It’s been said time and time again that attaining a morning ritual or taking solo time before the pressures of the day begin, can truly help success, productivity and happiness.
Call us nosy, but we’ve always been curious about how other people spend their mornings before they arrive in the public eye, polished for their day.
We wonder, what did they eat for breakfast? Did they meditate? Did they stretch? Did they hit snooze? Did they have to only worry about themselves or a family…? So many curious questions!
Follow along as we step into the mornings of a wide range of successful ladies from all over and to uncover what habits put the spring in their morning step…
This week we are lucky enough to chat to the lovely Brigit Blair – Founder and Executive Chairman of Linden Leaves, NZ made natural skincare.
Brigit is a busy working mother and grandmother who places huge importance on the balance of both business and family in her crowded schedule. She’s highly passionate about natural skincare, health and wellbeing and sustainable business practices.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…?
I am a morning person, particularly in the summer and I hop out of bed at 6.30am. I then go out for my morning walk which is a beautiful time to enjoy the fresh air, the stillness of Christchurch in the early morning and all those gorgeous early morning garden smells. Then I shower, dress, enjoy breakfast, a quick clean up and I’m out the door. I am a no fuss person for dressing, hair and makeup and turnaround time from the shower is usually around an hour. I travel to work to the office Monday – Friday and focus on the work day ahead from when I get in the car – planning my priority tasks for the day ahead. I have usually planned the next nights meal, any grocery shopping, family commitments and the millions of other things that need attention the night before, so it is not a mad scramble in the morning and I can enjoy my walk and breakfast with a clear mind.
What’s the first thing you drink?
Usually a glass of water with some lemon if they are handy, followed pretty quickly with a good coffee (and another class of water to combat any dehydration).
What’s the first thing you eat?
Breakfast. My usual, most mornings go to is avocado on toast to go with a good coffee. In the weekends I like to be a little more indulgent. I love avocado as it’s a great source of essential fatty acids – great for our health and for our skin!
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
A walk around our suburb and the local hill. I love the early morning stillness and fragrances in the gardens and it is such a pleasure in the summer mornings but fail miserably in the winter in spite of the very best intentions.
How important is stillness or ‘quiet space’ first thing?
I go to bed relatively early and start the morning ready to go. If we have grandchildren staying it is all go from early morning with stories, chats and cuddles in our bed which I absolutely adore but it doesn’t lend itself to a lot of quiet space!
Describe your ultimate morning. No kids, no obligations…?
A morning with no obligations is very rare, so it is probably on holiday hearing the waves on waking and planning a morning swim followed by a game of golf and a late brunch with a glass of wine.
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
My favourite breakfast recipe is so simple – fresh fruit in season, followed by an omelette sprinkled with salmon, parsley and chives is my absolutely favourite!
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