“Rise, Grind, and Shine; Making the Most of Your Mornings”

2020 is here and you promised yourself that you were going to make more of each day in order to accomplish more of your goals, didn’t ya?! Well, you ought to know that the morning time is very monumental to your day. How you start out can, and usually does, set the pace and tone for your remaining twenty four hours! Kinda nerve-wrecking right? Never fear because your Home Girl is here to share my guide to a healthier, more productive morning, which results in a steadier, more progressive day, which produces a happier, more successful month.. Well, you get the gist!

5:30 A.M.- 6:00 A.M.

Starting just a little before sunrise, I awake around 5:30 am to freshen up (wash face/brush teeth/etc.), meditate, and pray. Meditation helps to clear my mind and helps me set my intentions for the day. During prayer, I get to give thanks for having arisen to a new day. I immediately feel a spirit of Clarity and Protection encompass me and I am now even more ready to embark on my journey. This process takes me about 30 minutes but feel free to divvy up your schedule as your spirit guides you.

6:00 A.M.- 7:15 A.M.

Next, I’m off to prep my breakfast. I’m not going to cook it until a little later but it helps to be a few steps ahead and I get to confirm my “breakfast status” which prevents me from entering into someone’s drive thru! In this same instance, I’m going to pack my gym bag and scurry off to perform an action that I have a love/hate relationship with; Exercise! I hate leaving the comfort of my home so early in the day to sweat around strangers whom may or may not have even brushed their teeth before arriving BUT I love that period of solidarity and empowerment that is me burning calories on a treadmill in the wee hours uninterrupted with my noise cancelling headphones jamming my favorite tunes. I love having already gotten one of the hardest parts about life out of the way and ultimately, feeling that boost that it gives me to power through the day!

7:15 A.M.-8:15 A.M.

After about an hour of cardio, I’m back home to shower, feed, and walk Taz (my Chihuahua). Thirty minutes later, I am ready to toss my already whisked eggs and my pre-chopped sausage onto the fire. I can toast my bread and take out something to thaw for dinner whilst doing this. At this point, I’ve secured the meal for the start and end of my stretch. Not to mention, while chomping down on my breakfast for champions, I can brainstorm and set goals for the day. Whoo! Winning!

You really wouldn’t believe the increase in productivity you will experience from this schedule. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “the early bird gets the worm”, and this is precisely what it’s referring to. From the time I opened my eyes, to the time I clocked in for work, I’ve already reached so many milestones. I’ve also put myself in the physical and mental shape to reach many more throughout the day! People who awaken earlier than others or more apt to procure success. Making the most of your morning allows you to utilize your twenty four hours more efficiently and ultimately, allows you to utilize YOU more effectively!

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