A GUIDE TO MORNINGS FOR THE NON-MORNING PERSON

Coffee, coffee and more coffee. (Just kidding…not really)

Mornings for some are this glorious time when everyone else is still sleeping, its quiet, the birds are chirping outside the window, and the smell of fresh coffee brewing fills the kitchen…wonderful!

For others, like myself, mornings would be more appreciated if they were actually afternoons.

Sadly, that’s not productive, nor how most of the world works.

So how can non-morning people cash in on all the extra hours, quiet time and coffee?!

The truth is now… I set about 10 different staggered alarms that bug the shit out of me until I get up.

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I also have this thing you might have heard of called “The Self-Care Enthusiast” which I’m extrememly passionate about and that more than anything has helped me to get my ass out of bed in order to cash in on the extra hours. More than I’d do for any job I worked for where I was just recieving a paycheck.

Here are some serious tips that have helped me in my journey to becoming a semi-morning person. (I appreciate them…I don’t have to like them.

1. Have an automated coffee maker.

Coffee is literally my very first thought in the morning. It isn’t until after I’ve had coffee that I can actually begin to function normally, and by normally I mean slow and steady. The heavenly smell of fresh coffee in the morning makes me want to get up and run into my kitchen. So…yeah, automated coffee makers are the best. #caffeineaddict

2.  Set your morning up right. 

By this I mean spend at least five minutes each night getting organized in the morning. You will thank me later, trust me. Not having to think early in the morning takes all the icky stuff away from waking up. If I had to suddenly remember the 6 phone calls, 2 meetings and 1 delivery I had to make throughout the day, and get organized imediately upon waking, I’d want to sleep in forever. Likewise, if you have to walk into a messy kitchen…it’s kind of depressing. You don’t want that when you’re waking up at 5am. *eye roll* Get organized, stick to the evening routine and mornings will actually become kind of refreshing.

3. Get yourself a musical alarm (preferably your favourite song of the month) and use it. 

I LOVE music for a while in my teens I dreamed of being a song-writter and having hit songs sung by all the latest artists. Now, I admire the music and love to dance right along to it. Adding a musical alarm means the song gets into my brain, even when I’m half asleep and the last thing I want to do is put my feet on the ground. Once I hear that song it’s game over, and I feel happier in the mornings. I’m a little hillbillie so my song choice this month is “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” by Travis Tritt.

4. Get Yourself A Pet. 

Okay, so I understand this one’s kind of a cop-out but hear me out. I now have a cat (Quincy Jones) and a puppy (Alice). Each morning Quincy will wake me up at the crack of dawn meowing for what is likely just attention…not annoying at all. Alice then joins in and I have to go take her out to use the bathroom, if I don’t I’ll be the one cleaning it up in house. So I’m literally forced to wake up early even if I don’t smell coffee, or I didn’t complete my evening routine or the musical alarm didn’t work it’s magic on me. Obviously don’t just get a pet to wake up early… LOL you never know these days, I have to add a disclaimer.

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The honest no bullshit answer is that mornings are still hard for me but having something you are passionate about and goals that drive you will make you want to make use of the extra hours in the morning. I’m slowly getting better with it.

These days I’ll stay up until midnight – 2am and wake up around 6am or 7am. I try to balance between work and self-care which for me looks like walking the dog, quiet meditation, yoga or reading a book. It’s not always easy but it is always worth it.

Here’s to the actual morning people, bless your souls, keep on keeping on.

Here’s to the night owl’s, may the moons energy fuel you baby!

Honestly, let me know how you handle mornings and how you’ve allowed yourself to wake up even just 10 minutes early.

BTW if you have started waking up early, you go girl, do tell!

Carlee. xoxo

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HOW TO BE A FOCUSED BADASS EVEN WHEN YOU’RE LIKE, SO BUSY. (and the best iced coffee recipe)

Right now I’ve got a lot of things on the go (don’t we all?).

School, working full-time and building The Self-Care Enthusiast.

Oh, and taking care of Alice. She has her own doggie blog section you can find right here.

All of this got me thinking, how does one keep it all together while juggling so many things? Shout out to the moms doing all this and more.

There’s the obvious answer like time management, which I’ve honestly had to work on and there’s a LOT of growing room left for me to improve.

I sat down to think about the not so obvious answer…

Things honestly didn’t change for me until I got concrete about what I wanted out of my life, my business, my relationships and my home environment. I had to get serious about where my future was going and realize I was the one that was in charge of it.

Not my boss, not my boyfriend, not my dog, not my parents…me.

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Before I got serious I was just floating through life, not focused at all. Like zero focus. None.

I grabbed a journal and got real with myself, like really real.

What did I want? What would my future look like? What would happen if I stayed the same?

It’s tough but the focus came when I set real goals AND started working on my own business. Having something that was mine, where it would fail or succeed based on how much work I put in was the game changer.

I feel like a great employee, I show up and get the work done, but for all the jobs I’ve had my heart just wasn’t in it. I’m SO much more focused and decisive when I have the freedom I need to make decisions and work towards supporting myself.

But that’s me, you might be the same or you might be a little different. The best part is you get to decide.

So, how do you become a focused badass even when you’re busy?

Intent, passion, set real goals… and using the calendar on your phone wouldn’t hurt either.

Of course never let anyone waste your time. I had to understand my own value and believe it before anyone else saw any value in me. Self-worth means saying no when you need to and if you’ve got shit to do, stay focused girl. Not everyone is worth your time right now. Yes, they deserve respect, kindness, a smile, but you’ve got 24 hours in a day and you need to remain a focused badass…okay?!

Oh, before I go, one other thing I’ve learned is that if I think of something I have to do, like call my dentist to reschedule an appointment, I have to do it right then in that moment or else I wait WAY to long…(this can’t be just me?)

 

 

….priorities, priorities, priorities.

Shall I just say this, especially for you my dear reader, the world would like us to be organized to perfection, every t crossed and every i dotted. I live life a little more on the wild before 9pm side. A little messy, a little chaotic, a little insanely focused on what I’m passionate about and litterally ignoring the rest until im forced to look up…

You’ll never go wrong with an alarm reminder, a paper calendar and utilizing the calendar in your phone, and a precise set of goals for the day.

If you want to go the extra mile iced coffee with cinnamon instead of sweetner is the best compliment to a kickass focused productive day. (Recipe for my favourite below)

Let me know how you stay focused…we can help each other.

Message me in the community or I’ll see you on snapchat,

Carlee. xoxo

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I try not to have dairy anymore for my own personal health reasons so I have my iced coffee with almond milk but you can subsitute with actual milk, soy milk, cream etc. 🙂

Iced Coffee With Cinnamon

Step 1. Brew your coffee. (easy enough, sometimes I brew a whole bunch so I can have it throughout the day)

Step 2. Let chill in fridge (in freezer if you’re seriously in a hurry)

Step 3. Get your cup or beverage container and add the desired amount of milk. (first)

Step 4. Add cinnamon 1-2 tsp and stir into milk.

Step 5. If you wish add a dash of  vanilla extract

Step 6. Add 5-10 iced cubes

Step 7. Pour in chilled coffee & stir.

Enjoy!