A beautiful day starts with an intentional morning ritual. This is something I’ve been working on for quite awhile. My morning ritual isn’t perfect yet but I’m making progress.
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Dee’s Morning Ritual
This is what my morning looks like when all goes well…which is about once a week. But hey, you’ve got to start somewhere.
- Set daily intention before getting out of bed
I take a few minutes while still lying in bed to think about my day. I consider the specific challenges ahead and then decide on my focus for the day. For instance, today’s focus phrase was “steady and productive”. I had a lengthy to-do list which I really wanted to power through because I’m planning to take Friday off. That’s right. I’m going to cross something off my Summer Fun list and spend the entire day just reading!
- Turn back the bed covers
I make the bed every day but I let it air first. I turn the covers back, move the pillows and lightly spray the sheets with my homemade lavender linen spray.
- Go downstairs, weigh myself and drink a glass of water
I haven’t been drinking enough water lately so I’m making an effort to include more in my daily routine. I know some recommend only weighing once a week but I feel like I get a better sense of what affects my weight if I monitor it daily. FYI: eating a banana split as a late-night dinner isn’t a good idea if you’re watching your weight.
- Take my hot tea to the library
My sweet husband makes my tea for me every morning and puts it in an insulated Klean Kanteen so it stays hot. I take it and one of my china cups and saucers to the library, get comfy in my chair and finish the rest of my morning ritual.
I’ve been rather hit-or-miss with this but I find when I meditate consistently, my days go better. I may do a group challenge soon so stay tuned.
I’m trying not to get sucked into Facebook during my morning routine but to spend that time reading something more worthwhile. As I shared in my post about My Morning Basket, one of my morning reads is Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self. It’s written in short sections which lend themselves perfectly to daily reading. I also read a bit from the Harvard Classics and from my grandmother’s Bible.
- Listen to a podcast
Right now I’m taking an intensive personal development course which includes a short audio lesson each morning. Otherwise I enjoy watching Crystal Paine’s morning Periscope sessions or listening to one of my favorite podcasts.
And that’s my ideal morning ritual. Well, for now. There are other things I’d like to include:
- Yoga – sun salutations in particular
- Morning Pages – I’ve done these off and on.
For now, though, my current ritual is enough. Once I’m doing it consistently I’ll add something else.
If you’re interested in creating a morning routine which works for you and sets you up for having a beautiful and productive day, I can’t say enough about Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings course. I’ve gone through it twice already and am going to do it again soon. If this sounds like something you might be interested in click below for more information or to purchase.
I also recommend the Make Over Your Evenings course. I don’t promote anything here on Life With Dee unless I stand behind it 100%. I’ve purchased both of these courses myself and highly recommend them.