They say the first step to getting help is admitting that you have a problem.  Well, my name is Erin and I am NOT a “morning person.” I’ve always told people that I’m literally late to life.  If I’m ever on time, you’d probably be shook. My bed and I have an inseperable bond that my alarm clock seems to break every morning.  You’d think I’d have this whole morning routine thing down by now, you know, with being a mom and all. Lately, I’ve begun to see the error in my ways and I’m working towards becoming an early riser as we break into the new year.  Keep me in your prayers fam. So, here’s a few tips I’ve come up with for my fellow not so morning people. 

Set a bedtime

For those of us who are still grasping the art of adulting, yes, we do require a bedtime. Plan your evening tasks according to what time you NEED to go to bed in order to 1. wake up at a decent time and 2. get enough rest in order to have a productive day without dozing off in your cubicle or in my case, the carpool line.

night stand next to bed with clock

Create a bedtime routine


The act of rising up early in the morning actually begins the night before, believe it or not. Now that you have a bedtime set for yourself, you’ll need to create a bedtime routine to ensure that you’re in bed on time.  This means no more scrolling through your Instagram stories for 3 hours when you should be asleep. Utilize your time wisely sis.

Choose to complete tasks that are not only going to prepare you for bed, but will also prepare you for the following day as well. This will make getting out of the house a smooth transition in the morning.

Here’s an example of my nightly bedtime routine:

  • Shower
  • Brush teeth
  • Wash face/exfoliate
  • Select clothes and iron for the next day
  • Read
  • Listen to music
  • Place my phone away from the bed for less distraction

Create morning goals to accomplish

When you establish small goals for yourself for the following day, it gives you even more reason get up and get things done. Everything should have a purpose. Here’s a few examples of small goals to set for yourself.

  • Read a chapter in your bible
  • complete a daily devotional
  • run a mile before going to work
  • eat a well-balanced breakfast

Take advantage of technology

If you’re an iPhone user like myself, there are so many useful features that will be beneficial to your success as an early riser. Here’s a few that I use now and absolutely love.

Do not disturb: All of my phone calls and notifications are silenced during the time that I select to ensure there are no distractions or interruptions during my set bed time. I don’t know how many times I’ve woken up to late night emails or the occasional phone call that disturbed my beauty rest. Of course you can set it to allow phone calls to come through from people that are on your favorites list so you don’t miss out on anything pressing.

Screen time: This feature reports your screen time used. You can set app limits and even schedule your down time. I usually have this feature shut off all of my social media apps by 10 pm so that I’m not distracted when I should be getting rest. We all know how the deep the rabbit hole goes when watching FB videos before bed.

Implementing these tips along with what works best for you will definitely help you become a better morning person. You’ll wake up with intention, be well rested, and more prepared for your day. What tips and tricks help you to get the day started? Share with me below in the comments and don’t forget to share with a friend who might need a little help.

Over time I’ve learned that constant reflection is necessary to keep me grounded.  This morning, I reflected on how far God has brought me and my family. As I think back, He’s brought us a long way in all aspects of our lives.  I was overjoyed with simply knowing that alone.

 

It’s so easy for us, Christian or not, to get overwhelmed in the desires of our hearts or even desiring what others have.  We always want the next best thing, but don’t understand that sometimes God just hasn’t blessed us with it because we are simply not ready to receive it.  We must humble ourselves and realize that we are exactly where God needs us to be in this moment. Nothing more, nothing less. There is purpose in the things that He denies us or postpones.  We simply need to trust God and His timing. Just remember that God’s blueprint for your life is much greater than any plan you may have created for yourself.

 

When I talk about reflecting, I’m not just speaking on material things.  I can still remember years ago and even last year dealing with depression, low self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts.

Take the time out to reflect on where you are right now, where you’ve been, and where you’re going as this year comes to its close.   Think back on where you were in life just one year ago at this time. I bet you have a lot to thank God for. Remember those things and keep them close to your heart.  Give God the glory, honor, and the praise for bringing you through.

 

Change your mindset and your outlook on life to believe that God is a provider.  You’ll soon find yourself worrying less and trusting Him more in every aspect of your life.  Any doubts in your mind should be removed and replaced with peace just knowing that He’s got your back and there is no way you can lose in a winning game.  Continue to reflect and remember the testimonies formed from each trial you’ve faced and remain faithful. He’s brought you a mighty long way.

 

Investing your faith in God is like planting a seed that will soon grow into greatness.  Your mustard seed of faith being planted on His word can grant you so much fulfillment in life as long as you continue to water and soil it with love.  Trust and believe that this life is a growing process. Reflect on your seed.

I know that in most families it’s tradition to wear frilly dresses and take Easter pictures with your siblings. Oh, and don’t forget about those awful socks with the ribbon and fluff on top. Do y’all remember the hot combs on the stove the night before service while the entire kitchen smelled like burned hair and Blue Magic? LOL We would head to church extra early to make sure we had a seat because this would be the only other day besides Christmas and New Years when the church was packed. My mom’s backed Mac and cheese, candied yams, cabbage and cornbread would be waiting on us after service along with our Easter baskets. Yep. Those were the days, but let’s not get entirely caught up in childhood memories. Today and each day we breathe life we should ensure that we’re in remembrance of the one who sacrificed His life for us on that old rugged cross.

Erin in her Easter dress at three years old

As we prepare ourselves this weekend for Resurrection Sunday, let’s be mindful of the true meaning of the day. When scrolling down my timeline on social media, I see the typical posts of ladies making their hair and nail appointments and battling the crowds and traffic to get those last minute dresses and items for their children’s Easter baskets. Some are spending money they don’t even have for that perfect selfie during Sunday service.

To be honest, this was once me a few years back. I used to make it my duty to have our hair laid and grab matching outfits for church. We attend after church festivities and I would bend over backwards making sure I created Easter baskets for my children. I would slave over the stove cooking a meal for a family of four that looked like I was feeding the multitude.

I did the most just to look good for others and keep up with what everyone else was doing, so much so that I unknowingly dismissed the real reason why we were remembering the day of Christ’s resurrection. I didn’t even bother to sit down with my children to explain to them the purpose of resurrection day because I was so blinded by the activities of the world.

I’m not climbing up on a soap box to tell you not to look good or enjoy your time off from work. What I am saying is let’s take the time to slow down and focus on the pure reason for the season. Christ died not so we can have Easter egg hunts or turn the aisles of the church into a runway during offering time. He died so that you and I would have everlasting life. He died for our transgressions that we may be forgiven no matter how big or small we think we may have sinned. God loved us so much even in our mess and filth that He gave up His son for us. Would you give up your only child to carry the wages of the world? We were bought with the ultimate price. The pain and ridicule that Christ was put through is worth us putting down the things of the world and looking back on where He brought us from.

Take the time out to reflect on what Jesus went through for us. Press the pause button and ensure that your children are just as aware of this ultimate sacrifice. Most of all, lets ensure that our relationship with Christ and the excitement of this holiday goes beyond one day a year.

I may not be speaking to everyone, but this is for someone.