I have to say that I’m a little proud of myself for sticking with One Bite at a Time for 11 whole weeks already. Blogging about it hasn’t gone quite as well, but at least I’m doing the work! 🙂
Last week was Week #10 and it was a difficult concept for me — trying to Establish a Morning Routine (#3). The reason it was hard (besides dealing with “springing forward” and losing a precious hour of sleep), is that Tsh wanted the focus on things for ME. Things that would help start the day in a nice way for ME. This was not about chores, household organization or being a good mom. This felt like it needed to really be sort of a “spa moment” in the day.
So the first thing I came up with was painting my nails. At MOPS a few weeks ago, we had a “nail station” and I realized that I NEVER paint my nails any more. Mostly because I then never can be bothered to REMOVE the chipping, peeling paint. And 900 years ago in Mrs. Brizendine’s 7th grade class, we were told by a guest speaker that we should NEVER have chipping nail polish. For some crazy reason that stuck with me. But a lot stuck with me from that school year including a love of Louis L’Amour and my a strangely enlightening conversation during girl’s PE one day about Kegels. But I digress…
I had just bought some new fingernail polish on sale/with coupons at CVS and so I decided to add that to my morning routine. Painting on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, removing on Friday and Monday mornings.
But that didn’t seem like enough.
It took me all week to realize that I wanted to incorporate something into my morning routine that I wish I had time to do. That I always PLAN to do but never GET to do because the necessities always get in the way. There are two things right now that fall into that category (well, there are millions, but two on the top of my list): Project Life (my new non-scrapbooker-scrapbooking attempt) and Blogging.
So, I’m excited to say those items have been added into the schedule for Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday mornings.
The basic morning routine is: BIG glass of water (realized I prefer to take my coffee in my new big coffee travel mug in the car in the morning), devotional time/prayer, nails/blog/PL, Daily Plan and off and running for the day…
Week #11: I was still processing/working through the idea of last week’s bite during most of this week. So I’m cheating this week and doing #28: Creating a Monthly Budget. We have been doing this faithfully for about four years based on Dave Ramsey’s stuff, and so I can cross this one out without hesitation. I have also designed a better plan for picking up our cash at payday from the bank — just dragging the kids with me (because for some reason they always have a kid’s movie playing in NFCU!).
Not sure what I’ll do for next week… have a few days to decide.