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Happy Thursday! March is flying by. I'm basking in the nicer weather, the cute spring outfits, and dreams of summer.
It'll be here before you know it! The sun is already rising so much earlier. If there's one thing I love in the summer, it's watching the sunrise. I like being able to sit outside and see the spectacular morning colors before I head off for the day, especially with a good cup of coffee and something to read. As the mornings get a little less chilly, I hope to do that again soon.
Other than seeing the sunrise, there are some things I like to add to my morning routine to energize my day and kick it off with gratefulness. Here's how my morning goes!
Wake up + Make up
(Sort of.) I wake up around 5 a.m. during the school year. I usually shower at night before I go to bed, so when I get up in the morning I go straight to getting dressed and fixing my hair. I work at a school, so my weekly wardrobe is somewhere on the spectrum of "business casual" - but we get to wear jeans 3 days a week!
I have a few go-to hairdos, and I usually just put on a little bit of mascara and maybe blush. Occasionally I wear lipstick if I'm feeling dressy.
Java + Jesus
After I get ready, I go to the kitchen and make a cup or two of coffee in my French press. I used to have a single-cup coffee maker, buuut it broke in college. My roommate had a Keurig anyway. It's a little extra work to use the French press every day, but it saves on space, saves on money, and tastes really good, so I don't mind. Sometimes I make enough that I can take some in my thermos to school later, too.
Then I take my cup of joe and curl up on the couch with my notebook and Bible. Call it a "devotional" or "quiet time" or whatever you want to call it, but it's my time to pray and hear from the Lord and practice being grateful. The first thing I do is write down seven things I'm grateful for, which you may have seen in my post series Thankful Thursday.
Next I choose something to read in my Bible. Sometimes I read just a couple of verses, or sometimes a chapter or two. Occasionally on the weekends my husband and I will do a practice called "lectio divina" in which we read the lectionary passages for the day three times each and reflect on words or phrases from them that feel particularly meaningful.
My "quiet time" looks different pretty much every day, but I almost always play a little bit of music on YouTube quietly in the background. Prayer, reading, and worship are kind of intertwined for me. At times I turn on a podcast instead and simply write or draw in my journal while I listen and pray.
Drive with Intention
After I pack up to go to work, I like to continue the positivity and thankfulness even in my drive, so I turn on a podcast (or continue one if I was already listening). Usually I listen to a sermon, but occasionally I listen to this awesome podcast for teachers.
It may sound silly to some, but I also like to declare things over myself while I drive, kind of like positive affirmations. Usually these things involve who I'm striving to be as a person and as an educator. Here are some examples: I am effective and efficient. I am patient and compassionate. I am loved and loving.
Too hokey? To each their own. If I'm not mistaken, there is a lot of science behind positive self-talk - it definitely has had an impact on my mood, self-esteem, and positivity!
(P.S. I'm reading a great book on the subject - The Perfect You by Dr. Caroline Leaf.)
That about sums up my mornings during the school year. My morning routine is pretty low maintenance, but the simple things I do help to kick off my day with energy and gratefulness. Maybe I'll share my nightly routine sometime soon!
What's your morning routine like?
Recent graduate + Wife
+ Kindergarten teacher
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I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.