Wednesday, June 24, 2015

100 Days of Summer ~ Mornings



Over a year ago I began reading and hearing more about rising early.  Getting up before the rest of the house, spend the time focused on your needs and what you like to do, connecting where you need to connect.  My husband had been doing that for quite some time and knew the benefits.  I could see it too and wondered if I could rise early as well.

I tried, several times I tried to get into the routine of it.  I did little challenges, a 10 day challenge of rising early or a 30 day of rising early.  I would be fine for a few days, but then would just give in and give up.  Finally, I was able to put together a way to make it work.

I had noticed that with a simple routine for my son's bedtime and a simple morning routine as well to get ready for the day seemed to help him transition.  I thought, why not give it a try myself.  I started a simple night time routine before I went to bed and once it became natural, I created a morning routine for waking early.

That was my key, I needed a routine or better yet a list or ideas of how to spend that time.  With time, I began to wake early easily and felt better prepared for the day.  Of course, as time has gone by I have changed it or tweaked it depending on what season I am in.

Recently, I decided to continue it longer into the morning.  After having the things done we needed to have done for the morning, my son asked to play outside.  A beautiful day, sure why not go outside.  He loves being out doors.  So I figure, with the warmer weather and his love of outside might as well make the most of it.

He grabbed a few toys and I grabbed a few things for myself (my book, a cup of coffee, and paper to write).  I am not sure either of us really had any idea of what direction each of us would go in, but the chance to be in our backyard was such a wonderful invitation.

While my son explored and played, I sat and watched.  I listened, let go, relaxed, and breathed in the moment.  I thought to myself, this is what mornings are about.  Loved ones, being outside, having a good book, paper to write on, and a cup of coffee.