3 Ways I Start My Morning Off Right

Coffee Area in Kitchen

Mornings always seem to come too early don’t they? I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier and wind down each night with a good book instead of aimlessly scrolling through my phone. It’s easy(er) to start your day off on the right foot when you create a positive morning routine. These are three easy actions that help me tackle my work days:

Golden doodle Puppy
Getting moving first thing in the AM isn’t something I’ve always enjoyed, but I’ve realized that after a good workout, or even just a walk with Oliver, I’m more energized throughout the day. If I’m taking a barre class I sign up for the morning class so that not only am I’m already mentally committed, there’s a fee if you cancel the class. It’s a love hate relationship with that policy… Oliver is still in the puppy phase and always seems to have energy. Getting out the door and tiring him out before the day gets going is a win for both of us. Regardless of the option I have a cup of coffee with me. Major love for the Dixie® To Go cups since it’s one less morning clean up and I can toss it when I get to the studio or dog park. A leak resistant lid and insulated outer layer are what I need in my life to prevent any and all spills when moving quickly.
Home Office Space
After a workout it’s time to re-fuel. I like to make breakfast as easy as possible. Overnight oats are in constant rotation in our household (I use this recipe), but if it’s not made the night before I love having a healthy homemade muffin or slow cooked oatmeal. Choosing a breakfast that’s filling and healthy is always my goal. If you haven’t made these muffins, you’re missing out!

I start every day by compiling my to-do list and keep it old school with pen and paper. Just the act of physically crossing something off the list is so gratifying. Anyone else feel that way? Mondays and Fridays are usually spent in my home office and the rest of the week I’m running around Atlanta for client meetings and drop-offs. Having a concrete list really helps me not be scatterbrained and prioritize.

What do you do each morning that helps you start the day off right?


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  1. October 19, 2016 / 7:15 am

    I am looking forward to getting back to a good morning routine including a workout first thing! These cups are a great idea for coffee on the go!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  2. October 19, 2016 / 8:12 am

    Loved reading about your morning routine! We almost always have these Dixie cups in our cupboard–so good for on the go!


  3. October 19, 2016 / 8:20 am

    Dixie cups are a go-to in the morning and yay for one less clean up! I love any time saver I can get during the morning rush!

    P.S. How cute is Oliver?!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  4. October 19, 2016 / 8:31 am

    i love those cups and my mom always has them around. i need to follow suit! and yes checking off the to-do list is so so gratifying! have a list on my desk as we speak 🙂

    xoxo cheshire kat

  5. Katie Elizabeth
    October 19, 2016 / 8:56 am

    We have a Golden that just turned 2 and I swear he’s still in the puppy phase! We all pay in the evenings if he hasn’t had his daily exercise, ha!

  6. October 19, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Exercise has become so key to my morning routine – I’m with you that I’m so much more energized throughout the day then. Definitely need to pick up a pack of these cups – so much easier than my normal travel mug!

  7. Anna
    November 13, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Hi! First of all I absolutely love love love your blog for years, but this post makes me a little sad in that I am pretty sure it is a paid/sponsored post by Dixie to go cups and reads like a informercial for them. I get that is so common now and I am happy for your blog to be reaching this level but maybe you could do some sort of system to let us know which items are sponsored/paid/sent to you and which ones you bought on your own? I just love your personal style and definitely don’t mind the sponsored posts I just would like to know if possible! If I am wrong and you really just love Dixie cups and felt compelled to blog about them then nevermind and ignore me. Again I love your style and Oliver is the cutest! Wishing you continued success!

  8. Anna
    November 13, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Oops I just realized I missed where you wrote about sponsorship! Please ignore my post! I cannot delete it. Major palm to forehead moment!!