Trying to Become A Morning Person: Habits I’m Adding

Despite the fact that I absolutely love both sleep and routine, I find it incredibly hard to stick to a routine when it comes to sleeping. It’s a bit easier when I’m able to afford melatonin pills, as I know if I take them at a certain time, say 10:30 PM that I’ll probably be asleep by midnight. Then I’m able to set my alarm for 8 hours later, and begin my day. However, since the only thing that I’ve managed to have any consistency in my life is the fact that I’m constantly a broke bitch…it tends to make things difficult. So as a result of this, I’ve decided came up with a few things that I can only do in the mornings, or before 10:00 AM. It’s my hope that my desire to do these things will encourage me to not hit the snooze button, and to get to sleep at a decent time – preferably at or before midnight.

  • Wake up early. This gives me the opportunity to do some of the other things on this list…things that I’ve discovered make me feel better throughout the day, and makes me feel more confident about my absolute ability to get things done. Knowing that you have a good foundation for your day is a great feeling!
  • Meditate. I’m going to be the first to admit this, I don’t take enough time to be entirely present and I also completely suck at meditation. This is mainly because I have a serious problem with sitting still in one position for more than a minute or two. However, meditation can help with stress and help to start your day in a calmer set of mind. A friend recommended that I try Insight Timer, which is available on both the Apple App store and the Google Play store for free. However, it does require the usage of data – so this is something I’ve put aside for now.
  • Drink two glasses of lukewarm water. There are so many amazing benefits to drinking warm water in the morning, from relieving nasal congestion – an absolute essential for me as I suffer from allergies and severe sinusitis to the fact that it helps to keep you hydrated. It can also supposedly help with weight loss.
  • Do a bit of exercise. Getting active in the morning is great for three reasons – the first being you are more likely to exercise if you do it in the mornings before your busy day gets started. Then there is the fact that it can help with weight loss and help you sleep better at night. The incredible Chloe Ting has a series of free workouts that you can do at home with minimal equipment. I suggest doing a different workout that targets a specific part of your body for each morning, such as on Mondays do an abs workout.
  • Take a hot shower. After exercising, nothing feels better than a shower. It refreshes and cleanses your body preparing it for the day ahead – even helps to wake you up a bit more. I have a list of products I prefer to use when taking a shower in the morning – due to the fact that their scents remind me of mornings, this includes items with a citrus or coffee scent.
  • Skincare routine. This is an essential, especially on days that I decide to do an overnight mask. Taking care of your skin in the mornings means that you start your day with a fresh face, and your makeup if you choose to wear any that day will look absolutely flawless.
  • Have a healthy breakfast. A breakfast that is healthy doesn’t have to be complicated – you can take some vanilla yogurt, granola, and a bit of fresh seasonal fruit and make a parfait. Another quick and easy idea is to have avocado toast with egg and fresh seasonal fruit. I enjoy both of these – although I do have a tendency to add a cup of chai latte or English breakfast tea depending on how I’m feeling that morning.
  • Clean for 10 minutes. I know what you’re thinking…clean for only 10 minutes?! What good is that going to do anyone? For me personally, I can only clean for about 10 minutes at a time since I’m allergic to dust mites. 1 Surprisingly, doing 10 minutes of cleaning every morning makes a big difference as you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and work harder throughout the day to ensure the cleaned area stays clean.
  • Read your Bible. I’ve been trying to reread the entire Bible once again – I’ve done it twice, once as a preteen and once when I was sixteen. Both times I was going through some issues in my life, and I don’t want to be the type of person who only opens their Bible when life is tough. I want to know that I find faith in God’s word, in his plan for my life, even when everything is going good. I know that this may not make sense to some who read this, as I don’t place a big priority on church but having a good relationship with God is very important to me and I don’t feel I need to attend a church to have a relationship with God.
  • Write in my Journal. For those who’ve never read one of my blog posts before, first of all, are you lost? Second, you’re probably wondering why I keep both a journal – offline and a blog. The main reason for this is that despite my desire to remain 100% honest with my readers – there are still aspects of my life I prefer to keep private, aspects that sometimes have to do with my not blogging, etc. There is also the fact that I’m absolutely horrible at remembering passwords and the fact that I only have 10GB of data per month, can’t afford to pay for Internet access. So journaling allows me to dump all of the thoughts that are crowding my mind, keeping me awake at night by obsessing over them.

If you follow me on any of my social medias – links in both the header and the footer, you’ll know that I am now the happy, somewhat proud owner of a Chihuahua named Kiki. I’ll eventually write a post telling y’all about Kiki…that is unless she somehow manages to get eaten by a coyote or swallows something she shouldn’t. I jest, but she’s at that stage where everything finds its way into her mouth…including charging cables, peppermint wrappers, etc. I hope that you’re having an awesome whatever it is, wherever you are and be sure to leave me a comment letting me know what you think of my potential morning routine, and to subscribe so that you know when I’ve added new posts!

  1. My allergy doctor is very insistent that I refer to my allergies properly, and since you can’t be allergic to yourself…dust mites, it is.

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Cautiously Optimistic This Time Around

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When I first came up with the title for this, the first blog post of the revamped Thoughts of Jessica, I was feeling optimistic. But that was before…before I couldn’t figure out how to change the font used for the site title in the header only, before I tried to actually write this post without doing a rough draft first…before I began to remember how much I need support and feedback1 on any project I decide to undertake. Asking my neighbor if the font I chose for the site title looked good with the rest of the site helped restore a bit of my optimism, and some of my confidence. However, it’s now Friday the 30th of July and I still haven’t figured out one of the problems, I’m having with working on my site. I think that I’m going to have to contact the theme’s creator to see if I can get some assistance. I’m hoping that I can as this is one of my top free WordPress.org Themes. But I will keep y’all posted on my progress – either via another blog post or most likely via a tweet – all of my social media links are in the 85% complete sidebar to the right.

