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San Jose, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

San Jose, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Hip Hop Electronic


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"But First, Cold Brew. - I AM"

It’s currently 7:30AM and dude, have I realized that early mornings are where it’s at! I always claimed to not be a morning person because I love to sleep but honestly, all my best ideas come in the morning, there are way less distractions and it’s just so much more peaceful. So I’ve made it a point to start waking up earlier in hopes of being more intentional with my time in the morning and owning each day by starting with myself, FIRST.

I talked a little bit about self-care in my last post and I can’t believe its taken me 28 (almost 29) years to figure out what it really means. It’s not just going and spending an hour getting a mani/pedi. It’s not just spending an hour at the gym. It’s SO much more. It’s telling yourself everyday that you gon’ SHINE! It’s waking up in the morning, coffee brewin’, taking time meditate, pray to God, not wasting time on the old news (or what happened yesterday)…moisturize, exfoliate, most importantly, HYDRAAAAATE! See what I did there? If not, playback the single above one more time and get on that Self Care wave, ASAP. Shout out to @JamesLavigne for the New Year anthem. If this doesn’t motivate you, then listen to his other new single, Art Show– that will at least get you out of bed in the morning to start.

Like anything in life, self care is a commitment and should not only be a necessity but a luxury. It should never be a task. When I say commitment, I mean really setting time aside daily, once or twice or however many times a week, for however long a day, to unwind, break away from the superficial world known as social media, dodge the negativity, and do something for you. Whether that’s a morning or a night routine- the benefits of either are beyond worth it. I came across a website- mymorningroutine.com and for like an hour, read about all these different professionals routines. Inspiring, motivating, all of the above. Since I finally started my own routine, I figured I’d let you all in on it–

What is your morning routine?

I set my alarm to wake me up between 6:30-6:45 am. Although Otis has been good about getting me up around 6:15 lately…he’s become quite the morning doggo himself. I get a good solid stretch in, feed Otis, drink a big glass of chlorophyll water (look up the benefits of chlorophyll) and make coffee. I’ll then brush my teeth and do a quick skincare routine- wash my face, moisturize and use my knock off Nurse Jamie tool, which I use to reduce puffiness and just wake up the skin. So many other benefits to this nifty tool as well. While I enjoy my coffee, I jump into my agenda for the day. I’ll write down one BIG thing that I absolutely need to accomplish as well as my intentions for the day. “Intentions give you purpose, as well as the inspiration and motivation to achieve your purpose.” I love on Otis (my pup if you’re new to my blog) for a bit, make my bed (one task down for the day!) and then we head out for his morning walk. Come back, throw on a podcast (current fave is Second Life w/ Hillary Kerr), get ready for work and then I’m out the door.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

All of 3 weeks- better late than never!

How has your morning routine changed over recent years?

Some days I’d wake up on time, other days I’d wake up in a rush with barely enough time to make coffee. Once I adopted Otis, I was forced to wake up earlier to feed and walk him but then it got to a point where I was waking up, rushing and leaving just enough time to get a quick walk in with him. Then I’d be running to my office and showing up literally 4 minutes late, religiously. It’s never been the most consistent nor did it ever set me up for a successful day.

What time do you go to sleep?

Between 10:30-11:30. I used to be in bed my 10PM. Literally, shut off all the lights, tv off, and as soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out like a light. In the last year or so, I’ve had so much trouble falling asleep, which then turned into trouble staying asleep- acute insomnia, I learned. Since starting therapy this year, my sleep has significantly improved.

Do you do anything before going to bed to make your morning easier?

I go to the gym at night, usually from 8-9:15. Home by 9:30, set my coffee timer, jump in the shower, do a nighttime skin care routine, journal my gratitudes for the day and lastly, read a a chapter or two (currently reading The Broke Millennial– Financial wellness post coming soon) to calm my brain.

How soon after waking up do you have breakfast, and what do you typically have?

I started intermittent fasting last year and now eat breakfast around 10-10:30am. During my work week, it’s usually 3 boiled eggs and a handful of berries. On my days off, I’ll take the time to make avocado toast with eggs. I plan to start incorporating celery juice first thing in the AM as well. Yup, jumping on the bandwagon! Read up on the benefits, here.

Do you have a morning meditation routine?

Still trying to get my brain and body to understand the practice. I know it’s essential, but shutting down my brain for a few minutes is harder than it seems. Definitely a work in progress that I hope to make a regular part of my routine in the future.

Do you answer email first thing in the morning or leave it until later in the day?

I now wait until I am actually in my office to answer emails. I’ve gotten better in general in the last couple of weeks of avoiding my work email when I’m home.

Do you use any apps or products to enhance your sleep or morning routine?

I use the Insight Timer App to help me fall asleep. Oddly enough, I can’t fall asleep in silence anymore which never used to be the case. The nature sounds help ease me into sleep- a way of distracting me from my racing thoughts. In the morning, I throw on a podcast or TED talk.

How soon do you check your phone in the morning?

Almost immediately, but I avoid social media and emails until I’m in office. I mostly check text messages and maybe the weather.

What are your most important tasks in the morning?

My whole morning routine. It’s been successful since I started- I’m early or actually on-time to work now and not stressed.

What and when is your first drink in the morning?

Water and coffee, within minutes of waking up. Starting celery juice this week as well. My Ninja Blender is being delivered today!

Do you also follow this routine on weekends, or do you change some steps?

Thanks to my pup, I’m still up at 6:45-7:00- depending on my mood, I’ll usually jump back in bed for another hour after I feed him. Then I’ll get up and go through my normal routine at a more gradual pace.

What do you do if you fail to follow your morning routine, and how does this influence the rest of your day?

Rush, rush and more rushing. I’m lucky enough to live where I work, so my office is only a 5 minute walk away, however I just feel so stressed when I don’t have time to make coffee, let alone put on mascara and then feel even more badly when I didn’t spend enough time with Otis on his walk. Doesn’t set me up for the best day, but once I get into the office, I try and take a few deep breaths and re-set before logging in for the day.

If you don’t already have a morning routine, I hope this helps to motivate you!

All love,



Boundless Energy 1.0 - James Lavigne

Ex. i - Bev Paige

Boundless energy 2.0 - James Lavigne

F**k You - Bev Paige



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