sure they are ready and prepared for their school day or adventure. I don’t look at my phone until the first kid is out the door! Unless it’s my mom.
I look at Maria’s morning routine and smile. I remember having young kids in the house, it was a crazy time.
Do you have a morning routine? Tell me about it in the comments below.
Yours in Gratitude,