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From the Eat a Frog Friday series we ran in the past.

This week’s task is a bit harder. This week we are establishing a morning routine.

Now you would think that this should be just as straight forward as the evening routine, but alas, I have found this to be much, much harder . For me, my mornings tend to rely so much on how well I slept the night before, how early my children wake up, and whether or not my husband has slept well, which he often doesn’t.

image courtesy of garden.ahmadtea.com
image courtesy of garden.ahmadtea.com

Every night I go to bed with the intention of the following morning routine

  • Wake up at 5:30
  • Make a pot of tea or coffee
  • Read or sew for about a half an hour
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Get my daily chore done (my frog 😉 )
  • Prepare for the day with the kids

What generally happens if I ignore my alarm at 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30. Or I am sleeping with one of the kids and my hubby had to blindly shut it off. Then I get up with the kids move to the couch and fall back asleep until one of them asks for breakfast. By the time everyone is fed and the tea is made, D.H. is making his way to the kitchen. He eats, goes to work, and I rush around cleaning up from breakfast trying to reclaim the lost morning.

I am really struggling to do this one on the list and it is something I want so bad. On the rare occasion that things go according to the plan I feel like I have a great start on the day and overall my state of mind is better as I enter the day. A morning routine creates predictability to the day which in turn creates a calm mind for when the day really gets going. I also love the idea of have a little bit of time that is just for me so that I am in a good place before my day really gets going. As any stay at home parent will tell you, when you work from home the demands of everyday life can get overwhelming and it is easy to lose yourself to the job. Having a morning routine that you do alone allows your to find yourself and enjoy yourself and separate, even for a moment from the demands of your never-ending job.

This is why I want to tackle #3 so badly. But is a frog I am going to have to swallow night and day until I get it right. I’ll keep you posted.

Elizabeth Leonard
About Elizabeth Leonard

Health, Lifestyle, and Creavity Coach. Writer. Food Life Photographer. Peaker, Cooker, Eater. Whisky and tea lover, plaid and Outlander addict. https://www.instagram.com/yousimplr/