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 the snooze button? Did they only need to 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 super inspiring Jyoti Morningstar Addison…
Jyoti is the founder and designer/director of WE’AR ethical fashion and yoga wear brand. She lives mostly in the two island paradises of Bali and Waiheke Island with some extensive moonlighting in Spain and Gilli Meno so her mornings need to be pretty fluid to adapt to these different environments.
Tell us, what does your morning look like as you roll out of bed…?
Upon rising…I wake up excited and hungry most mornings and either lie around for a bit scheming about what I’m going to do and what I’m going to eat or just leap straight up and into the world. Quite often it’s the thought of espresso that makes me actually move.
What’s the first thing you drink?
When I’m being good (which is truly a lot of the time) I have something simple and alkalising like a squeeze of lime or lemon in warm water or a few drops of a good cider vinegar –I’m a big fan of waiheke’s own Plant Medicine who make an epicurean vinegar called Wildly Herbal which is full of trace minerals and other goodies. If I’m being bad (which happens mostly when I’m staying at a hotel and haven’t been organised enough to have a handy little lime in my case) I just have a glass of water and an espresso.
What’s the first thing you eat?
I lead this less than usual life that happens in several countries so it depends a lot on where I am. I’m in bali at the moment and red dragonfruit is in season so I’m slicing them up with mango and papaya, a squeeze of lime, a few spoons of natural yoghurt and then some sprinkles of bali buddha’s tropicla granola…pretty delicious! This morning I outdid myself though with a mango almond chia pudding that I prepared last night. So easy and delicious and super peaceful in the belly. I just filled a small jar with freshly made almond mylk then added 4 tablespoons of chia seeds, half a cubed mango and scraped in the powder from a small vanilla pod. I left it on the bench for an hour two to let the little chia babies start swelling then popped it in the fridge overnight. Amazing. My Waiheke breakfast involves a poached egg on a slice of toast with something green and raw or steamed on the side with a squeeze of lime and some himalayan salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Simple + perfect. I have this nearly everyday.
What’s your favourite way to move your body in the morning?
Yoga! I love yoga. When I’m in bali I go to a few sunrise yoga classes each week at Desa Seni or the Practice and on other mornings I do my own chilled mini session outside before it gets too hot. I usually start with a few sun salutations and then just let my body flow into a dynamic sequence of asana according to what it wants and needs to feel and open into. Lately I’ve been committing to a short, timed meditation practice before anything else…it’s such a sweet time.
How important is stillness or ‘quiet space’ first thing?
Extremely. I wake up super happy and am fine to say hi and make a drink or brekkie for whoever is around but I really don’t want to talk about it 😉 Or anything else. I like just being in my own space and rythym. When I’m at home on Waiheke I like to sit at a small table overlooking the garden and listen to classical music (it’s all about the cello) and read the guardian while I eat my egg on toast. Ha! Such simple joy.
Describe your ultimate morning. No kids, no obligations…?
I love them all but I guess it’s a super sweet indulgence to lie in bed and read for a while. When I’m at our place on Gilli Meno my darling fiance sometimes (ok often) brings me a glass of water and lime and an espresso into bed so I can laze around reading and dreaming or thinking for a while. Sunday mornings are great –in Bali the yoga class i go to starts at 9 and I’m usually awake by 6 so this way I get to have a lazy morning as well do an amazing class! In New Zealand I think Saturday mornings are my favourite because I love wandering down to the Farmers Market to eat breakfast from the fresh and homemade local offerings.
Please share your favourite breakfast recipe…what’s your go-to?
Mango Almond Chia Pudding
2 tablespoons of chia
Half a glass of almond milk
Small knob of ginger (finely sliced)
2 cardamom pods
Fresh mango slices
1. Mix the chia seeds into the almond milk. Thin with a little water if preferred.
2. Crush the cardamom pods, separate out and grind the seeds to a rough powder.
3. Add the cardamom powered and ginger into the glass and mix well.
4. Leave to thicken for an hour or two then chill in the refrigerator.
5. Top with fresh slices of mango and enjoy the decadence!
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