Years ago, I remember hearing my sister-in-law talk about getting up at 3:15 am to make breakfast for my brother-in-law. Yes, tough Army guys need a good breakfast to be ready & raring to take charge of their troops.
When you hear that “the Army does more before 9:00 am than most folks do all day”….they aren’t kidding. That also means some of their wives were up prior to that getting them going on the right path.
I asked Mr. Right, do you want me to get up and make you breakfast? He said in the nicest, kindest way….sweetheart, no one wants to eat what you cook at 3:15 am.
That pretty much sums up my abilities in the early hours of the day. I am not very creative or cheerful or thinking straight …I’ll just say what everyone is thinking, I am not a morning person.
Recently, on my latest youtube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnjZZpUledU I asked folks to tell me how they started their day. I asked what kind of rituals they do to set themselves up on the right path.
It has been lovely to read everyone’s routines. Many different, so many the same. From scratching their dogs’ belly to listening to uplifting music, prayer, breakfast, and devotionals, the glorious coffee/tea seemed to be a repeated necessity.
Since so many shared, I thought I had best jump on here and share how my day begins.
I have found that routine helps me navigate the early morning hours.
The moment, I wake, I say thank you. I am grateful for another day. I start the day with light ankle/leg stretches. I put on my walking clothes and somehow manage to corral my beautiful, huge, “joyful” hair into/under a baseball cap. Brushing my teeth and putting on lip gloss is next as is drinking one glass of water.
Five days a week, (4 weeks a month, 12 months a year) I read my letter. Yes, Mr. Right leaves me a note. Stickers, stick figure drawings, always an excellent, kind comment about last nights’ dinner, bread or dessert. Sometimes he writes a poem, a joke, leaves a pun, a count down to something fun we are planning.
Yes, every workday morning, I read and keep my love notes.
I make my bed. Yes. Every single day. When my sisters and I were little, our mother would say we were not allowed to go to school unless our beds were made. Oh my, to think we couldn’t go to school! Geesh. The habit has remained with me.
I take our Sweet Liberty outside. Now, that she is elderly, she no longer joins me for my walk. She relaxes at home and gets an extra wink or two of beauty sleep.
I make her breakfast, give her fresh water, brush her every morning. (Yes, a girl needs to have a daily comb out.)
If I don’t walk, I ride my indoor bike.
During biking, I read The Upper Room and The Christian Science Reading Daily Lift scripture and thoughts. My morning devotionals last for 3 miles, about 22 minutes.
I use my Rebound-air for 9 minutes. (Here is the goodness: 2 minutes on my Rebound-Air equals 6 minutes of running or 10 minutes of swimming or 22 minutes of walking.)
Boy Howdy, it’s fun, helps my lymphatic system & makes me happy. I can listen to music or a video or let my brain swirl. When jumping, so I don’t slip, I use socks with little rubber nibs on the bottom. They even have a powerful message for me each morning!
My morning juice is already made (the night before by Mr. Right) and chilling in the refrigerator, six days a week. It is 4 carrots, 1 red pepper, 1 orange, and 1/2 lemon. (fyi, our jars are from the Love Bomb company in Oregon. It’s a great company & we love our jars!) https://www.thelovebombcompany.com/
Some mornings I sail through my routine, other days, with my eye on the prize, I stumble each step of the way.
The prize you ask? Oh, I think you already know.
A beautiful cup of coffee.
Dark Italian Roast freshly ground beans. I add some coconut sugar and a splash of coconut/almond creamer. Depending on my need, I choose a beautiful cup or a comfortable Polish pottery mug. Once in a while, when the day calls for a big, bold choice, an overly large mug, with a big handle and the perfect curve of the lip, fits the bill.
Whether you jump start your day like a military person on a mission or you ease into the morning slightly slower….
I hope you set yourself on a path of gratitude. Grace and glory will surely follow.
In this together, friends,