For the love of coffee…

I adore coffee, do you?

Do you LOVE coffee too? Comment below.

It’s like a warm hug in a mug.

Current favorite hot beverage… a Venti Latte with whole milk and a extra shot. From Starbucks, usually. At home I have a French press and use Starbucks Espresso Roast ground coffee in it. With again whole milk, no sweetener. I am always a little sad when my mug of coffee is empty. 🙁 I like my coffee dark and rich.

Visit my coffee love <3 Pinterest board here.

How do you brew? Comment below. Have a wonderful coffee day!

Products for time management…

Not all products are created equally. Find what works best for you.

What do you use to manage your time with? What products like pen and paper work best for you? Do you use a agenda? A digital calendar? Post-it notes? Etc…

I myself have a couple time management products I like to use. A bullet journal for all my ideas swirling around in my head, a brain dump of items for my business. A digital calendar, Google Calendar, to remind me of all the things I did that day. My Powersheets Goal Setting notebook to keep me on track with my goals of intention and goodness. Lastly I use a Erin Condren Vertical design Life Planner to memory keep my days and weeks with. It may seem like I use a lot of things but each one serves a purpose and I have time in my life to “play” with them all. Or should I say I make time to play? It’s important to me to plan my life and schedule. It’s important to me to memory keep my life in a fun and creative way.

Below are some links of the various items I use. I also included some links to the products on their respective websites.

It may seem like alot of things to use, so on a day when I am rushed, I at minimum use my Google Calendar for everything. I love having digital reminders of my appointments and tasks that need to be completed at a specific time. I set notifications and my phone reminds me when to leave for an appointment or my iWatch tells me my next item up on my calendar. I’d say my Google Calendar is my all in one planner.

In comments below let me know what you use and why?

Stress Relief in your life…

Stress is never a good thing for your mental and physical health.

Helpful Tips to Minimize Stress in your life.

Recently for many months I experienced daily high stress with my job. So I quit! I had to quit. My body and mind were in a bad place each day. Stress was taking over my life and personally hurting me. My mental health suffered and my body was just giving out. All signs pointed to the fact I was stressed out on a daily basis. I would cope with stress any way I could, one habit I developed was eating out and drinking a few times a week as a way to cope. Not a goal of mine, I actually wanted to limit my eating out weekly. But felt so powerless when stressed to do anything about it. Stress does this to us, it’s weakens our resolve.

Now that I have quit my day to day outside the home job, I have found so much more peace. Below is a list of things I do to cope with stress and find wellness again in my life.

  • Meditation
  • Vitamins, Herbs, and Minerals Supplements
  • Eating better, more vegetables and fruit, green smoothies
  • Working out to relieve excess stress\energy, movement always a good idea
  • Reading, fiction or non-fiction
  • Having a schedule to follow and a to-do list
  • More water to drink, less caffeine
  • Get out in nature, a tune yourself to it’s rhythm
  • Find JOY in a hobby, what lights you up and be creative with
  • Purge, example, excess clothing you don’t wear, make a capsule wardrobe
  • Get more sleep, your body needs it
  • Develop a morning and evening routine, this helps ground you more in the day, and be more productive
  • Aromatherapy
  • Journal – get it out of your head and onto paper

What are some things you do to combat stress in your life? Comment below.

Living a life full of stress is not good for body or mind. I’ve seen a family members die to high stress. I know what kind of toll it takes on your life. Less stress = happier life. My hope is for you to have less stress in your life too.

Morning Routines…

I personally find a good morning routine essential for my whole day to go better. Even my sleep at night is affected by what I do in the morning. It’s not just about wake up, make coffee, shower, and commute to work. Those are the basics for most, no I am talking about cultivating a routine that sets you up for great success each and everyday.

If you have read Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod then you know more of what I a speaking of.

In the book he presents some real science behind the why of a good morning routine to start the day off the best you can and get more done each day. I highly recommend reading the book. But he’s not the only one. Many people, YouTubers, gurus, and life coaches. Recommend good habits to start the day with.

Another book I’d like to recommend reading is Hello Mornings, by Kat Lee.

In her book she uses a simple 3 minute morning routine to get us connected to God, our plans for the day, and our health.

Here a few different ideas for a great morning…

  • Visualization of the day ahead
  • Lemon water or just filtered water, first thing to drink
  • Exercise
  • Reading
  • Meditation
  • No news like TV in the morning hours
  • No email
  • No social media
  • Yoga
  • Calendar review, tasks review
  • Prayer of any kind
  • Reading scripture of any kind
  • Tarot card of the day
  • Reading the bible

These are just a few ideas. What are some of yours, comment below.

What I have noticed about my morning routine which I will outline below, is that I am mentally prepared for whatever life throws at me. I am more calm and centered. I feel so much more energized than groggy and sleepy. I know exactly what I am going to do, and I don’t let others deter me from my plan much. Sense of clarity is much higher. I overall feel so much better at the end of my day that I sleep better knowing how productive I was that day.

My morning routine outline…

  • Wake up about 7:30
  • Lemon Water 12oz
  • Water 12oz
  • Wait 1 hour for coffee, set timer using my iWatch
  • Review google calendar and my Bullet Journal
  • Write\Type out to-do’s add them to google calendar
  • Update google keep lists if necessary
  • Read the Bible for about 10-15 minutes
  • Prep things for the day, get everything you need together, say to pay bills, purse for errands
  • Gratitude 3-5 things
  • Make the bed for the day
  • Meditation before coffee while I wait 10 minutes or so; guided with Calm app on phone
  • Coffee – or some such caffeinated beverage
  • Listen to a inspiring uplifting learning type Podcast
  • Watch YouTube videos, inspiring things
  • Brunch at 10
  • With Forest App on my iPhone, I read for 30 minutes to 1 hour straight thru
  • End routine – ready for my day

I can live my best life with a sound morning routine. Do you have one? Do you wish you had one? Comment below.