I can now officially say I’m a morning person. I still can’t believe it. I have always been the QUEEN of the snooze button. But miracles happen, my friends. I am now a morning person.
My kids are six and nine. They were never really early risers ever (okay, I know that was a lucky break) but they are at the age now where they can get up, can get themselves a bowl of cereal, and entertain themselves until my husband and I get up. And frankly, that has spoiled my husband and I BIG TIME.
We were getting up at 8, sometimes 9, on the weekends, and by the time we got up, had coffee, and worked out, or did whatever we needed to do to start our day, it was already lunchtime. And that was just the weekends. Our weekday mornings were just complete, massive chaos because we snoozed until the absolute last minute. We were rushing ourselves, and our kids, out the door, and it just made us grumpy and miserable.
I really didn’t think anything was going to change. I always just told myself that I wasn’t a morning person.
Then serendipity happened.
When I started bullet journaling, I noticed that quite a few bullet journalers I followed online did something called the “Miracle Morning.” So of course, out of curiousity, I had to check it out. And I almost immediately downloaded the book for my Kindle.
The premise of the book is all about starting your day on the right foot, by creating habits that benefit your life and goals, and that if you start your day in a positive light, it will benefit your life as a whole. I figured I didn’t have anything to lose. But sleep.
So I gave it a shot. Day 1 went great. Day 2, even better. It was kind of amazing how quickly my body got used to the change in my routine.
And that was just it– the routine. I loved it. There were so many things in my life that I wanted to start doing, or wanted to be better about, and this addressed so many of those things.
The Miracle Morning routine has an acronym, SAVERS, which stand for the things that should make up your routine. They stand for:
S: Silence. Meditation is the route I take, and I use a great app called Insight Timer to do it. It’s free, and many of the meditation apps that I looked into had a subscription program. I didn’t want to deal with that. I like that there are a lot of short options, because I like to stay around 5-6 minutes for my meditation. I always do a guided meditation but I would like to eventually just move on to my own meditation.
A: Affirmations. Yup, you’re channeling Stuart Smalley here. You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you! This was the part that I really struggled with. Luckily, I got some great ideas via Pinterest. I pinned them here if you’d like to take a look.
V: Visualize. Visualize your goals. You can create a vision board, or just make a list and refer to it. I have a list in my bullet journal that I use.
E: Exercise. I have never been a big exerciser, but this routine has changed that. I love working out in the morning, and since starting the Miracle Morning, I’ve been more consistent than I’ve ever been in regards to working out. I started out doing this Jessica Smith workout, but I’ve reluctantly moved on to T25 (my husband had great success with it. It’s kicking my butt, but it’s only week one for me at this point.)
R: Read. I love reading, but in this routine, I like to read self development books. My favorite so far has been You are A Badass by Jen Sincero– I seriously think everyone should read that book.
S: Scribe. This is when I write in my bullet journal– I review my schedule and to-dos for the day, and I write down three things I’m thankful for, to start my day on a positive note.
One final tip: I use this app as an alarm clock. It analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you up at the optimal time. It’s awesome!
I’m loving this routine, and don’t see myself stopping any time soon!
If you’re looking to make some positive changes in your life, I would highly recommend starting a morning routine!