How often do you wake up in the morning after hitting your snooze button one too many times, desperate to continue your slumber just a little bit longer? I’m sure all of us have been there, many of us perhaps quite recently. For me, it was as recent as this morning. I’ve been struggling to get back into my routine and settle back into the swing of things after my weekend in Sacramento which usually manifests itself by way of insufficient sleep. Because I also transitioned time zones I’m not as tired when I would traditionally go to bed in Austin and I’m even MORE tired when I traditionally wake up in the morning.
This morning I was woken up by the toilet flushing and looked at the clock to see that it was only 6am. While I’ve been in the habit of getting up at 6am these last few weeks prior to my trip, I’m still recovering from that long travel day on Sunday and overall just feeling depleted energy wise, so I was not mentally prepared to be getting up at that time. However, my partner was up moving around and asked if I wanted to go on a walk with him to start my morning. I traditionally work out at 8:30am CST and spend a couple hours before that diving into my morning routine which I was fully prepared to do in the comfort of my own bed this morning. However, there was a little birdie in my ear that told me to get up and go for the walk. That I wouldn’t regret it. That my morning routine activities would be there waiting for me later.
Well, can you guess what happened next? If you said I stayed in bed and went back to sleep, thanks a LOT for the faith you have in me! Come on now! But if you said I got up, got dressed and laced up my walking shoes then you would be correct. And I THANK YOU for having faith in me and my mental fortitude.
Sometimes I can get bogged down by things not going according to plan, or at least not according to MY plan. For example, this morning, to go on a walk meant I wouldn’t have time to do my journaling and reading before leaving for my workout. It meant I would have to do it when I got back from my workout which would push my morning routine timing a little bit. By no means a deal breaker nor something I couldn’t shift but again, my mindset is usually such that ‘this is my plan and I’m sticking to it!’ You know me, I do love my routines.
But this morning was a good reminder that it’s okay to loosen the reigns a bit and do things, well, NOT according to plan. Are there moments in your own life where you could loosen the proverbial reigns and let yourself color outside the lines of your traditional routine?…