Almost everyone has some kind of morning ritual, whether it involves getting kids ready for school, getting ready for work, or any number of plans for the day. For me, my ritual starts around 6 AM. James (my son) is always the first one awake. We get up, he gets his bath and breakfast, does any homework, then spends a little while playing Minecraft on his dad's computer. Nadia gets up around 6:30 or 7, and basically follows the same routine. They catch the bus at 8:10, and then MY day begins.
My favorite part of the day is a small window of time when the kids are gone and it's just me and the pup. My oldest daughter and my partner are still sound asleep, and the house is blessedly quiet. That's when I do one of my favorite activities: yoga. I have a yoga mat--hunter green, ultra-comfy, and a crimson pillow to sit on, but sometimes, I just go into my yoga sequence right in the middle of my kitchen. Why? The kitchen is my domain. I'm an avid cook, and that's where I love to be.
My sequence is gentle and short (about 15 to 20 minutes), but it's become absolutely necessary to me. I practice hatha yoga, and the poses I do are easy on my back and other joints that tend to ache (especially in the colder, rainier weather like today).
Once I'm done, I grab some breakfast and my end of the loveseat (because the pup has the other end), and then it's time to write. Or promo. Or goof around online. I usually end up on Facebook and chatting on various Yahoo groups. I check my class (Art Institute, that is--back in school, finally) multiple times a day, and somewhere in all of that, I manage to get a few words scribbled here and there.
So, that's my daily routine in a nutshell, and it all starts with a morning ritual I can't function without these days.
What about y'all?