There’s been a lot of talk about morning routines lately and I can’t help but to feel a little jealous… I mean come-on, who has time for a cozy cup of tea, yoga, journaling, and self reflection every morning?
Heck, I can hardly fit in a shower most mornings!
My reality? Being startled awake by my five year old demanding cereal, rushing to get breakfast and the kids’ packed lunches made while the baby is screaming to get out of her crib… and then rushing to at least get dressed and brush my teeth before the baby finishes her breakfast, and then it’s off to school or summer camp.
I’m sure that if I lived alone, I would probably have a dream morning routine in place; but seeing as though I have three young kids and waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t an option I’m willing to take (not yet anyway), then I needed to figure out another way to fill my day with intention.
Many other “experts” suggest you imagine what your perfect day would be like, and then make it your intention to direct your life daily toward that perfect day.
So I tried…
But, to no avail could I come up with ONE perfect day that I would be happy to keep as a benchmark for happiness.
I’m a multi-passionate after all.
How could I know that I’ll be happy in the future with what I choose now?
As I was pondering about this, I stopped in my tracks and looked around me. I was alone, in my quiet backyard, with the warm sunshine on my face. THIS. This right here would be part of my most perfect day, a day that would make me happy. Being alone with my thoughts, if even for a moment, in a quiet peaceful place, connecting with nature. Yeeesss.
I had found the answer to envisioning my “perfect day”… I didn’t have to strive for a certain lifestyle, or commit to do a certain activity every day; living intentionally simply meant breaking away from the mindless daily grind and doing something that connected me to ME.
and my values,
and what would make me truly happy.
Once I realized this, I was able to add more to my intention list.
Today, that list looks something like this:
- Experience something new
- Get in touch with self (being alone with my thoughts for a few minutes)
- Get in touch with nature (go outside!)
- Create something (ie a cake, a painting, an entry in my journal…)
- Get my heart pumping
- Connect with my family (spend individual time with each)
- Help someone, or make a contribution
Purposefully doing things throughout each day that reflects your values and makes your life richer… that my friend is living intentionally.
What’s on your intention list?
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