Soft morning light, the first breeze of the day, songbirds, and busy butterflies, these are the things we enjoy about mornings. Since moving to the tiny house, Markus and I became morning people. It just seems so natural to wake up with the sun.
And with so much nature – and an awesome breakfast – to look forward to, who would not want to wake up early? Like our post on evening routine for better sleep, here we share a typical morning in our lives in hopes that you get inspired to wake up better, too.
1. Wake up early.
It does not matter whether it is a weekday or a weekend, we are up early. The loft window of the tiny house facing east makes it easy and we never have to force it. We say good morning and cuddle before getting out of bed.
It is nice to dedicate time and attention to your partner first thing before the onslaught of the day. This is also aligned with what is most important to us. We value each other and our actions follow.
In 2018, Markus and I became certified yoga teachers after finishing our 200-hr yoga teacher training course in Rishikesh, India. One of the best things to come out of this is being in tune with our bodies, knowing what it needs, and moving it in a safe and beneficial way.
Anyone can do yoga. Simple stretches are enough to start; in fact the basic stretches are the best to fix the little kinks and tense spots in the body, especially in the morning. Perhaps, we might do a post on basic stretches to loosen up in the morning! What do you think?
3. Have a calming morning ritual.
For us, it is having hot drinks in the garden. Markus enjoys an espresso while I have tea. We use this time to soak in the morning and be fully present where we are and with each other. It is a good and delicious way to focus. We also talk about our high value tasks for the day, and more important, what we want to eat for breakfast!
Sometimes, my father joins us and we always have lovely conversations, not just about personal things but also current events, politics, diplomacy, agriculture, regenerative systems, and future building projects in and around the tiny house.
4. Eat breakfast that you enjoy.
Why settle for something bland or measly when you can enjoy a good breakfast that will make you happy? We often cook a selection at the tiny house, because why not?
We have homemade cheese, yogurt, and granola; fluffy pancakes or crepes, wild honey, eggs, avocado toasts, cashew butter, lassi, and more. One can say that we indulge but who is to stop us from living a good life?
5. Do something that makes you happy.
I enjoy gardening, and it is such a joy that Markus has taken to plants, too. We work on the garden every day, planting, repotting, cleaning, propagating, pruning, watering, on and on.
I will never tire of taking care of plants because they also take care of me mentally and emotionally. Working with plants makes me happy. I see life and hope and resiliency every time. It inspires me to keep going, to try again, to give life one more day. In all, it just puts me in a good mood.
For you, it may be something different, like listening to classical music or walking your dog. Whatever it is that makes you happy and feel like a person, do it first thing in the morning and let it fuel you throughout the day. If you set an intention, you can make everything count!