Finding time to be by myself and work on some of my personal to-do list is tricky. I know you know what I’m talking about. I used to be a night owl but am now an early bird who rises before my family for some “commute” time before I start my care taking and family duties for the day, as well as the other necessities of being the Head of Domestics.

Oh, there are so many directions I could go in all by myself in those few quiet minutes of the wee hours. But being a gal with a busy mind most minutes of the day, I have learned that it’s my best time to do nothing.

I select a coffee cup for the day, add in my creamer of preference and pour myself a nice hot cup. Then off I go to chill out and do nothing.

That is not an easy task for me, especially when there are a lot of things I want to get to. But it’s the best way for me to feel grounded as I start my day. It centers me and I handle my day so much better when I take quiet time to listen to the noises of my home and around our outside. I sit in the dark with my little lights on, or none at all, and am a part of the morning as it comes alive during the cold months. In the warmer months, I prefer to sit outside.

My desire to make moments and be present for them is a continuous struggle, so being there as I start my day helps me to connect to MY world, the one I am living right at that moment. It helps to slow down the passing of the day.

It gets trickier as the day goes on, because now I’m caught up in the whirlwind of doing, but I still try to find moments that encourage me to pause and be a part of that moment.

My handsome horsey neighbor is a source of inspiration. Who knew? He can often be found, starting in the early morning and then throughout the day, lying down on the ground with his eyes closed.

I don’t know about you, but the fact that this week is the last week of March is completely unbelievable. March is supposed to be the longest month that drags on and on but I feel like I barely got to know it and soon it will be gone, taking the last bits of “hunker in” time with it.

As March turns into April, it’s a time of noticeable change in my neck of the woods and I don’t want to miss it. Getting grounded before my day starts takes me out of the go, go, go cycle and I do a much better job of noticing my daily world around me.

My handsome horsey neighbor and I highly recommend taking some time to chill each day.