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Morning Pages

I’m not a morning person by nature. I’m a two cups of coffee and maybe I’ll talk to you kinda person in the morning. Some days it is three cups and a shot of espresso but whose counting…

Unless I’m on vacation. Then I can’t wait to wake up. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning. I can’t wait to see what the day holds!

Who doesn’t love waking up to Mickey waffles??
Or when the kiddos wake up before the sun is up but then God puts on this display
Baby Piper
Sunrises over the ocean are worth waking up for
Waffles on the dock at Aylen Lake, Ontario

But everyday mornings, I’d rather hit snooze. Then one day it all changed. As the girls got older, started sleeping better, I started to see I valued my mornings. I learned I love sipping my coffee and watching the sunrise. Reading my devotional and having some alone time before the craziness that is our lives starts.

I read the book, “The Artist Way” last year. The author suggests doing what is called morning pages. You simply write down whatever comes to your mind. Not documenting your life. Not to pass down to your grandkids or to be published. Never to be read again. It’s like brain dumping on paper. The author, Julia Cameron says any thought that causes anxiety that is left in the brain creates chaos and turns off creativity. I have found by simply writing down my thoughts, however dumb to me or petty, it is so relieving. I have come to really enjoy that time. And I leave feeling refreshed. Something that has been bothering me greatly feels less urgent. I can think more clearly about it.

Julia Cameron says, “The morning pages miniaturizes our Censor. The Censor is part of our leftover survival brain. Any original document pretty dangerous to our Censor. Morning pages will allow you to detach from your negative Censor. It may even be going to seem like a grumpy cartoon character. Doing your artist date you are receiving opening yourself to insight, inspiration, guidance.”

Amelia Island Plantation

I have found that taking the time, even if it is five minutes, even on my most stressful crazy days sets the tone for my day. I usually read my devotional, do my morning pages and end in prayer. Just taking that time every morning has been so helpful in maintaining a better stress level and having a clear mind.

You can use any notebook for morning pages. It takes a little bit of time to get used to just writing what comes to your head and not journaling. But once you do, it really is amazing how therapeutic it is. If you are worried about people reading what you write and it is inhibiting how freely you share, take the paper you wrote on and trash it. Ball it up, burn it or tear it to shreds. Remember, the goal isn’t to document but to free your mind. And once that starts to happen, you will start to notice a difference in how you feel about mornings too.

Enjoy the sunrises of life friends! And a good cup of coffee.

-Lauren

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military, Motherhood, Uncategorized

At Home in the Military

Oftentimes in the military you hear folks refer to “home” as a state. California, North Carolina, Texas, etc. Home is where you were raised, where you came from before the military. Most of the time it’s the place you go back to every chance you get. Since marrying a soldier I have always felt a little odd referring to our home state as our home although that’s the normal thing to do. My husband and I were both raised in NC. Both of our families are still there. We think of it as home. Yet, I still feel strange calling it that. It doesn’t feel right. Since we’ve been married “home” for us has already been in 4 different buildings and two different states. We get to move around a lot and make new homes all of the time. We’ve lived in an apartment, a big house, a town house and even our friends’ house! That’s Army life. I want to think of our home as the place we are now. Not where we were or where we may end up in our future. Home is our family. It is wherever we are together. When my husband is deployed, he cannot wait to come home. I cannot wait for him to come home. That is wherever we are together again.

 

Here is a little look into our current home. This is the home where I found out I was pregnant with our sweet Benjamin who is now born. However in these photos I was over 20 weeks along with him. We were gearing up for another baby and another deployment. Our friends from Bible Study own a photography business Our Mighty Song Photography. You can see their beautiful work on their website: https://www.ourmightysong.com/  Lynnea does REALLY beautiful photojournalistic style of photography. We were so pleased she came to our house to take these for us. Now we will always be able to see the memories of this little townhouse and this season of life that we were in. Daddy gets off work, Ayelee is over the moon excited that he’s arrived. We love to do everything together with our kiddos. Eat, play and say goodnight. Here is a typical evening in the Griffin home!

 

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The above photo is a more accurate picture of life right now. Except I’m not always smiling. Sometimes I’m pulling my hair out! But that’s what you do in your own home. You are able to cry and laugh at yourself and miss the ones you love. I sure do miss my sweet soldier. His little girl does too. We cannot wait for daddy to be able to tuck his sweet Ayelee in bed again. View More: http://ourmightysong.pass.us/cateandgabe