Sometime in the middle of college, I started to get into a morning routine. It was simple, but it gave me something I needed (breakfast within the first 30 minutes of waking up) and something I looked forward to getting out of bed for (reading blogs). Even when I had 8 AM classes, starting the day in a leisurely way made a big difference in how rested and prepared for the day I felt. I kept up a similar routine when I graduated and started working, but when I added a commute and having to cook for myself all the time into my daily schedule, I realized how beneficial it would be for me to add a few more good habits to my mornings. It’s so much easier to make excuses about skipping workouts or quiet time after a long day of work, don’t you think?
I was nervous about how my routine would once again have to change once Dave and I got married and moved in together. It has taken a little bit of trial and error, but we’ve done our best to be respectful of what sets the other up for the day well. We both love our morning routine now, so I thought I’d share it with y’all! It doesn’t always go perfectly, but this is what we aim for:
6:15: First alarm goes off (we have this alarm clock and it’s awesome) and Dave hits snooze. Maybe someday we won’t be snoozers, but not yet :)
6:20: Second alarm goes off and we get out of bed to throw on workout clothes.
6:30: Morning workout! I can’t do anything too intense without eating first, so we usually take a walk or light jog around our neighborhood (we do our runs and bigger workouts later in the evenings). If it’s rainy, I’ll do a Tone It Up yoga routine while Dave heads to our apartment gym.
7:00: We get back to the apartment and turn on the coffee maker (Dave always gets it ready the night before). I jump in the shower first, since my hair takes awhile to dry.
7:15: Dave showers while I pour our coffee and make myself breakfast (usually cereal, Tone It Up’s Perfect Fit Pancakes with berries, or a green smoothie and toast).
7:20: I settle onto the couch to read my Blessed Is She devotion, which is sent to my email. I LOVE it, and highly recommend it!
7:30: Dave joins me on the couch while I eat breakfast and check out my favorite blogs. He reads the Magnificat on his phone, checks Twitter (his social media of choice), and sometimes has a small breakfast.
7:50: We put everything away and pray a decade of the rosary together. We’ve done this almost every single day since we got married, and it has been amazing for us.
7:55: Time to get ready for work! A few of my current favorite beauty products: this face wash, this foundation, and this mascara.
8:25: I make my lunch or grab some leftovers.
8:30: We head out the door!
What’s your morning routine like? What’s your favorite thing about it? I’d love to hear!