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 me nosy, but i’ve always been curious about how other people spend their mornings before they arrive in the public eye polished for their day.
I wonder, how did their day start…have they eaten breakfast yet? Did they meditate? Did they already run 8km? Find out…
We will be asking a range of successful ladies from all over to find out what habits put the spring in their morning step.
This week we have the gorgeous Emma Batts behind the beautiful blog & imagery of Heartfelt Kitchen.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed… what habits or rising rituals do you have that keep you on top and in the game?
As a mummy to a 13 month-old girl, my mornings start pretty early with cuddles in bed. Despite being woken earlier than I’d like, it really is quite delightful to begin the day by snuggling a little cutie!
If I was to design a perfect morning routine for myself, I would rise before my children, have an hour of quiet to leisurely read and reflect – while enjoying a cup of tea before the day begins.
However – this is just not possible. Unless I get up at 4:30am. And that’s a little too early for my liking/survival! Instead, I take some time for myself in the evenings before bed.
While Emilia and I hang out in bed, my wonderful hubby brings me a glass of lemon water, before making us both a steaming cup of coffee using freshly ground beans (and unstacking the dishwasher – love him).
What do you drink?
A glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon juice (who doesn’t these days?). It gently wakes up my digestive system and quenches my morning thirst. Do you know that all people (unless they get up and drink in the middle of the night) are dehydrated upon waking? – So, if it isn’t a ritual you have adopted, it’s pretty simple to do, with wide-ranging benefits.
I wait at least 15 minutes before having my strong coffee with a dash of cream.
What do you eat?
It depends. Some mornings I’m not hungry and will make breakfast for my husband and little one but only eat myself mid-morning – usually eggs on homemade paleo toast. But I’m an extrovert through and through, and I prefer to eat with company, so often I eat with my family. We usually have some version of overnight oats (I like adding chia seeds, sunflower seeds and protein powder to sustain us for longer), buckwheat porridge, or scrambled eggs.
We collect our eggs fresh every morning – thanks to our six chooks!
How do you move?
I love to move. I have always been very active, but sports need to fit in around parenting now, so I try to stay active with Emilia.
In the morning my movement is simply walking about the house doing chores – dressing my daughter, making beds, collecting eggs, making food… Gentle, functional movement.
To keep fit and strong I do some exercises at home using a kettle bell, and I try to walk a lot with Emilia in the buggy. Walking is a great way to catch up with friends too!
Do you have a practice of stillness or quiet?
Real stillness and quiet is something of a rarity for me – Emilia keeps me on my toes!
So instead, I seek moments of quiet reflection in amongst the hustle and bustle of daily life. I can’t press pause on my life (how great would that be?!) to gather my thoughts and breathe deeply, so I try to incorporate mindful practices throughout my day. As I make the beds, for example, or rinse the dishes, or hang the washing… In those simple tasks, that require time and just aren’t that fun (let’s be honest), I might meditate on something or say a few prayers.
At night after the kids are in bed is when the real fun begins. I wish I could say you’ll find me reading a book or journalling, but in reality you’ll find me on the couch watching Netflix or at my computer working. Such is the life of a working mum!
Can you share your favourite go-to morning breakfast recipe?
Serves 1 (one big person and one little)
• In a pan over a medium heat, simmer the soaked and rinsed buckwheat with 1/2-3/4C cream, 1/2t cinnamon and 1/2t vanilla paste.
• Cook for about 5 minutes until the porridge is beautifully thick.
• Top with fresh figs, walnut pieces, Puhoi Valley Organic Half and Half (or whatever you like!)
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