Puppies and Morning Routines – Tradeoffs

I am a huge fan of morning routines. Whether that is an hour of peaceful reading and journaling or the order of children and family getting ready for their day with meals and a bit of hectic activity. Personally, my morning routine, since my children are grown and I can do what I choose and not be driven by that need, has included journaling about things I am grateful for and what I am perceiving about life that week. And coffee, and a bit of exercise. It was enjoyable.

Then, for various reasons I will discuss at another time, we got a puppy. Who has had a puppy? Like small children, they are demanding and need watching, lest they chew up your shoes or other manageable objects. Even though my husband manages his schedule, he has become a delightful distraction. And my morning routine is out the window. I have to adapt.

They take a walk in the morning, for which I will join them when it is warmer, so I still have some actual quiet time. I need to use it well though, since it is only about 20 – 30 minutes. It has made me appreciate the quiet time I had come to take for granted. I have also found though, that I miss doing my gratefulness exercise. That must have a place in my morning. And exercising my body takes more of a commitment. And I had all that down and was so proud of myself.

This kind of change is happening to us all the time. Kids’ routines change, we add a pet, a parent or older child live with us for a season. Our lives are full of change. I generally like change a lot, but even I have my limits. Recognizing that change is around us and figuring out what the core parts of our routine are is crucial for keeping us sane and peaceful. My very long morning routine has turned into morning kisses and less time alone, but I wouldn’t trade it back for the other. The puppy is the right thing for this time. I am glad to be alert to the parts that I need to pick up. My gratefulness exercise and my body exercise. I will do my gratefulness exercise first thing at “the office” and my body – 2 nights a week to the gym. Put them in my schedule and just go. Spring is coming and I can walk the dog then. For now, it is tradeoffs. I am glad for the freedom to make the choices that require me to adjust.

What tradeoffs are you working with today?

Discover Your Why – Through Priority Living

Are you living your Priorities?

If I ask you the question, “What are your priorities?”, you probably have a quick answer for me. Most of us will say family and kids, and hopefully this is true because I know from experience and observation that there is usually room for improvement here. If your family is your priority, then what should your life look like to correspond with that level of importance? What are your other priorities? Work, or faith or hobbies or exercise? Or even your house? Some of us spend a lot of time in our houses and I hope it is relaxing for you. If that is a priority for you, great! Own it. You get to choose!

Get your priorities straight!

What I want you to do is to define your priorities, make an honest assessment of what you think your priorities are and ask yourself if the time and attention you are giving to those things are in line with what you say your priorities are. If you say family is the most important thing, are you turning off your phone at 7 or 8 and hanging out with your kids and spouse, or are your evenings still full of work? If building your business is a priority, are you taking classes to learn how to do that better or just waiting for something to happen? If you want to get out of debt, do you have a plan that you are working on with diligence?

If it is important to us, we need to own the fact that we want to make progress in that area and make a plan to spend time and attention on it.

This is about taking an honest look at where we spend our time, attention and money. Then, asking ourselves if we are spending enough of these on our defined priorities. Or honestly recognizing that we might be spending time, attention and money on things that really aren’t that important to us and deciding that it is time to make a change.

Live your best life now

And this change is yours to make. Sure, it requires motivation and accountability to achieve, but almost everything we decide to do requires this. You only have to focus on what is important and I promise you that the beautiful results are worth it.