Journey to Joy, One day at a time.. (and getting up earlier)

For the last 6 months I’ve been struggling with waking up.  I try and get up at 7am, 8am, and usually crawl out of bed at about 9:30 because I have to be out of the house by 9:45.  I’ve been through phases of beating myself up for this, of accepting it, of just forgetting it was an issue. 

Things change in an instant…

Today.  I woke up at 5am.  I read a love letter I wrote to myself the night before.  I looked at my sleeping son and think “god he’s beautiful” and then I meditate, tidy the room, sort through a huge stack of love letters and happy memories (5 Amazing’s)  Lovely.  I went back to bed at 8am, and slept till 9.. It was awesome.  I really liked it, and I’ll probably do it again tomorrow.

Update: The next day I woke up at 10 am, and it was also awesome.. Extra so cuz I didn’t beat myself up for NOT being up at 5am.  I’ve changed my alarm clock to be my voice, saying “Good morning beautiful, it’s time to roll over and kiss yourself, and say I love you.  I love you, I Love you, I love you!”  I love waking up, and I love hitting snooze for 2 minutes so I can fall asleep and tell myself “I love you” again and again! 

Things change over time…

My relationship with myself has gotten better and better over the last few years, due in a huge part to the tiny daily practices I’ve put together to show myself love.

They are all under 2 minutes, so it’s almost impossible for me to say “I don’t have time right now” without then guilting myself into doing it anyways (It’s only 30 seconds elena.. cmon!!)

30 Day I love you Challenge This is me Charting myself saying I love you to myself every morning.  I’m doing well, and the  chart helps more than anything else. Check out  to get your own calendar, and join the 30 day Challenge. Happy License Plates I super enjoy playing games with licence plates while driving.  It’s amazing!! I look for patterns, doubles triples.  PORTALS (when all the plates you can see qualify as “special” plates, aka they have doubles triples or start with E (cuz it’s my name letter).. ) Queen of the World (and Canola) Me practising the Queen of the World Pose in front of awesome beautiful Canola in Central Alberta! Cute Alexander Cute naked Alex pondering the back yard.  🙂 I just thought it was so classic and had to snap a photo.  (aka, taking photos to remember) Heart Magic Hands - Daily Practices for JoyEvery day once I’ve done my I love you’s and my meditation I re-draw my family symbol on my hand, to remind myself that I love myself, and I see how amazing I am.  🙂  (you’re welcome to borrow it! or create your own) It’s a bit like groundhog day, except that every day I polish and shine what the perfect day would look like a little bit more..

I’m hugely curious as to what YOUR average day looks like.

It’s so rare to actually get to see what other people do all day.  If you have a minute, I would super appreciate it if you shared 3 of the highlights and lowlights of your average day. And for the first 5 people to respond I’ll offer my “haha wisdom” and give a suggestion on how you can create a little game out of the lowlight to make it way more fun for you on a daily basis!! 🙂 MUch love to you! Elena

Hope you’ve enjoyed this.. As always, I love feedback, and I love it even more when people share!!