Starting my day off right…
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My husband’s favorite thing to do when he wakes up in the morning is to turn on the news. Personally, I’m not a fan. I could do without listening to what’s not right about the world. It’s not that I want to be ignorant to the goings on, it’s just that hearing it first thing in the morning, does not fare well for me. It doesn’t seem to bother my husband though. He does a pretty good job compartmentalizing everything. He’s a waffle. I’m a pancake.
For the past two weeks, I’ve started a new morning routine. My goal is to be intentional about my time and about my day. I start off with gratitude and end with writing…usually a blog post.
After doing this for about a week, I realized that this would be a great opportunity to incorporate my essential oils into my routine. Before I get into what I do, let’s talk about why I do it.
My mind will naturally go to a more pessimistic perspective. I used to think that I just dealt in realities but, quite honestly, I was just negative. My intentions are good but, after dealing with a lot of disappointment over the course of my life, I do what I can to seemingly protect myself. We both know that this is not always possible.
I realized that if I were to reap positive things, I would have to plant positive seeds. So, I thought about a time when this held true for me. This train of thought led me back to this time three years ago.
It was 2015 and I had just went through the single hardest thing I’d ever gone through. Up until this point, I’d raised a son practically on my own, graduated from college, and had been working as a teacher. This event trumped them all in the level of difficulty. This event was my husband abandoning me.
To keep it short and sweet (not really), he basically just told me that he didn’t want to be married anymore. That’s it. Nothing that I said or did could win him back and, after two years of fighting for my marriage, we were officially divorced in the summer of 2015.
Fast forward to the winter of the same year. I was invited to a vision board party. Quite honestly, I didn’t want to have a vision or go to a party at this point but, chose to go and participate.
I created, what I thought, was a pseudo board. One that I basically knew would never come true. I decided that I would put the most far fetched things on it just to pass the time. I cut out a black Range Rover and a home that I said I would own by the time I was 40 (I was 38 at the time). One of my good friends told me that I needed to add something on there for a future mate. I could not have cared less about this part but, since this was a farce anyway, why not? I cut out words that I thought would apply: adore, love, romantic. You know. Run of the mill stuff.
I glued everything on, went home, and didn’t think about that board again. As a matter of fact, I threw the board away a couple months later when I moved to a different apartment.
Fast forward again. It’s the early spring of 2017. I’d since met my current husband, then boyfriend, and for a late birthday present, he bought me a 2008 black Range Rover. Later that summer, we bought a house that was in both of our names. I was 41 years old. Two months after that, we were married and he’s been one of the best things that has happened to me.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because it pays to be intentional. It is with this same intention that I’ve decided to start my day off with prayer, affirmations, and a look at my vision board. I also partner this with some of my favorite oils.
Clicking on the names of the following oils will take you directly to the Young Living product description page.
Gratitude is an oil that supports exactly what the name eludes to. I use this oil first because I feel that I should be grateful before I do or say anything else. I put this oil on my wrist, put my hands in a prayer position, and take a couple of deep breaths. I then speak my thanks on the exhales, breathing in the scent of the oils and breathing out my gratitude.
Again, the name speaks for itself. This oil reminds me a bit of the smell of baby powder. I layer it right over Gratitude and do the same: taking deep breaths and exhaling my declarations of peace over myself, my family, and those connected to me.
We’re on the roll with the names of these oils. Joy is one of my favorite scents and I often wear it in place of perfume. I layer it right over the other two and do the same: taking in deep inhalations and exhaling my declarations of joy over myself, my family, and all that is connected to me.
This is one of our most popular oils and once you take a sniff, you’ll know why. I initially got this oil to help stop my husband’s snoring but, I soon realized how emotionally supportive this oil is. I layer Valor right over the other three and add some behind my ears as well. This is another oil that I will often wear as a perfume as it lasts a bit longer than the others listed here. I breathe the scent in deeply and exhale my declarations of boldness and courage over myself, my family, and those connected to me.
Abundance is another one of my favorite oils. I popped a roller ball right onto the top of this bottle and have a roller in my purse that has Abundance in it. Abundance is my jam! I roll this onto my wrists and behind my ears and I go over all of my affirmations. I also look at and go over my vision board. (both of these are in my Dream Keeper).
Another oil that is my jam. Let’s face it. I just love my oils. Envision is a huge support of creativity and I’m known to diffuse it or roll it on when I’m lesson planning or blogging. This is another oil that I have made a roller of to take with me wherever I go. I put this oil on last because it is one that I usually need for work. I put it right on top of Valor and Abundance. By the time I leave my house, I’m smelling pretty yummy!
I’ve loved being able to take some time in the morning to set my intentions for the day. It has made such a difference in my energy levels and attitude.
How do you begin your day? Let me know in the comment section!
And as always…