Thursday, March 24, 2016

B=Bended Knee

Every morning when my clock alarms at 5:15 I do 2 things right away. I head to the bathroom, then come back to my bed and on bended I start to discuss with my Heavenly Father the plans of my day. I'm not always awake, and I have been known to fall back asleep, but regardless, this is the B in my Embark. Without that extra help every morning, without that conversation, without that knowledge that he is there and listening, my mornings would not be so fulfilling.

I do find it humorous that both things I do in the morning start with B. Let's be honest, who doesn't make a quick trip to the lavatory first thing in the morning. It's almost a necessity the older you get. But bending your knees to talk with God is not something that people make a habit of. Yet both are necessary for us to start our day off right--unless of course you want to chance a little mishap sometime either with pee, or in a spiritual sense. 

So for 3-5 of my minutes every morning I commune with God. I give him a rundown of my day, ask him to help me be aware of when someone my need something, and ask him to help me be okay and happy when things don't go according to plan. This one is always the hardest for my. I love having control over situations and although I'm usually okay, I don't usually have my happy face on. A goal that I am working towards. 

So think about what you would want to discuss every morning with someone who loves you. Ask how you can be better. Prioritize what is the most important, and then go with the flow! You got this, have a great day!!




Monday, March 14, 2016

M-Mentally ready and prepared

I love keeping a calendar and making lists and being ultra organized in that regard. What I am terrible at is after making those lists, calendaring, and organizing I then put them away and 'forget' to look at them. What good is all this organization going to do for me if I don't look at what I'm actually suppose to be doing?! It really is completely illogical. But in my head I believe once it is written down I will totally remember it. To sum it up, this is just dumb. There really is no other way to look at it. Which is why I chose M to represent being mentally ready and prepared. I should add being mentally ready and prepared for my day.

In this part of my 3-5 minutes of EMBARK I look at my calendar, make sure it has everything I need on it, and then focus on what I absolutely need to get done. Then I picture completing it. That's it. It's really easy. I just was making it way too complicated. The trick is to actually LOOK at the calendar, your list, or whatever else you have for that day. Mind-blowing really!! There are a ton of ideas on the internet of ways to calendar. I have my own system, but everyone can find something that fits them. Yours might be a post it on the fridge. Whatever it is look at it and picture accomplishing it. It's a mental game and if you can see how you might finish it, it will get done. Now I'm not naive enough to believe everyday is going to go perfectly, nothing will come up, and you will get everything done you need/want too. So here are a few suggestions to help with that.

When you look at your calendar pick your top 4-6 things that HAVE to get done. Then picture finishing those.

Give yourself permission to change those 4-6 things. Life throws us curve balls all the time. Are we going to hit them or are we going to be completely inflexible and end up miserable because we struck out. It's our choice! But giving myself permission to change it up throughout the day means I've already planned that things won't go according to plan.

When you finish your items pause and congratulate yourself on a job well done. You accomplished something and it should be noted. So what if it was to put in a load of laundry, you did it. Don't forget to recognize the value of finishing. You are amazing!

Tomorrow is a new day and some of those 4-6 things might carry over into it. That is so fun and exciting don't you think?! Now you will have pictured yourself completing it two days in a row. Good for you!!

Are you mentally prepared to handle today? I feel any help I can get is well worth it. What is the harm in giving myself extra ammunition to handle the day?! EMBARK on the adventure of the day!!




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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Embark!

You know the feeling you get when you can't sleep the night before Christmas morning and then when morning does come you are so excited to get up?! Well that's the feeling I've been trying to have at 5 am, which is my official wake-up time. It has NOT been working. So I finally came up with something to get me up in the morning. After reading and researching, because I love to read, I found this fascinating system called S.A.V.E.R.S. It is from a book called "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod. Basically each letter stands for an activity you have to do in the morning to prepare you for the day.  The idea is to get up half an hour early, work on these activities each for 3-5 minutes, and the result is how much you get accomplished. Everything else I was trying was not working, so I thought, sure, why not?!

I'm all about applying things I learn to my personal situation. I wanted something a little different than what Hal Elrod had suggested. I looked around for an action word and settled on EMBARK. This was the youth theme for the LDS church last year and it fit perfectly with what I was trying to accomplish. Each morning I want to embark on an exciting new adventure, because everyday is a new adventure. Here are what my letters stand for, E-exercise, M-mentally prepare and be ready, B-bended knee, A-aims or affirmations, R-Read, K-Keep a journal. Some of these are self-explanatory, but I felt a blog post could be dedicated to each one.

The first one being E for exercise. Remember this is just a 3-5 minute thing. That can be a brisk walk on the treadmill, a walk around your block, jumping jacks, burpees (ewww!) or some downward dog. I do pilates, and there are some great 5-8 minutes workouts on youtube. This totally wakes me up for the day. One morning it was an arm workout where I thought my arms were going to fall off. I was definitely not going to fall back asleep after that one!! This does not count for my normal exercise routines. It really is just a wake-up call to get me going.

One thing I should add, I don't always do EMBARK in order. Some mornings. I do B first (which is another blog post). It really is what applies to me to help me be the best person. So how do you get up in the morning? What have you been inspired to try? Everyday is a new adventure so EMBARK and see what awesome things will happen!!