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Mastering Your Morning Routine

Hello there lovelies!

I’m still easing back into my mostly daily routine. It took me a minute to get into the swing of #quarantinelife. Being a consultant, artist, mom, and, now, teacher, has been quite the adjustment- as I know we can all relate to. 

Jill Elliott creative living room

⁣I say my  ‘mostly’ daily routine, because if we’re being real, I struggle to get it done every single day. Most days, my to-do list is a mile long and taking a few minutes, for me, to make art, just seems like the last thing I need to do. 

BUT. I’ve been at this long enough to know how important carving out time for art, for play and exploration, is in both my personal and professional development. It calms my thoughts, releases stress and pressure from my day, and helps my brain to shift - just slightly - to a place of hope and optimism in these trying times. 

Enter my morning routine. The fall-back I default to when I’m needing to recommit to consistent creative practice. Mornings are such a vital part of my day because they set the tone and mood for what follows. As an introvert, a good (quiet + reflective) morning usually leads to a better day, or at least a more peaceful outlook that allows me to navigate the day with more ease. 

coffee with cream

Whether it’s a cup of coffee, a 10-minute meditation session, and/or a run around the neighborhood, putting something in place that gives your day structure and a positive start is so good for your soul!

Here’s a look into my morning routine_

  1. Warm water with lemon. 

  2. Morning pages. I write at least 3 daily. ⁣

  3. Get S ready and dropped off at school (or more likely these days - fed and engaged in a book or activity). 

  4. Make something with my hands - mostly painting these days. 

  5. Workout. 

  6. Work. Work. Work. ⁣

Spending a few minutes each morning to check-in with me, sets the tone for the rest of the day. ⁣I can’t give to others what I need to unless I am in working order myself.

I’m curious!! Tell me the one thing you can’t do without in the am? (Coffee counts.)

For more daily tips and to follow along with my creative journey, follow me @thecolorkind on Instagram!



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