My Morning Routine, & a Life Update.

Wow, guys. Spring is a busy season, isn't it? Whether you're an urban homesteader, commercial farmer, or hobby gardener, spring is the season where big things need to happen.

Are John and I busy? Oh yeah! In the midst of this wonderful chaos and the demands of my day job (I'm a mentor for first and second year teachers), I make time every morning to center myself and get ready for the day. Let me walk you through my morning, and explain why it's so important for me to keep this simple routine.

  • 5:30 - 6:00am: Wake up! This time varies depending on how much I need to prepare for my first teacher meeting of the day.
  • 6:00 - 6:45am: Shower, get presentable for work, pack my lunch and teacher bag, get my breakfast ready.
  • 6:45 - 7:15am: Water the seedlings in the basement, feed and water the chickens and give them kitchen scraps from last night.
  • 7:15-7:30am: Morning prayer and devotional, and breakfast.
  • 7:30am: Head to work, and finish my breakfast in the car if I'm running behind.
Now that the weather is turning nicer, I like to cut down on the time it takes me to get ready and eat breakfast and meditate for the day on our front porch. Hearing the birds and watching the sun come up is a wonderfully calm way to start my day.

On weekends I am still up by 7am, and have a light breakfast and pray or meditate in our bedroom or on the porch. Then, it's out to the chickens and the garden.

This morning routine is so important in setting the tone for my day. For those of you a little late to the party, I had a medically traumatic miscarriage about a year ago, which left me in an anxious ball of nerves. For real. I developed an anxiety disorder as a result of the medical trauma, and it took me a few months before I was able to use self-talk and essential oils to alleviate my panic attacks.

A peaceful, centering morning soon became the undercurrent to the rest of my day. A quiet morning of meditation or prayer (Christian or not, I really think they are based on the same premise, don't you?) has been so helpful in focusing my thoughts on the present. These moments also helped me prioritize how to divvy out my emotions, and helped me see that my heart is at the center of our urban homestead.

This little city lot and God are where I want to (and should) focus the majority of my emotional strength. We have so many plans for our small city lot. Like...
  • Growing green onions for Feed Iowa First in our front yard garden
  • Growing melons and popping corn for the first time in our backyard garden
  • Extending the chain link fence in our backyard to include more space
  • Add more edible landscaping (I'm thinking blueberry bushes) in our backward where we extend the chain link fence
  • Be intentional about succession planting, to ensure a nice crop of leafy greens throughout the summer and into fall. 
And when it comes to my faith, I plan to...

  • Make stronger connections with friends and neighbors. 
  • I want to 'build my posse' (as my friend Molly says) of people who are faithful, empowering, and intentional about their service to others. 
  • Be vulnerable by recognizing when I am wrong sincerely asking for forgiveness. 
  • Be a mirror, and reflect the faith I have in my soul. 

Tell me, do you start your morning in a similar way? What about strategies and tips you use to wind down? Leave a comment. This is a safe place to share without judgement. 

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1 comment:

  1. Kelli, I am so happy I came across your post today! Great read. First, I am so sorry to hear of your miscarriage last year, I didn't know:( I've been there. Even though I have three healthy children now, I suffered two miscarriages before I had them. It's hard and I truly believe only women who have been through it "get it". I'm happy to hear you found ways to calm your nerves. Secondly, I am also a morning person. I've often said I get more done by 9 am than most people do all day! Would you recommend that book you are reading? Looks good!


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