The morning ritual. I always have a cup of coffee or matcha, a journal, and a good book. I sit on my favorite couch on the front porch and listen to the birds in the pines as early morning sunlight paints the treetops orange.
I take notes as I read. The monologue becomes a dialogue. I allow the text to penetrate me and ask me questions. I listen to myself and respond. It’s a conversation that allows me to take ownership of the truths in the text on a much deeper level than if I were to merely read the book.
I’m the opposite of a speed reader. I take time to mull over potent statements and refuse to move on to the next page if I feel like the impact of the current page has yet to run its course within me.
Today’s book, Live Your Dream, by Mark Chironna sat on my shelf gathering dust since we lived in Arrington, TN back in 2012.
2012 turned my world upside down and I never returned to finish the book.
I’m in a totally different head space today than I was then, so I approach books like these differently. Whereas before I was fantasizing about endless possibilities in which I never exercised the discipline to manifest, I’m now looking for the truest statements about what I love to determine which efforts and paths are worth my time and dedication.
The rest of my morning ritual
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve heard me mention daily workouts lately. After some “me time” on the front porch, I change into workout clothes and head to the gym for my one hour class. It’s very similar to CrossFit, with greater focus on weight training and proper form.
After workouts, I blend a smoothie out of organic full-fat coconut milk, blueberries or blackberries, some fresh veggies, seaweed, and a dab of almond butter.
Some days I go for a 30-minute walk with Heather and drink my smoothie on the go. I aim to get in 1-2 thirty minute walks per day.
While the kids are doing school, I work on several different projects I’ve got going.
Introspection and fitness are two priorities I make time for every day. I take care of me first, because if I’m not in a good place, I can’t be of any use to anyone else.