Intentional Living

In the last couple blog posts, I’ve shared a bit about some life-changing experiences that I had in 2016 including the Beautiful Body Cleanse.

Today, I’m going to share my absolute favourite part of the Beautiful Body Cleanse. It was so hard to do. But I saw instant results in my every day life and because of that, I would say it was the most life-changing part of the cleanse.

Perhaps I’m the only mom to feel like every day I struggle to stay on top of things. With 3 children in the house, there is always someone who needs me or some “emergency” that needs my attention. *MOOOOOOOM! I WENT POOOO! I NEED YOU!* etc. etc. etc. I often feel as though I’m behind. I roll out of bed and sort of crash into the day, trying to get bigger projects done as well as the day to day tasks of running a household and two businesses and I miss so very much the order and neatness of knowing exactly what I will do in a day, when I will do it, then getting it done.

Am I the only one?

Somehow I doubt this.

The Beautiful Body Cleanse provided me with an incredible opportunity to change that just by changing one thing.

When I wake up in the morning.

I know, I know. You NEVER get enough sleep as a mom and the thought of getting out of bed earlier, before the kids are awake, is impossibly hard. Those are precious minutes of sleep that you need! And you know what, that may actually be true. If you have little ones and you’re not getting enough rest, this post may not be for you in this season of your life.

But if you feel ready for change and are able to sacrifice 30 minutes of sleep, then read on.

Here’s what I did.

I set my alarm for about 30 minutes before my children usually wake up.

I GOT UP AS SOON AS IT WENT OFF. This is very important. No snooze button.

I went to my “zen zone.” You can call this what ever feels right for you. For me, this was a space in my office that I set up the night before with my diffuser, favourite oil blend, candles, journals, blankets, pillows, yoga mat, etc.

Once there, I started my day with the following:

  • 10 deep breaths
  • 10 minutes of silent meditation/prayer
  • Inspirational reading - Bible, book, poetry etc.
  • Short journal entry with an intention for the day.
  • Glass of lemon water

If I had time, I would do yoga/work out immediately following this.

The results were totally amazing. I was more centred, patient, productive, and peaceful than I had been ever in my life. I felt like I was in the driver’s seat again. My life was manageable. I had so much more time to spend doing the things I love! It was utterly amazing.

My greatest difficulty is simply doing it. As soon as someone gets sick, or I have a really broken night of sleep, or we’re travelling, my morning routine goes out the window and I really struggle to get back into that groove. I don’t want it to seem like I’ve mastered this by any means! I’m trying to have grace with myself that it might not be possible to do every morning. And it’s ok to have those days too.

But I’m going to keep working towards this goal of being intentional with my time, energy and attitude.

INTENTIONAL living - this is my focus for 2017.

What about you? Do you have an intentional morning routine? What does it look like? I’d love to hear from you.


Written by Christina Bakanec