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Adopt A Morning Routine

By Hannah Bullion

Being a morning person is a blessing and a curse all at once. I say blessing because I strive in the morning (like a middle aged women) and a curse because I’m done for the day by 9:30pm. The only time I would ever consider myself a night owl would be when I’m binge-watching a series. Either way, I’m very strict on getting at least 7/8 hours of sleep and having my mornings to myself. And like any other imperfect human, I’m not hyper-productive every morning. Some mornings I’m scrolling through the internet for an hour sipping on coffee and other mornings I’m up and responding to emails and finishing homework by 8am… It all depends! But, what I’ve learned is that having a set morning routine for school or work days is imperative for staying on schedule and focused. I’ll go through my routine here but know that all routines are different, and if you’re able to wake up and go no matter where you are or whats going on — all the power to you! 

7AM: My alarm goes off, I hit snooze, fall back into the deepest and darkest sleep for 8 and a half minutes until it goes off again. Sometimes I hit snooze again (Mondays, usually) or I wake up and check my phone. First thing I always do is check up on social media, text messages, and then my emails. I really wish this wasn’t the first thing I did in the morning so I’m trying to stop (and so should you probably).

7:30AM: Actually get out of bed, drink a glass of water, wash my face and moisturize! Lately, I’ve been using the Kiehls Ultra Facial Cleanser or Dermae Purifying Daily Detox Scrub if I’m having a bad break out. Afterwards, I move on to some of my favorite skin care products. I’ve been loving the Glossier Super Pure serum lately for whenever my skin feels stressed (all the time basically) and then follow it with the Glossier Priming Moisturizer. Before starting my makeup routine, I COVER my lips with the Kiehls lip balm #1 – it’s amazing. Once I’m done with my pampering, I open my laptop and get down to business. I make a check-list of all the things I need to accomplish throughout the day and plan out my schedule. This is also when I check my favorite websites (SDWSW included!) to soak up some daily inspo.

8:00AM: Coffee time! I make my coffee, come back to my laptop and work on homework, pieces that are on deadline, or flag emails that need to be responded to as soon as I get to work.

8:30AM: I try not to eat breakfast first thing because it causes me to get full faster. But usually, I make myself oatmeal with almond butter and bananas or cereal (boring, I know). 

8:45AM: Time to get ready. My weekday makeup routine is SO simple. I always start with a little bit more moisturizer to prime (the Glossier priming moisturizer is basically a two-in-one). Lately, I’ve been breaking out a TON (holiday szn = sugar szn = unhappy skin szn) so I’ve been covering up with foundation rather than my usual BB cream. I’ve always been against drugstore foundation but this Maybeline FIT ME foundation is not horrible! So I start with foundation, put a little concealer on, and then a dust of bronzer and a swipe of highlighter on the tips of my cheek bone. I usually wear a bit of mascara to make me look more alive and finish off with Glossier’s Boy Brow (can you believe this post isn’t sponsored by Glossier?!) 

9:00AM: Once I’m ready, I’ll pick out my outfit and mess around with my hair (usually I straighten). Then I sit back down at my laptop and make sure I have everything ready for my classes or my internship. Before I leave I’ll pack myself lunch!
By 9:15-30AM ish, I’m out the door and on my way to school/work. I commute every day and to make the drive enjoyable I try to listen to podcasts. I’ve started listening to TED Radio Hour by NPR and I’m obsessed. Every morning on my way to work I’m inspired and educated and always have some new quirky fact to tell my friends. I definitely suggest fitting in a podcast into your daily routine. Some of my faves besides Ted Radio Hour are Office Hours by CollegeFashionista, Stuff Mom Never Told You, NPR Politics Podcast, and Leandra Medine’s weekly show, Monocycle.

Having a morning routine has really streamlined my day and made getting up easier and more enjoyable. What are your morning tips and must haves?

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