How to Re-Engineer Our Grumpy Thoughts (Even Early in the Morning)

Christy Nichols
7 min readNov 23, 2023

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Navigating my mornings of making coffee, journaling, and meditating around Roo’s morning potty run has become somewhat stressful these days.

The success rate of getting it together in the morning to take her out before she pees on the floor is low. There are a few reasons for this undesirable time crunch I face each morning upon waking.

First, I don’t have a fenced-in yard, so I can’t just let her out without accompanying her. Secondly, there is little privacy from my close-by neighbors once I step onto my porch.

“Getting it together” means I have to find my glasses or contacts, dress appropriately, and locate her leash. If I’m taking her out with her leash in one hand, I’d prefer to have a coffee in my other hand. And so, prepping the French press is now a necessary urgency to my mornings as well.

In my half-blind stumble to find lenses, clothing, leash, and coffee — it sometimes takes more time than poor little Roo can wait. She puddles on the floor. Sometimes by the front door, sometimes trying to hide in the back office. Doesn’t matter where, no one wants to start their mornings by dealing with dog pee.

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Christy Nichols

Educator, business owner, writer, do-gooder (mostly), trouble-maker (sometimes). Life Coach, Book Coach, Nicaragua Retreats hosted by www.venture-within.com