My love of coffee is epic – the aroma, the flavor and warmth all create an intoxicating experience. Admittedly, I cannot face the morning without a strong cup of coffee, so I relish the fact that my loving husband brings me a steaming mug every morning in bed. I can smell the coffee as I wake and I pause in gratitude and luxuriate in the first few sips. Drinking a good cup of coffee is an indulgent experience for me, a part of my morning ritual.
Morning rituals are important. Your morning sets the tone for day and it’s too easy to jump out of bed and run straight into your day without mindfulness and intention, allowing stress and anxiety to creep in with racing lists and thoughts running through your head.
Previously I’ve talked about connections, finding quiet moments and finding delight in simple pleasures. Creating a morning ritual helps with all of these things and actually helps push you towards achieving your goals, however big or small.
One of my new morning rituals is reviewing my FLOW planner, which my dear friend Mia Moran recently published. It helps you get your thoughts out of your head and create space for you to design and define the life you want, from big life goals down to seasonal goals, to monthly and even weekly. I love it.
Other ideas for morning rituals are journaling, meditating, exercise, stretching and yoga. The idea is to have purposeful, quiet time with yourself. If you treat yourself well, you are more present, loving and quite frankly fun for everyone else in your life. I know adding in extra things into your already busy schedule sounds hard… but waking up a little bit earlier and spending some quality time with yourself makes everything else easier.
“The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.” Laura Ingalls Wilder
Carrie Allen created this site as a way for people to share stories about things they love. She loves chasing quiet, authentic moments and sharing them with her family and friends. Read more about her inspiration here.