My Morning Routine – Here’s the routine that helps me start the day with positivity, gratitude, and energy. (Plus the books, apps, and tools I use to keep me going!)
I’m a creature of habit, something I got teased about by my family growing up. It may or may not have involved a tear-filled outburst of “WE HAVE NO TRADITIONS!” at age 7 when my family gently suggested they may want to *slightly* alter ONE of our Christmas traditions. (I will never be allowed to live it down, thanks for asking.)
I’ve relaxed (what I think is) a lot about traditions, but Gretchen Rubin would classify me as an Upholder. I’m a person who thrives on habits and routine. (You can find out your type here–then tell me what it is!!!). I’m also an introvert, so I get my energy from having some alone time.
My morning routine has varied a LOT over the years, but one thing has stayed the same: I like to get up before everyone else. Having a bit of time to myself before everyone needs me and I need to be “on” for the day is one of the best things I do for myself.
Sometimes, that’s meant dragging my bleary-eyed self out of bed 5 minutes before I think the baby will get up, just so I’m not awakened by crying. Other times, it’s meant going for a walk/run or doing an exercise video on mute in the living room while I try not to wake up my still-allergic-to-sleep children.
In the last 2 years, I’ve gotten into a new phase. My kids still wake up REALLY early no matter when they go to bed. (5-5:30am is still the norm for Milo, for instance.) But everyone is old enough that I don’t have to spend all that time shoo-ing them back to their rooms, calming a crying baby, or trying to coax someone back to sleep.
Here’s the morning routine that makes a HUGE difference in how I start and feel about the day. (Plus, the book that got me started + some helpful apps and tools that keep me going!)