when you can't show up the way you want, try this.

Our routine has been out of whack these past few weeks...

Last month we moved out of Mike's apartment and into our friend's place where we have been crashing on their living room floor because we will be moving really soon. (We will be announcing where shortly)

Now, don't get us wrong, we are uber grateful for the opportunity to stay with our 4 pals, we love sharing so many laughs and creating memories, however, we have had to adapt to sleeping in a living room.

In August we were getting really close to making our morning routine a habit but since moving out it's been a little more tricky.

We can be extremely hard on our ourselves sometimes and not being able to do our routine consistently every day has been challenging our mindset.

Even when we go to bed late because of our sleeping arrangement, we are still committed to trying to get up, but our bodies at 5 AM are either ignoring the alarm or are leading us to the snooze button. The next thing you know, it's already 9 AM and we've missed the 5 AM club, ugh.

But with all this struggle of not being able to show up when we want to, we realized a couple of things.

Number one is that our sleeping arrangement is temporary and even though we wish we could have perfect attendance at 5 AM, it's okay, we are trying our best with the resources we have, we are still getting shit done, just not at 5 AM.

One of our favourite books, The Four Agreements, passionately talks about doing your best and how it's a vital part of living a fulfilled life.

Don Miguel Ruiz, the author of the Four Agreements, says "that under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret." He also shares that "Your best is going to change from moment to moment (it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick)"

With that in mind, we've recognized that right now we are doing our best even though 5 AM is not happening.

The second realization we had is it that even though we are experiencing discomfort not being able to achieve 5 AM right now, we are not showing up for ourselves effectively if we are not gentle with our minds.

Let us explain further.

By waking up and being grumpy because we hit the snooze 5 million times creates an unnecessary issue around something that can't be changed anymore. We are actually choosing to start our day in a negative way which in turn is not going to allow us to have the good day we wanted to have in the first place. Every second we have the opportunity to listen to our thoughts and decide how to react. If you're being hard on yourself and start feeling negativity, allow the thoughts to come in your mind, sit in the discomfort for a moment and then send those thoughts love. Realize that your whole day doesn't have to be ruined because of a couple of ideas or uncomfortable feelings.

Lastly, when there is temporary discomfort there is always room to be grateful. Gratitude always brings us back to the present moment and allows us to see all the brilliant things happening in our lives. One thing we are so grateful for is being able to spend time with our pals, creating memories before we move. Connection is everything. We are also grateful for everything else that is in alignment and flow for us. Water, air, food, sunlight, the light goes on. There is always something to be grateful for.

If you are experiencing any form of discomfort because you haven't reached a goal or milestone, or maybe you are in a temporary situation that is not 'perfect' remember these three things.

You're doing your best with the resources you have at this moment.

Your mindset matters and you're in control of your thoughts.

Gratitude brings you back to the present moment and gives you perspective on how awesome life really is, even when it feels hard.

Remember if you can't show up the way you want, you can still show up it just may look different right now.

You got this and we are cheering you on.

Peace, love and carrots.

Cierra and Mike


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