When we made the switch to fulltime RVing and working for ourselves, there were obviously a lot of lifestyle changes that were big benefits for us. While we love travelling and exploring, our new lifestyle also brought about more subtle changes in our daily lives and the patterns by which we live. One of the simplest yet most impactful changes for us was establishing and sticking with a morning routine. Sure, we knew how beneficial morning routines were and we had tried it several times; but we could never follow through with it in our pre-RVing lives. It was a commitment that always seemed to become interrupted, or we would be too lazy, or for a multitude of other reasons; we just didn’t make our morning routine a priority. That all changed with RVing, we were finally able to prioritize our day in a way that we established a morning routine that worked and continues to work!
Why establish a morning routine?
You don’t have to trust me on this one, just do some research. You will quickly learn that people who want to live out their purpose start each day with a morning routine. Some of the master motivators of our time present morning routine’s as necessary. You can read about Stephen Covey’s (author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) routine here. Or Tony Robbins’ (another well-renowned author and performance coach) morning routine here. Our main motivation for a morning routine is that we fully believe that living out our purpose starts each morning with how we begin our day. The morning sets the tone for the entire day ahead, and if we don’t make an effort to set our day up right, then it will be no big mystery when we feel empty at the end of the day.
If we can agree that we want to bring our best to each day and that setting the day up right is an important part of that, then why don’t more people have a morning routine? I think one of the biggest excuses for not establishing a morning routine is time. Most people feel so stressed about time and how they spend it. Why is that? Well, time is a commodity that you only get to spend once. You can’t make up for lost time, or re-live a single second. You get it once, and it is done. On top of that, no single person knows how much time they have left on this earth. You can have 24 years or 24 hours. You just don’t know. While the thought of how precious time is can lead you to not want to spend any on a morning routine, it is also the same reason that you should. Using a morning routine will help to set up the rest of your time that day to be more purposeful and meaningful. Even only ten minutes in the morning can make a big difference in the rest of your day.
What is our morning routine like?
We like to mix in some wellness and spiritual practices to start our day right.
#1 We drink sole to hydrate ourselves, detox and wake up.
#2 We oil pull for 20 minutes to cleanse our mouths and detox.
#3 While oil pulling we read scripture and spend time in prayer, to detox our minds and hearts. I also usually run the diffuser with essential oils.
#4 We eat a nutritious breakfast, high in protein and healthy fats.
#5 I usually workout after breakfast (usually 20-30 min.), Chris prefers to get right to work and workout later.
That is our morning routine, and I can honestly say it has changed our lives. While I wish I could say that I had the discipline to do this before RVing, I am fully admitting that I did not. We made our big lifestyle changes because we did not like where we were headed. Selling our home, working for ourselves and RVing all became part of the changes we needed to make so that we now do like where we are headed, literally and figuratively. Now that we have an established routine, I know that it will be easier to keep it as we face different stages in our lives, even if we have to shorten it at some point.
Do you have a morning routine? What would you like to add to yours?