If you are a person of all things, chances are, you have a routine.  Why? Because creating routines are essential to a successful life.  Sometimes the routine works for you, but there are times you may not work your routine.  In a previous blog, I shared with you the benefits of a routine.  There were some great tips to get you started with your routines in Why Routines Are Important for Your Mental Health.  You can easily integrate some of the tips from that article into your daily routines.  But let’s be honest, being consistent with routines can be difficult.  I am a woman of many tasks as I shared with you in Resilience in Military Spouses and Resilience in Military Spouses..Part 2.
Even without those responsibilities, life happens and we lose focus, right?  Then we start back over again, and that’s perfectly fine.  I have yet to master a routine. The only routine I feel incredibly confident in completing… is taking care of my home (mommy and wife responsibilities) and getting to work on time and doing my job (I don’t play about my coins, plus I have worked too hard to get where I am… lol.)  Everything else is pretty much a work in progress.
As a working mom, I try to find a routine that works best for me. When Chief was home, it was much easier to create and implement my routines. He helped out with home stuff along with the girls’ activities.  But now since it’s a single woman show this way, I need to remain consistent with my routines for my wellbeing. Your morning routine should be about you. Your life is different from mine; you may or may not have more on your plate.  So you have to create your morning routine with YOU in mind. Now let’s take a look at what my morning routine consists of. *My morning routine varies slightly depending on my work schedule for the week.
Book, coffee and glasses on a bed

1. I ALWAYS wake up before the girls’.

I wake up the same time (sometimes a delay of 5 min, lol) every morning during the week (even if my work day starts late). To wake up earlier makes me feel more productive.  Morning routines give me the opportunity to focus more on my personal goals, organize and make plans for the day. Building this routine has been difficult because there are days when the alarm goes off, and I fight against negative self-talk, which decreases motivation. I am sure the challenges of my morning routine will become more natural; the more I remain consistent.  I feel more in charge and positive about the possibilities that are awaiting me, when I have a morning routine. To help me to stay focus, I do not get on social media or check my emails until I arrive at work (arrive a little early, this way I don’t lose track of time).  But, I check my text messages just in case Chief sends me a sweet morning message.

2. Christ and Coffee.

Before I get started with my day, Christ and coffee is my set morning routine with no exceptions.  Lately, I have been reading “The Power of A  Praying Woman.”  I am also using the First 5 App. First 5 App is perfect for busy and on the go people.  Each weekday, you will read a chapter of the Bible and a short teaching (this takes no longer than 10 minutes for me). Once I am complete with my Christ and coffee routine, I pause for a few minutes to acknowledge how I am feeling (Ha, most times it’s tired).  But we know that mindfulness is the act of observing our thoughts and feelings without judgment.  So I acknowledge where I am or thing that may be causing stress in my life. All of this prepares me for…

3. My morning workout.

To release endorphins, first thing in the morning is a life saver (for me).  Working out literally sets my tone for the day.  Incorporating exercise in my morning routines boost my energy and mood.  For my later start work days, my morning workouts are no longer than 25-30 minutes.  But the days where I have to be to work early, I typically use about 10 minutes to stretch.  I would prefer to workout more often, but I do what I can and save the rest for the next day. At the end of each workout, I practice mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness has become a routine for me.  I honestly struggled with finding a workout routine that worked for me, so I wanted to spend a few extra minutes just accepting everything I was thinking and feeling during each workout.

4. After my workout,

I typically organize a bit (a load of laundry, vacuum), then my day gets started.
Morning routines shouldn’t be cumbersome or require a lot of extra hours.  Morning routines should be enjoyable. Therefore, you are more likely to adjust your schedule to meet your personal needs. What is your morning routine? Do you need help creating a routine? What has been your biggest challenge with being consistent on your routine?  Let me know in the comments.  Or feel free to email me.
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  1. abrighterthyme

    March 30, 2019 at 6:28 AM

    I enjoyed your post. Morning routines are so important. My routine consists of coffee, watching the little critters search for breakfast, listening to relaxing music (I’m a big fan of André Rieu, his music is really uplifting.) I plan on incorporating yoga into my routine again. Mornings are a wonderful time for reflection, centering your mind and preparing you for the day ahead.

