I’ve written the title to this blog in capital letters in order to further motivate myself. Capital letters are intimidating. Scary. Impressive. Right?
This weekend Thomas & I brainstormed a new MORNING ROUTINE (that’s the working title, anyway).
See, as I’ve indicated before on this blog mornings are not, err, our thing.
Cookies are our thing. Snuggling, that’s our thing. Running is our thing. Books are our thing. Road-trips, those are our thing too.
Mornings? NOT our thing.
Typically we wake up somewhere around 7:30 or so. Tom crawls out of bed, puts on his work uniform and eats an orange. By the time he’s gotten to the citrus stage I’ve managed to wake enough to…stand. I kiss him goodbye (or rather his face sort of catches my lips as I trip towards him. It’s exceedingly romantic). Then, he leaves for work and I stare around the empty apartment and wonder why I’m vertical.
Then I wash dishes, listen to music and, by 10 a.m. have succeeded in waking up (I never really know what happens the first two hours I’m awake every day).
So, several things have happened in the last few days that have required our usual morning agenda to morph into something more…painful.
Last week I was offered a full-time job (which is a significant answer to prayer). I start in a few weeks but have begun adjusting my morning routine now. Why? I’ll need to leave for work by 7:15 a.m. Oh dear.
Tom leaves at 8 a.m which means he could sleep in a little longer.However, we have both chosen the higher road. And by higher I mean harder (why is higher always harder?). The alarm now goes off at 6:30 a.m. EVERY DAY.
Now, I realize that for some of you 6:30 isnt that early. To you I say, I envy that morning ease. Kelly Clarkson says what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger. I can only hope her words are true.
These days, Tom makes us breakfast while I straighten my hair and attempt not to scald my head. Then we sit in near silence looking lovingly at each other and eating bread.
We can do this.
Also this weekend, we bought our vitamin supplements! Yay! We’ve been talking about this for a while but life has just been a whirlwind. We’re good at some healthy things; running, eating fruit & vegetables and eating…lunch and dinner. Breakfast? Not so much.
We’re now mature adults who have vitamin holders, eat whole wheat toast or oatmeal for breakfast and get up at 6:30. We’ve been this mature for 48 hours now.
It does feel good to know your body has what it needs. Some things are so simple too – swallowing a vitamin, sprinkling flax-seed on toast, filling a water bottle.
I prepare most things the night before. While Tom does the dinner dishes (ahh, love him). I set the table for breakfast, make sure the water bottles are filled and in the refrigerator and pack both of our lunches for the next day. It’s amazing how much money that last one saves us – since we both work we could spend anywhere from $6-10 a day on lunches. That’s $30-50 a week, $120-200 a month and $1,440 -2,400 a year. Umm, what the macaroni salad?
Or, as Tom says – it’s a savings of $240,000 in one hundred years. I cannot argue with that. I would like an extra $240,000 when I am 124 years old. Also, since we take vitamins now I expect I’ll be around to use that money.
I’m pretty pumped about our “new” schedule. We have more time in the mornings to read the Bible, wake-up together, have breakfast and truly start the day off well.
It’s an empowering feeling to be in control of your own body and to care for it properly it’s exceedingly difficult though! I’ve never been so aware how lazy my natural inclination are. I’m writing this for the accountability and for ideas. The fact that neither Tom or I are morning people means we could use some outside help – knowing people read this helps motive me. Truly, it does!
Also, I’m hoping that if you have any tried & true organizational, schedule or routine tips you’ll let me know! The benefits are starting to provide their own motivation but until then ideas are still helpful .
Have a great day, friends!