Life’s a bit crazy these days. I’ve been trying make an effort to slow down and find shelter this month. I’ve been thinking a lot about the juxtaposition of two ideas so prevalent in the summertime: the temptation towards perpetual busyness, for better or for worse, in addition to life’s normal responsibilities – the jumping about to and from family reunions, weddings, picnics, fellowships,
Amidst the busyness of summer, I find myself longing for shelter. To find it for myself and to provide it for others; a place of rest, rejuvenation, and protection. One way I’ve been finding solace is in a morning routine, before my children wake up. Specifically, I’ve been spending time outside on my porch, soaking in the stillness, always with my morning coffee in hand. Sometimes checking email, sometimes writing to-do lists, sometimes reading a book or meal planning, sometimes doing nothing at all. Even if it’s for just a few moments, this sacred part of my day sets the tone for the remainder of the day.
For me, coffee is an essential part of my morning. The ritual of putting the kettle on, weighing and grinding my beans, preparing the filter in my pour over, and then methodically pouring the water over the beans. It’s a beautiful rhythm, and is a cherished component of my morning routine. As you may know, I’ve been trying to stay away from dairy since I’m still nursing Jojo and my newest favorite non-dairy addition to my morning cuppa is SILK Coffee Creamer (their vanilla almond milk is my flavor of choice). SILK Coffee Creamer is conveniently available at Target, so I’m always sure to put it on my list when I escape to Target for my mom-vacations.
Speaking of, where are all my Target vacation moms at…you know what I’m talking about…the 9 PM solo Target run, the exotic vacation we’ve been longing for. We only need one thing (SILK Coffee Creamer) but end up trying on all the cute summer hats, redecorating our home, planning for our new morning routine, and buying all the things. Happens to the best of us.
Another essential in my morning routine: nursing the baby! He’s 9 months old now and for these past 9 months, every morning around 6:30, he wakes up and needs me. It’s a beautiful, swiftly passing time that I try to cherish while it’s here. After he nurses, he typically goes right back to bed for a few hours, so he and I have our time together and then I’m alone again.
On days when I intentionally set aside time for this morning routine, I find myself more productive and happier. Even more patient with my children. It’s incredible how starting off on the right foot can set the tone for the entire day.
Here are Five Practical Ways to Actually Start A Good Morning Routine:
Your morning routine doesn’t have to be intense or long or burdensome. Just set aside a few minutes (or more, if you like) to rest, regroup, and set yourself up for productivity throughout the day! Don’t try to cram too much into your morning routine, or it can become troublesome and harder to actually commit to the routine.
Here are a few ideas of things to include in your morning routine:
My peaceful morning routine inevitably always comes to an end. Naomi is typically up first, then we snuggle together on the porch couch for a bit until she asks for some “dinner.” Then it’s on to the rest of my day. I don’t typically find this shelter again until the following morning (unless I’m able to have one of those rare solo Target runs) and I’m grateful for it each day!
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I think #5 is one of the most important pieces to a great morning. I cannot say how many times I’ve thanked my past self for washing all the dishes and wiping all the counters and rehoming all the toys before sleep. No matter how tired I am at night, this always makes the new day so much more hopeful. I also love that your morning peace happens outside. So lovely!
Making coffee – the probably most important thing in everyone’s morning routine!
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Would love to wake up like that…it’s more like my 3 year old roaring in my ear to tell me he is a dinosaur then spending the next 15 mins trying to pry my 5 year old out of bed then trying to patch together a decent breakfast only to have a million crumbs and milk all over the floor to clean up. Letting my half poured pour over get cold. And then rush out the door with half my make-up done. When are you mommy bloggers going to keep it real?
Thanks for stopping by and for your comment, Cortney! I didn’t always wake up earlier than my children, but I found that if I want some alone time and a peaceful morning routine, I do have to force myself to prepare, set an alarm, and then actually wake up when it rings instead of pushing snooze 10 times. 😉 Little things like that have helped me cultivate good habits and have made our days so much more enjoyable.
One thing I’ve learned about motherhood over the past 6 years: seasons change. Right now, my season looks different from what I shared in this blog post one year ago. Currently, I’m in the throes of newborn life with a 3 week old. I’m not currently waking before my children. I wake when baby needs to nurse throughout the night, and am usually still in bed, trying to make up for lost sleep, when my 3 other children wake and climb on top of me, asking for food. But, since I know this season will change eventually, I’m TRYING to embrace the lack of morning routine and the extra cuddles (and messes and cold coffee) with my kiddos.