Morning Affirmations

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Challenge #2 - Meditate In The Morning! Wake Up Differently! How do you wake up each morning? How do you start your day? I usually jump out of bed, shower, put my clothes on, eat a little something, and then head out the door. I've decided to slow things down a bit and wake up differently. I'm going to wake up a little earlier and just be still for a few minutes (silence). I'm going to use that time, to gather my thoughts for the day (meditate & reflect). I purchased a book by Joel Osteen, called "Your Best Life Begins Each Morning" It has devotions for every day of the year. The devotions only take a couple of minutes to read and they're very positive. I think it's good to start the day positive, because throughout the day we are bombarded with negativity. HaHaHa When I was at the bookstore, I found a number of little devotional books like this. What a great way to begin each day! Now I need one for afternoon & night. LOL Happy Tuesday!

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Diana Ashuayem said...

Great way to start your day and I love Joel Osteen's books!
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Jane said...

Something about getting up extra early in the morning before all the rush begins is always very calming to me. It really sets the tone of the day; great way to kick off the day :)

Linda B said...

Oooh, Kim you've inspired me with this post! I think I need to learn the value of taking a little extra time in the mornings to meditate and reflect - and to start the day off with a little devotional? Even better! :)

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Carole Poirot said...

Great idea to start the day a little calmer and more positive than just rushing around to get ready for work. Life is hectic enough as it is, so it's important to take these small moments. I love Sunday mornings when I wake up before everybody else and have time just to chill, have a coffee and stare out the window. Meditation of some sorts, I guess ;-)

Emma Henderson said...

Great post Kim. Food for thought. I'm sick AGAIN so when I'm better, life changes are needed so I'm not so run down and catch every bug going!

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Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

It's a wonderful idea, to savour the first few minutes of each day. I wish I could do the same, but since Oscar is the one who decides on my morning routine, it's usually a rush to the kitchen to feed him before I can think of anything else. :) I don't mind, though... x

Find Me A Muse said...

Kim I have to say I really respect the way you do sponsored/gift posts. You have such integrity! On the next point, what a great way to start the day. I swear these little readings would come in really handy for me when confronting the crowded trams on the way to work.

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Mica T said...

Oh sounds like such a lovely way to start the day! :)

It's good to wake up a little earlier and have that time to prepare for the day ahead too :)

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Maria Hussain said...

what a lovely post.....Really enjoyed reading it.....xoxoxo.....^_^

Rachel Lin said...

mmm sounds really refreshing and lovely way to start the day and just be positive :)

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Random_Hi_D said...

That's great. I always like to stretch in the morning, but lately I can't seem to do that because I've been waking up late. But yeah, gotta wake up earlier to do a morning ritual that's going to make the whole day better.

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Jackie Harrison said...

Great way to start your morning.
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Nats ~Coral Tinted Perceptions said...

A wonderful way to start your day! :)

rosemary ofelephants said...

This, again, is so relatable. Every morning I am in a huge rush to wash, dress, get something in my stomach and then get myself to wherever I need to be, so there is absolutely no time to think whatsoever. I definitely need to take it slower. There are times when I see people in the morning and we are both equally busy to converse so we just leave it at a quick hello and dash out of the door. I'm so glad you took on this challenge! I think I'll kind of take on the challenge as you post up, day by day! Rosemary x

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Kashaya said...

Sounds like a great way to start the day.=)

Lilli said...

You do well Kim, I've learnt it too through the years. I was always in a rush before, now I prefer to wake up earlier but have also some minutes for myself and doing things witch calm, also a nice breakfast is important to stay positive. The books seems very interesting too. Happy Tues dear Kim, hugs xo

Abby Templeton said...

Such a great way to wake up in the morning!

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The Dainty Dolls House said...

This is super doll!! Meditations are so important!! I meditate in the mornings and sometimes in the day at some point, its good to just shut off and fill the mind with positives and let the negatives fall away. I think if more did this, they'd find themselves less stressed really. I also listen to music but just instrumental music that I like & is soft...it gets the brain soothed and I feel relaxed!! You're doing fantastic doll, now we need to get the jury duty to go away, haha!! Have a lovely Tuesday Xx

MaysaAndSunshine said...

Every morning is like a mad rush to me to get myself and a little one out the door I never have enough time to reflect, Kim. However this sounds awesome and I am sure it makes a huge, positive difference. I need to wake up earlier so I won't be in a hurry (but that's so hard).

Lauren Michelle Major said...

I love waking up slow like that! I like sleep too much on week days, but I try to wake up slow on weekends. I hope this helps you stay relaxed.

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Lanomche said...

I felt more relaxed and calmer after reading this post. Now interested in the book you mentioned.

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TheTinyHeart said...

Sounds like a great way to start your day! And that croissant looks delicious hehe :)

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Pamela RG said...

Very nice and inspiring Kim. I usually meditate in the morning for a few minutes. I will check this Book. I recommend to you too the book Shift Happens by Robert Holden. Robert Holden also wrote the book Love-a-bility. It is also very positive and inspiring. Have a wonderful day!

Jane said...

such a great affirmation, kim! having a good start really sets the tone for the day. well at least it did for me. when i rushed i was just off my element, but on days when i had time to eat and read the newspaper and head out the door by giving my dog a prolonged hug and good bye and carpooling with my husband without asking him 20 different questions about "did you shut the stove off, did you lock the door, etc." and arriving at the office with a sane mine made my day flow that much easier!

