When I was engaged, I became so aware of American tradition and societal norms. As my husband and I are far from conventional, I wanted to express that as much as possible. I asked myself so many questions. Why do women really wear white? Does white even work for your complexion? Do you have to get married in a church? We take on so much tradition and never challenge any of it. While on Instagram a few days ago I saw that a recently wed husband took his wife’s last name. Like why the hell not?!
Why aren’t we creating our own traditions? Just as fashion and personal style serve as forms of self expression, so should our rituals and traditions. I’ve been searching for ways to further define myself and my family.
I would love for my family to have an annual road trip or if we all went skateboarding together on the first warm Spring day after a long Winter. I have a personal tradition of going on vacation for my birthday every year. While on vacation I just like to reflect on my year and all that I want to do, be and see in the coming year.
Our personal rituals should enrich our lives and make us a better person. Whether they make us more organized, a bit more relaxed or simply more present, we should be saying yes to more rituals! I’ve created a morning ritual for myself which consists of the following:
- Saying a small prayer as soon as I turn my alarm off.
- Setting my intention for the day.
- Checking my daily horoscope.
- Working our for 30 minutes to an hour before work.
- Listening to my favorite podcasts while working out or on the way to work.
I find the saying a prayer as soon as you rise, helps you start your day off with gratitude. My podcasts are a major source of inspiration for me and working out just gives me a burst of energy! I love mornings and am hoping that I can expand my AM routine very soon. What are some of your morning routines?