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  1. I used to be convinced I was not a morning person because I always woke up groggy and slow. I worked through Crystal’s course and realized that I feel the same way whether I get up at 6am or 9am but it only lasts about 10 minutes. So I am re-training myself to go to bed a little earlier and enjoy the peaceful morning hours. It makes life so much more enjoyable having an extra hour in my morning vs rushing like a crazy person to get everyone ready for school and myself ready for work. Here’s to peaceful mornings!

    1. Yes to peaceful mornings! Going to bed early in the evenings is always a struggle because there is always “one more thing” to do but I know if I want to get up early and enjoy the quiet, I have to go to bed early too!

  2. Wow. You thorough and quite organized in your approach to taking grasp of the day. I have no doubt other mothers struggling with numerous responsibilities will find this information useful.

  3. I have to agree that I love my mornings. I also get up at 5am (most days) and immediately read my bible and pray then if I have time I will workout. I love having this time to myself so much that I even do it on the days I don’t have to.

    my kids are older than yours so it makes it a little easier for me but I do remember those days when they were younger and I needed to strategically plan my day around baths, meals, homework, not to mention a full time job.

    I love that you have the wisdom and the discipline to know that you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of your family. Don’t you find that your day just starts out better when you begin it with God?

    1. “Don’t you find that your day just starts out better when you begin it with God?” <-- Yes! Some days it's tricky with the little ones but I do my best 🙂

  4. Some great advice here. I struggle to wake up early when I’ve had a bad night’s sleep too, but my youngest is always up by 5:30.

    1. That’s hard Melanie, I can relate to not sleeping well due to children up at night. Sometimes I don’t get to wake super early but I try to use my mornings well anyway I can to make the rest of the day go well

  5. I’m a morning person. One of our neighbors would get up at 4:00 and turn his Christmas lights on so I could enjoy them while I cleaned house. Once I started writing, I wrote from 4:00 to 7:00 when the girls got up so I didn’t take any time from them. Now that the nest has emptied I find myself sleeping longer. I think this course would be good for those who struggle with mornings. Or even as a refresher for those of us who need to be reminded of good morning habits.

    1. Pamela you have definitely earned the right to sleep in a little now in this season! I love my quiet early hours but I know as the kids grown and become more independent my morning routine will constantly be ever changing 🙂

  6. As we start back to homeschool next week, I’ve made some early morning changes to help everything run more smoothly. So far, so good!

  7. Love your new routine! I struggle to get up early but I’ve been doing so in the last few weeks. I’ve been getting up 30 to 45 minutes earlier than I normally would. It really helps get my day going and I find I’m more productive. The house is asleep and I can really focus.

  8. I just came across your site and I’m enjoying it very much. I am struggling with getting myself into a good morning routine. I have a 1 year old and 4 year old and we just started our first year of homeschool. I appreciate all of the good advice you’ve shared and I hope to start waking up to better and more efficient mornings very soon 🙂 No matter what though my day always starts with God… Even if I have two little ones climbing on me while I’m on my knees in prayer…

    1. I completely agree with you, starting the day with God is the best way, even when you do have little ones crawling all over you 🙂 Which is how most of my mornings begin! Blessings to you as you start a new homeschool routine, I’m right there with you. We just started preschool with my oldest two (3 and 4) all while trying to corral the baby who tries to get into everything!

  9. Thank you for this lovely tips Victoria, we’ve all had one of THOSE mornings. The kids are being sleepy-heads, your husband comes to you with a stain on his tie, and you can’t find that blouse you planned on wearing for the meeting this morning. You still haven’t prepared the kids’ lunches and you find a run in your stockings. A chaotic morning can make for a very bad day. Spending 20 to 25 minutes each night getting things ready for the next day will make a huge difference. When your family experiences mornings that run smoothly, with no chaos and battles, each member will get a happier start to their day.

    Cheers then

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