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013 - My Morning Routine

By Nancy Ray

Get ready, because I love a good morning routine. Fair warning: I am such a nerd about this. I know this sounds kind of extreme, but having a morning routine in place really enhances the quality of my life. I'm not kidding. It gives me something to look forward to at night. It starts my day off connected with the Lord and with a healthy mindset. It allows me to start my day in a place of abundance, which really determines so much of the rest of my day. So whether you have a solid morning routine or if you don't have one at all, this episode is for you. Here are a couple reasons why my morning routine is so important to me, why I get so pumped about this topic: I think that it’s really important mentally to set yourself up in life with a series of rhythms that get you to enjoy life more, that just allow you to look forward to the next day. And you have control over that. You can choose to put things in your schedule and in your life that simply cause you to look forward to living. That’s just good practice that it brings you joy. It’s good for your mental health to do that. Another reason I have a morning routine: it’s good for my spirit. Spiritually speaking, it is grounding for me. It is a habit and a rhythm that I have. It’s like an appointment on my calendar with the Lord where I meet with Him. I ask Him to speak to me. It’s the first thing that I do every day. And when I spend that time with Him, I can guarantee you I’m going to be more patient. I’m going to be more loving. I’m going to be more aware of how He’s speaking to me throughout the day versus if I just launch into my long list of things to do. I’m pretty much doing things more in my own strength, and that’s me personally speaking for myself. But literally, I have kind of two kinds of days. When I’ve had that time with the Lord, it goes one way. When I haven’t, I feel like I’m just operating in my own strength, and it’s tiresome. It really is.  Yet another reason I have a morning routine is that I want to wake up and happen to my day, I don’t want to get to the end of my day and feel like my day happened to me. You know what I’m saying? You know. You know those days. When you wake up, and you have a plan, and you’ve woken up before the kids or before the sunrises and you’ve had your time to pray, to ground yourself, to plan your day, I mean, you feel good. It’s amazing, and then you happen to your day versus when you’re, like I said, always feeling behind. This is why I have a morning routine, and this is why I want you to consider a morning routine on your own! Listen in and we’ll walk through what the purpose of having a morning routine is and how to craft one that fits YOU and YOUR LIFE. For the full transcript, head to this episode's blog post. *Affiliate links have been used! Resources from this episode: Michael Hyatt & the Lead to Win Podcast Allie Casazza & The Purpose Show What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast, by Laura Vanderkam  

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