A wise woman we know said it best: How you spend your morning will directly dictate your day. And more specifically, the first five things you do every day can make or break it. That’s why thought it would be fun to share the morning routines of the our team. Consider this your all-access pass inside the lives of Allyson, Kelly and Caitlin well before we make it into the office!
Founder & Principal
Morning philosophy: Cram as much in as possible before heading into the office.
What time do you get up: Most mornings at 6am. The alarm goes off just before 6am but I don’t get out of bed until after the coffee maker starts grinding the beans (it’s so loud it can’t be ignored), 10 minutes later.
What’s the first thing you do upon waking: Move around and stretch in bed, and cuddle with my dogs.
Coffee or tea: Tea at home, but I grab a latte on my way into the office a couple days a week.
What do you eat most mornings: Pre-walk or workout, a banana with peanut butter, cereal or a Greek yogurt. After, a protein shake.
What does your morning, from start to finish, look like: After getting out of bed, I write in my gratitude journal and meditate for two minutes, then make the bed. Next I sit with my husband while we drink our coffee/tea and talk about the day ahead (this is my favorite part of the morning). After that I check email and social media, and eat a little something. If it’s my day, I walk the dogs (it’s my cardio). If it’s not my day, I do a strength training workout. Then I shower and get ready for work. Typically while I’m getting ready I eat the rest of my breakfast and reply to emails. After I’m ready, I make my lunch, triple check my tote for anything I’ve forgotten, kiss my husband and dogs, then leave for the office.
How long does it take you to get ready: 1 hour from showering to getting dressed, barring any interruptions from Whitney, Macon or Amos (puppy kisses always take priority).
How do you get to work and how long does it take you to get there: I drive. 5 minutes!
What do you take with you to work: My handbag and a tote. In my tote I try to always remember (no promises) to pack my bkr, mug for tea, shoes, lunch, earbuds and whatever magazines were delivered the night before.
What’s your morning anthem: Mase “Feels So Good”
How does your weekday morning routine differ from your weekend routine: Two words: No alarms.
Public Relations Coordinator
Morning philosophy: Make it simple, but significant.
What time do you get up: 6-6:30am depending on the Sleep Cycle app on my phone. It monitors your motion and sounds while you’re sleeping to wake you up at the best possible time in your REM sleep cycle.
What’s the first thing you do upon waking: My phone is on the opposite side of the room, so I get up and immediately check my emails before washing my face. Allyson is known for insomnia inspired emails with questions that kept her up the night before.
Coffee or tea: Coffee. Always.
What do you eat most mornings: Banana and yogurt.
What does your morning, from start to finish, look like: My Boston Terrier Minnie is rambunctious until she’s fed, so that’s first. I then make coffee, and wake my roommate up (she’s a longtime friend from high school). We go for a short walk and drink half our coffees together, before solidifying our plans for the evening. We then blast music, typically Beyonce or One Direction, and get ready. I’m all about efficiency, so I shower the night before so I can be out the door quickly.
How long does it take you to get ready: 30 minutes.
How do you get to work and how long does it take you to get there: I aspire to take the bus as often as possible, which takes about twenty minutes from door to door.
What do you take with you to work: I carry a large tote with my handbag and all my essentials in it. The must-haves include headphones, a book, glasses, wallet, perfume, and keys to the office.
What’s your morning anthem: I’ve woken up to Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” since my freshman year of college. No, seriously.
How does your weekday morning routine differ from your weekend routine: Reading and journaling is the biggest differentiator. I like to start the weekends by staying in bed longer and leisurely reading and reflecting on my week in The Happiness Planner.
Public Relations Assistant
Morning philosophy: Take delight in life’s little moments.
What time do you get up: Around 7:00am depending on how many times I hit the snooze button.
What’s the first thing you do upon waking: Make my bed.
Coffee or tea: Tea with a splash of milk.
What do you eat most mornings: I’ll have a bowl of cereal on a normal day, a granola bar if I’m running late or a Coco Butter smoothie from The Good Life Eatery Cookbook if I’m feeling really ambitious.
What does your morning, from start to finish, look like: After I’ve made my bed, I try and meditate for at least 1o minutes. Then I’ll get up and put on my favorite chenille robe (it was my grandmother’s) to start getting ready. Since my roommates leave before me most days, I blast whatever music I’m into at the moment. Once I’ve eaten breakfast, washed my face and brushed my teeth, I’ll dab on some concealer, fill-in my brows and touch up my curls and head out the door.
How long does it take you to get ready: 20 minutes (if it’s a good hair day and I’ve already picked out my outfit).
How do you get to work and how long does it take you to get there: I only live 10 minutes away, so it’s a quick drive!
What do you take with you to work: My massive S’well bottle, lunch, a jacket or sweater, my wallet and keys.
What’s your morning anthem: “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey. In my world, Christmas music is always appropriate.
How does your weekday morning routine differ from your weekend routine: I don’t change out of my pajamas for half the day and lay in bed watching Real Housewives.