When I wake up in the morning, I literally open my eyes to, first and foremost, offer my time for my kids and my man.
I gently rouse everyone from bed with a little back rub, a little neck nuzzle, a little “good morning, Love, it’s a new day.” If they jump up fast enough (which is before I make my rounds through all three rooms), I’ll typically return and give them a little treat by making their bed for them while they dress. I’ll shout out a couple more “hurry now, let’s not be behind this morning…”, and then I’m off to 45 minutes of multi-tasking.
I’m the first one downstairs to bring life to the sleeping home. I put on the coffee, begin making lunches, and wait for my little chicks and my big man to wander down the stairs for their breakfast. We’ll chat as they eat. I’ll stuff sandwich bags, remind them to eat their fruit, refill water glasses… and then at 7:35 – they are off. Out the door they go; my house is quiet.
I breathe deep. I clear the kitchen counters and load the dishwasher with breakfast dishes. I refill my coffee cup and then – then! – I get to make my own breakfast.
I spend my days working from home mostly. It seems ‘luxurious’ to think about… but let me tell you: being self-employed requires more discipline than you think! There’s no one telling you what has to be done; no one keeping you on track. Nope – my time is my own, which is why it’s even more vital that I keep my mind sharp, I stay on task, and I use food to nourish and power me.
My food choices impact how I perform. So, what do I choose as a perfect start to my day?
- 1/2 cup precooked quinoa.
- A handful of fresh, raw spinach.
- One fried egg on top. (When the egg is hot it wilts the spinach, so I like to lay the egg right on top of the greens for a few seconds before I cut it all up to eat it.)
- A drizzle of soy sauce and a dash of chili pepper paste.
It takes me less than two minutes to make… and it’s satiating, empowering, delicious. I lay it all in a bowl and then, with a fork and knife, I cross-cross cut through it all until it is a big bowl of easy-to-eat goodness.
I eat this almost every morning – and, let me tell you, it gives me energy I need to get off on the right foot.
I hope you’ll try it…
Something to think about today: You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12