morning routines… even for the not so morning person

Who else is familiar with the morning dance with their alarm clock? Beep, snooze, beep and snooze…

I haven’t always been a morning person, but I think that creating a morning routine has helped me re-evaluate the way I look at mornings. I use to get up and rush to get myself and everything I needed for the day. I hated it. I didn’t like always feeling a step behind. I also noticed that how I started my morning impacted the pace of the rest of my day. I was ready to make a change. I wanted to be excited to wake up every morning. I wanted to have ME TIME. Now every person has different goals for what they need to get accomplished in the morning. These are what I found have worked for me, and my lifestyle; so I wanted to share! 

1. Figure out your R.E.M. cycle (There’s and APP for that). This has been a game changer for me. I now know how much sleep I need to feel rejuvenated. It isn’t even HOW MUCH SLEEP I get. It is the PATTERN OF MY SLEEP. I totally started using this when I was traveling with my student group to the east coast. Late nights and early mornings of sightseeing can be tough. But, with using a sleep calculator I was able to get the right pace of sleep. You can read an article here about best rated sleep APPs.

 

2. Down a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Sounds silly. But having water has become a morning ritual. It helps if I am hungry and really resets the digestive track. I also try to get a cute water bottle to make getting my daily H2O that more enjoyable throughout the rest of the day. My favorite is the bkr water bottle. 


3. Take some quite time. For me that is a morning meditation and yoga follow by a warm cup of tea. I try to skip coffee as much as possible. Coffee, for me, is a weekend treat. My favorite yoga guru is here.


4. Eat breakfast. This is so important. Breakfast is such an important meal. I don’t typically feel hungry right away but it fuels my day for success. I like to keep it simple with yogurt and granola, these days. 


5. Get everything you need for the next  day ready the night before. This goes for my clothes, breakfast, lunch, water and anything else I need for the next day. Not having to pack a lunch and being able to get out the door smoothly is critical to getting me on the road faster and beating that morning traffic. 


I’m no professional, of course. I’m a normal human trying to figure this thing called life out. But, I do think I have mastered some life hacks that even the not so not so morning person can benefit from.  

Do you have any morning routines that you swear by? If so comment below! I would love to hear what you do, to give me some ideas!

Xo!

Ashley 

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Fall Favorites 

Fall has to be one of my favorite times of the year. I love the smell of roasting chile, ristras, balloons flying high, pumpkins, and spice filled drinks. New Mexico has beyond perfect weather to enjoy this transitional season.  

Fall Favorites 

1. The Greek Fest 


If you love good food, sweets, music and entertainment this is a must see. The chicken dinner is delicious. I would also suggest trying the potatoes, and spanakopita. For dessert the Greek style donuts (loukoumades) are to die for. I also always have to get a Greek coffee! 

2. The Ballon Fiesta 


My favorite time to go is for the morning ascension. The sun rising and the balloons lifting off brings so much excitement! For food I like to get a famous Blakes burrito with an orange juice.  

3. Maze 


The Rio Grande Farms puts together different themes every year. This year they have the Color Maze. There are day events and night. We opted for going at night. It was a super fun! You get a lantern at the beginning and then scavenger hunt to find the different colors in the maze. It took us about 1 hour to complete. If you are interested in going for the night maze I would suggeugettinf there at 6:30/7 to enjoy the beautiful sunset.  

4. Pumpkin Everything  


Going to Trader Joe’s and getting pumpkin everything is always a good time. I am obsessed with the pumpkin cookie butter, yogurt, and the pumpkin body butter. 

5. Movies

Staying in and watching old scary movies is such a blast. On my list this year is Young Frankinstine and Bride of Frankinstine.  

What are your favorite things to do in the fall? 

Happy Fall! 
Ashley