I started a new job at the end of January!
Gosh, I felt like I had been searching forever, but I finally found one, and it feels like it’s going to be a great fit.
It’s what I call a “big girl” job- 8:30-5:00 with an hour for lunch, and a yearly salary with benefits.
Now, my new schedule requires me to adopt a new morning routine.
Something that’ll help me start my day off right.
And I think I’ve managed to find something that works.
My 8-Step Updated Morning Routine
5 A.M. Wake-Up
I start my day by waking up at 5 A.M. It’s the latest I can wake up, since I carpool with my mom to work every morning.
But waking up so early has its perks (which is why I’ll probably still do it even after I get my own car).
Some of these perks include:
- Time to reflect before everyone else wakes up
- Starting your day 3-4 hours earlier than you start work (assuming you start between 8:30 and 9 A.M.)
- It shocks your circadian rhythm into waking you up earlier, even on the days you don’t need to work.
Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to set the tone for the rest of the day- and the rest of my morning routine.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen my post explaining why I do this at the beginning of my oral care routine.
Oil-pulling is an Ayurvedic oral hygiene method. It involves swishing coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil in your mouth for 20 minutes or so before spitting it out.
The microorganisms in your mouth have fatty membranes, so it sticks to the oil as you move it through your teeth.
“Pulling” for longer periods of time removes more of these microorganisms.
This doesn’t replace flossing and brushing, and it’s not required that you pull the oil for 20 minutes every time. Between 5 and 10 is still affective.
Also, any of the mentioned oils work, but coconut oil is recommended. It contains lauric acid, which is antimicrobial.
You may be reluctant to pick up oil pulling since it adds another step to your oral care routine.
Eau contraire- oil pulling is hands free and can be done while performing other morning tasks.
I like to do it while my tea is heating up. By the time it’s finished, I’m ready to spit the oil out.
Note: Don’t spit the oil into any of your sinks. It’ll gum up your pipes. Spit it into a trash can.
Oh, good ol’ caffeine.
I doubt the average American can get through the day without it.
My favorite way to get it is in the form of matcha green tea powder.
It’s a great coffee substitute and you can get it from Trader Joe’s for $8.
Making it is simple. You need a small bowl or mug, a bamboo whisk, hot water, and your favorite sweetener to taste.
Here’s how I make mine:
How I Make My Matcha Latte
- Pour some hot water into a mug and soak the chason (bamboo whisk).
- After about a minute, pour the water out and use a sieve to sift 1 packet of Trader Joe’s matcha into the warm mug.
- Pour a little less than an ounce of the hot water (the kettle should have cooled enough) onto the matcha powder and mix it into the matcha using the chason. It should create a smooth, dark green paste.
- Pour another 3-4 oz. of hot water into your matcha paste and whisk. Whisk in a W pattern rather than a circular motion; it’ll feel a little like your scribbling. Do this until the matcha has a smooth, light green froth on the top.
- Stir in a few drops of Silk almond milk creamer. I never need sweetener when I use this.
- Pour in about 1 more oz of hot water to warm the latte back up. Enjoy!
Yoga & Meditation
Once I am sufficiently caffeinated, I start a yoga flow that leads into a meditation.
Headspace is my favorite meditation app, and it’s made all guided meditations better.
Even ones that don’t come from Headspace.
Now, I enjoy faster-paced yoga practices, but I try not to focus too much on losing weight or appearance.
Meaning, I’m just trying to get some movement in before I start my day.
The physical practice of yoga was mainly used to make long-term seated meditations easier. It’s part of the meditation, and it’s meant to unite the body and the mind.
I like to think starting this first thing in the morning helps align my mental & physical state throughout the day.
Gratitude & Planning
After yoga and meditation, I take the opportunity to express gratitude and plan my day with my EVO Planner.
I’ve been using the Project EVO planner & app for about a month now and it’s really helped me.
You start the system by taking a quiz, either on their site or through the EVO app.
Kind of like the Meyers Briggs Personality test.
The quiz calculates your brain type: Oracle, Alchemist, Explorer, or Architect.
It’s a little hard to explain exactly what each one means, so I suggest you check it out for yourself.
Once you know your brain type, you order the corresponding planner.
I’m an Alchemist type.
Alchemists become inspired to create by their environment and the people around them.
But they also have the attention spans of squirrels who’ve forgotten where their acorns are hidden.
This planner is designed to help Alchemist types (like me) make room for new discoveries while also keeping them focused.
The planner is small enough to fit in my day bag, so I take it with me everywhere.
If you think you’d benefit from this system, then seriously, head on over to their site and check it out.
Picking My Outfit
Next, I like to plan my OOTD (outfit of the day).
I’m not a ‘plan the night before’ kind of woman; when I plan the night before, I end up wearing something else anyway.
By planning it in the morning, I keep the spontaneity without digging my clothes out of my drawers at the last minute.
Skincare & Makeup
Sh*t, shower, and shave.
I make a habit of showering the night before, but sometimes I sweat in my sleep, so I’ll rinse off again in the morning, too.
This is also when I brush my teeth- I use a Bamboo Brush Club toothbrush and Desert Essance Himalayan Pink Salt toothpaste (see Insta post here).
As for cleansing, I love micellar solutons. I SWEAR by them.
I’m currently using Botanics All Bright with Hibiscus Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution, which I get from Ulta.
The rest of my skincare is from Pacifica Beauty (except my eye cream). I apply in the following order:
– Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream
– Eye Cream (Acure or Andalou)
– Coconut Probiotic Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50
– Ultra CC Cream in Natural/Medium
Edit: I’m now using Pacifica Beauty’s Mineral Correcting creams to color-correct and conceal.
True to character, I finish off with my black Pacifica mascara. I may blot my face with a bit of tissue if it’s on the oily side, but that’s pretty much it.
A Healthy (Vegan) Breakfast
The final step before I hop in the car to start my morning commute: a breakfast smoothie or overnight oats.
Here are my favorite combos right now:
- 1 Banana (size doesn’t matter- giggity)
- ½ – 1 cup of frozen berries
- 1 Kite Hill Vanilla yogurt (European style)
- A handful of leafy greens (spinach or kale)
- 1-2 servings of PB2 powder
- 1/4 cup quick-cook or steel-cut oats
- 3/4 cup of water & nut milk (mixed)
- 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Stevia to taste (optional)
I focus a lot on protein, since vegans practically can’t have too much protein.
And the smoothie is a great way to sneak in some veggies before lunch.
Hi-Ho, Off to Work We Go!
Now it’s time to start my morning commute!
And I have to say, starting with this morning routine really helps me stay positive during this time.
If you’ve ever done a commute of more than 45 minutes, you know how powerful that is.
So, why not give it a try?
Take on my new morning routine, or integrate certain steps into your own.