Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday Reflections | What would you do if you had an extra hour in the day?

Having been on the road for many weeks straight, I relished in the opportunity to wake up in my own bed this weekend.  I'm one of those people who rarely eats breakfast but today I chose to do something intentional with the extra hour provided.

Whenever I head down for breakfast at a hotel room, I usually end up grabbing a mini yogurt and filling it with sliced almonds.  This time, I wanted to take that experience to the next level.  So I threw a few ingredients together and put together this min breakfast parfait as an after work out treat.

+ Frozen Acai
+Vanilla Yogurt
+Kind Granola 
+ Sliced Almonds
+Organic Blueberries
Then  I got to thinking about the time change and remembered back to a time when I was asked "if you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do with it?"  To me, this time change is like getting an extra hour.  Sure, we can catch up on some much needed sleep.  But, what if we set aside that extra hour to do something intentional.  The possibilities are limitless, we can work out, read, work on our goals, dedicate that hour to growing our business, anything!  

Consider setting your alarm for 6:00 am (if you normally wake up at 7:00 am).  Technically,  because of the time change, you wont actually be getting up any earlier.  We have just under 60 days left in the year. So much can be accomplished by dedicating 60 focused hours to reaching an end goal.  These 60 days will pass anyway, would you rather be glad that you made the decision to be in a better place 60 days from now or would you rather sleep through those 60 hours? Neither of the choices are good or bad, it's just a choice.  Both yield different results and you have a choice about which result you would rather create.

  1. If I had an extra hour in the day I would use it to help my self-love journey. This journey involves preparing myself for the day.

    I made the choice to wake up 5am today. In middle school and high school waking up at 5am was apart of my schedule. But I never made the best of doing so. It was a daily struggle especially if I stayed up the night before, which was almost always. So I figured why not just make rising early before the sun part of my daily habits. I can use those 2 extra hours of 5am-7am. to create a comforting and ritualistic experience.

    So I woke up at 5am with the intention of having a comforting and nourishing morning ritual. I sipped two cups of warm water & lime juice. Read two pages from a book of poetry by Pablo Neruda. I created my two mandatory paper origami cranes. From there I cleaned the kitchen and took a shower and prepped my face for my skincare and makeup products. Overall I like not feeling rushed and dreading waking up in the morning.

    I'm going to incorporate working out again and food prepping for the morning and night before.