Mornings, as you might have figured out, are my favorite time of the day. I love the sunrise – those tranquil few moments where the earth transitions from dark to light. Being awake for the sunrise grounds me to nature more than any other practice or time of day.
The morning time is my deep well of inspiration, energy, and grounding.
Let’s start with coffee…
I romanticize coffee; it’s the first thought that pops into my mind as I wake up and always the thing that shifts me out of bed to start the day. I time my coffee; I want 10 minutes exactly from pour time until I take the first sip. And the first sip is always a medley of heaven. I sit, I retreat, I wake up in silence – the dew and the dawn dancing in front of me. I finish my cup slowly, savoring each sip since my routine usually only consists of one cup.
Did I mention I take my coffee black? Straight up? No cream and no sugar? That’s my guaranteed recipe for a good cup of coffee. That and a coffee grinder to grind fresh beans the night before and a coffee machine with a timer so I can set what time I want my coffee to brew in the morning.
I never wake up with coffee not brewed – just the way I like it.
I go into more detail regarding coffee’s artistic origins, which you can read about here.
Then comes work…
I do my best work in the morning so I like to step on the gas pedal once awakened from my black coffee. I start with writing down a to-do list so I do not forget any small task – like an e-mail follow-up or a phone call I need to make. To get a quick snapshot of the night’s activity, I check the following platforms in the following order: Instagram, Email, Google Analytics, Text Messages.
Once I am all caught up with writing my to-do list, I start the day full force – usually about 30 minutes after I have woken up. I write my best articles at this time while also soaking in the morning moments of solitude. Something feels different about working at 11:30 am versus 7:00 am. The simple reason why: The air outside is different.
Time to make a smoothie…
And then I get hungry! About an hour or an hour and a half after I wake up, I make myself breakfast. For years I have eaten the same thing: two eggs sunny side up with a side of avocado. Lately though, I have been starting my day with a smoothie which leaves me fuller than eggs; setting up my day with a foundation that isn’t based on cravings or hunger. If you follow along on my Insta Story, you know all about these delicious smoothies.
I use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Vanilla Powder which has kind of been a dream. No chalky taste, just a good consistency and flavor to match my other ingredients.
My smoothie recipe:
-1-2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Vanilla Power
-A handful of ice
-A handful of kale
-A scoop of peanut butter
-A spoonful of chia seeds
-1/4 cup of banana
-Almond milk as my liquid base
Keeps me full and packed with protein so I can be energetically and nutritionally ready for the day.
Curl up with a good book…
If I decide to take a few moments off in the morning to just relax, you can usually find me reading while sipping my coffee. If you follow along on Instagram, you know my fiancé Adam just brought home this incredible Mid Century Modern lounge chair (pictured above). I am now dubbing it my morning reading chair. You can find me reclining, feet up, and 50 pages deep into a Murakami novel.
I say this quite confidently: mornings are the best time of day and the most productive. The only thing going on outside of your home is a genuine awakening of: plants, animals, neighbors, car engines. It is soft, it is subtle, it is where my magic happens.
Good morning. I hope you enjoy Earth’s morning shift.