Life after the #21EarlyDays

I haven’t been waking up at 4:30a or 5:30a, but at 6a. which I think is pretty good considering I LOVE to SLEEP! Zzzzz The past few days of sleeping past 4:30a is pretty nice. My alarm still goes off at 4:30a, I hit the off button and fall right back to sleep. I haven’t been to bed early since last Tuesday, but last night I did lay down at 9p. My body was telling me to slow down and relax. It’s been a rough week…no a busy week. A little stressful, but overall it was handled with care and ease.

This morning I have swept my house, did a load of laundry and cleaned the bathrooms. I feel energized when doing that because I know that I don’t have to come home to a messy house. I want this to be a routine at least twice a week and the other 3 days I want to go for a walk. The weekends will be left alone to relax and enjoy it with family and friends.

I can’t really describe what I am learning from all of this, but what I do need to learn is to take time out for myself. Not in a selfish way, but in a healthy way. My moods have changed and that I know needs to get better. I have been an emotional mess the last few days, so I must go back and reflect on the days I woke up early and felt good about it. Yes, that is exactly it! Reflect, Repair and Relax. Let’s give this a shot and move forward with the positive attitude that all will be good, all will be great and all will be loved.

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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Day!

Cheers,

JRose!

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Day 21 – #21EarlyDays with JRose!

Day 21 – I DID IT! I have accomplished the early mornings, the going to bed by 10pm, sometimes 9pm, the cleaning of my house early in the morning and the good walks that I had while seeing the sun rise. Do I keep it going? I am not sure yet, maybe just a few days of the week.

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I didn’t do this challenge alone. You all that have started following me, liking my posts and sending me messages are the ones that are most encouraging because it kept me going. I didn’t want to disappoint you. I didn’t want to disappoint myself. I had to stay motivated and focused, with that I want to say Thank You!

This morning I read through all my posts, and I can’t believe some of the things I accomplished and some things I should have done better. Overall, I am happy with my #21EarlyDays challenge and I thank Filipe Castro Matos for the “12 lessons of waking up at 4:30a for 21 days.” I learned how to manage my time, go to bed and rest, and see life as a whole and not just for myself.

From the book Now is the time, by Patrick Lindsay

Now is the time…to ignore your limitations

Limitations are just guideposts,

They may signal different routes

or different ways to reach a destination.

But they won’t prevent us from getting there,

unless we empower them to do so.

Ignore them,

focus on the journey.

Happy Thursday!

Cheers,

JRose!

Day 18 – #21EarlyDays with JRose!

Day 18 – WOW!! I can’t believe that I have been doing this for 18 days! Today, I woke up at 5am and much has already been done. I am really enjoying the early mornings, getting things taken care of and not having to rush to get dressed and beat the traffic. As I drink my cup of coffee, I listen to some smooth jazz on Pandora and read the current news reports. I look around my room and see what I can change, then walk to the living room/dining area and admire the dining table that my husband built for me. I sit and finish my coffee, look out the window and pray that Monday is a good day.

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I spent a lot of time at home this weekend. It was relaxing and much needed. I finished up many personal tasks that needed to be taken care of. I cleaned out my email account of unnecessary stuff that needed to go away. Old emails that didn’t matter anymore and unsubscribed to many others. It was time to break away…..

It’s never too late….To break away from the herd.

It can take cold courage.

It’s your chance to follow your heart..

lift your head up,

choose your own course.

It can bring disdain and abuse.

But it will also bring esteem

and admiration.

But, above all, it brings self respect.

Stand on your own feet.

Be an individual.

Happy Monday!

Cheers,

JRose!

Day 17 – #21EarlyDay with JRose!

Day 17 – Happy Friday all!! Today is going to be a FABULOUS day! I feel refreshed, positive and joyful. I got some laundry out of the way, had only one cup of coffee, posted social media for work and now it’s off to get ready for my day.

Happy-Friday (2)As I look out my window, I know I should be taking my morning stroll, but I am not. Maybe I will just do some squats this morning and get my energy level pumped. I got wrapped up in conversation with my sister-in-law and time got away from me. But nonetheless, our conversation was a good one and I ❤ her very much. I pray that peace is now a part of her life and moving forward will be a great thing.

It’s never too late….to find peace

Nobody can prevent you from finding peace.

Unless you empower them.

If something is stopping you from reaching it,

act on it.

If it’s outside your powers,

stop worrying about it.

Peace comes from within.

Search inside yourself.

Happy day everyone!

Cheers,

JRose!

Day 10 – #21EarlyDays with JRose!

Day 10 – I am not sure if the waking up at 4:30a is for me, but I did go to bed really late last night. I woke up at 5:30a, laid in bed for 15 mins, then decided to get up. I am not giving up, not giving in! I need to keep this going for 11 more days and this  time I will do it this weekend.

I haven’t done much this morning. It’s raining in Houston, flash flood warning all around and I need to head into work. I was able to stay home yesterday and work, but today I need to get out of this house. So, it’s going to be a comfy clothes day in yoga pants and a sweatshirt.

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Yesterday was a day of rain, work, and cooking. Yes, I cooked DINNER! I haven’t used my stove in many weeks, the oven I have cause I have baked. It felt good to cook. While I worked in my bedroom office, Chuck the yorkie, snoozes all day. Man, why can’t we all do that. Instead of laying on his blanket, he felt the window sill was a better bed. Haha!

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Well, Happy Friday all! I hope you have a great day and if you are in Houston, be safe on the roads.

Cheers!

JRose

Day 9 – #21EarlyDays with JRose!

Day 9 – It has not been a good morning! I did get some laundry out of the way, cleaned my room and had two cups of coffee. But the emotions that have been running through my soul have me upset. This is a little excerpt of a Facebook message sent to someone. I have been a busy person working my ass off, taking care of my parents and trying not to worry about this. I am the one that reaches out to you and an everyone else….WHO REACHES OUT TO US? Think about that for a second.” Again, it hasn’t been a good start of the day. I haven’t meditated, which I know it will make it somewhat better. I would love to let the world know what is really going on in my life, but maybe at the end of my #21EarlyDays I will elaborate.

Right now, I will collect my thoughts, give them to God and move forward. So, a little #TBT with some good music from some of my favorites. It takes me back to the good times of life, simple and real.

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To find out the facts….

We spend a lot of time jumping

…to conclusions

…or in at the deep end.

Stop a lot of the angst.

Check before you leap.

Ask the obvious questions.

Do your homework.

Don’t assume.

Challenge the obvious.

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Happy Thursday!

JRose!

Day 8 – #21EarlyDays with JRose!

Day 8 – I woke up at 5:15a, only because yesterday was a LOOOOONG day! I needed that little bit of rest. I haven’t done much this morning, but do 1 load of laundry, drink some coffee and meditate. I love meditating, it keeps my mind free of clutter, my soul clean of despair and my heart full of peace.

Today, I go back in time and remember the younger days of my life. It’s my brother’s birthday! We didn’t have many birthday parties when we were younger, our parents weren’t really into that kind of thing. But as we got older, it was a must. I love celebrating birthdays! Yes, you get older, but when you reflect on what you have done in a year, it can blow your mind. So Happy Birthday to my brother Mike! I love you lots and I wish we were together to cheer your day!

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It’s going to be a great day! The sun is shining here in Houston, though it’s hot, the day will be GORGEOUS! I just love this little book:

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It’s never too late…to make a wish

Take a walk on the bright side.

Wished cost nothing.

They’re your little secret.

A journey into your heart,

which often clarifies your true feelings,

turns them into visualizations,

then often sees them become reality.

Happy Wednesday!

JRose