5 Tips For An Awesome Morning

I think one of the key elements of a successful day is getting it started off right with an awesome morning.  Here are my top 5 tops to create that type of morning for yourself!

TIP #5 – Get up 15 minutes earlier
This might be the most difficult part of creating an awesome morning routine but it’s an important one.  Those that know me know that I love lounging in my bed and just relaxing in general but getting up 15 minutes earlier has helped me get a jumpstart on my day.  It’s a small enough time frame that your whole schedule won’t be out of whack but a large enough amount of time to get some things done without rushing.

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TIP #4 – Put your phone down 
Once you are up…put your phone down.  It’s not productive for you to fall into the “I’m just going to check Facebook real quick….” trap.  Before you know it you are 30 minutes into a discussion about something that will not help you have a better day.

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Same thing goes with emails, don’t check those when you first get up.  Whatever is in those emails (or on Instagram or Pinterest) can wait.  If it was an emergency they’d call.  They wouldn’t wait for you to check your email.

TIP #3 – Stretch
This tip is something new that I’ve added to my morning routine this year.  Once I get up I just do some simple stretching to get my blood moving, loosen up any tension from the night before and just get myself in the attitude of taking on the day.

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TIP #2 – Drink water and eat something
This is the thing I struggle with most.  I do try to drink a bottle of water, or a Yeti full of water in my case since that’s what I have by my bed.  I am typically not a breakfast eater.  Brunch on the weekends?  I’m down for that but a breakfast meal during the weekday is typically not my thing.

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I know though that breakfast will help me with my energy levels later, with my metabolism and will just help give me a good start to my day.  You don’t have to prepare a big buffet, just a simple breakfast such as boiled eggs or cereal will get you going on the right foot.

I try to meal prep for the entire week on Sundays.  If you’d like to see a video or blog about that just let me know in the comments.  I have found that it really helps me keep focused with my eating and helps me with my morning routine knowing I have some healthy, convenient meals ready to go.

TIP #1 – Prep the night before
Prepping is so essential for a relaxed morning routine that I just don’t know why everyone isn’t doing it.  I suggest you prep in these three key areas; food, clothes and day.

Food prep will help keep you on track and you’ll already know what you are going to have for breakfast and possibly lunch, which will allow you to move through your morning routine that much faster.

How many times have you gone to your closet and spent time looking for something to wear and then get frustrated because what you wanted to wear is either dirty, at the cleaners or is missing a button?  Were you planning on wearing a sleeveless dress only to see that it was going to rain and you need different attire?  Deciding what you are going to wear the night before will help you have everything ready to go in the morning.  Check your calendar and the weather to help you plan.

What time is that meeting?  If you check your calendar the night before you’ll know what meetings and appointments are coming up and be able to plan for those.  Are you planning on going to the gym after work?  Knowing what’s on your agenda will help you know if you need to pack a change of clothes for that.  Do you have gas in your car?  Do you have an umbrella if it calls for rain?  Prepping will help avoid that last minute rush and help you have a more relaxed morning.

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I also created a quick video that you can watch here:
5 Tips For An Awesome Morning

That’s it y’all, my top 5 easy tips for creating an awesome morning routine.  Let me know what things you do to create a mindful morning!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

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My Bullet Journal Setup for 2018

I’m new to bullet journaling but I’ve watched so many videos, double tapped on so many IG pics and read so many blogs that I feel like I’m practically an expert.  All of that was super inspiring and yet my bullet journal is actually going to be so simple that’s it’s more of a nod to the original idea of bullet journaling than all the cool stuff you see on social media today.

My plan, for at least the beginning of 2018, is to use my bullet journal as more of a social media planning tool and a space to plan videos that I want to film, content ideas for my Instagram and ideas for this blog.

I love looking at all the mood mandalas, habit trackers, weekly layouts and all sorts of doodles but I know that with those bullet journal pages aren’t really going to be realistic for me to implement into my journal.  I really just want to focus on my social media content planning and if I can toss in some cute stuff as I go along then that’s just a bonus.  I will have some pages that include some those things but it won’t be the primary focus of my journal.

If you’d like to try your hand at bullet journaling then you are going to need just a few supplies.

— A good and sturdy journal, preferably one with thicker pages if you are going to doodle.  I am using the Leuchtturm1917 Softcover Medium Dotted Notebook in Anthracite.  I’ve seen others use the Scribbles That Matter (STM) journals as well as the Moleskin Notebook.  I think it’s more important to start journaling instead of worrying about the perfect one.

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— Pen(s) and pencil.  I am using the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner .3mm pens and they are working fine.  I know a lot of folks use the Tombow Dual Brush Pens but I tested them in my journal and I noticed a lot of “ghosting” (ink showing through to the other side) and I had already decided I wasn’t going to do much lettering so I just stuck with the Staedtler.  Lots of folks also use pencils to kind of sketch out their designs to see how it will look first.  I’d suggest doing that too unless you like living life on the edge because, well, ink is permanent…haha!

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— Rulers and stencils.  If you don’t trust yourself to freehand a straight line then a ruler will come in handy.  I have both a large and small one and I find that the smaller one is better to handle.  You can get them anywhere but mine is just an inexpensive one from Michael’s that is stainless steel and cork on the back.

