I find a lot of comfort and structure in routines, especially morning and night ones. How you start and end each day is directly correlated to how you live that day. I wanted to share mineÂ to kick off A.M/P.M, a new series that features the morning and night routines of people who are winning at life.Â
My alarm (Helios from the iPhone’s bedtime mode) goes off at 6 A.M. I immediately groan, and kick off my covers. Feet on the ground. I get up and walk to dresser that faces my bed, turn off the alarm, and immediately head into the bathroom to brush my teeth and put in my contacts. Iâ€™m blind as a bat without them.
I return to the bedroom, and sit on the edge of my bed as I take my vitamins (presorted and ready in this case) and down the lemonÂ water inÂ my TumTum. I make the bed, and then head over to my reading chair for my morning routine.
I settle in and fill out the morning entry of the Five Minute Journal, trying to write answers that go beyond â€œI am grateful for coffeeâ€ and â€œI want to get a lot of writing doneâ€. My affirmation is always the same, thanks to one of Christine Dâ€™Ercole (one of my favorite Peloton instructors).
â€œI am…I can…I will…I do.â€
I close my journal, grab my iPad, and open the morning routine folder. I launch the Samsara app and settle into a quick meditation (5-7 minutes), meditating on the same affirmation I wrote in my journal. I either meditate on this affirmation or repeatedly count up to 10 – depends on the day.
Once Iâ€™ve meditated, I launch The Economist Espresso app to get a quick look at whatâ€™s going on in the world. Bulgaria has a new president. Egyptâ€™s economy is in the toilet.
2017, you are just the year that keeps on giving.
With my mind finally awake, I exit that app and open Google Drive. I spent the next 20-30 minutes writing (usually a blog post draft, but sometimes a personal essay). Iâ€™ve found that writing something, beginning to end, primes my mind for a productive day better than any other habit. And if my day is derailed by an emergency or last-minute meeting, I still feel like I got work done.
After I finish writing, I quickly click over to my blog to ensure the dayâ€™s post is live (and sometimes check Instagram too). I get up, slip on my Apple Watch, and go straight to the gym.
I jump straight into the dayâ€™s workout – BBG on Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays or a Peloton ride on Tuesdays-Thursdays-Saturdays.
Todayâ€™s workout involved jump lunges and burpees today. My legs are jelly.
I head to the kitchen to top off my water glass and make a smoothie. As the first sip hits my lips, I hear a â€œMaaaaaa maaaaa! Daaaaaa DAAAAAAAAA!â€
Rhoâ€™s awake. And his da da is already in his room.
I finish my smoothie and water while making two lattes from our Nespresso machine. I hand Sri his coffee and grab Rho for a hug and kiss(es). We enjoy our morningÂ for a few minutes. Peace.
Rho shimmies off his chair and plays while I (attempt to) read that dayâ€™s Washington Post. Sriâ€™s off getting ready for work while I read the headlines aloud and skim the articles. I fold the paper closed and make us breakfast (scrambled eggs for him, a fried egg on sprouted bread with hummus for me). Some mornings, I have to resort to an episode of Sesame Street in order for him to eat. Today is one of those mornings.
Naleeni, our nanny, walks in the door. â€œNaaaaa naaaaaa!â€ squeals Rho, running towards her. She scoops him up and whisks him to his room to change his clothes and get him ready for the day. I do the same for myself.
Itâ€™s 9 P.M. Rhoâ€™s been asleep for an hour or so, the kitchen is clean, and Legos and toys no longer litter the living room floor. After watching a bit of TV (tonight was an old episode of Star Trek: Voyager while responding to e-mails), itâ€™s time to start getting ready for bed.
I refill my tumbler with 30 ounces of water (plus juice of half a lemon squeezed in) and head to our room. I close out all the browser windows and apps on my phone and plug it in to charge – airplane mode, unmuted, and bedtime mode enabled. I return to my reading chair to complete my night entry of the Five Minute Journal, trying to recall memories beyond â€œstrong workoutâ€ or â€œreading and snuggles with Rhoâ€ to write down. Tonight, I canâ€™t think of any.
I brush and floss my teeth, wash my face (first with this oil, followed by this cleanser) and apply a mixture of serums, creams, and moisturizers. Today Iâ€™m feeling dry, so I apply both the Goop face oil and Glossier Super BounceÂ before topping it off with this Bliss gel. I take out a workout outfit for the next day and lay it on top of the dresser, and head into the bedroom.
I climb into bed (having changed into my pajamas hours ago) and grab my Kindle. Iâ€™m about a quarter through My Lady Jane, and canâ€™t get enough of the hilarious prose and the clever alternate history of Jane Grey.
â€œDa da daaaaâ€ chimes my phone. I turn off the Kindle, slip off my glasses and slip on my eye mask, and settle on my left side. Deep breath in, hold, deep breath outâ€¦
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P.S. – my morning routineÂ a year ago, how I keep up with the newsÂ andÂ established my meditation practice,Â and a day in my life.
A.M / P.M ESSENTIALS
Vitamin case – TumTum tumblerÂ – reading chair -Â Five Minute Journal – Samsara – The Economist Espresso – Kayla Itsines’ BBG – Peloton cycle – Nespresso machine & steamer – Daily Harvest smoothies – Vitamix blender -Â Washington Post – One Love Organics cleansing oil – Neocutis cleanser – Goop face oil – Glossier serums – Bliss gel cream – Kindle Voyage – Perpetual Shade sleep mask
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