You never “clock out” when you have a 14 month old son waiting for you at home from a long eight hour work day. Trey, my son, is truly the best thing that has happened to me! He is very bright, energetic and full of surprises! One evening I was talking to my husband while I was holding Trey. Then out of nowhere he grabbed my face and kissed me on the lips while saying “mmmmmuuah!” Things like that melts my heart to pieces!
How do I find time for myself? I don’t. Well, I do, but when I’m granted that time to myself, I honestly almost panic and realize that I don’t know what to do with myself! I’m completely absent minded and I always feel like something is missing. Dislexia plays a huge role when free time is permitted. So I’ve done some digging around Pinterest, googled up some words I didn’t think anyone else has asked… Jeez, by this point everything and anything has already been googled, right? But I digress…
So, I decided to write down my routine. As much as I’d like to say it’s a daily routine, it ain’t gonna happen’! So I’ll be just as satisfied if I can get some of this done at least three times a week! So here they are:
- WAKE UP EARLY
- WASH FACE
- JOURNAL- WRITE DOWN FIVE THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR
- EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST MEAL
1- WAKE UP EARLY- I usually wake up at around 6AM for work on the weekdays. Might as well wake up a few minutes early, around 530-545 to incorporate the new routine. I know it’s going to be a pain in the neck, but knowing me, if I don’t do this now, I’ll never do it!
2-WASH FACE- It is a no brainer! This I don’t skip out on! Wash your face, peeps! Especially if you wear tons of make up! Don’t clog your pores by skipping the must! I use Clinique’s three step. I also use a turn around cream in the evening for the extra moisture and also a wrinkle repair cream. And yes, I said wrinkle repair cream, which explains why I look ten years younger!
3-MEDITATE- This may not be for everyone, especially not for me in the beginning. I tried the app headspace for a while, but literally started falling asleep in the middle of the meditation process. I ended up going the “minimal” route and stuck with this podcast called Meditation Oasis. It’s pretty good so far and most of them are short, which is perfect for my on-the-go lifestyle. And it’s free!
4-JOURNAL- WRITE DOWN FIVE THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR- During my self-help book search, I came across this badass book called You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. It has revolved me back to the person I am today and I am soaking life with every breath that I take.
With that being said, I decided to keep a journal and write down five things I am grateful for daily. Don’t feel stuck in rut if you can’t come up with new things you are grateful. Every day I am grateful for my family, roof over my head, hands to feel, eyes to see and food on the table.
When you get a chance, send someone a text or phone someone and let them know that they are loved! I send my husband a text a few times a week by thanking him for making the bed (which I am truly thankful for) or just simply telling him I love him out of the blue.
5-EXERCISE- This I struggled with daily! I had this weird obsession with starting everything on a Monday. It has hindered me from almost everything I’ve set my mind to in the past! “Oh, I need to work out, it’s Wednesday, so I will wait until Monday to do it!”
After finally getting over my ridiculous OCD charade, I decided to lightly work out again! Don’t get me wrong, Trey alone is a work out in itself, but this workout I do in the morning is far less complex than chasing around a baby with scissors in his hands. (True story, btw!)
A few yoga stretches, some ab workouts, jumping jacks and some light aerobics will do just the trick! It has given me plenty of energy throughout the day!
6-EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST MEAL- This is very important to me because I need plenty of fluids and a healthy balanced meal with my medication and the vitamins that I take. During my daily routine for work, I always make myself a smoothie. It’s a green smoothie! I use the following simple ingredients: A whole banana, a cup of frozen fruits which include: strawberries, mango, peaches and blueberries, orange juice and topped with Amazing Grass® Green Superfood® Alkalize & Detox which is basically wheat grass filled with cleansing ingredients and good dosage of your daily veggy intake! Because of this, I don’t drink coffee anymore. It has given me so much energy and balance. I have had it by itself with no smoothie, and it’s not the best tasting thing in the world, but it works just as great. With that, I eat a cereal bar on the go. Natures Valley with protein, peanut butter and dark chocolate. At work, I continue the breakfast feast with some oatmeal or cereal. I love the apple and cinnamon oatmeal and honey nut Cheerios with 2% milk. I also take my medication, women’s daily vitamins and sometimes I take ginko biloba for the “Dory” days when I feel absent minded.