Alright! I did it. It took A LOT more than just 14 days but I got thorough the “Make Over Your Mornings” course by The Money Saving Mom: Crystal Paine. I really enjoyed going through the program. Most of what she talked about each day were things that I already knew, but she helped me to break it all down into bite sized pieces so that getting my life on some sort of track didn’t seem so daunting.
Day 13 was all about taking a look a the routines that had been set and re-evaluating them to make sure there weren’t any little tweaks that might need to be made.
Of course, during the process of “making over my mornings” my husband made a job change that has required him to be gone more nights than he is home. So this means that I am going to have to take a look at my evening routine and re-evaluate how that will go. I am most likely also going to have to look at my morning routine and reset that as well.
One thing that has already changed in my morning routine is my waking up and making that first cup of hot tea. For the last week I have been skipping the hot drink and going straight for my workout. That has also meant that my Bible Study and quiet time has been pushed back. Luckily, I have been able to get most of everything else done around the same times (except creating the to-do list)
I am working on finding a system for our evenings that has the kids a bit more involved in the process so that one is a work in progress but I feel like, for the most part, we are on the way to finding something that will make everything in the house run a little bit smoother.
Day 14, the last day of the course, was designed as a challenge. This challenge was to just stick with it. She suggests coming back to the routines lists, the todo lists, and the priority lists after 21 days of being as faithful to sticking with these things as possible and just assessing where you are. Finding out what is working best and what could stand to be changed.
One of the big things that I came to realize is that life is a work in progress. I am the type of person that once I set a routine or a lay out a schedule I like to stick to that from there on out. I am a planner. I like to know who, what, when, where, why, and how every aspect of my life is going to take place. And when that doesn’t happen, when my plan gets veered off course I PANIC! I mean I really panic.
One of the things I am working on this year in my life is that while I need to strive to be consistent in what I do, be it exercise, meal prepping, study time, or how I parent my children I also need to learn to be fluid. Life is going to happen no matter how much I try to plan and prepare for it. Unexpected things are going to come up and I am going to have to learn to go with the flow and adjust as necessary.
I really think that is a lot of what this “Make Over Your Mornings” course has been all about. Finding and creating routines that work for your busy life and schedules that leave room for adjustment when husbands get jobs away from home and kids get sick in the middle of the night or if you just need a moment to give yourself a break.