One of the biggest things I have learned over the last 6 mos of taking a break from this blog is the importance of routine. I have been able to really solidify a morning routine. Today I’m going to share that with you.
First things first, every morning starts with a cup of coffee. I buy whole-bean from a local coffee shop that roasts the beans in house, grind them fresh each morning and make my coffee in a french press.
Once my coffee is ready, I curl up with my journal and write a few things down each morning.
First, I set an intention for my day. Setting an intention gives a focus for my day. Lately, my intention has been along the lines of trust. Trust that everything will work out. Trust that you will get a job. Trust that you will find a home. Trust. And believe. Believe that all is working out for your good. Even if it’s hard, even it’s scary, take a leap of faith, believe in all the good coming your way.
Next, I practice gratitude. I write down 5 things I am grateful for. It might be the sound of the coffee pouring into my mug. The steam dancing off the mug of a hot, fresh cup of coffee. The sound of the wind in the leaves. A freshly cleaned bathroom. Any big or little things. Naming these things you are grateful helps train your brain to see the positivity in a world plagued my negativity. This practice has taught me to be a joyful soul.
Last, I write down my goals. This came from Rachel Hollis start today journal. She talks about how writing down your goals as if they have already occurred helps you to achieve those goals. She recommends 10, but I haven’t gotten there yet and I have 6 goals that I feel really good about. And I will share below:
1. I am an exceptional girlfriend
2. I am debt free
3. I am a compassionate and empathetic nurse
4. I am a generous friend
5. I am in control of my health and wellbeing.
6. I am rooted.
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After I do those 3 things each day I might read a chapter of a personal development book or listen to a podcast and take notes. I might do some extra journaling and work through whatever I might be needing to process.
After doing these things, I carry on with the rest of my day. But starting this day has given me stability, keeping me grounded. It gives me the peace of my mind I need to do my job well and love others well. The most beautiful thing about it all is that no matter where I go or what I do, this practice stabilizes me. Whether I work a night shift, am traveling through different states, or whatever is going on, doing this same thing every day, regardless of whether or not I feel like doing it, allows me to be a joyful and present person.