Early Nights, Early Mornings




I’ve been waking up at 6 AM for the past few weeks, and while it’s been helpful, it hasn’t given me the early morning quiet, alone time I need. That’s probably because, for some reason, my oldest sun seems to have radar that is triggered by my getting up at 6 AM. He thinks that when I’m up, he needs to be. Ummmm… no. So, today I naturally woke up at 5 AM today and have had a whole hour, let me repeat A WHOLE HOUR, in peace and quiet by myself. This I could get used to.

To do this I had to go to sleep early, like at 9 PM. These days it’s not too hard because with being pregnant I’m pretty much ready to go to bed around 7 PM, but as every mama knows, that probably isn’t reasonable most days. For now, I’m going to aim for a 9 PM bedtime and 5 AM wake time, daily. Of course, to do this some things may not get done at night and I’m going to have to be OK with doing what I can and letting go of the rest. My soul needs this daily quiet time. With the new baby coming and things changing over the next two years, I need a consistent way to tap into me without taking too much time away from my family. I will make this work!

My plan is to wake, shower, read something inspirational, light a candle, put on some music (in my ear buds of course), make some tea, and write. Eventually I’d like to add in a workout. As for today though, besides thinking I heard the boys wake up 50 times, I actually did all of the things I mentioned, minus the workout. Heavenly, I tell you. I think I may be onto something here, mamas.

How do you find time for yourself daily? Share with me.

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The #1 Reason to Stop Wavering and Make a Decision Today

Normally, I’m a pretty decisive person. A situation arises and I can decide what to do (or not to do) about it in a snap. Even big decisions (e.g., deciding to become debt free, homeschooling) usually come easily, as does making the necessary lifestyle changes to live out those decisions. However, lately I’ve been an Indecisive Izzy (yeah, I just made that up) when it came to decisions that, for whatever reason, I felt could have an enormous impact on our lives.

Now, I’m all for being introspective and letting the answers to my questions flow and all, but sometimes all that is just too much. A sista needs to make a damn decision and move on. Can I live, you know what I’m saying? So, today I decided to stop pussyfooting around and commit to five things that have had hold of my mind, heart, and, really, my soul for a good while. I just couldn’t go another day wavering, being wishy washy, stressing out and just being annoying (to myself and others, I’m sure), so I wrote everything out and committed. Boom.

Now, let me tell y’all – these decisions were not at the top of my list as the things I wanted to do. They are decisions that fall into the category of “things you have to do now in order to be able to do the things you want to do later.” I’m sure you can relate. So, what was the one thing that helped me to stop wavering and make my decisions? It was this:
AH Quote

Doesn’t it sum it up nicely? After I read this I initially said (in my head), “They don’t know me. They don’t know my life!” Then, I was like, “Well, yeah, that makes sense, and, honestly, who the heck I am to stagnate own my Life Force? That ish cray.” And, just as they said, of course I felt much better, and, yes, alive once I made my decisions, wrote them down, which prompted me to start to draft plans to make them come to fruition.

So, now it’s your turn. What have you been grappling with for a while? What is something that you may have thought was decided, but keeps coming around like that one “cousin” who shows up at the family reunion but no one knows? Couldn’t you use that LifeEnergy that indecision is stealing to propel you into the live you actually want? Isn’t it time to resolve your indifferences and let life flow again? There’s no need to wait any longer. Get ‘er done today!