The morning is such a beautiful time; we open our eyes to a new day, show gratitude for all that surrounds us, and move forward with love and good intentions (I mean, that’s the ideal plan, right?). We all know that life can sometimes get in the way of our well being, so it is extremely important to make time for the things that deeply nourish you, making all of the other “stuff” (stress, work, bills, time) more manageable.
For me, I knew that I needed a better spiritual practice in the morning. I have had the hot lemon water and green smoothie thing down for well over a year, but there was something missing. I wanted (needed) to take some time in the morning to do things that made me feel fulfilled, happy.
I am a firm believer in “how you live your mornings is how you live your day”, so for the past 7 weeks, I have developed and practiced a morning routine. I gave myself some options, and I made a promise that I would do my best to practice at least 2 of these things at the start of every day.
You may remember the post I shared when I was just starting this adventure… So here is how my calendar looks now:
I have to say, I am really proud of myself.
Yes, there are a few blank days, and yes, some mornings I only did one of the practices, but why focus on that? That is why it’s called a practice, right? Because we are practicing it, working on integrating it into our life. It’s not always going to look perfect, and it definitely isn’t always going to feel perfect, but we make the time anyway because we know that it is benefitting us on a deeper level.
Over these past 47 days, I have again learned the power of accountability. Some mornings, it was a real struggle for me to sit and meditate for 10 minutes when all I wanted to do was get on the computer, turn on some music and check my email… But then I would think of today, the day that I would be sharing a picture of my calendar with you, and that was my motivation. And of course after my 10 minutes of meditation (or whichever practice I decided on that morning) I felt wonderful, and was so grateful that I took the time for myself.
So thank you for keeping me accountable.
Accountability is one of the strongest ingredients in successful health coaching, and I share it with you because I want to motivate you to commit to something you have been thinking about, something that makes your insides sparkle. Hang a homemade calendar on your wall to keep track of your progress, find a friend that has something he/she wants to commit to as well and do it together, write about it on your blog, share it with someone you love and ask them to check in with you every day about it… Find something that works for you and do it! And don’t be scared of error, embrace it, learn from it.
Moving forward, I am feeling more confident and stable in my morning routine. I now know that in order to feel grounded and balanced in my day, I need to take some time in the morning to journal, practice yoga, meditate, read, stretch, or post a inspirational quote. I may even make another calendar to help.
I would love to hear the ways you have, or are planning to, keep yourself accountable, and what it is that you want to add more of to your life.
with love and gratitude,