I’ve always been a creature of habit – when I was in Elementary and Middle school I would get ready in the same order:
Get dressed, brush hair, put hair into a pony tail, eat breakfast, brush teeth.
every. single. day.
Then I’d make my lunch, which also was the same every day (by choice): salami and cheese sandwich, chips and fruit. And I’d love it
every. single. day.
Nowadays, my morning routine looks a bit different, but it is a routine nonetheless.
One thing I love about having a morning routine is that it acts as my morning meditation.
Why? Because I know what order I am going to do everything in, so my brain can be clear and relaxed!
I love it.
And here’s how it goes.
Routine Part 1: Making my Oatmeal and Coffee
- I bring my Mug(for my oatmeal) and my Travel Mug(for my coffee) to the kitchen – which is always empty, yippee!
- I add Instant Oatmeal ~ a quarter cup to my ‘You Do You Girl’ mug.
- Then I add whatever berry combination I’ve left in the freezer (this week I happened to have fresh Pomegranate seeds, YUM!)
- And the most important step – I add a half table spoon of hot chocolate mix and follow it up with some milk.
- Then I’ll put this into the microwave for 1:30 and get started on my coffee.
- With my Groot Travel Mug, I just pop in a K Cup, and let it roll.
*Note I’m trying to find a more sustainable K Cup solution, if anyone has any recommendations of reusable K Cups, let a girl know!*
- While the coffee is brewing, I’m literally just standing in front of it watching that glorious liquid drop into my Mug. It’s so friggen’ relaxing!
- The best thing is that my Oatmeal and Coffee finish up around the same time. I don’t know why, but it’s extremely satisfying.
- Once I mix up my oatmeal and add a splash of milk to my coffee, I head to a seating area at work that’s next to a big window.
- I place my stuff down and go to get my water bottle.
Routine Part 2: Fill my 33oz water bottle
This one is pretty self explanatory. But it’s the most important. After I put my coffee and oatmeal down, I fill up my giant green water bottle. This step is so important because if I don’t do it during my morning routine, I probably will forget to do for the rest of the day. I try to drink two full water bottles before the end of work, and this small step of filling it before I start work is the best way to make sure I do!
Routine Part 3: Write for 15-20 minutes
One of my favorite parts about our window seating area is I can bring my laptop and write. I have made it abundantly clear (in the nicest way possible) that when I am eating my breakfast and having my coffee, it’s basically as if I have DO NOT DISTURB written across my forehead.
I sit and drink my coffee and either work on a blog draft or start a new blog post, and it helps to get my creative juices flowing for the day!
Routine Part 4: Upload an Instagram Post
As much as I like to think that I can concentrate on writing for a full 15-20 minutes, let’s be real, it’s more like 10-15. Which leaves me about 5 minutes to add a new post to Instagram.
My boyfriend introduced me to VSCO, a super awesome photo editing app, and I upload a photo, add one of my presaved filters to it, and add a caption.
Once I upload it to Instagram, I know that my morning routine has ended. It kinda ties it up nicely with a bow. And I’m ready to get to work.
After that 20 minute morning routine, I always feel ready to take on the day. It’s something that actually acts as my morning meditation because I am not using any decision making brainpower. I am simply using creative brainpower.
And that charges me up for the day.
What does your morning routine look like?
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