A New Morning Layer

I mentioned earlier this week that I’m participating in Hannah Marcotti’s Spirits of Joy e-course right now, and it continues to be awesome.

Today’s mission: adding a new layer to our morning ritual.

My poison? Gratitude journalling.

My morning ritual goes something like: wake up, check email, FB, Flipboard (for my google reader feed), Instagram, play Scrabble/Words With Friends (and just for the recond, Words with Friends friends: the Scrabble app is SO MUCH BETTER! But I digress…) and then rinse and repeat until August wakes up. This is usually about an hour after I wake up, but sometimes more. I can’t really get up and *do* stuff, because he will wake up within 10 minutes of me leaving bed, so there is no working out, getting up to sit by myself, cleaning or any other productive awesome thing unless I want a very betrayed-feeling little friend within minutes.

(I have learned that I *can* get up and make coffee and be back in bed with a hot mug usually before he stirs. This is almost enough of a new layer to my day. I feel sneaky AND I get coffee: it’s a total win.)

But this morning I also decided to pull up the app I use for writing and crack open my gratitude journal.

In the past, I’ve usually done this in the evening. But let’s be real: I’m a morning person. Yep. It’s true. So the corollary of that? *Not a night person.* I’m not creative or even using my brain fully at night and it was always such a slog to try to break through that inertia, so many many times I’ve started and stopped this nightly ritual.

But I thought this morning, maybe the gratitude journalling can be my new layer to my daily ritual. I wholeheartedly acknowledge that gratitude is a useful virtue to cultivate, no Stewart Smalley reservations or anything. And, bonus: it breaks the daily writing ice in a non-threatening way. Like, look! I’m just writing a list of awesome stuff that happened yesterday! Oh, you feel like writing some more about that? Ok…

Can you believe I almost just posted the photo of today’s vision book entry? Who am I kidding. Soooo verbal….

Without further ado:

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Also, this happened while I was trying to take that picture:

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Thanks, Aug.

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2 thoughts on “A New Morning Layer

  1. Tell me more about this “gratitude journaling” and what app you use πŸ™‚ It sounds like something I could do while waiting for Miss Gela to wake up and start our day with snuggles and cuddles πŸ˜‰

    • Sure! It’s called myMemoir and it’s pretty great – you can create as many different journals as you want (so I have one dedicated to just gratitude, which is nice), and you can customize the look of them to some degree. It’s also nice for gratitude journalling specifically, because you can include up to three photos in each entry – kind of nice to have the visual reminder included with the verbal. πŸ™‚

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