I’m pretty sure that throughout the course of my 21 years on Earth, I have always had a hard time waking up in the mornings – but not anymore! With classes at 7 AM most days of the week, I’ve had to get myself into the habit of waking up early and getting everything done. The only reason I can think of as to why I don’t struggle to get up is because I have created a specific routine to go through every single morning… well, that, and a two-year-old prying my eyes open to tell me good morning!
Seriously though, my morning routine has become something I look forward to. I enjoy easing into the day, rather than running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get everything done!
First things first, I put on a pot of coffee – this is probably the most vital step for me! While the coffee is going, I start cooking breakfast. Nothing spectacular happens in the kitchen this early, so we usually go for toast with almond butter and honey, or the quick avocado, arugula, and egg sandwich from one of my earlier posts. Then I sit down for about 10 minutes to eat and enjoy my coffee while it is hot. I used to despise eating breakfast this early, but now that my body has gotten used to it, I can understand why breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I feel energized and I don’t have the urge to snack all morning until lunch time.
Next, I head for the bathroom to wash my face (I use Philosophy Purity Facial Cleanser or Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser) and brush my teeth. I always moisturize my skin after washing to give my face a healthy glow (I alternate between Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion & Shea Moisture African Black Soap Moisturizer). I don’t wear makeup on most weekdays, but if I decide to, now’s the time to apply! If I’m putting on makeup, I prefer the Shea Moisture Moisturizer because it controls oil throughout the day and helps my makeup look flawless for hours.
Then I have to figure out what to do with this hair. I love baseball caps with a messy bun, or if I’m trying to look a bit more put together, I’ll do a half up / half down look with a clip. Both of these looks keep my hair out of my face, without constraining it in a tight ponytail all day long.
Now I get dressed, make sure my bag is full of everything I’ll need for the day, and I’m done….
Except, I have to repeat it all again for my daughter – but I wouldn’t want it any other way!
Mornings can be tough, but they don’t have to be. If you want to wake up earlier and be able to get more done, you just have to figure out a routine that works best for you – and stick to it! If I sleep in one day, then I am thrown off for multiple days after that. Even on weekends I still get up early and follow most of these same steps, I just usually spend more time relaxing throughout the day! Maybe you can take away some of these ideas to add to your own routine in order to make your mornings brighter!
With Love, Jeni