Day 134: The Peacefulness of Early Morning and My Revised Challenge for 2020

Since the beginning of lockdown I’ve been getting a bit more sleep as the morning routine is totally different. There are no packed lunches to prepare and no one is rushing around trying to get out of the house, meaning that I can get up later. I’ve had the occasional sleepless night but most of the time I can drift back off to sleep. This morning was different, I was wide awake at 3am with so much going around in my head and sleep wasn’t coming naturally. So, just before 5am I gave up and went downstairs for breakfast.

Being so quiet and peaceful, I was able to engage with my mind and actually hear myself think. This kind of quiet is like the peacefulness of midnight but has added positivity of having the whole day ahead.

The rest of the morning was busy but quiet as we all had work to do, and by mid afternoon I was starting to get tired so I decided to have a nice warm bath with candles and listened to a meditation track. This really helped with how I was feeling. Y

Revising my 2020 challenge

I’m just over a third of the way through my decluttering challenge and the last couple of days has got me thinking about where I’m going with it. I never got round to posting a reflections blog at the end of April like the other months so now is a good time.

I thought I knew what I was trying to achieve which was to declutter or put a new process in place every day and then blog about it; however, I don’t think that had the right balance. Some days I fit so much in and other days (like yesterday) it just isn’t possible, and that’s ok. No one is judging or monitoring me and there’ll be no finish line and prize at the end. This year is all about me and how I am feeling about the space around me. That’s when it hit me about what I’m trying to do.

I needed these few days to reflect and to realise that it’s not all about getting something done every day. It’s not even about having an end goal (although I really do want to have made progress by the end of this year). It’s about me feeling better every day about my surroundings and how a clear space gives me a clearer mind. It’s about me doing what I want to do when I feel like doing it, without feeling guilty.

So, my revised challenge for 2020 is simply…

Clearing space in my home, my garden and my mind.

Clearing space can be decluttering, cleaning, meditation, reading, writing, thinking and so on.

I will still write every day but there will be no pressure for it to be about decluttering or processes. What I write will be focused on what I’ve done that day towards my challenge which can relate to anything that is giving me clear space.

I hope you will continue to follow me on my journey.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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6 Responses to Day 134: The Peacefulness of Early Morning and My Revised Challenge for 2020

  1. Sandra, it sounds like you have taken this very negative event darkening out world and discovered the positive of the situation. Even in the darkness there ia a ray of light. I believe you have tried to destress the situation.

    A very positive post. Hopefully, it inspires others to do the same. I myself, always in a rush, I hop into the showers. But I have a week taking a daily watm soothing bath. It is rejuvenating.

    Have a beautiful day.

  2. Pingback: Day 183: My Achievements Over The Last 6 Months and Planning Ahead | Sandra Madeira

  3. Geri Lawhon says:

    Love your positive takes. Thanks for this post.

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