Welcome to day 2 of this month’s challenge, Kickstart Your Day! I’m so glad you joined in!
Whether you’re a morning person or you like to sleep until your kids wake up, a few simple changes each morning can make a big difference in your day. By doing a few things at the beginning of each day, you can set your day up for success. Just try, and see if you don’t notice a difference after a whole month of implementing these changes.
Each day, we’re reading the chapter in Proverbs coinciding with the date. This morning’s reading is Proverbs 2.
My favorite passage from today’s is Proverbs 2:6-8:
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.
I pray for His wisdom, that He freely gives when you ask. I pray the He speaks to me His knowledge and understanding.
Not hungry yet? It’s okay if you don’t eat as soon as you wake up. Give yourself some time, but then do go in the kitchen and grab a few healthful bites of nourishment. I may be the world’s worst at just wanting my coffee. A little coffee is okay, but get something in you besides that, okay? You may not think you want it now, but your health will thank you later.
A few simple, healthy breakfast ideas:
- toast with peanut butter
- an egg – boiled, fried, or scrambled
- a small bowl of “healthy” cereal, or make your own with this recipe to use for busy mornings
- a bowl of fruit, or an apple with peanut butter
My exercise was simple yesterday. I took 7 of the boys to the pool and swam (and played in the water) with them. With straight vitamin D from the sun’s brilliant, nourishing rays at the same time, I felt great afterwards. Swimming is an excellent choice for exercise, and especially in July. We will probably go for a walk (and catch frogs, lizards, and bugs) today.
What are YOU doing for exercise today?
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines……Well, your machines, anyway. Most mornings, I wake up and get my dishwasher, washer, and dryer working for me. Then I do a few chores. I used to always make my bed but had gotten out of the habit. I’m working on doing that every day again. I know it’s hard when we have a new baby, because maybe we think we might get to crawl back into bed and sleep, but the reality is we usually don’t. And isn’t it lovely to walk back into your room throughout the day and see your bed and room more tidy? There’s a ripple effect: You’ll want to keep your room clean, too!
Is this habit easy for you?
Ready for the Day
I put this one last on purpose, because I often want to exercise first, but it doesn’t always work out that way. You may choose whatever order works for you, just make sure you don’t stay in your yoga pants you slept in (and then worked out in) all day. I tend to leave my hair in a pony tail all day, because I’m busy, because it’s hot, and because the baby pulls my hair. But I have seriously noticed a big difference in the way I think about my day when I have fixed my hair. Dressed and ready to go, I don’t feel like I’m behind all day. I can be ready to go at a moment’s notice. And it’s nice when my husband comes home and I’m not looking the same way I did when he left.
While dressing, clothe yourself with some joy and gratitude. These two are game changers. We choose these. Be joyful. Be thankful.
Let me hear from you!
Are you participating in this month long challenge? If so, please post your breakfast pics, your outfit for the day, your favorite Scripture from today’s reading, or whatever else you’d like that corresponds with our challenge, on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, using #kickstartyourday.