Sunday, March 8, 2015

What's Your Story, Morning Glory?

Kim posted some lovely breakfast photos today for Still Sunday.  Luxurious views of flaky turnovers served with coffee, fresh milk, and an egg. The kind of breakfast you’d expect to be served at a rustic Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Kim posed the question, are you an early morning riser or a night owl?

Easy answer for me – early bird. I remember spending the night with my best friend as a little girl.  I’d lie in bed and wait patiently for her to wake up so we could start our play for the day. It seemed like forever! And even now, once I wake up, I am out of the bed.

But, I’ve been giving some thought to my morning routine. Seems I get sucked into the internet, checking and responding to email, losing the best part of my day.  

I’m more creative and focused and optimistic in the morning. 

So here’s what I’m going to try to do 

Wake up at least 2 hours before I need to be anywhere. 

Spend a few minutes setting my intention for the day. Read a daily devotional or inspirational blog or a few pages of my current book. Sipping my coffee on the front porch, looking out over the garden or upward toward the new sun, I will breathe deeply and remind myself to be grateful. 

Enjoy my mini-breakfast before I head out to exercise.  Out the door by 7am for exercise that invigorates.  I work out with friends most days of the week – a walk, bike ride, strength training or yoga. 


Energized, I’ll return home for the rest of my breakfast – usually eggs and toast and fruit, yogurt with fruit and granola, or oatmeal with toppings.  And coffee.  Then shower. 


Then I'll settle in for a good 3 hours of creative work. This might mean taking pictures, an artful adventure, completing a lesson or studying, blog reading and commenting . . . anything that serves as or reinforces my creative expression.


Now, obviously, real life necessitates deviations from this perfect morning routine. Plenty of days are crowded with appointments and errands and chores, but more often than not, this how I'd like to start my days.


And I won't let the internet become a morning killer.

28 comments:

  1. Love your idea of spending the morning creating. I know this is the best part of my day but as a teacher it's difficult as there always seems to be something else I need to do. Wishing you the best on this new morning routine and looking forward to seeing what you create.

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    1. Diane, I have so much respect for teachers, and the lives of my sons have been enriched by each teacher that crossed their paths. You give so much . . . I do hope your time is coming to focus on your art and your passions Different seasons of life bring new opportunities as well as new challenges. Loved your recent photos - that moon!

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  2. Hi Donna!
    This sounds like a perfect and ideal morning program! Thank you for sharing your healthy and relaxing idea of a perfect morning routine! I should take lessons from you as I spend my breakfast time in front of my PC! I thought having breakfast while checking or replying to mails was time saving... regrettably french people don't attach as much importance to their breakfast as american people do and often swallow their morning cup of coffee in a hurry before leaving home!
    I love the yummy and healthy pictures which illustrate your post... they are full of freshness and energy... they're a much welcome spark to start the day...

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    1. Odile, You sound like a woman after my own heart. I've spent much of my life doing many things at once - multi-tasking. Always trying to get so much accomplished. But now my focus is different. I want to slow down and enjoy the process as much as the product. Always hurrying gives me heartburn!

      I love your photo with the scraps of fabric for the colorful log cabin quilt. Your modern and colorful take on this timeless classic is beautiful. Your photostream is the first place I head for inspiration!

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  3. Where can I sign up for this program?? : ) I let the internet suck my time. It makes me happy to hear it happens to you too because I look at your posts and think - wow - where does she find the time to do all these fantastic photos.... she must not spend any time on the Internet !!!

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    1. Cathy, Whatever you are doing, it's working for you! Your ability to immerse yourself into the culture of each place you visit, take photographs, make art, and share it all is amazing!

      I don't think internet/computer/device time is inherently "bad" in any way. But for me, all that sitting just isn't compatible with the other goals in my life - health (fresh air, exercise), time for relationships, and time to make thoughtful pictures. I end up wasting the best part of my day!

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  4. I am definitely an early morning person and there are not enough hours in the early morning to do everything I want to do. I do make a color coded schedule every week that helps me stay on track for both household stuff and creative work. Breakfast is so important and yours looks yummy!

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    1. Sarah, I do wish I lived near you . . because I'd love to see this color coded schedule! I stay on track for creative work pretty well, but the household stuff . . . not nearly as well! I do have a strong commitment to preparing healthy meals for my family, but house cleaning . . . well, not so much!

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  5. So agree about the internet and we have had discussions about this before. I am an early bird, usually 4:30 am which is not unusual for me. Also exercise is so very important with my back issues and can not sit for very long without the strain becoming "well hurtful". I love mornings and I love my breakfast, so good and so artful are your images.

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    1. Barbara, I wish we could sit down to breakfast together. I'm usually up by 5 am - so we'd be a good match! Wow, your recent post was spectacular! You make time in your day to create such artful photographs - and every photograph seems better than the last. Love that your blog design allows your pictures in a large size - a little tiny view doesn't do justice!

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  6. You sound so organized. Even tho things interrupt, it's good to have a plan. I can't color code anything lol. I'm doing good to look back at my To Do list after I've made it. Excerise? I need to. Will I? Probably not, but gardening counts a bit right?

