My friends have told me for many years that I’m a grandma. I love to wake up early and go to bed early. I’m up and sitting on the couch with my protein coffee by 4:30 in the morning and in bed by 8 at night.
For me, the mornings are my most productive time of day. My schedule is so busy during the day, I go from school to nannying, to the gym, and finally home to eat and go to bed. So from 4:30-7 is the only time I have for myself by myself. It’s how I show up for others throughout the day and keep some calmness inside of me. Because ya know, we all need a little me time.
It also may help that I’m not someone who can sleep once their alarm goes off. Once it beeps, I wake up and immediately I press snooze. I don’t know why I continue to do this because after about 3 minutes of laying there, I end up getting up because my mind is already restless.
So I get up and rush downstairs to make my coffee. This is by far my favorite part of the morning. There’s nothing better than a warm cup of coffee in your hands especially as the colder weather starts to set in.
I make protein coffee (proffee) every morning. It seriously tastes exactly like Starbucks for less than $1.50 a serving and it’s good for you! I pour my coffee, add a splash of almond milk (can substitute for any milk/creamer base) then pour in 2/3 scoop of protein powder (my favorite flavors are caramel latte, cinnamon cookie batter, pumpkin spice latte, or peppermint bark), and froth it up! I just kind of pump the frother until the protein is mixed and it should have that froth on the top! Then because I love it, I add a bit of whip cream to the top and boom the perfect morning cup of coffee!
Then I sit on the couch with a fuzzy blanket, drink my proffee and read my book! I always try to read a fiction book because it allows less focus and helps to slowly wake up.
I do this for about 20-30 minutes then take out my journal and daily devotional. I’m going to write a separate blog post about exactly how I journal every day but for now I’ll just leave it until I can link the post! I write 1 page of my journal about just my own things then the other page I journal about the scripture/passage I read.
This usually takes me 15-25 minutes and I move into 30 minutes of learning. I started doing this when I was studying for my Personal Training Certification but now that I have it, I use MASS to find research articles, I’ll read a nonfiction book on business/health/fitness/teaching, or research my own things. Spending this time helps me to continuously move forward each and every day rather than getting complacent with where I’m at. There’s always something new to learn!
And that’s it. When it’s nice out, I sometimes like to get a walk in in the morning for like 15-20 minutes or depending on my cardio plan I will add this in in the morning to get moving. Or else, I just start getting ready for the day, play some music and head off to school!