Stanislava E. said...

I usually hear my alarm clock and sleep about 15-20min more. Then I know I have to get out of the bed otherwise I'll be late (I'm always late) and this stresses me. After that I go for breakfast, shower, etc. I have always wanted to get up at lest 1 morning on time and not be in a hurry. I like the way you put your life in order. Seems that the Aveene challenge is a good one!

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Danielle Styles said...

Thanks for sharing! I also try to wake up a little earlier nowadays to take it easy in the morning...

Good luck with the challenge!

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Fernanda Azevedo said...

I absolutely hate how I wake up: 06:00 am, wash my teeth, do my hair, maybe do my make up and rush about 06:20/30 so I can get the bus. It's absolutely stressful and it's a bad way to start my day, but there's nothing I can do about it :/

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Emmylou said...

Thanks for this post, Kim. I'm one of those too that just jump out of the bed and start the day in a rush without taking the time to find that peaceful moment first. I'll see if I can start having some quiet time first before starting off the day. I'm sure it would make a lot of difference, esp. my state of mind, right?
Hope ur having a fab day, my friend.

FASHION TALES said...

This is a good post Kim. You know, in my family we were all raised to do daily affirmations, and I still do it, something that my mum taught me. I also meditate as well. Have a bright week dear. :)/Madison

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I love the idea of taking a little time out for yourself each morning to reflect and meditate Kim. It could have a really positive effect that will last for the rest of the day.

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Jessica said...

My mornings are typically like yours. I am in a constant rush until I am out the door. I would love to wake up a few minutes earlier to mediate/reflect on my day. Now if only I can force myself to wake up earlier than 5 am.

Cee said...

For close to two years now, I've been getting up early every morning to practise yoga and meditate. It's the best thing I could have done for myself - I hope this will have a positive impact on you, too, Kim!
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Joie Fatale said...

I do need to be better about doing my devotions in the morning...or sometime during the day.

Punctuation Mark said...

i used to do the affirmations a while ago and then life got a bit crazy and stopped... i will follow your advice and start doing them again... thanks!

Punctuation Mark said...

i used to do the affirmations a while ago and then life got a bit crazy and stopped... i will follow your advice and start doing them again... thanks!

Punctuation Mark said...

i used to do the affirmations a while ago and then life got a bit crazy and stopped... i will follow your advice and start doing them again... thanks!

Punctuation Mark said...

i used to do the affirmations a while ago and then life got a bit crazy and stopped... i will follow your advice and start doing them again... thanks!

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

beautiful way to start your day! if only i could handle the "getting up a bit earlier" part~

always, koru kate

Sara Gerard said...

Sounds like the perfect morning, Kim! I have JUST started meditating myself, only about five minutes a day after yoga in the morning, but I really think it helps!

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

I'm all about getting out the door in the morning so I'm trying to learn from this and try to start slower, enjoy the morning and be grateful. It's something I take for granted for sure.
Affirmations and meditations sound so smart and definitely relaxing.
xo,
nancy

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LoveT. said...

Love this Post ,the Book is a great Idea :)

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Irene said...

Early morning meditation sounds like a brilliant way to kick off the day. I usually spend five minutes in bed after I wake up sorting out my thoughts and making a mental list of things I have to do during the day. I think meditation would help me ease my mind but I just seem to do the opposite hehe

I'm really curious about the rest of the days of the challenge. I'm really enjoying this series of posts and I hope the challenge is really helping to relax and leave stress behind, if only for a while :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

These sound great. I must look up this book. I heart Joel.

Irene Papadopoulou said...

this is the best way to start your day! love your posts!

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Svetlana said...

oh, i would love to eat a croissant right now :(

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Lorena said...

I need to start doing something like this… my days are just.. blahh.

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Mai said...

My mornings have been a lot calmer compared to last year since I have a lot more time to get ready. I enjoy the extra time to reflect on myself to make the new day a better day :)

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oomph. said...

my mornings are super rushed. while i do have some time at the end of the night, i still feel "busy"!! there is something serene about quiet mornings.

Tina Bradley said...

I think my morning routine sets up my day more than anything else I do. Every morning I affirm while I dress and try to journal at least five mornings a week. Truly, this time is the greatest gift I give myself. Hugs, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

LyddieGal said...

Starting your day off with positive thoughts is brilliant. It's something I need to do, and something everyone needs to do! Thank you so much for sharing these affirmations, and reminding me to do this everyday.
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Blond Duck said...

I bet you feel so relaxed every morning! What a great idea!

Ambi Page said...

Awesome post !! i am going to buy this book :) very positive thought :) xx
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Alicia Mackin said...

OK I need this book, I have been going through a bit of a rough time this is perfect. Thanks for posting.

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Laura B said...

I've heard from others that reading devotions, a religious book, or something else that helps you reflect is the BEST way to start a good day! Love this!

miss b said...

Definitely a good idea to start the day with a positive attitude and happy thoughts which set the tone for the day. I've always tried to be around upbeat, positive people which helps the day to go well! The book sounds interesting and I'm a fan of fragrance free body lotion but haven't tried this brand yet!

Ahleessa C said...

The book sounds really good! I'm trying to sleep early but I'm having a hard time waking up early... lol~

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