After retiring from my job in September I didn’t know what to do with myself. My set routine of 28 ½ years was no longer required neither was getting dressed for that matter. After a few weeks of yoga pants, tennis shoes and old television shows from my childhood I knew something needed to change.
I began asking the Lord for wisdom and confided in Him that I needed direction for this second half of my life along with direction for my writing ambitions. Shortly afterward I received an email from Terri Savelle Foy announcing her new book “5 things successful people do before 8 am.” I watched the video she’d included and immediately began to incorporate these habits into my life.
- Prayer and Meditate. Since I already have a daily devotional time this wasn’t an adjustment for me. My routine normally consists of reading the bible, prayer and writing in my journal if the needed arises.
- Read. I’ve always been a lifelong reader. However, I know it’s a struggle for some. The author suggested a mere twenty minutes a day to start. The benefits of which can change your life. These days mine is limited to theology and biblical studies as I fill the rest of my time in academic pursuits.
- Listen to Audio Teaching. I subscribed to Terri’s podcast in order to reinforce these habits I’m beginning to implement into my life. I also subscribe to a couple of blogging podcasts to improve my blog goals as well.
- Write their Dreams/Goals. I have mine written on journal cards and placed in my planner for easy access. They’re more visually appealing and coincide with the layout.
- Exercise. I find walking in the morning before the rest of the world wakes up to be refreshing. Also, having a goal to work towards keeps me focused and motivated.
After the first week of incorporating these daily habits into my life, I took a leap of faith in order to expand my journal writing platform. Beginning December 1st, I will teach a journal writing workshop at the Hobby Lobby in my city. The emphasis will be on teaching believers in Christ how to use journaling in their daily lives. There will be more information soon. I’ve also established a nightly routine that I find very relaxing, but more on that later. If you find that what you’ve done in the past isn’t working why not try something new and give this a try? What do you have to lose?