After the birth of my twin boys I realized that if I was going to maintain any sense of normalcy (and avoid giving the big kids cereal for breakfast every day!) I would need to plan ahead. Gone were the days of casually waking up, making the coffee and deciding what to make for breakfast. I learned that I need to set myself up for success the night before and when I do the following 3 things I feel much more confident and excited about starting my day.
1. Set the coffee – something about hearing the beans grinding and that luscious aroma wafting up the stairs makes me feel like I have a Columbian woman in the kitchen preparing a hot cup of coffee for me. I call her “Lucinda”, she is someone that I dream about actually having in my home some day. For now, I just imagine she makes the coffee (and sometimes I call on her to wash the dishes after dinner…she never shows up). Either way, it is much easier to get out of bed on a cold morning when I know the coffee pot is full!
2. Make the kids super-food juice. They say successful people live by routine and ritual. This is the one I have set in place for my kids and every morning they wake up to a cup of green juice. We use Amazing Grass Kids, mixed with a 1/2 Apple juice to 1/2 water. They expect it, they drink it, they love it! It helps me to have peace of mind knowing their bodies got a dose of greens!
3. Empty the dishwasher and clean the sink – this makes the next meal much easier to prepare. Something about an open sink says, “Cook something yummy and fill me up with dirty dishes!”
I could add to this list so many other things (like prepping the school room) and some nights I do. Some nights I make the pancake batter and some nights I make scones to pop in the oven when we wake up. Those mornings are really fantastic, but I find if these 3 tasks are done I can wake up with ease. I’m not rushing to feed anyone, I’m not stressed. Lucinda made my bulletproof coffee and I’m feelin’ good. Gracias, Lucinda!
I’d love to hear from y’all on this one! What are things you do to set yourself up for success?