Over the last few months my heart has desired and craved more for this blog of mine. I’ve loved all things motherhood, beauty, and lifestyle for as long as I can remember, but I couldn’t be more excited to welcome and bring a new category to the blog. Hello Spirit & Soul. I’m already so passionate about it as I know this is where I’ll pour out what my heart & soul believe to be important, and I really hope that you enjoy it.
Rhythms, Rituals, and Routines
Are you a person who loves routine and has everything jotted down to a T when it comes to organizing your week and month? Or are you someone who likes to live spontaneously and doesn’t go through the trouble of having anything set in motion? Or maybe you’d like to get your life a bit more in order but have no idea where to start. Well my friend, if this is you, you came to the right place. I may know a thing or two about following routine, and I love it!
Following routine and creating rhythms has been key in helping me live out my day intentionally and helping me strive in all areas of my motherly role! Maybe you’re not a mom, but maybe you’re a full-time student or a full-time employee -maybe even both!- and trust me, creating your own daily rituals and applying them to your every day life does you wonders!
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To start off, you’ve got to have a yearly planner or at least a calendar where you’re able to jot down all of your plans, appointments, events etc. every month. This will give you a better vision for all that each month will bring.
When I don’t forget, I tend to go over my planner over the weekend and I like to see if there’s anything special going on that upcoming week. Pick a day you’re able to go through your planner once a week, and if there’s anything you need to include & add to it, that’ll be the time to do it.
Setting and following a weekly routine is probably the most important one I have as a stay at home mom and wife. I’ll give you a few examples of how my week goes as planned:
Mondays: Flowers & Groceries Run + Errands
Wednesday: Story Time with my boys at a local book store
Friday: Car wash + vacuum,
tidy home & catch up on any housework before the weekend.
Weekend: Rest!! (Light housework if needed)
I don’t have a selected day for any specific chores because I clean as I see fit, and I find that things happen and can change at any given moment when mothering 3 little boys. But, if you feel you need to and would love to implement a routine dedicated to chore days, go for it! Take what you can, add or subtract as needed!
Now, everyone’s lifestyles are different, so feel free to accommodate some of the things I mention down below. These are things I’ve put to practice for some time now, and this is my daily routine as a Stay At Home Mom.
Oh my gosh, this. If you remember a few posts back, I stated how I wanted to implement waking up early as a part of my routine, and wow. Life changed, life made! I’ve discovered that getting an hour head start makes the world of a difference in my day. I am fully awake and in a much better head space by the time my kids are up, and I’m ready to tackle the rest of my day with a positive attitude. If you’re not a morning person, I recommend trying to wake up 15 mins before your usual wake up time for an entire week, add an extra 15 mins the following week, and repeat until you’ve hit your new desired wake up schedule! (This also means that you’ve got to hit the pillow earlier than usual to give your body the rest that it needs! Do it, it’s awesome, and you won’t regret it.)
I probably sound like a broken record to those that actually read my posts, but this is essential in my daily routine, so there’s no way I’m going to leave out what actually happens at the start of my day. Journal, meditate, pray, you name it. Practice gratitude every morning by giving thanks for this new day, and for the air that you’re breathing. You are alive, and it’s the start of a new day with fresh opportunities. Meditate by simply having some quiet time, and allow yourself to focus on the importance of what this new day will bring.
I recently started doing this a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say that drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning instantly wakes me up while also hydrating my body.
-Plan Out Your Day-
I have a To-Do List pad I love that keeps me organized, and I love starting my days in my office space while I plan out my day and sip on some coffee. I split my day into three; mornings, afternoons, evenings, and I also prioritize my Top 3 tasks of the day. Having a nice little reminder to look back to helps me stay focused during the day and prevents me from being all over the place.
*Tip For Planning out your day or Quiet Time*
Create a space that inspires you and motivates you to push that start button as you envision what your day will look like!
-Quality Learning Time-
We just brought this ritual back into our household, and the kids and I love the quality time we spend by learning through play. Camilo is about to start Kinder this upcoming school year so we’ve been playing catch up on a few things to prep him before he starts! We spend about an hour working on a fun worksheet packet I put together for him that include letter/word tracing, coloring, & math.
-Laundry (if needed) –
I like to get started on laundry in the mornings as I proceed to carry on with my day. I know some people like to start with the dishwasher, and this is great too. Do whatever works best for you and your lifestyle.
After breakfast and following my morning routine, I proceed with chores, picking up Richie from school, making dinner, checking homework, and so on and so forth.
*Tip for moms who pick up their kids from school*
Leave your phone in your purse, take a book with you and get a little reading time as you wait! I like to leave my house at least half an hour before school is out so I can squeeze in a little reading in my day as I wait! This is a ritual I love incorporating in my weekdays as much as I can.
And that’s pretty much what my daily routine looks like during my weekdays! I know this post was a little long but I really wanted to entail as much detail as possible. I hope that this post inspires you to create your own routine, and that you’re able to apply a few of the things I shared to your every-day life. If you already have a routine set in motion, what are some of the things you found extremely helpful or a must-follow? Lets chat in the comment section down below!