Every December, Susannah Conway does a photo challenge December Reflections. You can read about it here
I have decided to set myself a challenge and take a photo every day and post a short blog post using the prompt.
2017 has been a year of change for me and this is a way to tie a bow around it before we move into 2018.
Day 1 Early
The first thing I do when I wake up is light a candle and burn some Nag Champa incense. There was an extra treat this morning as I got to open box 1 of my Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar! This has been sitting on my chest of drawers for 2 weeks and it took real self-control not to sneak a peak.
Then I write my morning pages, a tool from Julia Cameron’s Artist’s Way. This is 3 pages of stream of consciousness writing which clears my mind for the day ahead. There are still 6 places available in my free Artist’s Way group – information and sign up here
Why is an early morning routine important?
I have had a morning routine for years, usually consisting of some combination of candles, incense, hot water and lemon, journaling, yoga and meditation. But, the busier I got and as the signs of burnout emerged, at the time when I MOST needed the peace and calm my routine brought, I let it slide.
Read my Thrive Global article on the 10 signs of burnout here
The value of a morning routine lies in deciding how you want to feel. As I have slowed down to the speed of grace, I have reconnected to the practices that nourish me.
I no longer see them as things on my to do list, but as a way of orienting myself towards what is important to me. To live a life of my own creation, from the inside out.
Do you have a morning routine? What would help you set the tone for your day, early in the morning?