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I never used to be a morning person. I would have to drag myself out of bed every morning, but one day I decided that in order to be productive, especially with working from home full time, I have to learn to be a morning person. And just like that… I changed. I would get up earlier and earlier every morning (with the help of an alarm) and it has transformed my mornings. There’s something so sweet about being up before the rest of the world (or at least it feels like it, because it’s so quiet outside). Before I knew it, I became a morning person and my morning ritual is honestly sacred! It’s the best part of my day! Maybe my morning isn’t how you want your morning to be, but I encourage you to make it yours — add activities and rituals you enjoy in there!
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Look, I’m not a ‘journal’ type person and honestly, have never believed in journaling ever… until now. Jordan and I snagged this Five Minute Journal and it has made such an impact on our lives. Devote 5 minutes out of your day to this and you will feel the change too. There’s just something about waking up and writing what you are grateful for. It’s the first thing we do in the mornings — and it’s the last thing we do before bed. I’m naturally a pretty negative person (anyone else have this issue??). This has made me so much more positive and there’s something special about counting your blessings daily. I’ve loved this journal so much that I even sent a few girlfriends this gift during quarantine to lift their spirits.
I bet you didn’t think this would be on here, unless you’re new here, then you probably think I’m a yogi because I love fitness. Yoga is actually out of my comfort zone, which is why I decided to start incorporating it in the mornings. Before you think I’m doing an hour of this, think again (haha). I typically just do a quick 10-15 minute flow that I find on YouTube, iPhone app, or IG. It just prepares my body and mind for the day. Hey, if I can influence people to be more fit and active, why can’t others influence me too?
Another five minutes that have transformed my day. I sit down, focus, and write in my Productivity Planner. I like planning out the day and seeing what my most important task is. It has made my day 10x more productive! See more on my WFH tips post!
Sounds simple, because it is simple. This is something we do every day. We sit together, write in our 5 minute journals, and have our coffee and chat about the day. The days are hectic and these 10 minutes with him are calming and peaceful.
I don’t do this every morning, but this was my Lenten promise a few years ago and ever since then I’ve loved tuning into their IG lives every morning. Some days, I tune in and listen while I’m picking up around the house or doing the rest of my morning routine. Other days, I sit down, focus, and pray with them. Some days, I don’t tune in at all, but if you’re Catholic and you struggle to find time to pray the rosary, I highly recommend checking them out! They have IG Lives praying the rosary every morning at 7:45 AM EST. If you find some downtime during the day, their Lives stay for 24 hours so you can tune in whenever you feel like it.
Simple but effective, trust me. I can’t seem to get the day off to a good start if the bed isn’t made. I feel like once the bed is made, the day can begin! No clutter provides a fresh blank slate in my mind so that I can conquer the day.
Depending on what time of year it is, I’ll water the plants (I love getting outside at this time) and/or take Jeter for a little walk. Not anything crazy, just a 5-10 minute walk to get moving and J-man loves it!
This also includes drinking 32 oz of water! I always drink a huge water filled tumbler before doing anything (this one is a great amazon find!), and then I’ll make a farm fresh omelet for breakfast. If J is going off to work (and not working from home), this is when I would prepare his lunch for him. Since I WFH full time, I sometimes prepare my lunch ahead of time, but I sometimes don’t. If you work a 9-5, I highly recommend using this time to prepare a healthy nutritious lunch for yourself! Preparation is key.
Did y’all enjoy my 8 Things to Do Before 8 AM? If so, which ones do you think you’ll implement?!
Photography by Erin Trimble
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There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t feel so blessed to be Jordan’s wife. He is my everything. These photos and video are the sweetest reminder of our love for one another. So, grab a cup of coffee, pull up a seat, and try not to bawl your eyes out (because I know we did). Every time we look through our photos and watch our video, we cry the happiest tears.
It’s crazy what can happen in a year. I met the love of my life and the rest is history. I was having a hard time ending this post, because frankly, I think I could talk about that evening forever. Then I realized that this post doesn’t have an ending, but instead, a beginning. Thank you so much for all of the love, excitement, and gratitude.
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is bake my dark chocolate chip pumpkin bread! I’ve made it *so* many times for me, J, and friends & family. It’s moist, decadent, and super easy to make! It also makes for a great DIY housewarming gift.