Morning routines and silly beans

Happy Friday readers! I am FINALLY back on schedule with my posting and I wanted to share a lighter post this week about my morning routine (or lack thereof… it’s a work in progress.)

So since I got a puppy I have been needing to find time in my day to take Pippa out on walks. Short walks, long walks, and everything in between have become normal daily life for me. You see, I live in an apartment. Not a huge deal except I live on the 13th floor. With a puppy who needs to go out at a minimum of 3 times a day (it was A LOT more than that but as she’s 10 months now, she can go a wee bit longer between wees). So I’ve had to find a way to get myself into a bit of a routine. It’s fairly flexible because my work day changes so much every day, but here is the gist:

6-645: wake up call from Braden.
7-730: make coffee.
730-830: walk Pip around the neighbourhood with special time spent off leash being a maniac.

And then I work for most of the day, take Pip out after work and relax for the evening before I have to take her out AGAIN before bed.

REPEAT most days.

Now, I still have a lot that I want to add into my morning routine. Some time spent in meditation, some time spent in reflection (journaling anyone?) and some time spent with my spirituality are all on the list to incorporate. Thank the gods for that morning call so that I can actually be awake and function. Anyone who knows me knows that an alarm is usually seen as a suggestion by sleepy Sara. So there’s that.

BUT, I have come up with some tips for anyone who is trying to establish a morning routine. These are things that have really helped me embrace my new morning-person-ness. Kind of. (Hey I’m trying at least!!) So here it is. My tips for the unwilling morning person:

  1. HAVE SOMEONE WHO WILL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE. Have your best friend, partner, SOMEONE who loves early mornings (or in my case is a few time zones ahead of you) who can be your hype person for those early sunless mornings.
  2. Pick a time and stick with it. Don’t change your wake up time daily thinking that that you can ease into it and only have a morning routine on Mondays. Or that it doesn’t matter on the weekends. Trust and believe, you will thank yourself when this becomes a normal part of your day.
  3. Do the EXACT same thing EXACTLY the same way every morning. Do you pee before or after the coffee has been started? Or do you do yoga and then jazzercise? Do it the same every day and it will feel like second nature to just do that thing.
  4. MOST IMPORTANTLY give yourself a reward for getting up so early! Especially in the first bit, you deserve something special for getting up so early. At first for me it was a trip to starbucks once a week on Mondays while walking Pippa. It gave me a reason to get my feet on the ground and a brush through my hair.
  5. Ok ACTUALLY MOST IMPORTANTLY make sure you have a reason that you are getting up! Give yourself a clear intention that you are going to fulfill. A goal that you want to achieve, a feeling that you want to get, a dog you must walk. All of these are good reasons. Find what works for you and gives you a purpose to get that motor running.

All of these have seemed to be imperative in one way or another to get me moving in the mornings. Now those of you who are a natural morning person, first of all, know that I do not understand you, but also keep it movin. These tips are probably not for you. BUT for those of us who are natural night owls who have a reason to turn that frown updside down first thing in the morning, try these things and let me know in the comments below if any of them work for you. And please, for the love of god, if you have any tips on making these autumn-moving-into-winter mornings a little more joyful PASS THEM ON! Don’t hoard that shit inside. Spread the word. Make my life a bit easier. I BEG of you.

Love always

Sara

Sara Turns 30

Alright. So we’ve reached my birthday. Today I turn the big 3-0. Thirty flirty and thriving. That’s what they say right? Well my thirtieth trip around the sun is off to a weird start. I mean who could have guessed when I started this that I would be cancelling Vegas and starting thirty mostly alone in my apartment? Definitely not me! It was all planned out, but here we are.

So what does thirty mean to me? What does it mean to anyone? And what am I leaving behind in my twenties?

It’s that last question that is the most important in my opinion. The habits and bad decisions that I made in my twenties that I’m definitely not going to miss. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of fun in my twenties. There was a lot that I think I got right in my twenties. But it was a time of figuring out who I am and who I want to be.

Some habits I will be trying to leave behind? How about trying to hard to get other’s approval. I think I’m going to dedicate my thirties to doing what feels right for me, not what I think will please everyone else. Or picking at my nails. Or over analyzing what I’m doing. I think I need to try to live more spontaneously.

Things I am going to try to do in my thirties are be better about standing in my light and being my most authentic self. And taking better care of myself mind, body, and soul. I’m going to chase my dreams and make some goals on how to get there. I am going to try to eat less popcorn and more kale. And most of all, I’m going to try all that life puts in front of me with more passion than fear.

And then there’s the big goals that I have for the next decade of my life. Things that I would love to do and really want to achieve, but also acknowledge that life throws curve balls and it might not be possible. I would love to be a mom, own a condo (I live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. It wont be a house for sure), be married, and have all the family things ironed out and laid before me. But above all of that, I want to be a better me. To wake up in the morning and have my routine down, to know where my career is headed, and to be well on my way to my goals there.

As I write this I’m realizing that I have a lot of work ahead of me to make my thirties everything I want it to be, so wish me luck! I may not have it all figured out, but at least I’m working on it.

Much Love,
Sara

A Beginning

I’m inspired.

I have been listening to a podcast and I was reminded that the things I have been experiencing aren’t unusual but definitely aren’t talked about enough. I am on the precipice of being 30, and I have no fucking clue what I’m doing. So I’ve decided to write this blog. As I figure it out, hopefully someone will read along and commiserate my experiences.

The long and short of my introduction is this: I am 29, Canadian (yeah CANADA!) and work full time at an architectural lighting company. Or that’s what I tell people because its easier to explain than “a lighting and audiovisual experience design and integration” company. Seriously. Say that 5 times fast. In my spare time I try to see friends and make new ones because having moved to a new city 4 years ago I am learning that I haven’t integrated into actually living here as well as I should. Or could.

Twenties me thought she had everything figured out. Had the perfect relationship, was in the perfect city for me, was going to have kids by the time I was 30 and be happily married by then as well. Well almost 30 me is learning very quickly that I literally have nothing figured out. My relationship is rocky (yep still the same one) but we’re working on it. I’ve got no kids yet, am not married, but I still feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be. There has been a lot to let go of in the last few years and even more that I will have to learn to accept and not only that but thrive with if I’m going to survive this transition from my twenties to my thirties.

So welcome to me. To the ride of my life so far. And cheers to figuring it out!