Thoughtful Thursday: My Morning Routine

How journaling and Rachel Hollis have improved my morning routine.

Recently, my friends and I were discussing mornings and I mentioned that I like to get up before my toddler so I can have some quiet time to journal and drink my coffee. One of my friends looked at me like maybe I had 2 heads. I know, it probably sounds a little wonky but this something I have been doing for about 6 months, and I love it. So, I thought I’d share it here too!

First, if you haven’t heard of Rachel Hollis, how? I know that some people love her and some people hate her, but I am definitely a part of the Rachel fan club. Rachel went from a girl with only a high school diploma and a little blog. to a multi-millionaire. She is so inspirational and knows how to make women do this crazy thing called believing in themselves. If you haven’t read Rachel’s books, especially Girl, Wash Your Face. I suggest you grab a copy and have a seat.. for like the whole weekend because it’s a hard one to put down.

Anyway, Rachel talks about a (not so little) little something that she has been prancing for years on her own called The Five to Thrive. These are five things she suggests you do every single day in order to become the best version of yourself. The best part is that it’s not rocket science and it won’t take up half of your day.

Five to Thrive:

  1. Wake Up an Hour Earlier than normal daily and spend it doing something for YOU. I struggle with this one, but I have gotten better. I just shoot to get up an hour before my toddler so I have time to focus on my routine. During this hour I write in my journal, make my to do list, read my Bible and just enjoy some caffeine before starting my day.
  2. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water. Example: You weight 100 pounds, you drink 50 oz of water daily. Now, I’m going to add a disclaimer and say that this may not be suitable for everyone. My dr. told me that someone had done that she was a large woman, so she was getting too much water. When she came in for her appt she was completely swollen. The normal suggestion is 8 oz. of water a day. When in doubt, ask your doctor. But seriously, drink your freaking water. It’s not that hard and it’ll solve a lot of your problems. (Skin, hair, bloating, tiredness, etc.)
  3. Every day write down 5 things you are thankful for. This doesn’t have to be big things like your husband and your kids, it should be the little things that you enjoy day to day. Some of mine this week were hot coffee, lazy mornings, a booked vacation and good books. Also, I write down 10 big goals that I have in my life. They basically repeat everyday until I accomplish them or I change my mind about them. (I wanted to open a coffee shop for about a month and then came to my senses… haha) These are smaller goals and big audacious goals, but they are written as though I’ve already accomplished them. Example: We are free from credit card debt! This has helped me really focus on what I (we, my husband and I) want in life and it’s helped me to develop plans on how to accomplish them! One of my most recent fulfilled goals is that I opened my digital Etsy shop!
  4. Get rid of one thing that isn’t good for you. Addicted to fast food? (Me x1000) Not eating enough fruits and veggies? Energy Drinks? Ice Cream? Give it up for a week, month, 3 months and see how amazing you feel! I used this to quit drinking pop, and now I’m working on not randomly stopping for fast food.
  5. Move your body! Rachel suggests at least 30 minutes a day. I say, if I can only fit in 15 or 20 it’s ok because at least I did something. I refuse to beat myself up for not doing enough minutes. I do shoot for 30 though. It’s only the 9th of January, but I have done some sort of movement every day this year. Be it yoga or a walk or weight lifting or kickboxing or whatever. Some days may be speed cleaning my house too!

Sorry, that got a little off track but I obviously believe in this wonky stuff.

The cornerstone of this practice is the journaling! I have found that when I take that time to write down what I’m thankful for and what I’m working towards, its an eye opener. I found that when I wake up before the baby I am a better mom for her when it’s time to wake her up. I have had time to wake up, focus on me (moms don’t get to do that often), and set a good tone for the day. I start the day caffeinated, focused and ready to roll. And the other things just help me keep going through the day.

Do you have a morning routine?

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