There’s something nice about being up early and knowing that half the world isn’t even out of bed yet. When I was in high school, I hated the mornings and would cut it extremely close when it came to running for the bus – especially my senior year. Now that I’ve been in college for almost two years now, I have grown to like the mornings especially when I don’t have class until the afternoon. I found that my most productive hours are in the mornings when I’m not rushing around the be somewhere so early. I still cut it close when it comes to being on time for things, but I have to say that I’ve been better about it since the New Year began (oh, my other resolutions? I don’t know them anymore).
So, with this newfound morning time, I have finally been able to come up with the best morning routine for me that allows me to get things done, but in a relaxed atmosphere. There are definitely some things that I would still like to incorporate into my mornings, but for now, this is what a typical weekday morning looks like for me.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
6:30 am: Wake up!
7 am: I hit snooze a million times, and this is when I actually try to get up.
7:30 am: Morning coffee, reading my emails and my friend's blog posts, and listening to my current morning playlist (you can listen to it here!).
8:00 am: Wash my face, get dressed, sometimes I put makeup on but it’s typically just powder, mascara, and filling in my eyebrows.
8:30 am: Any last-minute things like getting my backpack ready, brushing my teeth, gathering snacks.
8:50 am: I get in my car to drive 15 minutes to class.
9:20 am: My first class begins, and it feels like my morning is over with.
Tuesday and Thursday:
8 am: Wake up!
8:30 am: Morning coffee, breakfast (see the recipe below), morning playlist.
9 am: I typically do a lot of homework and writing my blog posts.
11:50 am: Start getting ready for class.
R E C I P E
Overnight Maple & Brown Sugar Oats
I am absolutely terrible when it comes to eating in the morning, but then I drink a bunch of coffee and then I feel really shaky and sick, and I have yet to learn any better. When I was on Pinterest a couple weeks ago, I found this recipe and I decided to give it a go. I make my lunches at night, so why not just make my breakfast at night, too? And that’s exactly what I did. I’ll admit making this did not really help me to eat in the morning, but I’m hoping after a few more times that it’ll just make itself a habit.
This recipe is originally vegan and gluten-free, but since that isn’t how my diet is right now, I did modify it and also cut it in half, so my version has dairy, but that can easily be substituted to whatever you need!
- 1 c rolled oats
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 c milk
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- In Mason jar, put everything in and mix well.
- Put it in the fridge overnight or at least 2 hours.
So that’s basically what my weekdays look like during the school year, and obviously, there are some days that these things just don’t happen. But for the most part, this is what I do. What’s your favorite part of the mornings?