Make Over Your Mornings Challenge – Day 4

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I watched Day 4 of the?Make Over Your Mornings 14 Day Course by Crystal Paine today and wanted to share with you what?my goals are. Sharing these with you is truly holding me accountable, so bear with me. I need this!

I catch myself thinking I don?t have time to do the things I used to love to do since I have four daughters and a husband that constantly need my attention. But if I?m really honest with myself, there is a ring of self-pity in that thinking. Practicing a morning routine daily makes for a more productive day.

I skipped Sunday, so this morning I started implementing my goals from Day 3 which were prioritizing and starting my day with my devotion and prayer along with some exercise.

My goal was to start slow and wake up 30 minutes earlier than normal to accomplish these, but you will never guess what I did…..I woke up at 5am! That is amazing for me because I am so not a morning person.

It was so nice and peaceful in the house (even though my 12 year old was sleeping on the floor next to my bed and my 4 year old was sandwiched between my husband and I most of the night). I still managed to get up early and spend time with God and do some stretching.

After that, I worked on my blog and newsletter before everyone else woke up. So by 8am, I felt like I had accomplished so much! It was such a good feeling that I hope I can keep it up.

Day 4 ? Make Over Your Mornings Challenge

Some key takeaways for me on this day's video were:

  • Take Time to Refuel and Refresh
  • Being a Mom of 4 children can't be an excuse for not doing things I enjoy and taking time for me


I catch myself thinking I don't have time to do the things I used to love to do since I have four daughters and a husband that constantly need my attention. But if I'm really honest with myself, there is a ring of self-pity in that thinking

If I truly made it a priority to refuel, I could find 15 minute chunks of time throughout the day to recharge and do some things I enjoy.

So I decided to keep a list of things I enjoy that I could possibly do in short chunks of time while the children are busy playing or watching a show:

  • Read one chapter of a favorite book
  • Walk outside for some fresh air (while children are swinging, etc.)
  • Call my Mom or Sister
  • Write in my journal
  • Look at a magazine
  • Check the garden outside
  • Color in my Adult Coloring Book
  • Crochet (finish my 15 month old's baby blanket I started before she was born, HA!)
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Drink a hot cup of tea
  • Sit and close my eyes and think about NOTHING for 15 minutes (heck, even 5 would be awesome!)

Take time to refuel and refresh Make over your mornings


Crystal mentioned the book “The Fringe Hours” by Jessica Turner in the lesson for today. She writes about getting rid of the guilt and finding time in our busy schedules to take back chunks of time for self-care. I will definitely be putting this on my To-Read list.

Click Here to see what happened on Day 5!

What are your favorite hobbies? Are you fitting them into your busy schedule? Leave a comment below.



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4 thoughts on “Make Over Your Mornings Challenge – Day 4”

  1. Hi Kimberly, excellent post – thanks! Super impressed that you manage to do ANYTHING extra with 4 children & a husband to care for! I especially liked that you supplied a list of things to do when you have short chunks of time.
    I have never really had hobbies as such, but I enjoy Reading, Writing, Researching, Pilates, Yoga, dancing, meditation & walking.

    • It is always a work in progress to try and maximize my time as a work at home homeschooling mom. I love to read also like you do. I need to walk more to get more exercise though.

  2. Wow… homeschooler of 4… what a busy mom you must be! I am a SAHM of “just” two little ones, and I feel so overwhelmed some days. I think I need this make over your mornings challenge too.
    I like the “take 5 minutes for self-care” idea. I can easily picture how beneficial that would be! It’s so hard to even find 5 mins sometimes though, isn’t it? Other than the hour I let them watch a show (usually while I’m making dinner), or during their naps… but maybe that’s my answer. Enforce 5 mins of relaxing time doing something “for me” during those moments when they aren’t hanging on me! 😉
    All the best with YOUR make over your morning challenge… and the homeschooling!

    • This is the hardest thing I battle with is making at least 5 minutes of self care for myself. I have tried to achieve it though even it is just reading a blog post from a favorite blogger for 5 minutes.


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