Do your mornings support your joyfully focused lifestyle? Does the A.M. help you keep it simple and purposeful?
If not, take a look at what you do first thing in the morning. I'm talking about the 1-3 hours after you wake up.
The simple life is all about joy. It's all about meaning, purpose, mindfulness, and presence. If you feel like you're stressed and putting fires out all day, like your actions are directed by someone else's priorities instead of your own, you can change that. You can feel more in control. More calm, focused, and steady.
Right now I feel really happy with my morning ritual. It's something I enjoy tweaking as I learn about what works for me. I change it up seasonally and as I begin to incorporate new habits into my life. Sometimes life (or family) intervenes and my morning practice doesn't happen exactly as I plan on. But my day tends to go the best when I start my day off with a focus on meaning and attitude.
What does that mean? It means that everything in the morning gets me feeling good and sets the tone of the day.
Right now here's how I'm starting my days:
- Lots of water and coffee :)
- I read, listen to, or watch something inspiring (no news, Facebook, or infotainment!) like a personal development book or an uplifting video.
- I spend a moment at my gratitude altar, writing down my favorite memory from the day before and setting some intentions.
- Journaling! As a writer I journal every single day to feel good. I writing about my purpose, my focus, my gratitudes, my hopes, desires, goals, visions. I create on the page what I want in my life. I write down thoughts and I also often work on a book or other writing project. I write down what I want to share with you.
You can create a morning practice by being very present tomorrow morning. Instead of going through the motions, ask yourself what you need to do each moment in the morning to create the purpose-filled, joyful, simple life you desire. Then write it down and begin the new habit of doing that upon waking every day.
In joy and simplicity,
P.S. Does the way you'd like to start your day not happen because of feeling overwhelmed and cluttered?
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