My absolute favorite part of the day is heading to bed to slumber.  So in continuation of this week's theme I'm sharing my night routine here today.  It is so liberating to have a routine in place for the things I do on a daily basis.  We all make so many decisions everyday and having a system in place for the ones we make each day frees us from any burden the day's adventure may have brought. Simple routines in the morning, the afternoon, and at night makes it much more possible to live a fuller life.  Routines allow you to do the things you love when you want.  We all probably have some type of routine in place already.  So it is important to make sure that the one in place is curated for the life you want. 

So take a moment and think of what the perfect night routine would be for you. How do you wrap-up your day? What time do you do wrap it up? When are you in bed? It may help to write this down as it may change and having it down it another way to put it out of mind. But have it somewhere visible. Maybe in your planner or as a nightly notification from your phone's reminder app.  I have all my routines written in a notebook along with a list of things I do daily, weekly, and monthly. This is a great place for me to have it, because I know I consult that notebook everyday.  And have fun with your routines, don't just do the things that you know you have to do, also do the things that you want to do. And if you don't like it, change it. That easy and simple. 

So my nightly routine is two-parts:

Part One: The Wrap-Up
This is how I put a big blush pink bow on my day. I do this about an hour before I go to bed and it just closes my day nicely. 

  • First my finances. I log my spending for the day in a mini-planner designate just for that use. I use an app during the day to immediately log expenses so that this process is just copying and pasting from the app to my planner. On Sundays I do a more in-depth financial check-in.
  • Next, I look at my planner to see what I have going on for the next day. 
  • Then write my daily gratitude in my planner.
  • Lastly, I check to see if I have everything ready to post for the blog the next day. 

Part Two: Bed Time
I'm already dressed and ready to get under my comforter at this point.

  • ​But before I go to bed I read the day's entry of Life is Meals. A book about food and history (how amazing it that!). 
  • The last thing I do is get in bed and pray. 

So I hope this week has inspired you to re-think routines and the value they can have in your life. I hope you'll develop some routines of your own to foster a life that you're proud to call yours. And always remember to have fun with it. As the saying goes 'progress not perfection'.

With love,