Wedding Photographers Morning

How do you start your morning?

Today's blog entry is going to a bit different then what I usually post on here. This time of year things tend to be slow (business) I like to try and use this time to gt some good habits going. You can call it new years resolutions. I tend to just call them goals. Right isn't that what it really is. Something you want to achieve?

Morning Ritual.

I will admit I don't get to do this all the time. I would love to, but having a young family it's not cookie cutter. For most men this is the 3 S's, kinda your typical morning for most. But as we know I am not like most men. Yes I do the above but its not my first thing in the morning. This is how I break down my first hour.

  • Glass of water 
  • Meditation
  • Journal
  • Read
  • Exercise 
  • Then the 3 s's (well most days two, I skip the shave)
  • Green Drink

Most people are like Kenny why in the world do you do all that in the morning. How do you get the time for that. To be honest, It's hard and that is the point. Challenge yourself it actually feels good when you do. This takes about 1 1/2 hours in the morning. 

Glass of water

Pretty straight forward, takes about a minute and goes down fast as your body will crave the water after your sleep.

Meditation

I do about 5 minutes of meditation. I know most think meditation and picture some monk with the legs crossed. Guess again this is quite simple. I have two techniques for my meditation. to be honest It all depends on if there are kids toys everywhere, or we were able to tidy up before we crashed the night before. 

Clean floor method.

Lay on your back, point your feet forward and your arms out. Start by feeling your feet in your mind (i feel my parts by imagining heavy weight on them) then make you way up your legs, pelvis, lower back, chest, fingers, arms, shoulders, neck, face, and finish in between your eyes (your third eye) This is usually 2.5 minutes. the rest of the time I just take notice of my breathe. The whole point of this is to be aware of your body. 

Sitting down method

Sit on a chair, and have your feet touch the floor barefoot. I go right into my breathing meditation. It's ok if your breathing and you tend to wander your mind. It's actually part of the exercise. Realizing that you have drifted from the breathing strengthens your presence of the now. I will do this for 5 minutes.

Journal

I like to write in my personal journal. I use a Piccadilly brand book from chapter/indigo. They are around $15 and work well. I write many different things in this. It can be personal, or just some notes to go back to. I enjoy doing this because we type on keyboards and phones so much. Writing has become a lost form. 

Read

I am currently am reading a few books, Jab Jab Jab right hook, the 4 hour chef, Mastery, Money. Yes a few books at the same time. What can I say, I am an information junkie. I still prefer books you can hold, and physically have in your hand. I have some on my Nexus 7 tablet. I find it hard to read on a Tablet, and it does not help me sleep at night. The lighting tends to keep me awake, Defeats the whole purpose of reading to wind down for the night. Does any one else feel the same when reading from a device? 

Exercise

This consists of Push ups, stretches, and a few other things. I do have a gym set in the basement, but like most people things get in the way of it and you just ignore it. I do have to clean it up so I can hit some weights my body has been craving some structure. I did purchase a 10lb kettle bell the other day for Tabitha, and I to use. I will have to post some form of before and after photo when I decide to take this on a serious note. It's good to keep track so at least you can see the difference. I believe  measuring  makes you want to continue on vs not having anything to measure up against. 

Three S's

Shit, Shave, Shower. Pretty self explanatory. 

Green Drink

I have shared this before on my instagram feed. We like to juice in our house. One of my favorite drinks is a super green drink. 

  • 2 cups of mix spinach and kale
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 2 full carrots 
  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 apple

This will give you about 600 ml drink. I will be energized from this for about 5 hours. sure beats a energy drink , its wicked healthy for  you. I also take a Omega 3, Vitamin D, and Magnesium. This is my basic formula to stay healthy.