Guys! I just created two new things for you to check out!
I made an Instagram @littlemomlosesit where you can follow my fitness and wellness journey! 🙂
In the same vein, I created my OWN FB “Group Moms Losing It”, for other bad ass mamas who are living or transitioning into healthier lifestyles after baby.
I figured it would be a really nice place for all of us to share our goals, experiences, recipes, fav exercises(all that BS) and keep each other motivated. So if you think that’d be fun, I’d love you to join.
Okay, let’s get on to the blog…
It’s been a little over a week before I weaned Jake off of breastmilk (I’ll get into those details in another post) and to be honest…
I feel really good.
I’m starting to not even feel guilty for admitting that, too.
Even in just this first week without pumping, my emotional and physical wellness have improved. Even though it was hard, with tears and a lot of meditation involved, it was still the best choice for my family.
That being said, today’s post will talk about my morning routine as a freelance copywriter and first-time mom.
It’s taken me 7 months, but I finally feel like I have a decent grip on how I plan my day to be productive as a business owner and as a loving mommy. I wanted to share my mompreneur morning routine in case someone might find it helpful or interesting.
Make My Bed
You’ve heard this one a trillion times before, and so did I.
But it does work. Every morning, regardless of what’s going on (short of an emergency, of course), I make my bed.
It isn’t always perfect, but at least I make it presentable.
I first heard the phrase: “Done is better than perfect” a few years ago.
And it actually really changed the way I view handling tasks like these. That added dose of productivity adds up and helps start my day off with a little “win”.
A small accomplishment that I can “check off” my to-do list.
So this is a new one since I stopped breastfeeding. My energy is a bit low, so I’ve been just trying to fit it into my day and not necessarily first thing in the AM.
However, in my defense(*excuse*), I’ve worked lots of late nights this week, so I plan to head to bed earlier in an attempt to be a morning person.
*blegh* Self-care is much harder than people say it is.
Anyway, I’m trying to lose some post-baby pudge, but I’m not gonna go nuts. I’m mainly focusing on changing my diet, and only working out for 30 mins 5-days a week. I actually love working out, but it’s one of those habits that I can easily fall in and out of. I’m excited to have the time to do it again.
I’ve been meditating at least once a day (usually before I start my “workday”) for about three weeks.
I really love it. I really recommend it. Especially in these 2020-ass times, it’s been an enormous help in keeping me grounded, cope with any anxiety, and learn how to focus.
I only practice my meditation for 10 minutes at a time, but it’s an essential part of my day.
Listen, when you work from home… and have spent the last 5 fucking months in quarantine because POS grown adults are too selfish and stupid to wear a fucking mask.
Getting dressed is actually something that requires effort. Especially by me, as I lack style.
I heard one of my idols, Tarzan Kay, talk about how, even though she works from home, she always gets dressed like she’s going somewhere.
She said it built her confidence and made her feel good, and I really thought that was a great idea.
Since I have a messy 8-month-old, I’m not wearing anything “cute” right now, but I always make sure to change out of my PJs and into something I wouldn’t be embarrassed to go out in public in.
It’s another one of those “self-care” things that help these abnormal days feel a little normal-er.
Plan Out My Work Day
I use Trello to help me organize what my workday will be like. I create a board/card for each day of the week, then create a “check-list” inside each card.
Each entry on the list is a project and an estimated time-block I devote to it. It doesn’t always match up, being that I’ve got a precious little bean to love and care for, but it’s helpful for sure.
Just having everything organized and easy to “check-off” alleviates my anxiety and helps me focus.
I use a free online app called “Toggl” to track my time and stay accountable. It lets me get a realistic idea of how long a particular project will take and make sure I set a boundary for when to stop.
My current schedule usually consists of a 6-hour workday, 4- 5 days a week. But I really try to stick to 4-days because I want to devote the other days to Jake and other hobbies.
Taking that break is CRUCIAL for me to do my job effectively.
Don’t get me wrong, running my own business means that I’ll work my fair share of late nights.
However, setting a plan for the day lets me say: “I’m done” without stressing that I forgot something.
Drink 40 Oz Of Water
I have a 32 Oz Contigo (I only mention the brand because it’s my favorite) water bottle that I fill up and finish before lunchtime. I don’t allow myself a cup of coffee until I drink at least 32 oz of water. I don’t worry about those last 8 oz, because I know between lunch and dinner I’ll drink that and then some.
Drinking enough water is a hard habit to form, but it really makes me feel better and will help with my weight-loss goals.
Look In A Mirror & Compliment Myself
Old Kenz would’ve found this lame… new Kenz still kinda does. But that’s all the more reason I make myself do it.
Once a day, I force myself to stand in front of a mirror (which has always been a struggle in itself) and tell myself one or two things I did well that day.
I’ve always been self-deprecating (as most of us are), but I realized how unhelpful that was in every aspect of my life.
Most importantly, I don’t want Jake to imitate that behavior. So, to teach him to love himself, I am learning to love myself.
It’s a rocky relationship, it’s gonna take time, but I’m not gonna give up.
Follow A Strict-ish Waking And Feeding Schedule
I work hard to keep Jake on a predictable sleeping and eating schedule. Jake wakes up between 7:45 AM and 8:15 AM, and we immediately change his diaper and eat our breakfast.
Then, Jake plays with his toys and watches Disney Jr. while I start my workday until it’s time for his nap around 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM.
He’ll usually sleep until 12-12:30 PM, giving me a substantial chunk of time to focus on my work.
We immediately eat lunch (I also break my fast because I am doing Intermittent Fasting).
Afterward, Jake plays and enjoys Puppy Dog Pals while I work.
His second nap is up in the air, but he usually goes back down between 2:30 PM -3:00 PM and will sleep anywhere from an hour or more.
My husband is usually home before Jake wakes up, so they’ll enjoy some QT while I finish any work I have left.
I try to be done by 3-3:30 PM, but that doesn’t always work out.
Now, this schedule came with effort and age. The older Jake got, the easier it was. In his early months, I could barely put him down (obviously), so don’t stress yourself out if you have less time than you like.
What’s important is that you be a mommy and enjoy all of that good stuff.
The rest will work itself out.
That’s Pretty Much It
Yeah, it’s nothing groundbreaking, but I’m a routine girl, and having this schedule works great for Jake and me.
Sleep-training is the only way I made this work.
I also have blogs about 5 Survival Tips For Mompreneurs and Work-From-Home Moms and 12 baby products that helped me survive Jake’s first 6 months. So check those out if you want!
I send you a plethora of good vibes in this trying time.
Black Lives Matter
Wear A Mask
Stay Safe, stay sassy