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    1. Roxi, I sound way more organized than I actually am! Why do you think I keep coming up with these plans to improve? Ha, Ha! I do stick to the exercise because I feel so much better when I do (a post for another day - my weight loss journey and how improved health has impacted my creativity).

      Congratulations on your having your art on exhibit. Love the fence line, barbed wire, and birds overhead - country view. Does that picture have a title? The image keeps roaming around in my head!

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  7. Gosh, you read my mind regarding the internet Donna ! The exercise, not so much though ....I'm so bad at that. I love your photos of your delicious breakfast and those eggs ! Good luck with your plan :)

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    1. Caz, Are you going through Pinterest withdrawal? More time to take beautiful photos . . . love that you seized the moment and snapped that beautiful image of shadows for your post today. You might have missed that view had you been online . . .

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  8. I'm an early bird, too, Donna; and like you, I find it easy to wile away the morning. It's fun to catch up with people's blogs and FB feed, but time slips through my fingers, all smooth and silky, unless I do something like set a timer that encourages me to get on with my day.

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    1. Melodye, You have reminded me of a great idea - the timer. My perfectionist nature urges me on . . . just one more message, just one more blog, one more article to read. I talk myself into trying to "catch up" and hours later, I'm still at the computer. So, using the timer and taking a walk or doing anything else would be a good strategy for me!

      I so enjoyed your most recent posts on the hummingbird family. What a privilege to see!

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  9. Early bird here! Unless I'm in New York and for some reason I turn into a night owl, ha ha! Beautiful creations and images! I'm finding I spend way too much time on the computer...but one thing that has really helped and that's my mantra of only visiting and spending time on blogs and articles that I can learn from! I can't tell you how many feeds I deleted in January and it's really made a difference! Gotta run...the oven timer just went off...finally making Kim's amazing muffins! xo

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    1. Robin, I'm so glad you reminded my about those muffins. I'm trying to cut back on added sugars (following the latest health recommendations - and "they" better not be wrong - because if I give up sugar it better be for a really good reason!) and Kim's muffins look healthy but still like a little treat. Yum!

      Thanks also for your advice regarding blog reading. I'm trying to do the same - limiting my reading to those blogs and people who teach, share and bring out the goodness in life.

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  10. Oh, Donna! You have hit the proverbial nail on the head! The internet is a morning robber. Today I resolved not to turn on my computer until after breakfast, exercise, shower and lunch were done. I did peek at my iPad but the computer did not come on until a little while ago. And do you know what? My day has been smoother and more productive.

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    1. Good for you, Dotti! We don't need to be perfect or unyielding, just intentional. I want my day, how I spend my time, to be in line with my values and what I really think matters most. In other words, do my actions match my words? If I say I value relationships or making time to take a walk every day, I can't stay on at the computer for hours on end - there just aren't enough hours in the day!

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  11. I go in fits and starts about the Internet, but it can destroy a whole day, easily. Now I'm fighting the time change. Will you come over and get me up? Then take me to your exercise class and fix me some of that wonderful oatmeal (nix the blueberries)?

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    1. Just say the word and I'll drag you of bed, cajole you into taking a walk with me, fix you some oatmeal (no berries), and then head out for an artful adventure. I want to visit the art galleries of our downtown area or at least head to Barnes & Noble to check out the latest issue of Bella Grace and FLOW.

      You'll bounce back from the time change . . . any day now! Cant' wait to hear the details of your retreat!

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  12. It sounds like most of us have a bit of an internet issues, lol. I'm guessing some of that is due to the weather, so hopefully we'll all be successful at curbing the tendency once spring arrives. Love your take on breakfast, Donna! and good for you getting out every day to exercise!

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    1. June, I can picture you walking outdoors in nature to snap your photos of the beautiful ice and rain droplets. This is how photographers get their exercise, right? I do hope that every day your grief over your father's passing lessens.

      Thank you always for stopping by and for your steadfast encouragement - and reminder to me that at the heart of the matter - there is always God.

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  13. I found some ceramic Saint Benoit yogurt containers at the Goodwill. I want to photograph them with some yogurt and blueberries and a cute wooden spoon I just bought. I wish you were here to coach me. Your breakfast photos are perfect!

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  14. Hi Donna, well your morning plans sound wonderful. I think when we write our intentions in a journal, or notebook, or blog, it helps us to keep our promises to ourselves. I'm an early riser and love to savour my first coffee by myself. Years ago when I worked, and had children in school, I would get up at least an hour before everyone else, and I would sit in a chair by the window, have coffee, and think. It fed my soul then, and it feeds my soul now. Oh how I love your "from above" breakfast images - so crisp and bright.

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  15. What an inspirational post, Donna. I should take a page out of your book and copy your morning routine. It sounds like it would set me up for the rest of the day and increase my productivity by about 500%. Lovely photos as well - especially the collage with the photo of the sweet little boy. All the best for putting it into practice, Bonny

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  16. wow...sounds like a perfect morning! and though I relish rising early, I don't have the schedule down pat like you do...if I'm not having to go to work, I know what needs to be done in the day...and I'm fairly good at getting it all accomplished...but I do get de-railed at times! love your pics - especially the one with the coffee pot with its cord!

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