Needless to say, the past couple of weeks have been a little crazy amidst the COVID-19 virus that has been affecting the US. I hope you all are staying safe and cautious with everything you are doing. I have been working from home the past few workdays, which has been nice not having to wake up so early, but I’m definitely missing working in an actual office at a desk as opposed to working from my couch. I am trying to keep the positive vibes alive because I know how much we need them in these times of uncertainty. I will be continuously posting as much content as I can to keep things as normal as they can be. With all that being said, I’m actually really excited to share this new post with all of you. So as some of you may know, I am actually a morning person. There is something about getting up early and starting your day on the right foot. I have found over the past few years that I am actually more productive in the morning when I can sit enjoy a cup of warm coffee and plan out the rest of my day or week! Now that Nick and I have moved closer to the city, I’m able to actually enjoy my morning routine and now we have a night routine now that I am not getting home at 9pm at night. Since I have started working full time in the city, I have found that having a good routine to follow is the key to having strong success in life. I truly love a good routine, which is why I’m so excited to share my morning and night routine and maybe give you guys some ideas to adapt to your own routine!
So let’s start with my morning routine:
Wake up between 6:30 and 7 am
Some of you may be thinking I’m insane and why would you wake up this early and, to be honest, I can’t really sleep past this time anyways. Once I’m awake, I’m awake and my day has started. Now obviously on weekends, I sleep in till around 8:30 or 9am, but on days where I have to go to work or work from home in this case, my goal is to be up as early as humanly possible. Over the past few years, I have found that I am much more productive in the morning when I can sit and have a warm cup of coffee and mentally start to wake myself up. If you are longing to feel more productive throughout your day, try waking up early and see how your day changes. I know that not everyone is a morning person. For instance, Nick is more productive at night and tends to like working on things later in the day which is great for him. My suggestion is to find what time of day are you feeling most awake and use that time to get sh*t done!
Shower + prep for the day
This honestly depends on the morning and what I have going on that day, but most days, I shower in the morning. I know that some of you are probably thinking I’m crazy for wanting to shower and have to spend some extra time getting ready in the morning, but I honestly love showering in the morning. It wakes me up and helps me feel clean throughout the day which is especially helpful when working from home. After showering I work on my skincare and makeup routine for the day. Now that I have been working from home I have not been wearing any sort of makeup, which my skin has been thanking me for! If you’d like to see my skincare routine or makeup routine, let me know in the comments and I’ll share what I use.
Make the bed
Growing up my mom always stressed the importance of making my bed and now that I am a grown adult, I can’t imagine a day where my bed is not made first thing in the morning. Nick sleeps in longer than I do, so sometimes it’s not first thing in the morning, but typically once we are both up and around, we both go in and make our bed. There is just something about making your bed that actually makes you feel like you have everything together. Maybe? Let me know if that makes sense or not. I like to have a clean space, especially if I have to be working in the space, so making the bed in the morning definitely makes me feel more at ease during my day knowing that my space is put together.
Eat a good breakfast
Honestly, this is dependent on the morning and how fast I need to get to work. Typically this consists of me eating some cereal or toast because I am not much of a breakfast person. I am working towards trying to take more time in the morning to sit and eat a more hearty breakfast instead of walking out the door with a coffee and granola bar in hand. Now that I am in this working from home routine, I have had more of an opportunity to spend more time in the morning to make something more filling to get me through my morning!
Now time for my night routine:
Make dinner with Nick
Since we’ve moved into our new apartment, cooking dinner together has become one of our new favorite activities. We like learning new skills and recipes together, so this has become a new fun nightly routine for us to do and talk about our day!
Watch an episode (or two) of a show
Right now Nick and I are in the middle of watching Westworld (which is amazing) or watching Ghost Adventures. This has become something I love to do with him. We both work a lot during the day so being able to come home, cuddle up on the couch and catch up on some of our shows has been a huge de-stressor on the two of us!
Plan out tomorrows agenda
I am a planner through and through, so I like to have a list of things that need to get done the next day for work, for the blog or just in general. This definitely helps me get a clear vision of what my day will hold tomorrow and how much coffee I’ll need to get me through the day!
Do some night time stretches
This doesn’t happen EVERY single night, but I will do some stretches to help me loosen up any tension from the day. Especially now that I am working from my couch (which contrary to popular belief, is not as comfortable as you may think) it’s become more important for me to stay loose and stretch before going to bed.
Skincare routine + layout tomorrows outfit
My skincare routine basically consists of me just washing my face with my Mary Kay Clearproof Cleanser, moisturizer, some of my Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion cream and some Vitamin C serum. It honestly has worked wonders on my skin and I am so blessed to have the clear skin I do. After I do my skincare, then I just go through my closet and hang up whatever I am planning to wear to work the next day. Now obviously I am working from home, so for the time being my outfit typically consists of some leggings and a sweater, but you get a gist of what my normal routine would be like for my 9-5 work week!
I just want to share a few things I would like to start incorporating in my routine (thank you for reading this far):
- Start an easy workout routine at home (in the morning or at night)
- Eat a more hearty breakfast to kickstart the day
- Start reading more affirmations in the morning to set a positive tone for my day
If you made it to the end of this post, then congratulations! I know this was a crazy long blog for you to read, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to go through it all. I hope you all are staying strong and healthy during this time. I’ve been praying for things to change and get better for everyone who is affected or living in a state of fear. I’m sending you ALL the positive vibes and I can’t wait to talk to you all again soon!