Honoring my morning routine is one of the most beneficial ways that I practice self-care. As a mom of three children, wife, teacher, business owner, and artist my plate is full. That’s cool because I love to eat; however in order to show up and be present for my family, students, and clients, I have to wake up early in the morning before every one else does. If I don’t, I find myself irritable within a few hours of waking up. In some seasons I’m super strict about my morning routine. I have to meditate, pray, read, journal, burn sage, light my candles, etc. Other times I may just paint or really focus on a cleaning tasks which are both forms of meditation because I’m able to be present in the moment. Some times I’ll wake up and just sit down and talk to God and write the messages that I receive from above. I have found that it’s not so much what I do when I rise it’s just a matter that I wake up first. Waking up first gives me a chance to check in with how I feel and have that one on one quiet time with God. If I do wake up to my youngest children crying or my oldest son asking me to get something I quickly take on their anxious or distressed energy. If I wake up and start checking my emails or text messages I’ll take on whatever the person on the other end is saying before I get a minute to really breath. When I’m able to breath first, I’m able to be grateful. When I’m able to be grateful, I open myself up to infinite possibilities. When I’m open to infinite possibilities, I’m able to serve the people I love from a place of overflow. On my self-awareness journey, I have learned that I am an introvert. I get energy from being alone so it’s mandatory for me to prioritize my alone time to keep from getting burnt out. One definition for self-love for me is knowing what I need and doing what it takes to get it. It would be easy for me to complain every day about all that I have to do and not having a minute to myself. Instead I have to apply self-discipline, avoid hitting the snooze button, and get up. There is a verse from proverbs that stood out to me when I was in high school “If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!” (New Living Translation Proverbs 20:13) This has new meaning for me now as I can see the fruit in waking up early every day. There is more than enough on my plate to eat but even more to be grateful for.
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