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Finding Joy In Your Daily Routine

“Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day. I’ve got a wonderful feeling. Everything’s going my way.”

What do you think Rogers and Hammerstein were thinking when they wrote these lyrics? “Everything’s going my way.” Have you ever said those words to yourself when your alarm goes off? I’m guessing we can all collectively say no to this.

When my alarm screeches in the early morning my thoughts immediately begin to race. “What day is it? What do I have to do today? How do I accomplish all of the things that I need to get done?” and so on. I suffocate myself in my own mind before I even put my feet on the ground.

Let’s talk about routine.

My days used to be insane. Long, busy and exhausting. I’d wake up every morning barely giving myself enough time to jump into my clothes, brush my teeth and run out the door. I moved from client to client, from class to class. My day became a huge checklist to my end goal. What was that goal? Usually, returning home to that beautiful space on the couch where I would eat my dinner, drink some wine and watch something mindless on television. I was often exhausted and my brain felt like it was consistently on autopilot. I only had one focus and that was to get home, feel relaxed, and shut off my mind. I was tired of my everyday routine. It felt monotonous and I was never really present in my current situation.

One night I was having drinks with a friend, clearly waiting to check even this event off of my list and move forward. I found myself complaining about my schedule, my lack of days off, my frustrations, my longing to constantly be on vacation. She looked at me and said, “Then change it.”

My thoughts immediately stopped.

“What?”, I said.

She repeated again: “Then change it.”

My mind was blown by these simple words.

I suddenly felt so much clarity. What’s wrong with me? I love what I do and I should be enjoying my life. I had unknowingly stopped enjoying my routine. I had stopped investing in myself.

Taking my friends advice, I decided I would make that change to bring back some joy in my life. And that change came in the form of one simple thing.

I set my alarm 15 minutes earlier the next morning. When I woke up, I grabbed a pen and paper and began to write. I told myself I would write 3 pages of whatever I felt like writing. No end result or task in mind, just write. At the end of those 15 minutes, I felt amazingly free. Writing cleared my mind, my mentality and my heart and it prepared me for my day. That simple 15 minutes added a joy to my day and put more happiness in my work. I loved it so much that I allotted 15 minutes in the middle of my day to do the same. It seems so simple. It was just 15 minutes but utilizing that time in a different way, writing instead of sleeping in, writing instead of checking Facebook, changed everything.

What if you changed your routine? What if you gave yourself enough time to journal, drink a full cup of coffee, read the paper, read a book, meditate? Try it. Allow small moments out of your day just for yourself. Give yourself the time to think about how great life truly is. Allow yourself to be excited about the next task in your routine and give yourself the time to be present and invest in that task. We live to work, we work to live, but there is no reason why we can’t enjoy the process. Maybe we CAN wake up in the morning and say to ourselves “Everything’s going my way.” Your routine, your life CAN go your way. Your life is going to happen however you choose to let it happen. Sometimes we just have to change what we’re doing to get what we want. We have to remember that we are in control here. We just need to be brave enough to take that control and make that change. I think we owe it to ourselves to be happy. I think we deserve it.

What’s one small thing you could change this week to improve the quality of your life? Share with me in the comments below!

Stay Brave,

  • Cee-Cee

    <3 this! It is definitely so important to take time just for yourself. I know working in an office that I find myself being glued to the chair and it stresses me out so bad. I plan to get away more from my desk so I can decompress and win back some me time!

  • Natalie Hills

    Love this, Amber! I had this epiphany two days ago and so far life seems so much sweeter! Moving forward, I would love to have 15 minutes a day to sit on my back patio enjoying all of our new landscaping and gardening that has attracted birds that ALMOST sing as well as you do. 😉 Instead of running around like a mad woman during naptime trying to make my less than perfect house perfect (when it will only become “lived” in as soon as the kids start playing again, I would love to use that time to start writing again. Writing to my daughter, writing about gardening, writing about being a mommy and step mom. Writing about anything! This article just kicked me in the rear to make it happen instead of just thinking about it happening! You’re pretty much the best. <3

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