It is 8am on a Saturday, which also happens to be one of my favorite mornings of the week and I am doing this thing, finally starting my blog and I am pumped about it. This is ONE of two days that I am able to have to slow morning. Girlfriend right here has a busy life, which if you don’t know me… Hello there! I am Amy- rocking business owner of HellaBella Athletics, trainer at Orangetheory Fitness, collector of hobbies, passionate about health & fitness and lover of all things friends, family, art and travel. This is me in a nutshell, but if you stick around you will obviously learn more. Not to mention I will also be including all my favorite wellness, fitness and life tips that will hopefully help you in your journey as well. So let’s be friends! Follow me, you won’t be disappointed. Your welcome in advance.
So back to my slow morning… and my coffee and now my blog… in that order of course. Ok wait… one more important side note…I LOVE my morning coffee. That is part of my morning routine that is always included. I preset my coffee pot to ensure it is ready as I am walking down the stairs in the morning. Because let’s be real if I am waking up at 3:45am to go coach an Orangetheory class there is no way I am going to be making my coffee at that hour. Aside from that fact that it literally will get me out of my bed to hear the gurgle of my brewing coffee pot and the smell as it starts to drift up my stairs.
My morning routine is like Christmas. I look forward to it every night as I am going to bed, whether I get a slow morning or not it completely affects the way the rest of my day goes. It is a small part of the day that is all mine. If you don’t have a morning routine, now might be a good time to find something that works best for you. Studies have shown that wildly successful people have a very specific morning routine. Your inital actions lay the foundation for your day. It is the beginning of the New Year and picking up a habit that can help you be more successful is only a positive thing. Your morning routine might be different from mine, but find something that works for you and stick to it!
As you might guess mine starts with the coffee, but honestly it is not the need for caffeine that drives me to get my butt out of bed, it is the comfort in the sound, the smell, the quiet kitchen, the humming of my refrigerator and the gurgle of the pot that calms me. I spend my morning in quiet reflection and gratitude for the healthy body I live in and set my intention for the day. I don’t turn on music. I don’t listen to podcasts and because I live by myself I don’t generally talk to anyone (although some mornings I might talk to myself). I just sit in my thoughts and plan my day. An amazingly successful friend of mine shared with me a habit of hers that I adopted at a time in my life when tasking and checking things off my list was extremely overwhelming. The to-do list never seemed to end and because of that I ended each day feeling unsuccessful. Do you ever feel that way? Now this is what I do instead…
Pick 3 things that I want to accomplish during the day. These things can be big or small. Personal or work related. It doesn’t matter, but I know that at the end of my day if I have accomplished those 3 things then I am where I need to be. I am also someone the loves to check things off a list. So I physically write these 3 things in my planner (yes I still have an old school planner!) and check them off during the day. Oh the sweet satisfaction!
Take care of me first. No this is not selfish. This is smart. For me, this changes depending on how much time I have in the morning. Some mornings I journal, some mornings I simply make my list and meditate while I am eating a delicious and nutritous breakfast, but the most important thing that I STOPPED doing was working. My computer and emails do not come out until I take what I need first. I love my job. Helping people is my heartbeat, but if I am not taking care of me then I can’t do that to the best of my ability. What do you do for YOU first thing in the morning?
Move. Morning workouts are my Jam! If I am not coaching at OTF in the morning, getting in workout refreshes and energizes me for the rest of the day. If I can’t workout in the morning, coaching does the same thing for me. I pick up on the energy of my classes and use that to get in gear and I feel energized and focused on the day ahead.
So there you have it, my morning routine. If you have a routine all ready I would love to hear about it! Adopting pieces from others that work well can only make your routine that much better! Until next time…
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