Well-Being

Prioritize Yourself

Monday Morning Motivation

Good morning, Monday.

Good morning, World.

That’s how I’ve been waking up. I open my eyes, look out at the morning sky, and greet the day.

Some days, like this morning, I’m awake before dawn. On those days, I close my eyes and will myself back to sleep. Some times it works; some times it doesn’t. But then dawn peeks through the trees between my neighbor’s property and mine and lifts my eyelid, like a toddler, to see if I’m awake. Dawn, not sunrise, and certainly not the sun when it finally crests the trees, and I greet the day.

This morning the sky looked like this from my window.

The picture didn’t do the view justice, so I took a better picture when I took the dogs out. (And even this picture doesn’t capture it well.)

This morning I thought about how I wake up and wondered why I wasn’t greeting myself as well.

So, today, I greeting myself. “Good morning, Becky. It’s going to be a great day.”

It wasn’t until I went for a scheduled massage that I realized that I hadn’t had much, if any, “me” time in the past six months. That 90 minute massage showed me how important it is to carve out a bit of every single day for myself – to put myself first sometimes – to realize that I am important.

In a life that is busy with responsibilities, I’ve been looking for ways to carve out a bit of me time in each day.

Here are five things that I found that work for me:

  1. a quiet 10 minute bath by candlelight
  2. sitting on the deck and observing the world for 10 minutes in the evening when the dogs want to play on the deck (usually I just let them out and then get to the task of cleaning up in the kitchen after supper)
  3. sitting quietly in the early morning with my coffee on the front porch and watching the hummingbirds
  4. going to the music room, closing the door, and sitting down at the piano for 10 minutes to play
  5. reading my affirmation cards
  • This week greet yourself in the morning and tell yourself that it will be a good day, that you are a great person, and that you’ve got this.

  • This week carve out at least ONE 10 minute block of time for yourself. Make it something special.

Since a single day contains 1440 minutes and a full week contains 10,080 minutes, isn’t it time to find at least 10 minutes to celebrate YOU?

Take a moment and share with me how you will be spending your 10 minutes in the comments below.

Hi, I’m Becky. (Ok, Rebecca, but I am rarely addressed that way.) I am a writer and a musician with a tendency to enjoy a variety of crafting opportunities, but I retired from teaching in 2014. I taught in the high school English department: various levels of English, creative writing, public speaking, and theater (acting, directing, and technical theater). As a teacher, I held the philosophy that I wouldn’t give any writing assignment that I personally wouldn’t or couldn’t do. That philosophy strengthened and broadened my own writing. Interested in finding out more? CLICK HERE.

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