Do you OWN the DAY or does the DAY OWN YOU?

Most of us wake each morning too the SCREAMING of the alarm clock from our phones, roll over to turn it off, then pick up the phone to check emails, text, etc. This habit starts our day in an immediate reactive state and sets the tone for the rest of the day. You rush around in a frenzy to get yourself (and everyone else) ready for the day and out the door. We run from activity to activity in a stressed out state, rarely taking time to stop and think or even breathe for that matter!

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, I’d love to share something that has been a game changer in my life. Something that I cherish and brings JOY to my days! I call this my Quiet Time.

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2 years ago, I was encouraged to read the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. I thought it was amazing and made so much sense. BUT, I already wake up at 5 am most mornings to workout, so there was NO way I was waking up earlier than that! However, I decided if other people had success with creating a quite space in their morning, maybe it would benefit me too!

My Quiet Time is typically anywhere from 10 - 20 minutes and goes something like this:

The alarm sounds between 4:45 -5:15 a.m. (depending on my day). After washing my face, brushing teeth and putting on workout clothes, I head into the kitchen for a mug of warm water with lemon, or a cup of coffee depending on the day. Then, head into my office nook to begin.

I keep it SIMPLE because for me, anything to complicated is hard to stick with!

I start my Quite Time with a few minutes of scripture reading, followed by prayer. I then write one thing (at least) that I was thankful for from the day before in my gratitude journal and think about 1 thing I can do that day that will bring JOY to my life. Maybe it’s call an old friend or family member I haven’t talked to in a while, write a note to send to someone, or put a special note in my daughters lunch box. Just a little gesture of kindness to make me feel a sense of happiness inside.

From there, it’s out the door for a daily session of MOVEMENT which is vital for our wellbeing. I focus on something to get my heart pounding, like a run, spin or a HIIT class. If I drive to my workout, I listen to recorded positive self talk. It has been scientifically proven that listening to positive self talk helps to rewire your brain from the negative state to a positive one.

From there it’s back home to get myself and my family ready for the day ahead. Most days, I get through all of this by the time my daughter and husband are getting out of bed and it feels AMAZING! I feel so accomplished and it’s not even 7 a.m.!!

So, I want to know, do you have a morning routine that you follow, or do you start each day in a reactive state? If you don’t have at least 10 - 20 minutes of Quiet Time to yourself each morning, I encourage you to give it a try for at least a month to get into a routine! Set your alarm a few minutes early. When it goes off, don’t push snooze or roll over and start checking email. Take a few minutes to be thankful and do something for yourself or someone you love. I promise you will feel more of a sense of JOY and PURPOSE throughout the day!