A great timesaver when creating layouts is to utilize stencils.  I purchased a small stencil from Recollections at Michael’s and found them in the planner area.  They also had some over by the art brushes area such as one with larger circles and squares.  I don’t know if I’ll use them as I’ve decided to keep mine pretty simple but they weren’t that expensive.

If you would like to see how I set up my journal then click on this link:
Setting up my bullet journal for 2018 – YouTuber Style | Bullet Journal

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I also highly encourage you to check out the Bullet Journal website and watch the intro video to get you started on the right foot: Bullet journal intro video 

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I’d like to leave y’all with some final tips.  BEFORE you buy anything I highly suggest you do some research, buy a little at a time and use a coupon when you can.  Both Hobby Lobby and Michael’s have a 40% off regular priced merchandise coupon on their app.  Yes, you will have to make a couple of trips and make several purchases but the Tombow Advanced Lettering Kit I purchased is regularly $27 before a coupon so it just makes sense.

Happy journaling y’all and if you are into bullet journaling leave a comment below with a link to your site so I can check it out!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

 

 

Tango Tab – Feed The City

‼️1️⃣0️⃣7️⃣2️⃣‼️ 👈🏼 That is the number of meals 🍽 made today at Tango Tab’s Feed the City, Making Meals For Those In Need event benefiting Sharing Life Community Outreach.

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So thankful for those that showed up and gave their Saturday 🌤morning to give back to their community.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

How To Calculate The Grad Date For USAF Basic Military Training

In my latest video, I explain how to calculate the anticipated graduation date from USAF Basic Military Training.  If you need help in figuring it out, watch this video!

CLICK HERE‼️

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For more helpful info you can also check out our website: http://afwm.org  as well as our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AFWingMoms/   On both of those you will find lots of info and also be able to connect with others that have a loved one in the same TRS/FLT (Training Squadron and Flight) as your loved one.  You can find lots more info on our website so grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair and check it out.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

The Girls In The Garden

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It’s a rainy ⛈ ☔️ Saturday morning…..perfect for curling up with a good book 📘  I recently joined a book club with some lovely ladies from my church and TheGirlsInTheGarden by LisaJewell is the first book we are reading!

Here’s a little bit of the synopsis on the back of the book…

“Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. Your neighbors have been living there for generations and you trust them implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?”

Oh my goodness, this sounds like it’s going to be good!

What’s on your summer reading list?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

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Strengths Finder 2.0

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Spending some time on a recent morning ☀️ sipping on some delicious hot chocolate ☕️ and learning more 📕 about my top 5️⃣ strengths by taking the Strengths Finder 2.0 test!

I originally heard about this from my sister Gina, years ago but now I am participating in a mentorship program and this is part of my homework. I think I know what my top 5 will be but am curious to take the test again.

Can you guess what my top 5 will be?  Stay tuned…..

(((hugs))) ~lisa

How to prep for posting on Instagram and Facebook

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One thing that folks have found to be successful when trying to diet and eat healthier is to do a Sunday Meal Prep. Just google meal prep and you’ll see a ton of posts! And we all know that prepping and planning your social media content can go a long way to helping you be more successful and be more focused in taking you to the next level. May I introduce to you
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Post Prep Sunday is something I thought of to encourage you to take some time to plan and prep for your social media accounts for the coming week. Don’t rely on *hoping* inspiration will come or that you find content….prep it today and you will know that you have a plan for the week.

Here are some ideas to help you with your planning:

Idea #1
Post a photo and asking your audience to provide a caption to encourage interaction. You could also do the popular, “Let’s have some fun today! Post the <insert a number> photo on your camera roll along with a short caption.

Idea #2
An idea that can really be tweaked in so many ways is the “fill in the blank” post. For example, you could post “My favorite healthy snack on the run is _____. What’s yours?” Including a call-to-action question will also spark some engagement on your posts.

Idea #3
People love to share their ideas so posting a “need help” type question along with a captivating pic can also get your audience chatting. It’s March so maybe you are thinking and planning for your summer vacation? As your fans to share their best vacation ideas. Or need ideas for cleaning tile grout? Ask and include a pic and you are sure to get responses.

Idea #4
Another fun way to get folks to start talking is spotlighting a fun National Holiday. For example, today March 5th, is National Cheese Doodle Day! You can learn what day it is from any of these websites:
http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com
https://www.daysoftheyear.com
https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/

Idea #5
You can always do the tried and true theme days. If you start posting a recurring theme then it also creates a consistency for your brand and your fans will want to visit your social media often to see what you are up to!

Here are some daily themes you can try:

–Sunday
Sunday Funday, Sunday Stew, Selfie Sunday

–Monday
Motivation Monday, Man Crush Monday, Monday Music, Monday Madness

–Tuesday
Tuesday Trivia, Tech Tips Tuesday, Talk It Up Tuesday, Tuesday Truth, Tuesday Treats, Tuesday Tunes

–Wednesday
Wine Down Wednesday, What I’m Wearing Wednesday, WooHoo Wednesday, Wednesday Workout, Wednesday Words

–Thursday
Throwback Thursday, Thankful Thursday, Thirsty Thursdays, Thoughtful Thursdays

–Friday
Flashback Friday, Friday Fun, Friday Flow, Fashion Friday, Friday Face, Follow Friday

–Saturday
Saturday Sesh, Selfie Saturday, Saturday Style, Swag Saturday

Hope this helps inspire someone this week!

Let’s hear from y’all now! Have you tried prepping your posts?

(((hugs))) ~lisa