Like many of you out there, I am a busy woman with many interests and things I feel passionate about.  Before I discovered my little secret, which I’m going to share with you in a minute, there were many a nights that I would go to bed wishing that I had more hours in the day because I wasn’t able to get it all done.  Does this sound familiar to you?

So, what’s the secret?  I bathe myself in grace each morning…literally.

At Christmas I received a bottle of shower gel called “Amazing Grace”.  It’s from a company called Philosophy and these are the words that are printed on the front of the bottle:

Life is a classroom.  Each day is a test, and each day we receive a passing or failing grade in one particular subject: Grace.  Grace is compassion, gratitude, surrender, faith, forgiveness, good manners, reverence and the list goes on.  It’s something money can’t buy and credentials rarely produce.  Being the smartest, the prettiest, the most talented, the richest or even the poorest can’t help.  Being a humble person can, and being a helpful person can guide you through your days with grace and gratitude.

Bathing myself in grace helps me start my day off on the right foot.  It reminds me that who I am being is truly more important than what I am doing.  It sets the intention for my day to be to bring as much grace into my interactions with others, as well as with myself, as I can.  And, it allows me to go to bed at night grateful for the opportunities to practice compassion, love, forgiveness, patience and other grace filled ways of being.  Because I know for me, that this is ultimately how I’d like to be graded-by my ability to practice grace, not by how many things I checked off my to do list.

How about you?  What do you do to start you day off on the right foot?  What needs to happen for you to go to bed giving yourself a “passing” grade?

Today’s author: Laura Hall is an iPEC certified life coach who believes every woman deserves a coach.  She offers both one on one as well as group coaching services.  She can be reached at [email protected] or check out her website at