I've been pretty quiet on here and online in general of late. It's well documented that winter is not my favourite time of year. I find nothing joyful about winter, except maybe a very early bed time under a bunch of blankets and a warm wheat bag at my feet. I can't get warm, my body misses the sunshine, my immune system struggles and I lack motivation to do anything. Some people love the coats and boots. I don't.
I have been working hard on training myself to be in bed by 10 and to enjoy waking up at 6am, instead of craving a sleep in. I am deep seated into a strong routine and finding time to do all the things that I want to do, outside of what I have to do. I have been reading so much about the importance of morning and evening routines and scheduling. As a parent, my number one tip is to get as much done the night before. I know the feeling of just wanting to dive into bed once the child is finally asleep but even 45 minutes the night before saves a frantic start to the next day.
I also really value waking up before my child does in the morning. I gather my thoughts and think about the day ahead. I may read the news headlines and drink a glass of warm water with lemon and take a magnesium supplement, vitamin D and a probiotic. I also prep breakfast. Then I can enjoy some cuddles with the little person who's happy to start a day at 6am.
I've also begun the Journal of Me to run through the summer and new year. It's unrelenting and challenging but that's been my motto this year. Life has really been pushing me out of my comfort zone, both personally and in particular professionally. I'm mustering up the courage to do my masters now.
There are so many wonderful reasons for us all to be happy with our lives, so lets remind ourselves of them. You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it...