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Start Your Day By Filling Your Soul Cup

How do you start your day? Do you have a routine?

I don't have much of a routine. I usually try to shower before The Little One wakes up. Most of the time I succeed.

Other than that, sometimes I go outside and water the garden or just sit on a blanket. Sometimes I write. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I turn on the news or America's Next Top Model if it happens to be a marathon day. Sometimes I help my husband get out the door for work. Sometimes I just sleep until the baby wakes.

Some of these days turn out better than others. The days where I go outside or write first thing in the morning often turn out to be better. Starting with television is almost always a mistake for me. Those tend to be my least fulfilling days.

I've heard people say to start the day with what is important to you. It's called setting an intention. Some say how you start the day signals to the universe what you want.


I think it's simpler than that. I think we are like cups and we can share what we have with others. If our cup is low, we have less to give. If our cup is full, we have more to give.

When I take a few minutes to myself, either outside or writing, I have done something that makes my soul happy. My cup is filled, which means I have more love to offer my family, more energy for my errands. Overall, I'm more productive and feel better about my day.

It's about starting from a place of contentment rather than starting from a place of rushing or frustration. If we start from that bad place, it's hard to get through the day. If we start from a place of contentment, we are better able to do what needs to be done (and maybe even do so with a smile).

So, how can you start your day in a way that will fill your cup?

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  1. I like to start my day with a cup of coffee and reading, usually it's other people's blogs which I've come to see as a great alternative to the depressing news found in newspapers. I need the quiet space and time to gear up for the day. I just realized as I was typing this that I also use reading as a way to wind down at the end of the day. Reading is good for everything. :)

  2. For me, a good day starts with a cup of Hot Cinnamon Spice tea, and my Morning Pages, a la Julia Cameron. I dump out my brain, then I feel light, and ready to get on with the day.


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