Since I aim to be more intentional this year, I have developed a new morning routine to ensure that I am taking care of business and myself. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day and put off the little things, but if you pile all of those little things up, they can become big things.
Last year ended in a blur for me because I was so drained from school. I stopped my original morning routine because I was so busy. I would wake up, brush my teeth, wash my face, and then get on my laptop for the rest of the day. It was a very unhealthy cycle, and I realized I had to change it.
I didn’t set any resolutions for the new year, but I decided my word for the year would be intentional because that is how I aim to be about everything in my life now. So I revamped my morning routine to ensure I am pouring into myself and not just others. Below is my intentional morning routine.
Since my mornings start at 4 AM again, I usually journal first thing in the morning. Sometimes I write in my personal journal, and other times I document things in my business journal that I keep because I know one day I will be wealthy, and I want to remember how I got there.
Write Affirmations and Things I Am Grateful For
I keep a separate journal to write my affirmations and the things I am grateful for. Usually, they are in the same notebook, but I recently received a Gratitude Journal from the gospel rap artist Miz Tiffany. When writing out what I am grateful for, I just write a long list with no numbers because it’s not really about counting but just letting God know that I see him working in my life daily.
5 AM Prayer
I am not a Muslim, but I discovered the teaching of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad a few years ago, so at 5 AM, I face the East and pray.
Workout or Go Walking
Depending on the weather, because I don’t do cold, I may go for a 3-mile walk in the park, or I use the Workout app by Skimble to stay active. I am not in the best shape, but I am working on getting there. If I am walking, this can take a great deal of my me time, but when I use the Workout app, I may be about 15-30 minutes.
Shower and Perform My Skincare Routine
I’m sure you all get the shower part, but the skincare routine is new for me. I have fairly good skin, so I used to not worry about such, but I realize that in order to keep it I must take care of it. I use a skincare system by Sha’s Creations. It includes two soaps (one is an oatmeal soap), a toner, a serum ( I use their Vitamin C Serum), and a moisturizer (I use Sha’s Pearl).
Take Meds and Supplements
I complete my morning by taking my medicines and Black Girl Vitamins. I have their Complete Wellness Essentials Bundle. It includes D3 (helps your body consume calcium), Hair, Skin, and Nail Vitamins, Probiotics (promotes gut health), and you can choose from Once-a-Day gummies or Sea Moss. I have the Once- A- Day vitamins because, according to my doctor, they can also help with headaches. If you want to learn more about them, you can visit blackgirlvitamins.com and use my code Francheska20 for a 20% discount on your order.
Before you say this routine is too long, remember I get up at 4 am, so I am usually ready to work by 8 am.
As I work to enter my version of soft girl season, I am more intentional about how I start my days because this impacts how the day goes.
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