Routine Share: My Morning Routine
Ashley Brown 0:00 [Intro]
Routines my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. And either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown. And this is the routine and things podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways for you to consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time, trust me, you're going to want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.
Ashley Brown 0:48
So one of my favorite questions I've been asked in my life is what do I typically do when I am stressed? And I thought this was a really interesting question. But my first initial response was, I try to get out of the stress, like I try to find ways and like, I will research my way out of stress. I'm that type, like, I will research, I will get up on Google and be like, how do I go from this to that? Or how do I relieve this stress? Or this is stressing me out, What can I do? And I am infamous for that. And this is one reason why I absolutely love the routine building handbook. Because if you're trying to find your way out of stress right now and you want routines to help you do so, this book is where it's at. It is a resource for you. When you are feeling like you need a step by step guide in order to get from point A to point B with your routines. The routine building handbook is a very practical resource. It's a step by step guide for building routines that are ideal for you, ideal for your life and your family.
Ashley Brown 1:57
And if you're a mama specifically, I have a chapter in there dedicated to you, because I know that routines. Building routines are very different when it comes to having a family. And so I think that's going to be a really great resource. But this book answers so many questions like, What do I do if I'm getting stuck with my routine? How do I actually maintain my routine? What should be included in my routine? How do I even get started with creating a routine? The questions that you have or have ever had, when it comes to routines, I promise you it is more than likely in this book. It's like the Google of routines. And so the routine building handbook I am so happy to say is out and available for you to order your copy, order copy for you, order a copy for a friend, get a copy of this book because it is going to be a lifetime resource. I'm so happy that this book is available to help you in your life when it comes to building and maintaining routines. And you can order the book now by going to the link in the show notes or heading to routineandthings.com/book.
Ashley Brown 3:11
Hey, hey, welcome back. Okay, so this episode is a new type of episode that I am going to start doing. I'm super excited about this because I was asked for more of routine examples for me to give more routine examples on the podcast. And so I am here to do so. So I'm going to be giving some routine examples. I'm going to be having these podcast episodes called routine share, where I will be sharing personal routines that I do also have routines that I know other women do that work for them. Okay, so in these episodes, I'm just giving you the rundown of my routine step by step, giving you a little bit of detail. And that's that, okay, so take what you like leave what you don't like you know i always say that. Because my routine is not going to always work for you. But what it will do is give you some insight and how I even created my routines but also to give you some inspiration and ideas for your routine.
Ashley Brown 4:16
So very, very excited to be able to share the first routine with you. I'm going to be sharing my morning routine with you today. This is a really yummy morning routine to me it's very simple, but I absolutely love it and it helps me in my day and it helps me just feel better in life overall. And so let me go ahead and break that down for you. So like I said, I'm sharing my morning routine when I and I just recently started doing this morning routine specifically because I had to switch it up a little bit because I wanted to make sure my outcome that I wanted to have in my morning routine is one I wanted to ease into my morning, and I also wanted to wake up my brain and body. I'm a 9am type morning person, you may have heard me say this before, my mind and body, honestly really doesn't wake up until around 9am. So before then I'm awake. But I'm still like, half asleep, I'm functioning.
Ashley Brown 5:21
That's why I never knew how I made it as a nurse being on the unit at 630. I never knew. And I still don't know how I did that. But I'm not fully awake until like 9am. That's when I have all my energy. I'm like, let's go. Let's go, let's go. So that was the outcome I wanted for my morning routine is to ease into my morning and to wake up my brain and my body because I know I have to get going, the girls have to get to school, I have things I have to do. So the first step of my routine is once I wake up, I give thanks, I'm always gonna say, usually give gratitude, like do a little gratitude practice. Thank God, I'm very spiritual. I am a huge God girl. So giving thanks, prayer, that's what I do. Step one, step two, I meditate. I meditate that step two, after I give thanks, I meditate. And that's to get my mind really woken up, right.
Ashley Brown 6:21
That's to kind of wake up my mind a little bit wake up my mind. And I love meditation I've been doing meditation for over like a year and a half now. It's crazy that I've been going going like for that long is like meditating because it has done wonders for my mind, really, for my emotions, all of it is just so beautiful. So second step is meditation, wakes up my brain eases me into my morning, because it's very much like a type of type of feeling. But I do guided meditations, I have to hear someone's voice, I couldn't just sit there in silence, or I wouldn't wake up. So I have to hear someone's voice as I'm meditating. Then, third step, I do a light stretch. So I'll usually sit traight. I'm still in bed, okay, all of this is in bed. I'm sitting up by this time, but I'm in bed. And so I'll do like a light stretch of like rolling my shoulders. I'm doing it now, but you can't see me.
Ashley Brown 7:22
But I would like roll my shoulders out, like kinda put my neck to the side, do some neck rolls. I'll put my arms up and like stretch my arms from side to side, you know, and just move my body a little bit stretch out my body. So my body wakes up, especially after meditating because after I meditate, I'm in such a like a real zen mode, okay, Ashley you gotta really wake this body up a little bit. So then I'll do a little light stretch. And the last thing that I do, the fourth step of my routine is to get ready for the day. That's a very broad step. I made it that way for a reason. Because in some parts, or in some days, I will take a shower and then get ready some days, I don't need to take a shower, because I did it night. So I don't need to take a shower in the morning. And then I'll just get ready. Right. And so that's my routine, my morning routine, very simple.
Ashley Brown 8:14
But it works for me, because I had an outcome that I wanted from this routine. And I made sure that my steps brought about the outcome I want it to have bing tip for you right there. So that is my morning routine. And then after my morning routine, I usually then go into my girls morning routine, that's when my girls morning routine will start. Mama always gets herself ready first, then my daughters get ready. So that's how that's how the routine goes. I hope this was helpful for you to hear. And I think this has shown you that routines are so individualized you might have heard what I did and be like girl, I wouldn't be back in to sleep if I did that routine, but it works for me. Right. So just showing you routines are individualize also that they can be super simple. You do what works for you. Test out some things in your morning.
Ashley Brown 9:08
If you're trying to work on a morning routine right now, like test out some stuff. You have to test it out and see if it works, right. Test it. You know, you'll see that some parts, work some parts don't. Maybe all of it works. You just don't know until you test it. So try to play around with your routine a little bit especially if your morning routine isn't really jiving with you. If you don't like it like that. Go ahead and test out another routine. It doesn't hurt to test you know, give yourself permission to do so. But I hope this gave you some inspiration today. If it did, be sure to take a screenshot of the episode. tag me on Instagram @routineandthings let me know that you're listening today. I would love for you to do so. And be sure to rate and review the show as well.
Ashley Brown 9:08
The book is out the routine building handbook. Did you know that is out you can get it at Barnes and Noble, on Amazon, you can get at some stores and is there for you. So if you want a resource that's going to help you to continue to be able to build really effective routines and that you can pull out and the answers all the questions you will have about routines, then that will be a really good resource for you. You can click the link in the show notes to purchase the book, get your copy, or you can go to routineandthings.com/book. But thank you for joining me today. Be sure to share this episode with someone. Until next time, continue to enjoy wherever you are, whatever you're doing, Stay happy, and I'll talk to you next week.
Ashley Brown 10:41 [Outro]
Thanks for listening. If you enjoy today's episode, take a screenshot and share it on social I would love to know you're listening and for tools to help you start maintain and enjoy your routines. Be sure to head to routineandthings.com here to staying happy.