What My Mornings Actually Look Like
Since middle school I’ve had a fascination with morning routines, watching every guru on YouTube start their day with lemon water, skincare, stretches, and oatmeal. I would write in my journal a timetable of how I would spend each minute getting ready for school. As the years went on, my morning routines evolved depending on where I was living and what I needed the most to take care of my wellbeing before heading out the door.
From living in Switzerland, Budapest, NYC, and back to my hometown, my basic formula for waking up has stayed relatively the same. First is simple skincare, then a cup of coffee, moving my body, a moment of stillness to pray or read, and a balanced breakfast. I focus on getting a big dose of self care in the AM, so no matter where the rest of my day takes me I start feeling strong and nourished. Here’s my exact routine, with all the little details that make a huge difference!
5:02 Wake up to Post Malone - ‘Wow.’
I’m not kidding guys, I actually set my alarm to either Drake or Post Malone (my poor husband). For some reason rap gets me out of bed better than any other genre! Why 5:02? Because life is too short to wake up on the hour.
5:05 Simple + Quick Skincare
I repeat - keep it simple. Ain’t nobody got time for a 10-Step Korean Facial at early hours in the morn. I like to splash my face with cold water then swipe out and up with a micellar water cleanser (no rinse required). Finally I dab on some hyaluronic acid serum, rosehip face oil, and a coconut water mist. Skincare done ✓
5:10 Take out French hair pin.
This rose gold hairpin has changed my life. I used to re-curl my locks every morning and goodness gracious - what a waste of time that was. The night before I twist my beach waves into a low bun, slide the hair pin through the center, and when you wake up your waves will be perfectly preserved and ready to roll out!
And I’m off! Minimal, efficient, and effective steps to start your day with intention and positivity.
After an hour of yoga, I take some time to slow down and meditate. I like to meditate (focus on my breath) for about 5 minutes, then spend a few minutes praying and giving the day to God. Before I get out my laptop and begin working, I make sure to plan out my schedule with my planning diary and jot down my goals for the day. Slowing down to align your heart, soul, and mind is an extra step you can easily skip - but I notice such a difference when I make it a priority.
What is a non-negotiable part of your mornings? Coffee, a workout, reading? Comment below and let me know!