Rhythms + Routines
Updated: Mar 29, 2022
Oh how much I have come to love integrating and implementing rhythms + routines into my day-to-day!
Over the years, I have come to pick up things that work well for me and release those that don't quite. It's been fun getting to cultivate rhythms and routines that allow for me to make the most of my days and also to see what a difference it makes when I have these in place versus when I don't. Having these also help me spend more time doing things I care about and less on things that end up fruitlessly eating up my time (i.e. scrolling through social media, who's with me).
Below are some rhythms + routines that bring me lots of life 🌱
Here are some of the rhythms I live by:
spending time in Scripture
cooking (one of my newest endeavors)
getting 7-8 hours of sleep/night
avoid being on my phone 30 minutes before bed
waking up at 5-5:30a
I would have to say that mornings are my favorite part of the day. I have found that my morning tends to set the trajectory for the rest of my day. With that being said, I think it's okay and beneficial to be flexible with your morning (or any) routine rather than making it rigid. I have found that trying to force a morning routine can completely defeat the purpose of having one. When things come up or don't go as planned, it's okay. Take a breath and let it "roll off your shoulders," as Clay likes to tell me.
My morning routines also vary slightly from day to day. However, Mondays through Fridays are generally pretty similar and consist of mostly the same elements. Saturdays and Sundays for Clay and me typically consist of sleeping in, spending more time making and enjoying breakfast together, and church at 10a on Sundays (my favorite day).
Below is my standard morning routine:
drink a glass of water; make coffee + smoothie (for myself & to-go for Clay) + pack Clay's lunch for the day (20 min)
make the bed (2 min)
pray + spend time in Scripture (45 min-1 hour)
take a workout class @ Wellbee (1 hour)
have a quick breakfast + listen to a sermon/podcast (20 min)
shower/get ready for the day (30 min)
Like my mornings, my evenings vary slightly depending on the day. On the days I have clients in the evening, my routine either gets a little split up or consists of less. But typically, my evenings go a little bit like this:
make dinner + Clay's lunch for the next day
clean around the house a little bit
wind down + cuddle up with Clay once he gets home; connect about our days
watch an episode of whatever show we're currently watching
get ready for bed
be in bed by 9-9:30p
sleep by 9:30-10p
And there you have it! I hope this sparks some ideas as you build rhythms + routines that fit your lifestyle and preferences. Start small, keep it simple, and have fun with it!