As for the sidebar only being 85% complete, there are still a couple of things that I need to add – a link to BrandBacker, as well as my affiliate links from ShareASale. I’m planning to monetize my site this time around, as I can’t keep hoping I will somehow raise the funds to keep it open. Currently, this is one of my longest owned domains – it’s tied with my former domain, bemusedly.net. However, y’all will be able to read all about my sordid domain history within the next couple of weeks…hopefully. I’m expecting some news in the next week or so that could possibly keep me from doing any major work around here but it’ll improve my life – which in turn would allow me to write more interesting blog posts. Because let’s face it – my life is pretty boring…I do the same things almost every single day, with the only exception being every Tuesday morning.2

In other life news, I’m currently 21 books behind on my yearly reading goal of 150 books this year. Y’all can view what I’m currently reading (usually the top book on the sidebar) as well as a few of my “To Be Read” books on the sidebar. At the moment I’m writing this post, I’m reading “People Who Eat Darkness” by Richard Lloyd Perry. It’s the true story of Lucie Blackman, and her death. Recently my interest in the true crime genre has renewed, and I’m considering doing a series on here related to True Crime but not certain that is something I want to do, or how often I want to do it – right now? Monthly, might be the best option so that I have time to properly research whichever case I’m presenting to all y’all.

Speaking of potential future posts, would anyone object if I decided to revive blog posts from my old domains? I would update them to reflect my thoughts and my personality today in mid-2021 or whenever they’re reposted. If I decide to do this, it’s then a matter of when to post them and what to call the category – Revisions, Retrograde, Throwback?

Some of you might have noticed that I’ve added a new main link in the navigation – Sims. The Sims has been an obsession of mine ever since it first came out back on 4th of February 2000. It’s how I deal with practically every problem and emotion that overwhelms me – it keeps my anxiety at levels that I can handle. But I’ve gotten a bit sidetracked – the Sims link in the navigation is so I can share all of my Sims-related content such as my Alternate History save file3, my personal gameplay photos via Insomniac Sims, as well as challenges I’m doing via my Simblr and CC pieces that I love and use in my game. The eventual goal is to actually upload Sims videos to my YouTube channel, as well as semi-weekly vlogs on a separate channel. Honestly, this…everything depends on my ability to afford the equipment to properly do the various tasks as well as my rebuilding self-confidence so I don’t feel like a complete idiot when doing them.

In everything I’ve read on blogging, it’s suggested that posts are ended with a question for all y’all. Generally, I have trouble writing an actual, coherent posts so the thought of having to think of a question to ask y’all is enough to make me want to go take a nap. Sidenote, that’s exactly what I’m about to do after I get the rest of the support section of the sidebar semi-completed.

  1. Any kind, even negative, works for me.
  2. Those who follow me on Twitter already know what I do. Comment “Shots! Shots! Shots!”
  3. Coming soon, hopefully!

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A Subsequent Note

Hello World!

     It is time for me to write another post as I’m getting ready to head to bed, despite it being a quarter after four in the morning. #InsomniacProblems Nevertheless, I think that I might understand how or why I have insomnia – I believe that in a past life I lived somewhere that was extremely hot during the day, and sleeping at that point was the best way to survive. I could also be delusional from lack of sleep, or from being tired…I don’t know.

     Anyhow, I finished two books tonight – Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham and A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn. I read the second in a few hours, as I honestly adore fairy tales and it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty – one of my favorites, if not my favorite. The Lena Dunham book took me a few days to read as I simply could not become interested in it. It’s not because it wasn’t well-written, I just had trouble relating to Lena in any way. Plus it may have been because I mainly checked it out as I was currently reading novels written by comedians – Mindy Kaling and Chelsea Handler, both of whose books that I absolutely adored.

     Right now, I’m in the process of reading another book by Alex Flinn. I also have several of his books to pick up at the library, but I want to get a few more of the books that I currently have checked out finished before I get some more. What are some of the books that you’re currently reading?

    There isn’t much more going on in my life right now. I’m just trying to stay cool during the day, though it seems it is going to be a lot cooler today than it was yesterday. 😅 I’m going to go to bed, and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

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The Beginning

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Hello World!

     This is the first official entry in my new daily, semiprivate blog. I decided to start this as I’m wanting to get to know Blogger a bit better and I’ve recently acquired two templates that I absolutely adore. I’m in the process of getting the sidebar and everything set up, so please be patient with me if there are any broken links (which there are probably several), etc.

     As a result of this being the first official entry, I suppose that I should tell you a little bit about myself especially since I don’t know how you came across this blog. Be sure to tell me in the comments below. :) To start, my name is Jessica – I was named by my maternal grandmother since my Mom didn’t have any girl names picked out. Though in her defense, I did arrive a whole month early. I have the distinction of being the first baby delivered by the fire department in my hometown, with the result of my birth making the front page of the local newspaper before I could read or speak. The rest of my childhood was rather average – the parts that weren’t will probably be discussed on my main site, Love Design Couture.

    LDC is where I discuss practically everything that I think of – problems with social media, favorite Vines, items that I’d love to own. It ranges from being very silly at times to completely serious. Of course, to get to know me even better, you also have to read my writings which can be found at Scribbled by Jessica.

     I honestly don’t know what else to put in this post, beyond the fact that I’m currently in mourning. My new kitten has died, which means that my dog Colby is receiving lots of cuddles and attention. Am I the only one who has a tendency to become clingy when they lose something or someone?

     Before I head to bed – I’m a serious insomniac, can any of you suggest some tutorials on how to get all of this to look good? I’m open to suggestions, and I’ll try to get another post up tomorrow before bed.

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