How do you start and end your day? Do you do it with intention, or do you just sort of fall (or rush) in and out of waking life?
When looking at the relationship between ritual and success, we started to wonder about what actually comes first. Is it possible that by changing the way you approach and end your day, you could also impact the way your life evolves?
What do you think?
What are the first and last things you do every day?
“I believe the way you start and finish your day lays a foundation for a happy, healthy life,” said Heather Blankinship. We agree.
We asked our Urban Campfire speakers and sponsors this question, but before we share their answers, we’d like to note a few themes that repeated themselves… over and over again.
1. Love and gratitude
Those with kids and partners brought up their loved ones as a critical part to their morning and night rituals. Cuddling, bedtime stories, and “I love you’s” were vital for starting and ending their day on a good note. Many of our interviewees also shared their gratitude practice with us.
Do you keep a gratitude journal?
2. Meditation and movement
As entrepreneurs, there’s no real ‘end’ to the work day… unless you enforce it yourself. Many of our speakers and sponsors shared that their mind can get super active, and they need time in the morning and at night to ‘ground’ (that word showed up a lot) themselves, whether through meditation, journaling, or exercise.
3. Reality TV, Social media, and romantic comedies
This one was a little funny. Three of our interviewees mentioned that they wind down by indulging in, what one referred to as, a guilty pleasure. Nothing wrong with that!
4. Nutrition – lemon water, smoothies
And then there’s the ‘taking care of your body’ part. Surprisingly, few of our interviewees mentioned coffee as part of their ritual… but that doesn’t mean they don’t drink it.
What did come up though was lemon water. Interesting. So, we did our research, and here are 17 lemon water benefits that will change your life.
Now, let’s check out their answers:
I love to start my day mindfully with meditation and intention setting.
I always say to my clients, “Become the most intentional person you know.”
The first thing I do is drink hot water with lemon or apple cider vinegar to alkalize my body. Then, I sit back down to meditate for 20 minutes. At the end I envision:
1. How I want to feel that day.
2. What I need to do to make that happen.
3. The top three things I want to accomplish.
At the end of the day I close with reflection and gratitude, thinking of what I am most grateful for about that day, how I was able to contribute and be of service in a positive way, and any big take-aways or lessons the day provided.
I like to wind down after working long hours (sometimes I don’t finish until 2am). After work, I try to meditate to calm my mind for sleep.
When I wake up, I am in high gear with anxiety. So, I run off to either exercise at the gym, or go for a run (depends on the level).
I love spending time with friends – walking and talking – especially on Sunday Mornings. As a startup it is hard to keep the balance of work, home life and relationships with family and friends.
Sasha Muir- CEO and founder of Bevee
Often, I am the first awake in my house. My morning ritual is to check on each of my three kids first (I love seeing how they sleep as if they literally fell onto the bed) and to sneak downstairs to make myself a nice cup of tea. I get out the breakfast basics for everyone before getting out of the house to either run a few miles or meditate (either way I take Branston with me!).
I need to find a much better nightly ritual. I’m not a good sleeper because when my body stops my mind does not follow. Sleeping med’s aren’t for me, so my current ritual is to put on my pajama earphones (sexy – not) and listen to romantic comedies!!! Works like a charm every time.
First thing in the morning, I rollover, kiss my husband and tell him I love him.
At night, I read the kids’ books, tuck them in, and tell them I love them. The very last thing I do just before I go to sleep is rollover, kiss my husband and tell him I love him.
Sherrice Kirby – Best-Selling Author, and Business & Lifestyle Strategist at GreatLifeDesigns
In my perfect morning, I wake up and go straight into meditation and prayer: one hand on my heart and the other on my belly. My practice includes deep gratitude, stillness and focus on breath.
But most mornings I wake up to ‘Mommy,’ and jump to duty. Occasionally, if I am lucky, my husband and I get a cuddle before the mayhem of responsibility attacks both of us.
Both scenarios are total perfection in my world.
Bed time is sacred space. I always read 15 minutes or more from a book that nurtures my soul. I have been doing this since I was a kid, and I swear by it as a form of heart nourishment.
It’s not very exciting. I take my Thrive pill and watch at least one of my Reality tv shows.
Susan Gibson – Temenos Leader, and Founder of the The Susan Gibson Mary Tupper Foundation
My day begins and ends with love & gratitude. I am grateful every day for the life I lead, for the friends & family who surround me with love & support, and my soulmate, whose love & devotion keeps me in full alignment with my life purpose. Every day.
Cordila Jochim – Branding advisor at www.corhouse.com, and creator of the Oprah approved app Quollective
I keep journals.
They are not journals of what I say to myself, but rather they are books containing wisdom and insight from others. Sometimes I capture something about life that is universally applicable and relevant to pretty much all of us, and sometimes I capture things specific to me and my current situation. Either way, I wake up to those words and fall asleep to those words.
I’ve been going through a season of foundational shifting and they keep me grounded.
I always start my day with a fruit and veggie smoothie that I make at home. My favorite combo: frozen mango and pineapple, apple, power greens, greek yogurt, and almond milk. YUM!
At night, I indulge in a guilty pleasure: bad reality TV.
Toni Burbridge – Health and Wellness Coach and Artist
Every morning since the beginning of 2015, I have been reading a daily devotional Jesus Calling first thing when I wake up. On my daily bus ride into Seattle, I am listening to praise and worship music which grounds my soul to begin each and every day.
I end my day writing in my prayer journal when I am inspired, and I focus writing at least 5 things in my gratitude journal. I read and begin praying from the first prayer in my prayer journal and as people share their lives with me I can either add to the prayers or check them off as answered.
These small things in my world keep be grounded and focused on the what matters to me.
I start my day by drinking lemon sparkling water, coffee and then spending time outside on the deck; listening to and watching the birds, squirrels, etc. Then, I might watch stuff on FB and laugh with Alan until he leaves for work. After that I write, draw, craft, sing and… usually clean something.
I end my day with lemon tea, and a “Highs & Lows” reflection with Alan before bed (our daily-debriefing). After that, again, I do something creative. Usually reading.
Brea Stevens – Advertising maven, artist, and mom
I wish I could say I meditate or contemplate or something meaningful. But usually I wind down by trolling instagram or pinterest. I like sneak-peaking into other people’s worlds.
Are You Coming to Urban Campfire in Seattle?
We all have a story. We all have a vision for our life. How do the two collide? Well, the truth is they usually collide in breakdown… and then merge during breakthrough.
This year, we’ve asked female thought-leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the country to share a story about a moment in their life when everything changed in a big way.
It’s happening this weekend: August 16th. LEARN MORE!