Sunday, May 18, 2014

Resolution Check-In: Getting Yourself Ready

Resolution Check-In:  Use that time in the morning to put yourself together.

This one has been really nice.  The first few days were a little rough til I found the right routine for me, but now I’m loving it!

Here’s what’s worked for me:

This month’s Game Plan helped a lot. For me, it’s much easier to put myself together in the morning, if I do some preparation the night before.  I pick out my outfit and jewelry, and I shower before bed.  Sometimes, I make up some breakfast meals ahead of time so all I have to do is warm something up out of the fridge.  (My fave recipe for this are Crustless Quiche.)  And I get everything out for breakfast, like bowls, spoons, and cereal, and set it on the table the night before.  Also, while I’m getting ready in the morning, I’ve been listening to some of my fave music.  I have scaled down my hair routine as well.  I used to straighten it everyday, but now I'm working with what's naturally mine - loose waves/curls - by using products to tame it.  Simplifying what I do to get ready has made my morning routine so much smoother. What’s worked well for you?

Here’s what I’ve struggled with while trying to make this a habit: 

The internet.  I like checking facebook, instagram, and my email right away in the morning.  Then, I end up spending so much time on it that I end up running out of time to get ready before the kids get up. 

What obstacles have you come across?  What are you doing to get past these?

I have two things I’m going to try so that the internet doesn’t eat up all my morning time.  First, I’m going to leave our tablet downstairs on the table.  I can check it while I’m eating breakfast.  Or I may just give myself a time limit, like I can only check it while I brush my teeth.  Then, I have to finish later.

Overall, this has been wonderful.  Getting ready in the morning makes me feel so beautiful.  I don't feel frumpy anymore!  It’s amazing what a little makeup and hair styling and wearing real clothes and some jewelry can do.  I just feel so much better about myself, which has made me a happier (and nicer!) person.  And we all know that when Mama is happy, everyone is happy! 

What changes have you seen in your life with this resolution?


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