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Morning Rituals To Kickstart Your Day ♥

One famous motto in life is "CARPE DIEM" which is the Latin translation of "seize the day." It is a reminder to embrace the now and truly live in the present. And the "present" begins in the morning. And yes, there's some truth to the saying "win the day by winning the morning."

To be honest, I don't consider myself a morning person. Since I had an operation late last year, I really find it a challenge to wake up early in the morning. I literally never want to leave my bed. I could think of so many reasons why I'd rather sleep a little longer. But then I realized, it all boils down to making a decision. Remember, we always have a choice. :)

So how does one win the morning? I believe there's no one perfect formula that will work for everyone, but as for me, I have resolved to do the following rituals: 

1. Nourish my relationships first. Basically, I am in a relationship with everyone around me, but what I value the most are my relationships with God, with my family, and with my significant other. And so I begin my day with them, not physically though, but in mind, in heart, and in spirit. I spend the first thirty minutes (sometimes hour) of my day reading love letters from God (Bible) and writing love letters to Him too (journal), thanking Him for another opportunity to live, love, and laugh. Then I pray about my family, friends, and loved ones, and entrust them to the loving protection of the Lord. Next thing I do is to send a good morning message to my beloved. Only after that will I go down from my "room" and proceed with the other rituals. 

2. Nourish my body. I start by cleaning it first, that is, by peeing. Got that advice from a doctor who also told me to drink at least one glass of water after waking up. I tried putting in some cucumber in the water and it's very refreshing. I think I should bring that old habit back. :) But yeah, aside from drinking water, I also eat cereals in the morning. And at least one slice of wheat bread. They say it's good for weight gain. ;)

3. Nourish my skin. Bath time is ME time and I really take extra time for it. I also make sure to moisturize my skin before I expose it to everything that is harmful outside.

Finally, just recently, I have found this very very very inspiring video which I added in my morning rituals, and it sure does kickstart my day. :)


See I have always been a fan of Justin Baldoni ever since his heartwarming, epic proposal. And now that he has built a family of his own, I admire him even more. ♥

So how do you win the day? Win the morning. Have a happy heart! ♥

And should you need further inspiration, read on!

Time. What is it? Who invented it? 

There are some things in this world that you'll never find the answer to, things that you have to be okay with not knowing. 

But it's those unknowable things that makes life so rich, so fulfilling, so scary. 

Life can be scary and dark. 

But what is darkness but simply the absence of light. 

Good. The world is fill with it.

Love. The world is made of it. 

Just look at the sun. The sun rises each day for one purpose, to simply give. 

Give. Everything beautiful comes from that word, if we choose it. 

What if the sun chose to be too tired to wake up? What if it said, "no, that's too much trouble! I think I'll go back to sleep." 

Sometimes I wonder if the sun could talk to us, what would it say? 

I think it would say, LOVE ME SO THAT I MAY LOVE THEE. 

And if I had the chance to talk back to the sun, I would say this: "Dear Sun, I'm sorry for falling short. And for not lighting up the world everyday like I was meant to." 

But from what I know about the sun, it doesn't need to know that I'm sorry. It only needs to see it. 

And if the only thing it needs from me is love, then I have to show it not through my words, but through my actions. 

So when you think you're too tired to light up the world, when you think darkness has surrounded you, when you're growing so much that it hurts, just STOP. Breathe. 

And remember the sun, and its selflessness. 

Because my dear, sweet [insert your name],
Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble, and there is always time. ♥

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