Call me crazy, but I love mornings. I haven't always been this way. But the busier my life gets, the more I crave routine, and that always starts with my mornings. I love routines. I love list making, and I love creating systems that make life easier. And in the hustle and bustle of life, or -- ahem, wedding planning -- a little routine can make a world of difference.
I may not have always been a morning person, but since creating these routines... despite having to set my alarm an hour or so earlier every day... I look forward to this time every day now. I wanted to share my morning routine with you, in the hopes of inspiring you to create one for yourself. It doesn't have to be complicated. It doesn't have to take long. It can be super simple and something that just gets you in the right frame of mind for the day.
Here's my morning routine:
Chug a big glass of water (5 minutes)
After sleeping for 6-8 hours, our bodies are dehydrated. So drinking a big glass of water not only helps rehydrate you, but it also can kickstart your metabolism.
Prayer + Bible Study + Journaling (20-30 minutes)
This part of my morning was inspired by Ashlee Proffitt. After I chug that big glass of water, I sit at a table with my coffee (sometimes tea or hot lemon water with apple cider vinegar), journal, bible, and pen.... and this is how it flows:
I write the date in my journal, followed by two good things from the previous day, as well as two not-so-good things from the previous day. Then I try to think of two ways to change or improve those not-so-good things.
Then, I either do a quick devotional or write a verse for the day.
I spend a couple of minutes in prayer - asking for God's help and understanding as I dig into His Word.
I spend some time studying the Bible. I'll use this time to read, re-read, highlight, and take notes on whatever I'm studying. This part of my morning looks different depending on what I'm specifically studying, but some of my favorite resources are Jane Johnson's How to Study Scripture, Jen Wilkin's Women of the Word, the ESV Study Bible, The Blue Letter Bible , She Reads Truth Bible , and The Jesus Bible .
I finish out this time in prayer, either silently or in my journal.
Read (15-20 minutes)
One of the things that brings me joy is reading, but if I don't do it in the morning, it may not happen. So I started dedicating 15-20 minutes of my morning to reading whatever book I'm currently in the middle of. See 2018 my book list here!
Workout (45 minutes-1 hour)
I've learned that the longer I put off my workout, the more likely it is that it won't happen. So
I will make a point to go to the gym first thing for my daily workout. If I have a super busy day ahead of me, sometimes I do a quick HIIT workout.
Breakfast (15-30 minutes)
I love cooking, and I love nourishing my body well with healthy foods. But I've finally figured out that I don't have the time or brain space to try a new recipe every day of the week (I might try two new recipes a month now). So my breakfasts (and lunches) are typically the same thing every weekday. I might switch it up in case I get tired of something, but for an entire week, I eat the exact same thing for breakfast and the exact same thing for lunch. For example, my breakfast is always one of 3 things:
Scrambled Eggs with Diced Peppers & Onions (sometimes I'll add diced sweet potato): Dice 1/2 a bell pepper and 1/4 of an onion. Sauté them in a little olive oil. Add 1-2 eggs and scramble them up! If I have extra time, I'll start it all by sautéing 1/2 a diced sweet potato (those take awhile to cook).
Avocado Toast with an Egg: Toast your bread (I like Ezekial sprouted grain bread). Slice 1/2 of an avocado and place it on top of your toast. Cook an egg or two (over-medium is my favorite... but sometimes I'll just scramble them). Add your eggs on top of your avocado. Sprinkle Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel seasoning on top!
Protein Oatmeal with Blueberries: Cook your oats per package instructions. Add a scoop of protein powder and some almond milk (I just eyeball the amount... enough to make it creamy but not runny). Mix it all up. Add some honey or Stevia to sweeten the deal, and a handful of blueberries!
Shower (30-45 minutes)
Really, the length of my shower/getting ready portion of my morning depends on what I have going on for the day. If it's a day I'm working from home, I just do a quick shower, no makeup, and let my hair air dry. If it's a day I have client meetings, site visits, or video calls, I'll spend a little more time making sure I look a little more put together.
Schedule (5-10 minutes)
I sit down at my desk with my Simplified Planner and Trello boards pulled up in front of me. I batch work my days (more on this later), but each day of the week, I have a specific thing I focus on:
Sundays: Personal Growth & Prep for the Week
Tuesdays: Client Work
Wednesdays: Services Improvement
Thursdays: Client Work & Meetings
Fridays: Admin & Finance
(Of course, if it's a wedding weekend, those days are wayyyy different!) But after I shower, I look at what needs to get done for the day. I choose 3 big things to focus on. That's my focused word for the day. Everything else is "extra" or gets moved to another day...and sometimes another week.
I usually do my least favorite or most tedious tasks during the first 3-4 hours of the workday. This ensures it gets done.
Does all of this mean that I have to say "no" to a lot of things? You bet. Does this mean I can be a little stern when I tell people I can get them things, like their Design Presentation? Absolutely. But my clients pay me to do amazing and intentional work... not halfway done, barely thought out work that was done overnight. And my friends and family are super important to me, so without these boundaries and rhythms, I cannot love them well.
So there you have it! My morning routine! I hope it inspires you to create your own routine. And tell me below - do you already have a routine? What do you do in the mornings?