Tucked snuggly under my tightly weaved Egyptian cotton, I was enjoying the comfort and warmth of my cocoon and the cool morning air wafting in through the open windows of my room. This brings me pure joy again just reliving the moments. I watched the sunlight gradually filter through the slats of the blinds, knowing if I were going to be on time, I needed to get up. Still, I lingered.
Knowingly, a friend texted, “Get your ass out of bed and put on a sweatshirt!” It was pickleball time! I was up and out the door in 15 minutes. My usual morning routine had completely gone by the wayside. The bed went unmade. My legs went unshaved. There was no calendar review of my day, no meditation, no gratitude practice. I brewed my coffee to go.
Please understand; I’m a creature of my habits. I need my morning routine to keep me balanced, functional, in control. I thrive in my predictable patterns and practices. I also know that in order to BECOME, I need to let go, loosen up, enjoy the moment. And that is precisely what I did without a second thought. It was a total win, no self-judgement, no regret. In fact, I’m really proud of myself for leaning into the opportunity.
I didn’t exercise.
I didn’t track my foods.
I didn’t feel bad about skipping either one.
I did go on a road trip with a friend.
I did prep and cook some weekend fun foods.
I did drink wine.
Yes, I was off routine again today however my mindset is right where I want it to be. I focused on the good choices I made.
- It was great to spend time with a friend.
- I cooked instead of picking up restaurant food.
- I prepared scallops, asparagus, green beans, lamb chops, and cheese grits instead of choosing more carb and calorie dense foods. I know…the cheese grits are indulgent and that’s okay!
- And yes, I drank wine, however, I drank it over time while I was cooking and focused on the fun I was having. I enjoyed the flavor, the color, and the crystal wine glass in my hand. I didn’t drink mindlessly of excessively. I drank ceremoniously.
My point in sharing is this: Mindset and attitude are more important than anything else. In fact, without a positive mindset and good attitude, life can run you over, leaving you broken and defeated. Admittedly, creating and maintaining a sunny disposition is one of the hardest things to accomplish in life because it is created from within one’s self. It takes dedication, self-reflection, and an openness and willingness to keep trying every day, in every new situation, in every challenging encounter. I don’t believe you can BECOME without first addressing mindset.
Here’s the good news.
A positive mindset/attitude is available to YOU!
It’s up for grabs 24/7 and never expires.
You can choose it at any moment of your life.
You are in complete control.