Five Tips to Start Your Day

Nothing so jarring as that morning alarm ringing in your ear. Snooze button is my friend. I have come to learn over the last few years living with a chronic illness how important it is to have routines. Mornings used consist of a morning shower as my wake-up before make-up but that has changed. I found out quickly how utterly exhausting it could be to take a shower in the morning. Sounds crazy but sadly true. Now I shower in the evening so my body can rest afterwards.

This meant I had to utilize my mornings sufficiently so I could still be an active member of society outside my bedroom door. Most of my good energy is in the morning. It’s why I get up at 5 a.m. to write blog posts. By the end of the work day – you’d think I had pulled an all nighter.

The following are tips I have learned along the way to get my day started on the right foot. On the weekends, I actually have to work a bit harder to remind myself to take my medication.

Clean. Which in translation is “make your bed”. I will honestly state that this something I need to work on more but it is important. It has often been said that this one simple task can be a life changer. I know for myself on the days that I don’t make my bed, I feel down. I heard a talk on this and put into context of being an accomplishment. If everything else goes to pot, at least you accomplished one thing – making your bed.

Medicate is its own separate category mostly because it can be so automatic for me that I stop and think “did I take my meds?” This is why I use a tracking app. I use Mango Health for iPhone. Not only does it allow for customization but also checks your medications for possible interactions, allows you to customize a healthy routine and rewards you for making good healthy choices.  It also has an option for adding Care Recipients – so if you have a sick kiddo or furkiddo, you can get reminded of their medication routine as well.

Dress to your shoes. Do you know FlyLady? She has been helping others get organized and sustain routines for the masses for years. I learned about her through my bestie, Ms. Monkey. I still use her methodology to get my mess in order on a weekly basis. One of her take-a-ways is getting “dressed to your shoes”. Meaning, always be on the ready. You never know when you are going to have to run out the door in an emergency fashion. For the work week, this is a must – it’s the weekend days that I need to work on.

Check yourself. Do I have what I need for the day in my bag? Where’s my keys? Did I turn off all the lights? I have a list taped to my bedroom door to remind me of doing a quick check before I leave for the day.  I can not being to tell you have useful this can be on the days were I am lucky I actually made it out of bed. I haven’t had my coffee yet – how am I supposed to think?

Automate. Remember The Clapper commercials? Ha! Well, I don’t actually have that particular device but I do have a timer for my bedroom lights. It comes in handy to have a source of light when you are rushing out of a room at o’dark thirty in the morning. I have a set of LED twinkle lights that give off enough light for me to see my way around in the morning. This is not the only thing that you can automate. Heck, I bet your coffee maker is set on a timer. My point is, if you need something done in a limited time – automate it.

I truly hope that these simple tips help you navigate through your morning. As always, leave a comment below and let me know what is a must do in your morning routine?

 

lissy

 

Tis the Season for Lent

Lent 2018

I am at a loss of what to write about at the beginning of this Lenten Season. What do I really want to give up for forty days? A big part of me think…I have given up some many things involuntarily that the thought of doing this on purpose seems a bit depressing. Comfort zone much Lissy?

I have noticed a recurring theme lately in all areas of my life. You gotta do the work. The other day I was thinking about the history of film and technology. In 1902 Georges Méliès wrote, filmed and produced Le Voyage Dans le Lune (A Trip to the Moon). When you watch it, your CGI brain looks at it with a bit of sarcastic nod of “Oh how basic is that? You call that special effects?”. Well yes, film had to start somewhere and it started with Georges.

This is my voyage to the moon. I have to do the work. I will not get my coveted Oscar winning performance if I don’t get through all stages of effort. I remember reading recently that work is tough, scary, uncomfortable and rewarding. I can’t continue to bail once that tough things come around.

So what doe this have to do with Lent? Lent is a time for self-discipline, reverence and prayer.  How is this about “doing the work”? On top of daily reading and prayers (see Lenten Calendar for reference) I will be adding in some work. I define work as follows; anything that helps me develop additional streams of income above my 9-to-5 life.

I think I have mentioned before that with my illness, I had a concern on how I was going to support myself financially should I come to a point where my body just wouldn’t support going to a 9-to-5 every day.  With a Warren Buffet school of thought, I have worked on what I call my seven streams. The streams encompass this blog, branching out to YouTube, investing and creating a passive income source.

Here’s my plan, I am implementing forty individual tasks to work on each day of lent.  Whether it is reading, taking a course, setting up a writing schedule or getting out of the house…I have forty days to work on it.  How intense is that?  Here is what I have started with thus far.

  • Read Vlog Like a Boss – this contains twelve chapters of which I have read three. Thus I will give myself nine days to read nine chapters.
  • Pre-write all of March blog posts – there’s four days.
  • Register my online business with my state – boom! Fourteen days of work – right there
  • Attend XOSarah Masterclass – another day of work

Does this make sense? I have been putting of some hard stuff lately due to my own crazy discomforts. Which is a sign of growth, learning and success. Most would stop at that point, and I have – many times. I am not going to start with the “this time it will be different” because that is a set-up for failure. This time, I am just not doing the same things that lead to nowhere because that’s just crazy.

What are you doing this Lenten season? Leave a comment below and let me know.

lissy

 

 

 

 

 

Four Tips to Start Fresh, Again

Anyone care for a do-over? I could really use one right now. I had written out this post and when I pulled it up to edit…it was gone. Oy! If I ever wanted to throw a computer through a window, it was today.  It seems I’m not the only one either. I have seen a lot of social media lately with that theme. January was just a trial month apparently.

Consistency seems to be lost on me right now. My one job was to write weekly for this blog. Where I have I been then? On my bed, watching a Netflix binge. This is not how this works! Right? So we first, thank the Lord we have the tenacity to do what it takes to get it done.

Listening has helped tremendously lately. I was introduced to a podcast called The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo. I adore her. I am slowing working my way through her two hundred plus podcasts. I shuffled thru her list and picked out thirty shows with topics I wanted to delve into personally. My top picks thus far are #6 Vulnerability vs. Victim Mentality and #15 Other People’s Opinions. In my list are also topics on weight loss and entrepreneurship.

Gratitude Log – do you have one? This is not a new concept. I started mine years ago while reading one of many of the Sarah Ban Breathnach’s books. Which, if my faulty memory serves, is one of the chapters in her first book Simple Abundance. She recommended writing no less that five things you are grateful for each and every day.  If am tired, I will navigate to writing a small sentence for the day.  Even on my worse days, there is always something to be grateful for.

When in doubt, eat a frog. Ok, now don’t take me literally. I am talking about the one task you have been putting off forever. I am here to tell you that there is nothing more invigorating than finishing off that nagging something you don’t want to do. Whether that hateful task is making the bed or doing your taxes. Just do it people!

I truly hope these quick tips help you get started again in February. Comment below on what helps you when you feel like you are due a do-over.

lissy

Four Tips to Starting, Again