How to Start Your Day Off

Many daily habits can help you improve your mindset and work on positive thinking, but it starts in the morning, right when you wake up. Your morning routine is crucial because it sets the tone for the entire day. If you can create your day in a gentle, positive way, that will carry with you throughout the rest of the day.

Give Yourself Extra Time in the Morning to Wake Up

The best thing you can do for yourself to start your day right is to wake up a little earlier. It might not be what you want to hear, but if every morning is rushed and stressed, you will have a much harder time maintaining a positive mindset.

Instead of constantly running around in the morning, trying to get everything done, and running out the door, give yourself a little cushion of time. It would help if you had that extra time to wake up gently and more relaxed, where you know in your mind that you have spare time to get ready.

Go through a few quick morning routine habits like meditation, visualizing, yoga, or breathing exercises to get ready for your day. You have time to make coffee or tea and sit while journaling or a few extra minutes to sit up in bed as you adjust to being awake.

Make Your Morning as Stress-Free as Possible

You have already taken the first step to having a stress-free morning by setting your alarm earlier so that you don’t wake up in a rushed panic. The next thing you need to do is be careful what you expose yourself to in the morning.

If the first thing you do is check your phone to read email and browse social media, it will most likely trigger some stress or anxious response. Even if you think just checking Instagram or Twitter is innocent and fun, you will see something you don’t like.

To avoid this, try not to check your phone in the morning. If you need your phone for the alarm and time, turn off notifications until you have gone through your morning routine.

Choose 3 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine

While it is excellent to add healthy habits to your morning routine, adding too many at once can have the opposite effect on your mindset. Instead of feeling positive and hopeful for the day, you can feel stressed and overwhelmed.

Pick just three healthy habits to add to your morning routine to avoid this. Think about the habits that would help you the most, whether reading, journaling, going for a walk, making your bed, drinking a smoothie, yoga, or meditation. There are so many to choose between.

These three habits are the must-dos every morning. Then, when you have a little more energy or more time, you can add some other healthy habits as well.

Start Your Day With a Brain Dump

An easy habit of adding to your morning that helps you get your day started positively is to do a brain dump. It is a style of journaling also called stream of consciousness, where all you do is write down what you’re thinking.

You will write thoughts down as they come, jumping from idea to goal to thought or worry, just as they do in your mind. Keep writing until you feel you have gotten through whatever was on your mind the most. Some mornings, it might be 1 page. Other mornings, you register three or more pages and could keep going if you had the time.

The brain dump helps you release those thoughts and worries, so they don’t follow you around all day. It is a healthy way to purge and start fresh in the morning.

Until next time, stay safe. And keep the faith.

Action Tips For Accelerated Learning

I have listed three action steps to help you accelerate your learning skills.

  1. Commit to learning one new skill per quarter. Try to choose the skills that match your career or choose ones that will benefit you in a new job. When you commit, schedule time to actively learn new skills.
  • Subscribe to at least one trade magazine. Consider the cost as part of your tuition. You could hit up your company to cover the cost, even better.
  • Join some meetup groups geared towards the skills you want to learn. These meetups require people to meet face-to-face. It is scary for some people. But, once you get past the fear, the groups are an excellent resource for learning. It’s also a great way to expand your network.

The steps I have listed are to help you step up your learning or help you come up with other ideas that will work for you.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Tips for Making Journaling Part of Your Daily Routine

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Ensuring that journaling works for you is to do it long-term. Long-term journaling gives you more insight into your life because you’ll be able to look to the past, present, and even the future (sort of) to get answers in your life. But first, you have to do it. And it would help if you did it daily to make it a habit. Let’s review a few tips for making journaling part of your daily routine.

* Make It Easy – Don’t make it a huge deal, and it’ll be simpler to get done. For example, it’s easier to use a notebook and paper than a computer for most people. You can have the book in your bag or on your bedside table, or wherever you plan to write in it.

* Choose a Time That Works – The best times to do it are early morning, first thing, or the last thing before going to bed. However, that might not work for some people. If you know a better time, do it. For example, some people like journaling while on lunch or at work in the park. It’s up to you.

* Get a Drink and Eat a Snack – You don’t want to have any excuses or extraneous thoughts while you’re writing in your journal. Make sure you’re fed and hydrated.

* Create a Comfortable and Assessable Space – It’s easier to get into your thoughts if you’re comfortable and not think about how your tailbone hurts or your wrist hurts. Some people like using a desk, some a comfy, easy chair, others their bed.

* Combine It with Something Else You Enjoy Doing – If you enjoy cleaning the house, then reading in your clean house with the windows open and the breeze flowing in, why not journal at that moment? If it’s a daily thing, add journaling to it, creating a habit fast.

* Add Some Relaxing Music to Set the Mood – Now, it’s true that some people prefer silence, so that’s fine if you do. But consider trying some music that doesn’t have words, and that is relaxing, to help you gather your thoughts and say calm and focused.

* Use a Particular Type of Journal – For some people, using a style of journaling like bullet journaling, prayer journaling, project journaling, and more works better since it defines some rules for entry.

* Consider Using Journaling Prompts – You can also find journaling prompts online for any journal you want to use.

* Reward Yourself – When you have been diligent for a month writing in your journal, take some time to read what you wrote, then reward yourself. You might buy some colored pens or some scrapbooking materials so you can add some definition and interest to your journal.

To truly experience the full benefits of journaling, you need to do it most days, so you need to find a way to incorporate journaling into your everyday life. The best way to accomplish this is to make it easy and turn it into a habit.

