I'm a morning person. Sure, I love to sleep in, but something about a productive and efficient start to the morning sets the tone for the whole day.
I'm sharing my typical mornings with all of you because as an enterpreneur and mother, mornings can be chaotic, but certain rituals make my day better, brighter and a whole lot calmer.
I start my day with...
My morning rituals are important to me. I wake up a little before 7am and then wake my kids while my husband goes downstairs to put the coffee on. When I hear the sound of the blender, I know my breakfast is almost ready. Bulletproof Coffee is my morning go-to to wake me up and also fill me up. It's both my breakfast and caffeine boost in one. This type of coffee consists of freshly brewed coffee blended with unsalted grass-fed butter and MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil (I like Brain Octane Oil by Bulletproof). I also like to add a scoop of collagen powder for extra protein and good hair, skin, and nails. This type of coffee gives you the energy to get your day on without crashing later. I find I have more energy to exercise when I drink a bulletproof coffee first thing than when I eat a regular breakfast. I also love the taste. I'm not trying to lose weight, but I do know that a morning bulletproof helps keep my weight stabilized. It fills you up and helps to burn fat, which is not a bad thing.
Morning Skincare Routine
I'm a little bit of a purist (hippie) when it comes to what I put on my skin. My grandmother had flawless skin (as does my mother) and only washed her face with water. She also said, "to keep a good complexion never touch your face unless you are washing your face." Since I like that super-clean feeling, I forgo the wash with water only tradition and add in a few natural products. To clean my face, I use Mega-Mushroom Relief by Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins. It's a gentle milky cleanser with Reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms, ginger, turmeric and holy basil and leaves skin feeling really clean and soft. I also like to exfoliate my face about once a week in the morning and will use Oats & Goat's Milk Cleansing Grains by Botanic Organic. You cannot believe how soft your skin feels with this gentle exfoliant! I then moisturize with a few drops of Pomegranate & Argan Antioxidant Oil Serum followed by Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Face Cream by Origins.
Fresh Air and A Walk
The thing I love most about living in Rhode Island is the sea! My husband, Andrej, and I walk our dog, Sumo, to the beach at least once a day—rain or shine. We bring the kids on most weekend mornings. I love the smell, sound and the calming water view. It really does something special for the soul, especially if your bare feet touch the sand. The minute I hit the beach (bulletproof coffee in hand), my mind comes alive and that is where I make my plan for the work day. Even if I am out there for 30-minutes the fresh air and views of the sea make it all worthwhile and sets my mood for the rest of the day.
Check Inventory and Share with Customers
After, the above rituals I always come back to my home office and check inventory. I unwrap new items that may have come in and show my customers all the new pieces on social media to keep them in the loop. On Friday mornings, I reflect on the work week and spend time designing new items based on customer feedback and items they may request. It may be my favorite morning of the week.