Babes Doing It For Themselves

Babes Doing It For Themselves

 

I have been wanting to write a post since I moved into this house and started school, 4 weeks ago. I did not write a post at the time because I knew it would sound something like this: “I’m stressed and don’t know what I’m doing! Ack!” I can promise that would have been the first sentence, verbatim.

So let’s try something else. Let’s try, “I’m coming out of a transition period and it feels so good!”

This year is promising to be full of lessons, of course, but this time, gentle lessons. I’m able to go home to my own room in a house that is not close to my classes to process these lessons! Gratitude.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is I need at least one form of routine in my sometimes boring, sometimes hectic week. I decided on something quick and beneficial every morning.

Morning Routine

Yes, I brush my teeth and eat breakfast, but that isn’t the angle on my morning I want to share.

What I want to share is the time I set aside for myself every morning. No matter my mental state or physical state, I participate in this simple routine and my days are 100% better because of it.

I pull my yoga mat out into our backyard and begin a series of small exercises and stretches meant to gently push me into a great day. I no longer drink coffee like an addict (I was up to 5 cups a day, easily), and upon quitting had to find something else to help wake me up. And after 30 crunches and 3 different types of planks, I find I’m pretty awake.

Following the exercises, I indulge in a Sun Salutation and do a mindfulness exercise centered around Don Miguel Ruiz‘s Four Agreements. These agreements have been life changing, quite frankly.

They’re pretty simple.

Be impeccable with your word*

 

Don’t take anything personally*

 

Don’t make assumptions*

 

Do your best*

  • *Your word is everything you say and do. Being impeccable with it is simply putting forth the energy you mean to and staying intentional with your communication.
  • *Other peoples’ word is a reflection of them, not you.
  • *Allowing yourself to ask questions until you fully understand the question and the answer is key.
  • *Do the best you can in whatever state you’re experiencing. You will not be able to do the same levels of “best” when you’re drunk and when you’re sober, however, you can still do the best of your ability in those situations.

There you go, my entire morning routine. It takes me around 15-20 minutes in total and I make sure I have time for it every day.

My day to day routine in life is not quite as structured. As long as I make it to class with all of the assignments completed, I feel accomplished. A normal week includes friends, dance parties, elaborate adventures, food truck rallies at the local park, good books and great housemates.

Also! A sweet, sweet reminder that this year’s motto has been “babes doing it for themselves.” You’ve got this, babe.

So my dearest friends, I’m signing off here, saying see ya later!

Katie



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  • I love this so much. Thank you so much for linking the sun salutation and for listing Ruiz’s agreements. I’ve been looking for some kinds of positive affirmations to incorporate into my routine and haven’t found the right one but this seems like a great start for me. I really appreciate you taking the time to document your journey. While I’m sure it’s therapeutic for you, it’s a tremendous help to those you love and those that love you–not only does it provide a great insight for me as to how you’re doing, but sharing your techniques is super helpful! Love you so much. Glad to see you’re doing well.

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