Morning Routine, Monday Afternoons, and Journal Writing: What's Saving Me Right Now

What gives you life and gets you out of bed in the morning? 

What reminds you about the blessing this life can be? 

So many times, it’s easy to complain about what you don’t have or to believe that you are lacking because of things that are removing you from the stuff that gives you life and joy. As a person who has gone through past-season’s-a-plenty of letting those hard things keep me from seeing the good in the everyday, I have long been seasoned in training myself to look for the pockets of sunshine in the hardships.

One of my friends, Rachel Hafler, recently posted a blog about Barbara Brown Taylor’s idea based on a question she was asked to speak on: “What is saving your life right now?” I loved the idea so much that I wanted to write up my own blog about what’s saving my life in the middle of this cold and windy winter and share it here. So, here’s my list!

1. Monday Afternoons and Dinner with Kristal, Rob, and their kids

This has been a weekly routine I’ve come to know and love in the last year. Kristal is my mentor and we make it a point to get together and make time each Monday to intentionally talk, share life, and spend time over the stove and countertop. Intentionality is one of the things I value most in life and this time is a breath of fresh air to me in the middle of processing so much life that is happening every single day around me. It helps me redirect to the importance of family, knowing where I belong, and encompasses the reminder that I am cushioned and loved through every season.

2. Elsie Girl

The young couple I live with from my church community have two children and Elsie is their two-year-old and the little bundle of joy I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the last few months. We read books, she says hi every time I show up, and she reminds me to smile and take the time to play when there is work to be done. In the middle of winter, it is so easy for me to feel the load of the cold weather on my shoulders like a coat, but Elsie’s joy has remained constant in this outside season of cold and who could stay bitter when you’ve got a finger-five waiting for you every morning?

3. Creating a Morning Routine

I have been following a lot of entrepreneurs lately who have inspired me to make a morning routine for myself. I recently picked up a new face wash and lotion and have made it a routine to wash my face in both the morning and the night. It’s a cue on both ends, but for the sake of morning, it’s my cue that the day is beginning. There’s nothing like splashing your face with water to help you know that the day is beginning. I want to get to a point where I am comfortably waking up at 5am every day (including the weekends) in order to be a better me. Figuring out the routine that works for me in the morning is like a personal science. The slower the better. The more efficient, the better. Morning has to involve writing, worship, the bible, and coffee after washing my face. Keeping this steady morning routine will be the lifeline for me in the middle of changing seasons and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will help me take hold of the day as the weeks continue on!

4. Journal Writing

This is a practice I constantly fall into and out of. I am looking to make it a constant and everyday practice again and over the last week or so, it has been the one thing I can fall back on even when I don’t have anything to write for this blog. It reminds me that even when there is “nothing to write,” there is always something to write. Writing is my lifeline through every season and I am grateful for blank pages and lines to fill my story up on. 

Those are my saving graces lately! What are yours?