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Like a lot of new moms out there, I found myself in a bit of a slump after settling in to life as a mom of two. Not in a clinical sense for me, but in an existential crisis kind of way. Who was I, beyond my life as a mother? What were my goals, what were my individual interests, what did I want for my life? With a baby and a preschooler who decided to give up napping, my life as a stay at home mom had changed drastically. There were no double naps anymore, no break for me during the day, and certainly no time for myself. I was a little bit adrift, and a little bit lost, and I just needed SOMETHING to get me back on track.
A friend had told me about the book and the impact it had on her life. The basic philosophy is that you wake up earlier than you typically do- the author recommends an hour, but really it’s whatever you can manage- and live that first hour of your day on purpose. The Miracle Morning suggests a few key habits to start your day off right- such as drinking water, getting dressed, exercising, reading, writing, and meditating- but there is plenty of flexibility to create the morning that works for you. It looks a little different for everyone, but the idea is to start your day meaningfully and with intention, and to reap the rewards all day long.
I should tell you now that I am a sleeper. If I don’t get a full night’s sleep, I get cranky, and then sobby, and eventually I get sick. But even with taking all of that into consideration, I am STILL a strong believer in setting that alarm clock, waking up, and punching the day right in the face. It’s the best way to start the day as ME, the me that I want to be- with the added benefit of a little quiet time.
Now my kids usually wake up about six or six thirty, but I’m terrified that they’re going to throw my whole thing off and wake up at 5:30, so I get up around 5 to be on the safe side. We all know that kids can be unpredictable, so it’s important to do a little work up front to make sure that you get the time to yourself that you need. The night before, I lay out my planner, my pens, my book, and my laptop on the kitchen table. I put my workout clothes in the bathroom so I can get dressed without waking up everyone that lives in my tiny house, and I put my dog’s leash outside so that he won’t wake everyone up with his “I’m going for a run” dance when he sees it. I brew a pot of coffee that will be hot and ready the minute I finish my run. I need my morning to be all set up so that when my toes touch the floor, I’m ready to get as much accomplished as I can before my kids wake up and
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It’s taken me some time to figure out what my perfect morning looks like, and it will probably take some time for you to figure out yours. Personally, I skip the water, because water in the morning makes me gag, so there’s that. I start the morning off with a run, because I kind of hate exercise, and if I don’t do it first thing it likely won’t get done. And then as soon as I get back home, the fun part begins. I pour my giant cup of coffee, and I spend the remainder of my time- whether I have ten minutes until the kids get up, or an hour- in activities that give me peace, fulfillment, and structure.
I start by meditating, which frankly, I kind of suck at, but MAN do I need it. If you’ve read the book You Are a Badass, you’ll recognize her advice to say a mantra in your mind while you’re learning to be a better meditater. So I either say “I am one with the force, and the force is with me” or “I am a badass mother*cker” over and over in my head for about five minutes. It’s ridiculous, and a little embarrassing, but it also lights a fire under me, so it’s what I do.
I also have a page of affirmations written out in my Passion Planner. I don’t know what affirmations are actually supposed to be like, but mine are more of intentions. I wrote down how I define myself and who I want to be, and I read them over daily. I like to do this right before I start planning out my day, as it helps me to set my priorities and decide what I want to focus on for the day. I spend a few minutes working in my planner, read a chapter or two in a personal development book (like You Are a Badass, or Intuitive Eating), and then spend the rest of the time writing posts for the blog, or sometimes just reading a fiction book that I am in to.
Sometimes it just doesn’t happen, because kids or sickness or DON’T WANNA. Sometimes I get a full hour and a half to myself each day, and others I’m lucky to eek out ten minutes. But waking up because I choose to, and dedicating the first portion of my day to ME? It’s worth every minute of sleep lost.
So what do you think? Am I crazy? Do you do this, too? Or is it something you’d consider trying yourself? I’d love to hear about what would be a Miracle Morning to you in the comments!