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 chat to the beautiful Janelle behind the ethically motivated PR company, Media Jam.
Janelle Brunton-Rennie, 34 years old. Founder and Director of Media Jam – Ethically motivated Public Relations. Media Jam are one of New Zealands leading PR Companies, and Director Janelle Brunton-Rennie founded Media Jam 5 years ago after heading up the Marketing for the Caci Group and PR for Pandora Jewelry.
After a health scare, Janelle re-positioned Media Jam earlier this year to be aligned with her new set of values. Media Jam are passionate advocates of health, wellbeing and self-care principles, natural and organic beauty brands, cruelty free products, eco-conscious labels, ethically produced fashion and leading entrepreneurs with a conscience. Janelle makes a point of emphasising that Media Jam stand for what we stand on, she believes we are caretakers of this earth and that being eco-conscious is a responsibility we all share.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…?
I wake at 6am and I always start the new day with a meditation or mindfulness practice now. I’m currently doing a 21 day guided meditation series (thegabrielmethod.com) centred around cultivating health and wellbeing. Sometimes I like to do an intention setting meditation, envisage the day ahead and ensure I’m operating from a connected place, a space of ‘knowing’ and of low stress. I’ll also sometimes incorporate a bit of a yoga flow into my mornings – breathing and sun salutations, centering and grounding myself for the day ahead. My health really suffered a couple of years ago due to stress and my lack of managing it properly. I am one of those people who internalise stress, and it was like poison for my body. So I’ve had to learn how to manage stress a lot better and ensure it doesn’t affect my health the way it did.
What’s the first thing you drink?
Water. Water is so critical to healthy cellular and bodily function and we’ve just gone 8 hours without it whilst sleeping so I make sure the first thing I do is hydrate! I love coffee and I do enjoy an espresso or long black every morning at breakfast as well, which is usually my only coffee for the day (a big deal for this reformed coffee fiend who could easily have four long blacks a day)! I will always ensure I have a glass or two of water with a coffee to combat any dehydration.
What’s the first thing you eat?
Lypospheric Vitamin C – three sachets in a glass of water. Breakfast depends on what my day’s schedule looks like. On a typical work day I have my meetings scheduled for each morning, my first meeting usually at 9.30am. To avoid traffic I usually start my day having breakfast at the same café each day near to my first meeting destination, eating the exactly same thing – Eggs are my current fav! MINK Café in Parnell have their signature Parsi Eggs dish which are free range scrambled eggs with turmeric, ginger, tomato, coriander, onion and chilli and they are divine! I just can’t make them at home as well as they do! Usually my first meeting is in Parnell or the city centre, so I’ve avoided traffic and go from MINK. I usually listen to a mindfulness app whilst I eat breakfast – there is a terrific app called ‘buddhify’ that I use, and even has some wonderful mindfulness eating options. Or I jump on You Tube and listen to a clip. I am loving Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday’s presently. If I don’t have meetings for the morning I’ll usually make myself a superfood smoothie at home – either a green one, a mango one or a berry one depending on what’s in the fridge.
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
I’ll do a yoga flow in the morning if I’m feeling a bit stiff and in need of some freeing up and fluidity (my body will tell me, our bodies are so phenomenal when we tune in to ourselves!!), however usually I exercise in the afternoons or evenings – either a walk, run or a light weights session at the gym. I make sure that any exercise that I do is giving me energy rather than robbing me of it. I used to over-exercise and beat my body up bad, as it was the only way I knew how to manage stress. Now I listen to my body and give it what it needs, sometimes that’s a good sweat, sometimes a good stretch, or sometimes just some time out walking around Orakei basin with our dog.
How important is stillness or quiet space first thing?
For me it’s really important. Cultivating a solid morning routine practice has been really critical to my own health and wellbeing and for managing stress. If I don’t have the chance to spend at least 10 minutes in the morning ensuring I’m centred and grounded for the day ahead, I can usually feel it by mid-afternoon. If I’m operating from a place of stress, intensity, and adrenalin, then the mid-afternoon slump and the sugar cravings kick in. When we’re stressed, our body calls on quick energy and uses glucose stores in our muscles. These glucose stores then run low and the body tells you to eat sugar to replace them so it can continue to operate in this stressed ‘fight or flight’ mode. Which is what my body was doing for a really long time, day in and day out and that resulted in adrenal fatigue and an autoimmune condition. Stress is nobody’s friend and in society we’ve built this ridiculous culture around the glorification of busy – if we’re not stressed and busy then we’re seemingly not successful! It couldn’t be further from the truth! If someone asks me how I am and my answer is ‘busy’ and stressed then I’m not honouring myself enough – end of story.
Describe your ultimate morning. No kids, no obligations…?
Saturday… no plans for the day ahead, having breakfast with hubby at a café, great coffee and great conversation.
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
I LOVE the Little Bird Organics app and their breakfast recipes are amazing!
My favourite right now is their Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl…
¾ cup chopped mango
¼ cup chopped young coconut flesh
½ peeled orange
2cm piece of turmeric
Splash lime juice
¼ cup coconut water
Blend until smooth. If you want to instagramify it, top it with fresh orange slices, passionfruit, banana slices and sprinkle on a little bee pollen.
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