“You don’t seem so drained,” he says. I pause, take a sip of my tea. It really does work, I think to myself. Why had a deprived myself of my morning routine?
November is my one year anniversary at my job. After 17 years working from home, I thought I’d adjust to an office position easily, but my energy drained along with my intentions for 2022. Intention is my word 2022, so I deeply felt a weighing heaviness from incompletions.
I’d become tired – all the time.
I ‘d also dropped my morning routine of devotions, writing, and setting my day. Silly, because I know a morning routine can increase energy, productivity and positivity.
Each morning, as we face the page, we meet ourselves. The pages give us a place to vent and a place to dream. They are intended for no eyes but our own.” Julia Cameron, The Miracle of Morning Pages
So, I recently unburied my spiral notebook to do (again) what Julia Cameron has penned your “morning pages,” that is “a place to vent and dream, and a place to remember all that is good in my world.”
Through my morning pages I recognized that I was surviving, but not thriving. Check marks on my to-do list would never satisfy my parched soul.
“When we find courage to be still, and to be transparent, we find ourselves found.” Ann Voskamp, The Waymaker Bible Study.
“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” C. S. Lewis
Finding Where We Don’t Care for Ourselves Well
So, I dug deeper to expose where I’d made (another) wrong turn to loving myself well and asked:
1. What is your stress level now on scale of 1 to 10?
2. When was your stress lower? What has changed since then?
3. When you look at your task list, what emotions come up?
4. What is your current pace in life? Are you feeling energized to start your day, or is it hard to get out of bed in the morning?
5. What does your ideal day look like?
6. What small change could you make today to free up time and energy?
Is there a change you can make today from surviving towards thriving? It is by loving yourself well that energizes you to pursue God’s calling.
The world needs you.