I’ve been on the road for a while now, and it definitely takes a toll. It’s been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, especially since we’ve spent A LOT of time in the car. Since we’ve been gone for so long, I definitely crave a routine. That’s when I know I need to start implementing something short enough that I can do it before we pack up and hit the road again, but gives me enough time to start the morning off right.
Here are my morning essentials:
- A cup of tea
- A journal
- Writing utensil
- Someplace to sit, outside
I’m very grateful that the places we were staying at, have perfect weather in the morning – not too cold, not too hot. In one instance we had this beautiful balcony overlooking a street next to a stream with a tree in the front garden, that was blossoming. I was able to write in my journal while listening to the stream running, and could enjoy the cool breeze in the sunshine.
So here’s my quick travel morning routine:
- Fix yourself a cup of tea. They usually have tea and hot water at hotels, if you’re staying at one. If you have a specific tea you like (like me), bring it along or buy some at a grocery store.
- Find a nice quiet place to sit outside, and get comfortable. I find this essential. I need some Vitamin D, and surrounding myself with nature always is a positive way to start the day. If it’s too loud outside, or there are too many people, I find it difficult to concentrate and really relish in the process.
- Grab your favorite pen or pencil, and journal. I follow similar principles to the 5-minute journal, except I leave some things out. I also like to write in detail, and add some extra things to it. Usually I write three things that I’m grateful for, and three things that would make today a great day. Later, if I have meditated or done yoga, I’d add some thoughts and revelations on that in there, as well.
- Really focus on feeling gratitude and being present. This is when I concentrate on the three things I wrote down, and try to be present in wherever I am.
- Figure out a way to make the three things possible that would make today great, happen. For me this means thinking about when I can work out, mediate, or find the closest health food store. It also requires communication on my part, since I’m not traveling alone and have to let my family know that it’s important to me. Easiest of course is to do it right away, so you have a fabulous start to the day!
- Start your day!
What’s a morning essential for you? Do you have a certain routine you follow?
Until the next time,