Mornings are my favorite part of the day. I know, eye roll. I’m one of those nana’s who genuinely enjoys the part of the morning right before the sun comes up. I realize I’m going to come off as a total hippie with this next sentence, but it’s happening. I’m just going to own it. There’s something special and exciting about getting up and greeting the sunrise with gratitude and a cup of warm Texas pecan coffee.
If you’ve been living under a rock and are familiar with the amount of pride Texans have for their state, we’re basically born with it and have no choice but to love everything about our state -so much so that most of us have Texas-shaped waffle makers. (guilty.) While Texas pecan coffee is a staple every morning, it’s not the one I’m talking about today.
You have an opportunity at the beginning of every day to set the intention for what’s ahead. That’s why my morning routine non-negotiable every day is practicing gratitude. It may sound simple, but for this enneagram seven whose head is always in the future, it’s a challenge.
The key here is to find things to be grateful for that aren’t so obvious. Last year I started using a Start Today Journal and absolutely fell in love. It’s something I share on my Instagram stories nearly every day to share with others the number one tool I use in my morning routine.
The journal has the same prompts every day and the part I look forward to most is the gratitude section. In fact, even though it’s the first thing to fill out on the page, I actually save it for last.
The journal challenges you to write down 5 things you’re grateful for but there are a few guidelines to this.
1. These are small things. Not the obvious ones like your family, your faith, and your health. I’m talking, the fact that you accidentally cut someone off in traffic yesterday and the person didn’t honk at you. That you got a front row parking spot at Target. That you had just enough dry shampoo to look like a real human woman.
2. The things you choose to write down to be grateful for have to have happened within the last 24 hours.
After a week of trying this journaling practice every morning, I realized something different in my reactions to things.
It’s funny how when you start to look for something, you’ll find it.
Like when you think to yourself, “hmm, maybe I should get Ford Explorer.” And then all of a sudden every third car you see is a Ford Explorer. To which of course this is a sign from the heavens that you NEED a Ford Explorer.
I was looking for gratitude every morning. I set my intention for the day knowing that the next morning I was going to have to come up for five new things and I started keeping my eye out for what to save for the next morning’s journal entry. It became a secret scavenger hunt throughout my day to find the tiniest thing that no one else would think twice about to be grateful for and add it to my list.
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