How do you start your morning? Whether you snooze the alarm more times than you care to admit or hop out of bed and head straight to the coffee pot, we all have routines that set the tone for our day. We talked to six successful Birmingham women to see how they start their mornings. Get inspired by these go-getters and put some of their morning routine tactics to the test!
The Morning Routines of 6 Successful Birmingham Women
Consistency is Key
Avani Patel is the owner and jewelry designer at Avani Rupa Fine Jewelers in Mountain Brook, and she says her early-morning schedule helps her thrive throughout her day. “My morning routine starts around 6 a.m. with a hot cup of coffee and the news — ME time in the morning is a must! Then I go over my calendar for the day, my to-do list, and I get a fruit smoothie in the blender followed by packing lunches,” says Avani. “Most mornings, I get a workout in — yoga, barre or cardio. The days I go for a run, I draw inspiration for jewelry design and projects from nature and the organic inspirations around me. Then it is time to get ready, grab my lunch, give my daughter a big hug and kiss, and head to the jewelry showroom for the day … I thrive off routine and organization, so having a consistent morning routine in my life has been an integral part of my success as an entrepreneur.” Inspiration awaits, so get up and get active to set yourself and your business up for success!
Start with the Nitty-Gritty
Did you know when it comes to your most important (and sometimes your most dreaded) tasks of the day, it may help to complete them first? Emma Freeze, personal stylist, closet consultant and owner at The Chic Next Door, says she feels most successful when she starts her day checking off the essentials. “I would like to say my morning routine is pretty standard. I get up, shower, have my cup of coffee while I get ready, get dressed in that day’s outfit and then dive into work,” Emma says. “However, ‘standard’ probably doesn’t also include steaming clothes for a photoshoot, loading my car with closet supplies, answering late-night client messages or going to last-minute pick-ups and drop-offs all within the first few hours of my day. It can be a little chaotic, but I do believe it sets me up for success by starting my workday with the nitty-gritty. You know, the little things that make the world spin ’round? Without these small details, my clients’ needs would not be met. They are the reason for The Chic Next Door, so starting my day by serving them seems very fitting.” Getting the nitty-gritty out of the way first thing? We’re in.
The Early Bird Gets to … Slay
As an environmental educator for Cahaba River Society, La’Tanya Scott knows how to prioritize her mornings — which start earlier than most. “I can honestly say my morning routine is ever-changing. My routine starts with a great night of rest! I wake around 4 a.m. and make my bed. It makes me feel like I have already accomplished the biggest hurdle of the day. Once I do that, I feel like I can conquer everything,” says La’Tanya. “Around 4:20 a.m., I prepare for a morning workout with comfortable clothes and breakfast. I usually make sunny-side-up eggs, two slices of turkey bacon and half of an avocado. I try to make sure I have enough protein to finish my workout and kick-start the day. Before I head out, I walk my dog and meditate as we make our way around the neighborhood. After my workout, I shower, may have a cup of tea, and check my calendar for my first task of the day and SLAY — but in order to do so, you have to start the day off right. Keeping a routine has definitely helped me in many ways!”
Fill Your Cup
After pouring a cup of coffee each morning, Mandy Moseley, creator and founder of THREE15, also takes time to make sure she herself is filled. “Before anyone is awake at my house, I’m usually up, dreaming and planning, thinking through how I want to encourage our riders in class and taking a moment to make sure my cup is full (both emotionally and with coffee) so I can pour out to others throughout the day. Coffee is essential, and I consider myself a bit of a barista,” says Mandy. “After getting three teenagers to school (I’ve got one in college also), I make my way to the studio with my pup Livy to teach my first class. The 8:30 a.m. RIDE45 is a favorite of mine, and our riders show up ready to crush it — it brings me so much life! I usually stay at the studio and work in the office, visit with clients, then meet with the THREE15 team. Once we solve all the world’s problems, I head home to be a mom and soak up time with my family.” We already knew Mandy was a superwoman, but knowing her morning routine solidifies it.
Coffee, Breakfast, Then Dance Party
Cate Boehm, Birmingham Museum of Art‘s director of marketing and communications, also understands the importance of starting her day by filling her cup — both literally and figuratively. “Mornings are always crazy at my house, so I try to wake up at least 30 minutes before everyone else to get breakfast and coffee going — eggs, toast, a smoothie, and my favorite, O’Henry’s Coffees’ breakfast blend. I also use this time to scroll through The New York Times and check email until the chaos of three kids erupts,” says Cate. “We usually have music playing in the mornings — ranging from Talking Heads (my husband’s choice) to Lizzo — and often a dance party will break out, which is always a fun start to the day. Once I get the kids fed, dressed and out the door, I head straight to my stationary bike to get in a workout. This helps me clear my head and gets me energized — I never look forward to it, but I also never regret it! After a quick shower and zero makeup these days, I sit down at my computer with another cup of coffee to review and edit my to-do list — ready for another day!”
Reaffirm, Refuel & Energize
There may be no one better to take advice from about living a successful life than Dr. Monica L. Baskin. Having a Ph.D., working at the UAB School of Medicine as a professor of preventive medicine, and serving as the associate director of community outreach and engagement at UAB’s O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center doesn’t happen without a healthy dose of ambition and a well-oiled morning routine. “My morning routine begins when I wake up around 5:30 a.m. on weekdays and 30 to 45 minutes later on weekends. No matter the day, the start is always the same,” says Monica. “The first thing I do is immediately reach for my iPad, headphones and journal. I spend the next 30 minutes reading a devotional message and scriptures from my church’s One Year Bible app, followed by prayer and meditation … Afterward, I take 15 minutes to listen to worship songs while journaling my prayers and goals for the day. Finally, I spend 15 minutes on my jigsaw puzzle app. For as long as I can remember, I have loved putting together jigsaw puzzles and find that they are both intellectually stimulating and calming. As such, the first hour of my day is devoted to reaffirming my faith, refueling my spirit and energizing my brain to take on the day ahead.”
Feeling motivated? Get your routine set and own your mornings, Birmingham!
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