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Karina Chronicles

Steps To Self Love and Putting Yourself First


Raki is a wife, mom of 2, coffee drinker, and list maker. She puts her UNC Tarheels’ degree in Communication Studies to use at an advertising agency and her hands-on experience as a working mom to use on her blog. She is the go-to gal for on-the-go moms. You can find her online at: Outside the Box Mom / Twitter / Facebook

Self love put yourself first

Beginning your morning routine with something you enjoy is a great way to build a long-lasting habit.  I believe these four habits make for a more relaxed, happy, and productive mom.

4 Steps To Self Love:

  1. Nourish Your Soul: In the morning, before others wake and before work, take time for prayer, meditation, and silence.  In the quietness of these moments, you can reflect on your blessings, seek guidance on your day, and leave room to hear answers.  If you have time, you can also read a short Bible passage or chapter from a devotional or book. {15-30 minutes}
  2. Nourish Your Body: Although I don’t typically wake with an appetite, I can tolerate something warm like a pastry, muffin, or croissant with my morning coffee.  Drinking coffee has been a part of my morning routine for over 11 years.  I’m so thankful that even as a diabetic, I can still enjoy it with sugar-free coffee creamer and an artificial sweetener. My goal is to begin waking up 30-40 minutes earlier to make time for a one-mile walk on the rural road I live on.  First, I need to master getting to bed on time.  {15-45 minutes}
  3. Nourish Your Confidence: How often do you help the kids get dressed, complete with hats, scarves, earrings, or belts? Every day I bet!  Yet, I can’t tell you the last time I made sure I had earrings along with other accessories like a necklace, bracelet, or scarf.  Honestly, I get them dressed first and scramble to get ready in the time that’s left.  {10 minutes}
  4. Nourish Your Success: Plan what you want to accomplish during the day.  I love that one of the features of my phone is the Briefing Alarm.  Not only does the alarm wake me, but it also announces the day’s weather, the day’s appointments in my calendar, and a few breaking news stories.  In the past, I have worked on this blog for about an hour before leaving home for work.  The quiet moments of the morning are prime time for any creative or productive work.  {10 minutes}

Building a habitual early morning routine, will give you more time, energy, and productivity.  This may be the best way to set yourself up for a productive day, in under an hour.

P.S. When you’re wearing something that makes you feel confident, you’re far less likely to have an awkward moment, don’t you agree? One of the styles that flatters my rectangle-shaped figure is Lauren. I love wearing my Lauren dress in Burnt Orange Geo.

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