I love mornings. I especially love Monday mornings. I feel lost most weekends; not doing well without a routine.
Monday through Friday I get up when my husband’s alarm goes off around 6:15, or earlier if I’m awake. I take Dagny for a short walk, feed her, and start emptying the dishwasher (EVERY F’ing DAY. Why??) while I prepare my hot water with lemon. I take my probiotic.
She eats, and then I give her her CBD treat, which she takes delicately in her mouth and runs over to the back door with. She’s got a routine too – she eats most of her food, then she takes her treat outside, plays with it a second, eats it, and then wants to come back inside to finish her breakfast…
I go outside and drink my hot water with lemon, enjoying just being outside for a minute before it gets too hot to breathe.
Sometimes I walk around and pull weeds, water things, feed the birds, other times I sit and watch the clouds. I haven’t been meditating regularly for a long time, nor do I use the foam roller regularly. I want to, but I don’t feel like I have time. Of course I have time, I just haven’t been making those things a priority. I’m working on getting back to them, but first, I’m trying to get used to having a schedule, and keeping to-do/want lists.
I go back inside and prepare my coffee, finish emptying the dishwasher, then go around and open up the blinds in the bedroom, check the plants for water, etc. By 7:30 I’m always upstairs at my desk with a chickpea blondie (guys, I love these so much, they make a great breakfast with an apple or blueberries) and my coffee – I’ve been making them for months and do not go a day without eating one. I took some with me to the beach, and I always take some when I travel.
When I sit down at my desk I open my computer and look first at Brain Pickings. After I’m finished reading the latest article I turn on my local NPR station and work on my to-do/want list for the day, get to email, etc., then I still eventually look at Shopbop, but at least it’s not first thing anymore 🙂
I’m really proud of myself that I’ve been able to shift my consciousness away from consuming material goods first thing in the morning to consuming ideas. That was a big step for me, honestly. If you remember, I mentioned that for about ten years I would sit with my coffee and browse Shopbop’s new arrivals each day (I am a partner of Shopbop and ear some credit each month to spend there…).
Now, I enjoy taking longer to get “to work” and writing my to-do list and “want” list everyday, which includes things I want to do and buy – both long term and short term, to remind myself what I want to spend my money on and what I DON’T. For example, I’ve written my want list for about a week and here are some of the things that have been on my list :
- TRAVEL – I want to visit family twice in September
- Tilley hemp sun hat
- Hot pink Sabahs
- Platinum hair 🙂
- Read more non-fiction
- Listen more (podcasts/music)
- Simple gold necklace
- teeth whitening/straightening
After a few days the Tilley hat and Sabahs fell off because I don’t want to allocate money to those things right now, nor do I need either of those things ATM. The necklace will probably fall off in a few days too. I may add those things back eventually, and maybe not.
I’ve found it very helpful to write these things down every day, because if I choose to keep an item on the list, that is re-affirming that it is something I value, and then again if I choose to remove something, it is because it has lost appeal (or I have decided to let it go) and there is no need to continue to give it energy.
Notice there is not ONE item of “clothing” on my want list.
Now, I have not historically been great at keeping to lists, to-do or otherwise; it’s too much discipline for me and feels constraining. Which is interesting, because I THRIVE by limiting what I eat, and keeping to a strict exercise routine. I just have a hard time doing that with clothing/shoes/accessory purchases. I am starting to feel a shift though. You’re never too old to change, are you? 🙂