This morning, I posted on my Instagram story about intentionality and slower mornings.
I’ve seen such radical change in my life since chasing a “slower living” mentality each morning. And I just want to share a bit with all of you!
First of all, this does not come easy for me! My natural is to hop out of bed every morning and immediately dive into work or start making lists of things that need to be done that day. But I slowly began to notice those quick transitions, where I go from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds, were immediately draining me and not setting me up for a peaceful day. I even noticed my productivity wasn’t operating at its best. I think in order to really be productive and do things well, you need a peaceful spirit. Otherwise, you just race through everything! Someone I really admire and love always says “slow down to speed up.” And they’re so right! I’ve noticed I pay a little more attention to detail and do everything a little better and more efficiently when I’m in a peaceful, less stressed state of mind.
So! Each morning, I’ve started allowing myself to take things slow. Feeling that freedom already puts my mind at ease, but what I do with it is where the value really lies. I start each day with quiet time, which normally leads to prayer or reading. I 100% believe what we feed our minds at the beginning of each day is so important. If we immediately reach for our phones and check Instagram, we end up soaking in everyone else’s likes and dislikes instead of our own, disconnecting from ourselves and what fills US up. Whatever it looks like for you to reconnect with yourself, whether it be listening to music, cooking breakfast, going for a morning walk, whatever... do it! Reconnecting with yourself each morning helps you stay rooted throughout your day. And with a world constantly begging for our attention and throwing distractions our way, staying rooted is SO important. I love using this metaphor as a reminder — The more you practice reconnecting with your core, the deeper your roots go. The deeper your roots, the less likely you will break when those distractions try to bend you.
After that, I step outside.... (continued in comments)