My Morning Ritual

So… I’m going to try to keep a long story short! I’m a story teller though, so we’ll see how this turns out.

A couple of months ago my friend asked me if I had a morning ritual. I did. But, I had never called it that before. In fact, I had recently been slacking because it was the middle of Summer and I work from home so… who on earth has time to wake up early in the morning and do their routine?!

And further than that, it didn’t have a name like “morning ritual” yet so it didn’t seem important. Lesson #1 for myself: give everything important a name or a title. That makes it seem more official in my head so I actually do it. I don’t know the psychology behind that, but it helps me!

Anyway, this simple question was the first domino in my mind of many dominos; I thought about it for days… like literally DAYS! I thought about things like:

  • what I was doing in my morning ritual
  • what time I was doing it at
  • how often I was doing it
  • if it was even making me happy (yes, I was watching Marie Kondo)

… and a lot of other things.

Anyway, I realized that I needed to write it down, plan a time to start, and STICK TO IT! Why is it so hard for me to stick to something that’s good for me? I don’t keep my room clean, I don’t stick to diets, I don’t stick to work out plans… it’s HARD! That’s why… It’s simply hard to start a new habit! For me, it took a lot of days forgetting, and then remembering and setting a reminder, and then forgetting again, and then remembering, and then……. you get it, it’s a cycle.

I’m genuinely surprised right now. Why? Because I haven’t fallen back into my cycle in a month and a half! After fine-tuning my ritual and creating something that I love, I’ve been I’ve been able to stick to my morning ritual and it MAKES A DIFFERENCE in my everyday life! Here’s what I do:

Wake up at 5:45 AM

Get out of bed, brush my teeth, eat a very light snack by 6:00 AM

Read for 30 minutes. Read anything I want that day! I usually opt for scriptures or inspirational books, but lately I’ve been going with murder mysteries. This gets my mind going!

Go on a 45 minute run, take a walk around the block, do some jumping jacks… basically do anything that gets my blood pumping… for 45 minutes!… and by then it’s like 7:15 (if you can name this movie, I am genuinely impressed)!

Shower, get dressed, get ready, do whatever… I have an hour to do this.

Then at 8:15, I ALWAYS look in the mirror and tell myself I love myself and that other people love me. I phrase it in different ways for 10 minutes. That sounds weird, but it has fixed a lot of self-confidence-related issues I’ve had in the past. It has helped me to value myself and what I have to say. It has helped me to feel important!

It’s 8:25 and I always have to leave (or just try be out of the house and work somewhere outside) by 8:30, so since my bags were packed the night before, I can just grab them and go ๐Ÿ˜€

When I was fine-tuning this plan, I realized I don’t like eating a large breakfast. It makes me feel sick. So I eat a small snack early in the morning and I’m fine until lunch. I also realized that I prefer to wake up early in the morning and get things done rather than staying up late at night. I had to really look inside of myself and figure out what works for me.

Similarly, I hope you find what works for you! I took some people’s ideas, twisted them to be my own, and changed the time on them since I wasn’t going running at 4 AM.

WHAT DO YOU DO DURING YOUR MORNING RITUAL? WHAT WORKS FOR YOU?

We Da Happy People

a very blurry picture of some very happy people

I started a “We Da Happy People” document when I was a freshman in college. Some of my roommates had been very negative and kept bringing up that their lives were only getting harder every single day. My mom always said, “WHAT YOU FOCUS ON EXPANDS!” And I never understood that until I thought about how when I focus on being happy, I keep finding happy, positive things in my life. But, when I focus on all of the bad things that are happening, I keep finding bad things happening to myself. So, I made this document–it’s like the Constitution but it is about being happy!

So, here it is. A copy of my “We Da Happy People” declaration. You can comment down below and that can be your signature… or you can come over to my house and sign the physical copy! Whatever floats your boat ๐Ÿ˜€

WE DA HAPPY PEOPLE

We promise to:

1. Not say negative things about ourselves or others. If we do, we must say three compliments about the person we spoke negatively about.

2. Not complain about our situations (NOT EVEN HOMEWORK). If we do, we must say three things we are grateful for.

3. Compliment at least one stranger every day.

4. Always look for the positive in life!

5. Change our mindsets from “Why is this happening to me?” to “Why is this happening FOR me?”

A short document, but one that has changed my life nonetheless!

If you were to make your own “We Da Happy People” declaration, what promises would you make in it? What changes would you make in your life?

Whatever your answer was to those questions… just do those things! Stop thinking about making changes in your life without acting on them! When you write down your goals or ideas, you are more likely to stick to them! So write those things here; make yourself happy; and come back and share your sunshine! This is EXCITING!

I Blinked… And Summer is Over

My junior year is upon me (prayers please)! Summer was a blast and I learned more about myself than I knew was possible! Here are some pictures I have documenting my Summer 2019 adventures

*Iโ€™m not a professional photographer and my photos deeply reflect that. Iโ€™m just sharing them, so please donโ€™t judge my skills, or lack thereof.

Who I Am

I’m not gonna lie, answering this question is always super awkward for me because I either give people my whole life story, or I tell them nothing about myself.

My name is Mo. I always start with “My name is,” because if I ever say, “I’m Mo,” people think my name is just Oh (the Ms just blend, ya know?). I am from Salt Lake City, but I currently live in Logan, Utah where I am studying Communication Studies at Utah State University. GWAGGIES!

For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed all things art, dance, sports, travel, fashion, and fun! I love being able to find the positive in these things and share it! I started this blog because I wanted to do just that… I wanted to share the sunshine! All I ask in return is that you send sunshine my way too… share your ideas with me too! Thanks for reading this and for being a part of my journey! This is gonna be way fun!