That’s it for now. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Top Tips

What makes people happy? If you have been struggling to be happy yourself, perhaps it’s time to see how happy people are doing it. By learning what they do, you can emulate them for success.

  1. People go between states of emotions constantly.
    You can be happy for a short period, and then you are thinking about something that stresses you out. Even people who seem happy all the time go through changes in emotion. These people are more likely to be content. No one is thrilled all the time. Learning is an essential concept, so you don’t put too much pressure on yourself when you see happy people.

  2. Consider what you have in life.
    Are you in good health? That is a crucial area if you aren’t in good health and can do something about it. Learn how to eat right, even if you hire a nutritionist. Incorporate exercise into your routine. It’s not necessary to become a gym rat to get in shape. You can become healthier by walking frequently.

  3. Happiness is not just about money.
    Although having enough to provide for your family is less stressful, happy people don’t care much about money. When people become obsessed with money, they can usually obtain it. But, it doesn’t lower their stress. The obsession often raises anxiety because it becomes the sole focus.

  4. Happy people don’t chase dollars.
    They are content with what they are doing and don’t worry about squeezing out another salary increase. It’s okay to get them occasionally. But, if you chase the buck, you will never become good at anything. Happy people often are experts in what they do. They made it this way because they stuck with it and didn’t chase dollars.

  5. It’s rare to find happy people and don’t have any friends.
    Socializing is a significant factor when trying to be happy. You don’t need dozens of friends. When you have a few that you can trust, that will be necessary. It’s okay to use social media to connect, but that is even better if you can get together in person.

  6. Try to make your home an environment where everyone feels safe.
    Happy people know that family is important. They know that their homes should be a sanctuary. If it’s not, they take steps to correct the situation. Spending time with family is a huge part of what makes people happy.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

How to Journal for Self Improvement

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Keeping a journal is a technique that can help you improve your life. To some people, the ability to keep a journal comes naturally, while others struggle with it.

Whether you keep a consistent daily journal, an occasional journal, or jot notes to yourself when ideas come to you, this technique can have powerful implications in helping you attain your goals.

Making Things Happen

Putting your goals, thoughts, hopes, and dreams on paper can help you actualize what matters to you most. Bring your goals and plans to life by writing them down. Read them as often as you can to focus your mind on living your desired life.

Try these journaling strategies to help bring all your self-improvement goals to fruition:

1. Write quickly and passionately. Let the ideas flow onto the paper without dwelling on one thing for too long. Writing in this manner will allow your goals, dreams, and wishes to flow out freely beyond what you thought possible!

• Try setting a time goal and writing freely without pause until the period ends. Once you have finished, you may be surprised with what you’ve written and gain new insight and understanding from this activity.

2. Write consistently. You may not be an everyday writer, but formulate a routine to keep your journal flowing. When you write daily or weekly, you’ll find greater consistency in your thoughts and reflections.

3. Set goals and reflect on them. Outline your most important self-improvement goals when you begin your journaling experience. Reflect on them often to determine whether or not you’re taking active steps toward achieving them.

4. Be honest. You can be sincere in your journal because no one else will read it but you. Share your secrets, dreams, and desires – even those you cannot share with anyone else. Use your journal as a sounding board, and never sacrifice honesty.

5. Ask yourself tough questions. Self-reflection is an essential aspect of self-improvement, and your journal can aid significantly in the reflection process. Ask yourself questions about where you’re at in life and where you want to be so you can brainstorm the necessary steps in the self-improvement process.

6. Refer back to your past writing regularly. When you have a bad day, look at your positive writing to ease your thoughts. When you feel lost or unsure about yourself, look back over your goals and insights to find guidance.

• There’s a wealth of vital information in your journal if you use it consistently, and you can turn back to this information to show you where to go next.

7. Choose a journal that’s right for you. Select a journal that resonates within you, something that you feel comfortable and confident writing in. You can purchase a journal from a bookstore, create your own, or collect loose pages in a binder. The right journal will inspire you to use it.

Simply putting your thoughts down on paper can help you realize your dreams and focus on what truly matters in your life. Strive to write in your journal as often as you need, and refer back to what you write to help you keep those goals in mind. Journaling is a powerful tool but is only effective when you’re willing to put your passion into it.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

If My Day is Rough

Hello! I made a new friend, Vicki Berry, and I am posting something she wrote, with her permission. I believe you will enjoy it.

If my day is rough,

I will remember to be Brave and tough

I have been through hell and came back.

A true survivor I am

That’s a fact.

When I feel life is difficult.

I will remember I live in LOVE, not an occult.

I have many God Gifted Talents.

One of which is colors in Art. Poetic Prose encouragements.

Where I may have my feelings hurt.

I will remember that I am a strong bird.

I’ve lived through an “out of body experience”

Came out with anew ability to touch Souls that death left behind.

So if today is difficult, remember you Are important. Beautiful inside & outwards.

by Vicki Berry

I love this! I bet you do too. Leave a comment for her. I know she will appreciate it. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and dads handling both roles. This year, I thought I would share a picture of my mother’s mother, my mother, and my siblings, including my brother.

I have three other sisters and a brother not pictured here. We are all moms and my brother is a dad. We used to get together for all the holidays before we became scattered across the United States. We grew up with very little. But when I look back, I never felt poor or that we were lacking anything. I admit there a few things we missed out on because we didn’t have the money, but we had each and when we weren’t disagreeing, things were great. My mom and dad are no longer with us and their absence is sorely missed even knowing they are in a better place.

I hope you have good memories of your families and you are sharing your day with the people you love. Over the years, many people have come into my life, and I have come to love them and you.

Have a Happy Mother’s Day. May the Lord’s blessings continue to be with you and your families.