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Morning Habits that Will Inspire You to Create
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5 Morning Habits that Will Inspire You to Create

My morning routine is pretty simple and I’ll admit, you’re not going to see anything mind-blowing on this list that you probably haven’t heard of before. Simplicity is key for me, especially in my morning routine. I learned that the more intentional I was about my mornings and the more I stick to them this way, I was more inspired to write, brainstorm new ideas, and do what I love to do best: create. So here are 5 healthy morning habits I’ve gotten into a routine of doing that inspire me to create.

Create before you Consume

AKA don’t be on your phone first thing in the morning. I used to wake up and check my phone in bed while my eyes were barely open. Not only did that start to strain my eyes sometimes, but it would either get me stressed right away if I looked at how many emails I had or it was a big distraction because I would start scrolling through Facebook and Instagram, and let’s face it, there’s nothing that interesting on there so early in the morning. “Create before you Consume” was actually something I heard Julie Solomon say over a year ago when I tuned into one of her webinars. It really hit home for me because I realized, I know that my mind is more alert and fresh in the mornings. That’s when I do my best writing. But being able to create was being overshadowed by everything else I was consuming. It’s hard to come up with an original idea when you’re flooded by the ideas of everyone else. This is something I’ve really tried not to do and it’s worked so well this past year! For me creating before I consume means I don’t read other blogs, scroll on social media, read another screenplay, etc. before I write my own blog post, a page in my own screenplay, etc. the list goes on. I usually keep my phone on silent until I’ve finished writing and drinking my coffee.

Morning Pages

If you’re sick of me talking about my love for morning pages yet, you’re in for a treat haha. Morning Pages for me (3 handwritten pages of whatever comes to mind) makes me feel so grounded and ready to attack the day. It’s the ultimate dump and jump—dump out everything that might be weighing on you, stressing you out, or even positive things that might just be clogging up your brain and then jump into your day with a freer peace of mind. Sometimes I read a few pages of The Artists Way before writing these pages, which is where I heard about this in the first place! Doing my morning pages gets my creative juices flowing and sometimes I come up with my best ideas for my projects during these pages. So inspiring!

The routine of coffee or tea

For me, this is a part of my routine that I covet. I love my mornings so much. It’s “me” time and I love to sit and drink a few sips of my coffee with my dogs snuggled up near me and enjoy that time. Sometimes I think it’s less about actually needing that caffeine (although let’s be real I am a coffee fanatic) and more about the routine of enjoying my cup of brew. Having a part in my routine that I do without fail brings more intention and consciousness into my everyday life, and furthermore it inspires me to go create something I love.  You may not be a coffee or tea drinker and that’s fine, but find something that you will do every day and just sit there for a few minutes taking it all in. We won’t always have mornings to ourselves so I like to cherish that.

Get dressed before you create

Whether you work from home or you’re finding time for your morning routine before heading to work, I find that getting dressed makes you feel mentally prepared to get down to business. Of course, I still like to be comfortable and most days you’ll probably find me in workout clothes regardless if I’m working out, but staying in my pajamas until noon does not do me justice. Getting dressed inspires me to be conscious that it’s time to make those ideas a reality. 

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“Made to Create” coffee mug by Samantha Skelton. Click to buy. Photo by Hannah Robinson Designs

Start Creating

Aren’t we talking about things to do in the morning that inspire you to create? Yes, but it’s sort of like that saying, “to begin, begin.” Like I said before, I do my best work in the morning. It’s when my brain is most alert and I show up and do the work in the mornings more so than any other time in the day. Sometimes just starting in on a project can lead to more ideas, momentum, or creative clarity. There is no better time to start than “now” because tomorrow will lead to never.

What habits do you do that inspire you to create? Share your inspiration below by scrolling to the bottom to leave a comment!

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Your Life is Your Art: Living with Intention
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Your Life is Your Art

The millennial generation travels more and seems to have a yearning to “experience” things more than any previous generation. Do we like to capture the things we “experience” on social media? Of course. But our generation holds onto the idea that when we’re at the end of our life we want to look back and say, “Wow! Look at all places I went, the people I met, the things I created, the legacy I left, and the experiences I went through!” Maybe we have major FOMO (fear of missing out) or fear of the, “I wish I had…” at the end of our life or maybe…we treat our life like art. Every experience we have is like another brush of paint on the canvas. And if you’re not already thinking of your life as art, maybe it’s time to so that you can start living with intention and purpose.

It’s Time to Make Time

I’ll be honest, I don’t wake up every single day and think to myself, “what can I do today to add to my art or my story.” But with every year that I get older or every trip that opens my eyes somehow and every experience I have that moves me— I do stop to think: I will never get this moment back, so let’s make the most of it. I welcome those simple reminders every now and then to treat my life like art. The truth is we go on with our lives in our daily routine and forget to appreciate our art. Time moves so fast and I’d love nothing more than frequent reminders to worry less, slow down, move out of my comfort zone, and MAKE TIME! Make time to create, make time for the people you love, make time to travel and experience things that you’ve only read about thus far. I’m someone that needs constant reminders of the bigger picture, especially when something is weighing me down or has me stressed out. In the end will it really matter? Is it really worth forsaking peace of mind? The answer is almost always “never.” Life is too short.

Peaks and Valleys

Life is made up of the good and the bad, the chaotic and the calm, the peaks and the valleys. Life isn’t always perfect and if we’re treating our life as art, it’s not going to be a perfect masterpiece in the way we think it might be. But it will be perfect in its unique way. Thinking of our lives as art doesn’t mean we won’t encounter difficult times, but it’s those hard times that make our life and who we are as individuals so “us.”

We only get one canvas, one life, and we can do whatever we want with it. If there’s something we’ve been wanting to go after, a dream we’ve been wanting to reach, somewhere we’ve been yearning to see…let’s vow to make time for it. The hard part is being intentional about our lives. We have to be intentional about being present, about being positive, about making time.  Get rid of the negatives in your life, whatever that may look like to you. Whether that’s a negative person or a project you just dread, if you can, let it go.

What Will You Create?

Your life is your art! What will you create with it? Tell me all the things you’ve been wanting to do or make time for below. Saying them out loud is like a verbal pact to get ‘em done! For me, I know I want to make time to create the films I’ve been wanting to make for so long, to travel to parts of the south with my Mom that we’ve been talking about for years, and stop coloring my canvas with shades of worry and anxiety. Your turn.

P.S. link to the “Her Life is Her Art” Coffee Mug

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