“Remember to take care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup.” ~ Toby Mac
Do you have a set morning routine? One of the hardest things for me about transitioning from a corporate job into starting a business from home has been re-establishing a schedule for myself. As a wedding planner, I love that every day is completely different – from meeting with new vendors, taking beautiful venue tours and of course working with new couples. The problem is that I’ve been so excited to hustle and get out there that I lost my sense of grounding. Life felt completely chaotic.
Last month I had the opportunity to completely remove myself from the situation. I went to Iowa to visit my family for a little vacation and during that time away I was able to self evaluate. First of all, spending time with my family always points me back in the right direction because they remind me of who I am at my core. And secondly, it was nice to take a break completely from work and get revitalized.
When I returned home to Denver I was sure of one thing – I needed some consistency in my life. Since mornings are my absolute favorite time of day (I love fresh starts and the uncertainty of the day ahead), I decided to put together a regular routine to get me going. It’s definitely a work in progress, but here is what I’ve been doing in the last month that has made a huge difference in 1) my stress level, 2) my productivity, 3) my self confidence and 4) my faith.
My AM Happy Hour Routine
(…because who says happy hours have to be at 5 o’clock 😉 )
*Wake up around 6:00 or 6:30 am.
*Feed my cats and make coffee (pretty sure my Kerig is my favorite household appliance).
*Sit out on the porch (I love getting fresh air first thing) and read through a devotional or motivational book. Sometimes I’ll light a candle for ambiance (this Rose Bouquet scented candle from Target is lovely!). A few of my favorites items to read as of late are:
– Thrive by Arianna Huffington
– The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
*Reflect, meditate and/or pray about whatever I read that day, and also pray for my family, friends and business.
*Journal for 5-10 minutes (this is so hard for me, but when I actually do it I feel better about life).
*Make breakfast and enjoy it at the kitchen table or on the porch. I’ve realized that I really love cooking in the morning. Lately I’ve been making eggs sunny side up with sautéed veggies, bacon or an english muffin and berries.
This entire routine takes anywhere from a half hour to a full hour, depending on the day. Afterward sometimes I’ll work out or just go ahead and put on some make up and get dressed and ready for the day.
Something I realized is that sticking to a routine is super intentional. It’s hard to set aside an extra hour every morning but I know the difference it makes for me and that makes it totally worth it!
How do you start your day? Do you have a happy hour of your own that grounds you and reminds you of your purpose/goals? Comment below!
PS. My mom recently sent me this shirt (pictured above) in the mail and I’m obsessed – it’s so true!