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4 Ways to Wake Up on The Right Side of the Bed

4 Ways to Wake Up on The Right Side of the Bed

How you design your morning will set a trajectory for your day (and you’re already designing it whether or not you intended to!)

Does your morning routine get you where you want to go every day?

Does your morning mind-set serve you well?

Here are four ways to design a wake-up routine that will inspire you:

1. Embrace your Manifesto.

What is your daily motto? Write a manifesto you strive to live by. (Example: “Choose Joy.”). You could even frame your manifesto for your nightstand so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up. Read it to set the course for your day.

2. Reflect on Your Morning Gratitude List.

What do you especially want to be grateful for in the morning? What starts your day focused on the blessings in front of you? Turn any usual morning complaints into gratitude.

Make a list in your journal of what you’re grateful for.

List everything, such as waking up to enjoy another day, your friends or extended family, having a job that provides for your family, having children to care for (even if they kept you up all night!), or your husband (even if he leaves his socks on the floor!). Read through your list every morning before your feet hit the floor.

3. Discover Daily Wisdom with Morning Devotions.

Keep a devotional-style notebook with short entries, an inspirational list of scriptures or ideas (such as your lovely life list), or motivating quotes to read by your bed or near a place you create for quiet time, such as a chair in a cozy corner of your bedroom.

If you’re accustomed to mindlessly grabbing your phone to catch up on all the latest social media drama before you can even see straight, your attitude will welcome this more grace-filled perspective to begin the day.

4. Plan Positive Intentions.

As you make your bed or take your shower, focus your thoughts on the uplifting impact you can have on the people you’ll see and the places you’ll go today. How can you bring a sense of loveliness to your life, home, and the world around you? Jot down a few insights and intentions in your journal.

This post was excerpted/adapted with permission from the book Dwelling, by Melissa Michaels (Harvest House, 2019).

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Create Your Happy Place at Home

Create Your Happy Place at Home

Do you have a happy place to go to within your home? Maybe it’s the chair you go to soak in a moment of peace, or a room you sit in to bring a little more joy, or the spot in your home where you go when you need to reenergize yourself or to feel more inspired?

In my “homebody manifesto” post, I talked about how often we are told to offer ourselves self-care by heading off somewhere other than our home.

Of course, a “happy place” can be somewhere else in the world. Maybe on a beach. Or in the mountains. Or at a boutique hotel with room service. Those can be very happy places because we feel like we can leave our cares behind.

Create Your Happy Place at Home


But I have found I feel my best overall when I create restorative spaces in my home where I feel happier, too.

Home is where a lot of our life is lived, so I’ve observed that there are lots of little decisions we make there every day that can greatly impact how we feel. My new book Dwelling is all about feeling well where you dwell (it’s not just about our home but in how we take care of ourselves there, too).

While a perfectly designed room or new furniture could offer a very happy place, a happy spot is not always about having all of the perfect “things” we want in a room.

Create Your Happy Place at Home
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Sometimes a happy place means you will claim one clutter-free corner for yourself.

Maybe it means arranging one shelf to bring joy in an imperfect place.

Maybe it’s about cultivating the “happy mindset” we need to see the gifts in a space right in front of us.

Of course, people or pets can bring happy to a home, too! Wherever and however you find more joy in your home, I think having at least one spot where you know you can go to soak in some happiness can be a gift to yourself!

Create Your Happy Place at Home

White Slipcovered Sofa /Blue and White Rug

In my house I’d probably say I feel my happiest when I’m curled up on my living room sofa. Besides being where my people and pups are, I think it’s a happy spot because during the day or sunset hours I can enjoy the light and view through our windows. Being there brings more joy to my day.

We intentionally positioned our sofa in the living room and a bench in our dining room so that we can sit in either spot and look outside. We could have arranged our rooms differently, but that decision (among many!) has had a positive impact on my well-being.

Whether or not we have the perfect rooms or make ideal choices from a design standpoint, the decisions we make to improve how we feel in our home matters most of all.

Where’s your happy place in your home? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

If you aren’t sure where your happy spot would be, maybe it’s time to create a little nook for more joy this week!

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