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:27 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love listening to uplifting music as I’m getting dress. I tend to pretend I’m on American Idol, lol ?

  2. elly

    March 30, 2019 at 10:06 AM

    I love my mornings as a quiet and reflective start to the day. Thanks for your post

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:27 PM

      Thanks for visiting ?

  3. Richa

    March 31, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    your blog gave me the boost to have a enjoyable morning routine. For me its always stressful as there is limited time and lots to do. I will try to give some thought over this idea and implement a enjoyable morning routine. This word “Enjoyable morning routine” is going to stay with me for a while now.

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:29 PM

      I’m glad you found it helpful. Start small, 10 quiet/slow minutes to yourself ?. Keep me posted!

  4. lambamsworld

    March 31, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    I loved this post because is so important to have a routine as it helps to be intentional in the way we spend our day . Thank you for sharing. I just downloaded the bible app as I so much need stuff like that in my life .

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM

      Awesome! I love the app. Quick read at your fingertips! They have video teachings on the weekends that reviews the entire week ?

  5. christyk3

    March 31, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    I try to have a good morning routine, but I’ve been lazy over the last couple of months. Your post motivates me to get back on track!
    I especially like your “Christ and Coffee” section. That’s a great way to start the day!

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:31 PM

      Sometimes we have to give our body what it needs. Sometimes we need “lazy” in our life, if it’s short term and sporadic ?

  6. Natalie E

    March 31, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Christ and coffee?! Yes please! I figure you must have a good routine being married to a navy man, my first thing is to make my bed which I learned from admiral McRaven!!
    Natalie E

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:33 PM

      Ha, A made bed is a must! After my workout. #militarylife ?

  7. everydaywithmadirae

    March 31, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Loved reading about your morning routine Tren! My morning routine is a little all over the place, I have to admit. It’s something that I’m trying to work on!
    -Madi xo |

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:35 PM

      I think mornings are hectic for everyone. Sometimes my mornings don’t go as planned. This morning, instead of working out. I made the girls a big breakfast for their state testing. But I still had a few minutes of quiet time to sip on my coffee. Tomorrow, I’ll try and start fresh ?

  8. Laurel and Iron

    March 31, 2019 at 8:17 PM

    I love your morning routine! Mine is Cycle class, coffee, affirmations/prayers/gratitude, breakfast, and time with my darling dog.
    Lauren |

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:36 PM

      That is such an awesome routine! Seems so enjoyable ?

  9. AnnickLemay

    April 1, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    I have never been a routine person. However, as I get older, I am starting to find a lot of comfort in routine. I have been reading a lot on morning routines lately and the benefits of adopting one! This article is very informative and just reminds me that I need to start a small routine of my own! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Tren B.

      April 2, 2019 at 6:38 PM

      I’m glad you found it helpful. It’s ironic how life transforms us into more purposeful and intentional women. We realize that what use to work, no longer works for us anymore. Thanks for sharing and visiting ?

  10. Alex

    April 3, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    I really enjoyed this! This post motivates me to develop a better morning routine to help set the tone for my day ???

    1. Tren B.

      April 14, 2019 at 11:22 AM

      I’m glad you found this post helpful. Let me know how your routines are going ?

  11. Minda I Centsandfamily

    April 4, 2019 at 6:22 AM

    I found waking up before my kids is the best way to start the day! A recent discovery for me and I wish I learned about this trick earlier

    1. Tren B.

      April 14, 2019 at 11:21 AM

      As parents, we have a lot of responsibilities. And sometimes we just need to sleep. So we use that extra few minutes in the morning to catch up on rest. I’ve been there… I’m glad you’ve found a system that works best for you.

  12. heartofresilience

    April 8, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    That is great that you get up before the children and put Christ first.

  13. Schalk

    July 3, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    I don’t have kids, but I can imagine that it’s crucial to wake up well before they do. This may be the only time when you have full control to freely choose your next action. If you had to venture a guess, as a busy working mom, what percentage of your day is fully within your control (proactive)?

    1. Tren B.

      July 13, 2019 at 4:29 PM

      Absolutely! I consider my mornings a sacred time for me. Throughout the day and evenings, we’re always on the go. Thanks for visiting ?

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