A simple, organized morning

“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.”

~ Cary Grant

sand angel

 

Starting your day off in a rush creates havoc for the rest of the day. You absolutely have the power to make a change. It is a choice, so why not choose to take a really good look at your harried morning hours, then resolve to create a peaceful morning. Make your morning routine personal and supportive.

Start by waking up slowly. Instead of letting the alarm clock jolt you out of bed, start a bit earlier and take a few minutes to welcome the day. While still in bed, do a few gentle stretches, smile, express gratitude and slowly become conscious of opportunities awaiting you this day. Moving intentionally into your day will set the tone for a gentler day. Just a few minutes of contemplation before hopping out of bed, will transform you mentally and physically.

Spend a few moments in quiet meditation, a form of elevating your gratitude attitude. Think of three things or people that you are grateful to have in your life. The more you focus on blessings the more positive you are going to feel when your feet hit the floor. Acknowledging appreciation for what you have sets the tone of thankfulness for the entire day. You will begin the day with lasting calmness that will carry forth throughout the hours ahead.

There is no perfect way to start the day, just be aware of what you need and put it into action. Fulfill those unique needs and move forth with confidence. Nurture yourself; you are important!

The first thought you have in the morning will have a profound effect on your attitude. The more positive you feel, the easier it will be for you to extend those feelings throughout your entire day. Try it tomorrow morning and every morning for the next week or so. I bet you will feel a whole lot better with more energy, more focus and less stress.

A positive start to your day is a blessing.

The early bird may get the worm,

but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

Leave a comment below. I want to hear how your morning routine is working for you.

 

 

September… National Self-Improvement Month

“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.” ~ Bill Copeland, Poet, Writer and Historian

Leopard Tortoise in Tanzania, Africa
A gorgeous Leopard Tortoise crosses my path in Tanzania, Africa

 

 

As the months are passing by, I continue to focus on my goal of a Healthy Abundant Life!

On January 1, 2017, I embarked on a 12-month journey to discover a simple, healthy, abundant lifestyle. While each of us may have had different resolutions or planned to head in different directions, the journey process remains the the same.

  • First, determine the destination
  • Then map out the route
  • And, enjoy the scenery along the way

As a colleague once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do.”

 

My roadway to healthy habits include the following:

  1. Clean eating every day:  For me, this means eating a variety of fresh, whole foods — food that have not been processed or altered beyond refrigeration, cutting/slicing and cooking. Just the way nature intended. I am staying away from anything wrapped in cellophane.
  2. Exercise every day: No gym membership for me. Walking outdoors has been a summer treat even on rainy days. Sometimes I walk the neighborhood, and sometimes I head downtown to the post office, library or grocery store where I can only buy what fits into the backpack! Another huge benefit of walking is listening to audio-books downloaded via Overdrive from my library. I am progressing nicely through a list of recommended reading. Besides the health benefits of walking, I am driving my car less. With an insurance company beacon tracking mileage, I benefit from the  reduced insurance premium. (Financial abundance – the less I drive the less to be paid for insurance.) Also, included in my exercise program is weight lifting, exercise ball and yoga done in the convenience of my home.
  3. Purge and organize every day:  There is always way too much stuff and this year I have been slowly and methodically purging to achieve more breathing room. I strongly recommend the “one-in / one-out” rule to maintain and appreciate the breathing room. With thoughts of purging and organizing, I am reminded that less is best.
  4. Relationships every day: Ah… an easy one! Family and friends make up the majority of my happy times whether it is visiting, emailing or talking on the phone. Meeting interesting people while traveling and experiencing new cultures adds to the relationship scale. And, summer time with grandchildren is the best!

Achieving success is an inside job, beginning and ending with YOU!

Establishing good habits that continually move you towards your ultimate goal is a worthwhile endeavor.

How are you doing with your 2017 Resolutions? Share your experience. Leave a comment.