Creating a Daily Routine for Freedom

The more I explore myself, the more I realize that my “freedom” is not from not having anything to do but by doing things that give me purpose.

Watching the Clock with Nothing to Do

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I spent many years without a daily routine. Not having a routine made me watch the clock, not getting anything done and I found it hard to feel fulfilled at the end of the day.

Not having a routine made me check the time often and gave me a feeling like I was wasting time in some way. I wasn’t sure how to get things done or which item I should start next. There were no priorities and therefore, no way to know what was important.

Creating a Daily Routine

It seemed counter intuitive to me but setting a full daily routine has helped me feel more free. I think part of the freedom feeling is feeling fulfilled. Doing what is important to me helps me feel like I have taken care of my list, even if some office work doesn’t get finished.

Creating a daily routine for me is about simplicity. If I do the things that are most important for my welfare, I feel fulfilled. For me, if I do my daily meditation and mantra practice, I feel good, even if more work came in than I was able to finish.

I have noticed that doing something daily, even if it is only for a few minutes a day, makes me much better at it. Aly Dunne (@thewayofmantra) explains how a daily practice is like a river wearing down rock over time.

Here is a quick view of my daily routine:

  • Wake up, meditate, chant
  • Drink elixir (modified from Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir), walk dogs, start hot water for tea, sing to my kombucha scoby
  • Work on graphic/web projects
  • Eat lunch
  • Work on graphic/web projects
  • Go for run, walk dogs, walk by myself
  • Meet with friends, network
  • Wind down, sleep

Resources for Optimizing the Daily Routine

Here are some of the tools and resources that help me develop and stick with my routine.

Your Routine

Do you have a daily routine? If so, what have you noticed by following it/not following it?

Our Favorite Heroes, Then and Now

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Most of us grew up watching or reading about our favorite heroes fighting crime and saving the innocent. Sometimes it’s fun to take a look back and see how the roles have progressed during our fandom.

Here is a quick look into some of my favorite heroes from my younger years and versions I enjoy now.

Tron

Tron original
Tron now
 

Captain Kirk

Captian Kirk then and now
 

Superman

Superman then and now
 

Batman

Batman then and now
 

Doctor Who

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Incredible Hulk

hulk then and now
 

Obi-wan Kenobi

Obi-wan Kenobi then and now

Awesome Firefly Portrait Art

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I’m a huge fan of Firefly and I love to see the art that the show has inspired. A quick google search will show you just how much people have put out there. Here are some of my favorites. Not all, but some…

General Firefly Art

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Image Credit: Megan Lara

firefly poster

Image Credit: Amok

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Malcolm Reynolds

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Image Credit: Harbek

malcolm reynolds firefly

Image Credit: Dan Dos Santos

Jayne Cobb

jayne cobb firefly artwork

Image credit: Harbek

Jayne cobb firefly serenity

Image credit: RobHough

Zoe Washburne

zoe washburne firefly

Image Credit: Harbek

zoe firefly

Image Credit: DavidDeb

Hoban “Wash” Washburne

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Image Credit: Harbek

hoban wash washburne

Image Credit: cutitoutart

Simon Tam

simon tam

Image Credit: Harbek

Kaylee

kaylee firefly

Image Credit: Steve Anderson

firefly kaylee

Image Credit: James Hance

kaylee sketch firefly

Image Credit: cutitoutart

River Tam

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Image Credit: Kevin Chung

river tam firefly

Image Credit: cutitoutart

summer glau river tam firefly

Image Credit: Simon-Field

Inara

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Image Credit: Ben Curtis

inara serra firefly

Image Credit: Kevin Chung