Your morning routine – guest post by Katie of Gadanke Journals

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I am so excited to introduce Katie Clemons from Gadanke Journals as my first guest writer on my blog. Katie and I both share a passion for preserving the stories that make up day-to-day life. Katie’s company makes these beautiful journals with all sorts of prompts to get you writing about your daily life. So that you preserve it for the future. This is the same thing I am trying to achieve with my photography. And actually I strongly believe the two should go hand in hand. I document my family life through both photographs and written diaries. Katie has made an awesome (and free!) 10 minute video workshop to help you get started with journaling your morning routine (keep scrolling to watch), here she explains why this is something you’ll want to record and remember and how to go about it:

Grab your journal and your cup of coffee. It’s time to document the chaotic, imperfect details of your morning.

I never thought that journaling about my morning routine was anything interesting until I became a mom. Suddenly, my mornings weren’t my own any more.

I bet you don’t think, “Hey! I want to document the crazy of my morning!” But I want you to try it. Right now. This morning.

My mornings were a bit different this past winter than they were in the summer. They were very different in elementary school and college. All those years, I didn’t journal about my mornings because, at the time, I didn’t think they were important.

Did it really matter what woke me up or what my pajamas looked like? Could it matter if I was rushed or having a leisurely breakfast?

Now, I know that the answer is a big ol’ yes. These stories do matter. Documenting your morning every now and then captures elements of:

  • your life
  • your family
  • the state of your home
  • your routine
  • the time of year
  • even the world outside your window

Watch this workshop video. Let me help you document your morning routine.

This isn’t documenting your ideal morning. This is writing about today. Right now. This morning.

You can document your story in several ways. This workshop’s a good one for playing with different techniques, such as:

  • telling your story with photographs
  • writing your story in a bullet list
  • snapping photographs to illustrate your day
  • using the free pdf above
  • trying different mediums like a tag or library card to write on

Try this:

Document your morning as it plays out. Use one of the writing prompts to document your weekday morning. Use the other to document your weekend.

Share your morning process with us #mygadankejournal.


In this next picture, you’ll see a couple of different ways I have journaled my morning routine – one is my usual weekday morning routine right now, and the other (in the pink writing in Katie’s ‘She” journal), a particularly hectic and unexpected morning that happened today. I think it’s important to record the challenging times too, as it’ll just give such a clear picture in the future as to what life was like right now.

diary entry of morning routine and family life

If you enjoyed Katie’s workshop, don’t forget to pop by her store and pick up an oh-so-gorgeous journal for you and a friend.

And if you’d like me to hang out with you one morning to capture what a real morning looks like at your home, let’s not wait, let’s make it happen before things change all over again. First step – fill in this form and I’ll be in touch soon.

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