(Written on my phone so please excuse any mistakes)
Before I begin, I just want to wish my parents a happy 22 years as a married couple! I’m so proud to say they are my ONLY relationship goals. I pray God blesses me with a union as loving, strong and resilient as theirs. I love u guys! ♡
Now let’s get back into the regularly scheduled programme!
Let’s begin with a question: do you enjoy waking up in the morning?
I’m guessing that the majority of you will say no. This is what I think usually happens. Tell me if I’m wrong but I think most people wake up on a Monday, maybe an hour or two before they have to leave their house, to literally wash, dress and brush their hair. Some might have time to eat or put on some make up but those things can be done on the bus or at work. They probably do all this in a daze, they are not quite awake and they don’t want to talk. They become more human-like when they have their morning coffee or once the phones ring at work and they have to adopt a cheerful tone. They might not have even uttered ‘good morning’ to their loved ones while still at home or ‘how you doing’ to their colleagues as they found their seat. They may not have given a thought to their friend who was having relationship problems or their aunty who had a cold last week. They didn’t even think about themselves.
Why don’t we like to put ourselves first? My guess is the fear of being accused of being egotistical or just not giving a damn about anything or anyone. But what if we put aside a few minutes of everyday to really focus on ourselves? Scenario: what things would you do if you were told that you could make others a priority only if you dedicated a small portion of your day to YOU?
Any dedicated follower of my blog will get that everyday is another chance of self-discovery for me. Most days of the week I am reading up on anxiety, self-motivation, acceptance and love. So most days I discover new tactics, advice or ways to improve myself. Now, I’m unapologetically me. That means I am aware of my flaws, if I know I can change something I will but if I can’t, I won’t. I know who I am as a person and I actually like myself. I have good and bad days just like every one else, I use my support system DAILY and I’m not ashamed of that. I am unapologetically me. So my journey of self discovery is for ways to improve what is already great about me and see the world a little clearly. In doing so, I’ve come across many articles about making your mornings count. Most of us don’t do that. We categorise ourselves as a non-morning person so we don’t bother doing anything that deviates from that.
I am a morning person. I know that I am more efficient, hard-working, cheerful and I concentrate better before lunchtime. However, I’ve never utilised the hours before work. Many of the articles emphasise on praying or meditating, writing a journal or even exercise. So I do most of that and more! I’m sure many of you have heard that when you wake up, you should declare the day. The more you do that, the better your chances of a successful day on a regular basis. I do that now. I have also started jogging twice a week at 5.30am. I also drink 500ml of cold water each morning. It makes me feel alive! In fact let me detail my morning clearly for you:
Tuesday/Thursday: wake at 5.15am to brush my teeth and get my workout clothes on. Jog for 15 to 30 mins. Get home by 6am and continue routine as like other days.
All other days: 6am wake up. Wash, brush teeth, floss, wash face.
6.20am: say “today is going to be a good day. It’s going to be productive and hard-working. People will recognise it. I am going to be in a good mood and my colleagues will like me. I am going to seize the day!” I say this with my sister. Privately thank God for waking me up.
6.25am: look for a motivational talk on YouTube. Most of the time, these are Ted Talks. Listen to these talks while taking my time to do my make up. Do not rush, enjoy it.
7am: breakfast! I do better when I have a cooked meal. So I have eggs, plantain and a veggie sausage. I’m still listening to the motivational talks.
7.25am: get dressed, do hair and fix make up if need be. Still listening to the talks.
7.42am: say “laters” to my family. Pack my lunch (made the night before), pick up my 1L water bottle and leave the house around 7.45-7.50.
7.55am- 9am: get on the bus and read. Halfway through, read a Christian devotional sent by my Tasha, meditate and walk a short distance to work. (Unless I’m writing a blog post on my phone!)
That is my morning on Monday through to Friday. It’s a lot! But I enjoy it. It sets me up for a good day. I get to work motivated and happy. It’s still a new job but I’m looking forward to the day. I’m not hating the fact that I work 8 hours a day and get home rather late. Since starting this new routine, I feel more positive and I feel like my mind-set is changing. I had a panic attack on the bus home on Tuesday and usually that would freak me out. But this time, I gathered my thoughts, told myself that to calm down and remember that I’m going to be okay. I didn’t even mention it to anyone (until now lol). Usually afterwards I need some time to process and I’m a little moody. Not this time!
I want to implement a few more things like playing affirmations in my ear as I walk to the bus stop or walk the short distance to my workplace. I’m looking for the best apps for that at the moment. But so far so good!
I think the real test will be on a dreary rainy day, where I’m late for work, it’s crazy busy and I get home an hour later than usual. But please Jesus, don’t jinx me lol.
How can you make the most of your mornings? Any suggestions for me?
Have a think! See you next week!
Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.