We all know the drill. The alarm goes off in the morning and you fumble around to hit the snooze and fall back asleep for a blessed 9 minutes. Then the alarm goes off again and you repeat the process. Possibly several more times. Or, it’s not an alarm that wakes you. It’s a baby. Screaming. Loudly. Unfortunately those little blessings don’t come with a snooze button, so you groggily crawl out of bed to start your day.
Both of those scenarios used to be me. And I imagine the second one will be me again someday when we have another baby. But as of right now, I’ve become a morning person. If you would have told me that a few years, or even a few months ago, I would have told you that you were nuts and to go away.
Mornings were not my favorite time of the day. I would guess mornings are not the favorite time of day for many people. As a society, we don’t get enough sleep and we rush around all day. We try to cram 36 hours’ worth of busy into 24 hours and it’s exhausting. But I’ll save busyness for another post. Because today we’re talking about how I’m becoming a morning person.
Notice I said becoming. I’m not all the way there yet, but getting up early and having a productive morning has become something that I love. Let me tell you how that happened.
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Sometime this past summer, I stumbled across the book “The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)” by Hal Elrod. I was skeptical. Guarantee is a pretty strong word and knowing myself and how much I love my sleep, I didn’t think it was possible. I read the reviews and they sounded very intriguing, so I ordered a copy of the book. I read it in a couple of days (which was a feat in and of itself with a 1 year old running around) and decided it was something I would try.
That first morning I set my alarm for 6:45 I think. I’m blessed that Little Miss is usually a late sleeper, so that would give me plenty of time to do my Miracle Morning before she woke up.
My alarm went off and I jumped right out of bed. That was pretty much amazing by itself, so I was off to a good start. I went into the bathroom and got dressed and brushed my teeth and headed to the living room to complete my S.A.V.E.R.S. I’ll give you a brief description of what I do, but to really understand what you’re doing and why, I suggest reading the book.
My Morning Routine
I do my S.A.V.E.R.S. out of order, but that’s ok because it works for me. Typically I start my morning with Silence. I find that this is the perfect time to pray and that starting my day with time devoted to prayer gets it started with a peace and calmness I was missing when I was rolling out of bed at the last minute possible to get ready for work or to take care of Little Miss. Sometimes if I’m extra stressed or troubled I’ll do some deep breathing and just enjoy the quiet. Some people use this time for meditation as well. It’s up to you how you use it.
After my Silence I usually choose to do my Reading because this is when I read my Bible. Some days I read more than others, but I aim for 15-20 minutes each day. I love having time set aside to read my Bible because before I started my Miracle Mornings, I struggled to find time to fit it in. Now it’s just part of my day. You can read whatever you like during this time, but the Bible is my go-to.
Affirmations and Visualization
Next I move on to my weakest two parts of the S.A.V.E.R.S., and those are Affirmations and Visualization. I still don’t quite understand how to come up with good affirmations without sounding cheesy. I’ve tried a few different ones, but so far nothing has stuck. As far as visualization goes, I’m better at that one, I just don’t do it enough. I’ll admit, I often skip these two steps, but I’m going to make an effort to do them all through October and see if I feel differently about them by the end of the month.
Then comes the Exercise portion of the morning. Getting out of the house to exercise isn’t usually an option with Little Miss asleep and my husband already at work. So usually I opt for a quick exercise challenge that I find on Pinterest and/or some yoga. Early on I followed along with yoga videos on YouTube (my absolute favorites are by Adriene), but now I’ve kind of morphed it into my own little flow. I probably should get back to doing videos though and challenge myself. I love knowing that no matter what the rest of the day throws at me, I’ve gotten in at least a little bit of exercise!
The final portion of my Miracle Morning is Scribing. Really, he just means writing and I have a journal that I try to write in as often as possible. Sometimes my scribing is writing a new blog post (this is today’s scribing), but I really enjoy writing in my journal. It’s a great way to get my thoughts out of my head and I can’t wait to go back in a year and re-read my challenges and victories from the previous year.
So there you have my morning routine. Sometimes it gets interrupted by an early-rising baby, but most of the time I make it through just fine and even have some extra time to get a few chores done around the house before Little Miss wakes up. I think what I love most about my new life as a morning person is that my day doesn’t feel so rushed anymore.
Adjusting to What Works for You
I’m sure that as we expand our family I will have to change things up a little bit. During those early months with a newborn, sleep is definitely priority Numero Uno, so I’ll adjust the timing of my S.A.V.E.R.S. to fit my needs and that’s ok. There’s actually a new book that just came out (“The Miracle Morning for Parents and Families: How to Bring Out the Best in Your KIDS and Your SELF”) that I’m in the process of reading that I think will be really helpful when I finish it.
If you’re worried about how you’re going to squeeze all of that into your morning before heading to work, know that this doesn’t have to take a long time or even be done in the morning. You can spend as much or as little time on it as you want. Some days I spend an extra long time on certain steps and rush through others. Some mornings I wake up late and speed through the whole process (50 jumping jacks is better than not doing anything at all). You just have to do what works for you and embrace it. It’s not anyone else’s morning but yours (and maybe your kid’s), so make it your own.
So what is your morning routine? Are you a morning person or does the thought of waking up early give you heart palpitations? Leave a comment and let’s chat!