If you told me when I was younger that I would be a morning person, I would laugh. I was a night owl for my younger life. I slept late and woke up late. When I got my first corporate job out of college, I went into work and had somewhat normal hours and was off on weekends. Being self-employed requires so much discipline. I work way too much and I am terrible at taking time off. It wasn’t ever my intention to start a business, but it seems to be a good fit for me. I truly love what I do every day.
Now that I am older, I have turned into a morning person. Before I go to bed, I set my alarm for 7 am. On the weekends, I don’t set an alarm and wake up naturally at the same time. Sometimes I can fall back asleep but most of the time I am awake. There has been a big addition to my life in the last year which is Henri. I am very lucky he is a late sleeper. There are mornings I will have to wake him up to get out of bed and go for a walk. I have no idea how late he would stay in bed if I didn’t get him moving.
I have been using and loving my Hatch alarm clock to wake up. It slowly transitions the light to wake me up and I wake up to birds chirping. It really has changed the way I wake up and my overall morning mood.
The first thing I do when I wake up is search for Henri. He used to always sleep on the floor but he is slowly finding his way to the bed in the middle of the night. I will usually find him laying on my feet. I pull him up next to me for an extra snuggle.
I get dressed as soon as I wake up. It helps my chances of making it to a workout class so much better. I work out every morning at 9:15 now via Zoom. I used to be in a dance studio. I hope to get back in the studio post-pandemic. I will wear leggings, a sports bra, a top, and a sweatshirt in the colder months. You can see more of my favorite activewear here. Henri is very patient while I get dressed because it gives him extra time in bed. There are times when he tells me he wants to get moving and will get out of bed and sit patiently waiting for me to get moving.
I brush my teeth first thing, I love my Sonicare toothbrush.
This has become one of my favorite times of the day. Henri is very social and loves meeting his dog friends out on walks. He has introduced me to some great people in our neighborhood. I chat with the dog owners while he gets a good play with the dogs. Depending on the timing and the season, we go for long walks and hit a coffee shop or the park on the way.
I love my Breville coffee maker. I prep it the night before and have it automatically go off at 6:30 am. It’s so nice to walk into the kitchen and smell freshly brewed coffee. I usually add a little almond milk and pop it in my Yeti cup. I am known for dragging out a cup of coffee and love for it to stay hot throughout the morning.
I eat the same breakfast pretty much every morning. I do an egg sandwich on a whole-wheat English muffin and some fruit. I take my vitamins with breakfast and try to drink as much water as possible before I start my workday.
Get to Work
I typically multitask when I am eating breakfast. It’s probably a bad habit. I have been trying to reply to messages and questions while I eat. Our Eufy robot goes off at 8 am every morning to clean the floors and Henri will play with it until he gets tired. His nap time is 9:30 roughly and it’s the only solid time of the day I have to work or work out without interruption. He is still full of puppy energy and balancing work and being a dog mom is a challenge. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Do you have a morning routine? What is one thing you have to do each morning?
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