I have a unique schedule because I have both law school classes (almost done, though!) and work; therefore, my mornings can get a little hectic. Like how any good day starts with a good morning, I truly believe any good morning starts the night before. I'm always intrigued by reading about other people's morning and evening routines (see here and here). It really can tell you a lot about a person. That being said, I thought it'd be fun to share mine!
Typically, I wake up at 7am. I either have to be at school or work by 8:30am so that is the best time for me to fully wake up and get ready. First, I roll out of bed and hop in the shower. I don't wash my hair everyday anymore (thanks to my new, shorter locks!) but I feel gross if I don't shower. When I get out of the shower, I put essential oils in the diffuser [current go-to combination is Grapefruit, Bergamont, and Joy] then I rub some on my body [White Angelica on my head/shoulders, Release on my liver, and Valor on my toes]. I'll have my Amazon Alexa give me NPR's daily Up First news podcast as I do a morning stretch routine so I can quickly stay up-to-date on the news.
Then, I make breakfast. I have loved making smoothies with 2 scoops of Arbonne chocolate protein powder, 1 handful of frozen strawberries, palm size of slivered almonds, 1 drop almond extract, and almond milk. If I'm super hungry when I wake up, I'll have oatmeal instead of a smoothie. This usually only happens when I have a long run the day before.
Typically, I will eat breakfast while I get ready. First, I will do my morning skincare routine and then put on my make-up. I don't quite consider make-up savvy (honestly because I still use Bare Minerals make-up from, like, 7th Grade...) so it doesn't take that long. With my skincare routine and make-up out-of-the-way, I will start on my hair. I will either round brush, curl, or let my hair air dry depending on what's going on that day.
Before running out the door, I will do my ten minute meditation and start making coffee. By the time my meditation is over, my coffee is ready and I put it in a tumbler to savor during my 30 minute commute.
Since everything is more structured in the morning, I try to keep my evenings pretty relaxed. The flexibility helps when there's a ClassPass class I want to attend at the last-minute, an episode of Real Housewives I want to watch, or a dinner I want to attend.
Most nights I get off around 5pm. With another 30 minute commute and running errands, I typically get home around 6pm. Once in a blue moon, I'll workout in the morning, but typically I'll save it for after work. This is due in part to laziness (ha!) and because I'm training for a half-marathon. It is way easier for me to run 8 miles after work than roll out of bed at 5:30am to do it. I try to take my pre-workout and run as soon as possible once I get home. It's nice to get it out-of-the-way! One day this will probably change, but for now it's what works for me.
After I run, I will either foam roll or take a bath to release the tension in my muscles. This is the best video I've found on foam rolling and this is my favorite bubble bath. If my muscles are really sore, I will soak in an epsom salt bath with lavender essential oil. I like to spend either 15 minutes foam rolling or 30 minutes in the bath. I finish it off with my night skincare routine.
Then, I throw on my favorite pajamas [plus, the new collection from Lake Pajamas is SO cute!] and make dinner. It varies, but I usually eat something that cooks fast (i.e. pasta, turkey burger, salad) or have something that I pre-made or have leftover. I like to sit down at my desk with my dinner and make my to-do list for tomorrow, go through my emails one last time, and finish up any existing work I have due the next day.
Finally, I will lay out my clothes for the next day, make my lunch, and set the ingredients out for the smoothie or oatmeal I'll make the next morning. Like I said above, it's all in the details, and easy mornings start the night before. This reduces my anxiety for the looming day ahead and helps put my mind at ease. I'll crawl into bed and pray while I do my devotional. I try to get in some reading right before bed but if I’m lucky if I get through ten pages before falling asleep!
What are your morning and evening routines like?!
| Editor's Note: In my night skincare routine, I talked about using Colleen Rothschild's serum. I did not love it and since then have stopped using it and purchased Drunk Elephant T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum instead. I can't say enough amazing things about this product. If you struggle with dry, winter skin, this product is phenomenal! |