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The Morning Rituals of 5 Fly Female Entrepreneurs
How do you kick off your day? Most of us know that our morning experiences often shape the following 12 hours. If your morning is relaxed and productive, you’ll more than likely continue the day feeling positive and energized. Stressful and chaotic morning? Then trust and believe that you’ll spend at least several hours afterwards trying to shake it off.
One way to make sure your mornings are as smooth and productive as possible is by creating an a.m. routine that you follow every single day. That said, I asked five fly female entrepreneurs that we all know and love, to share their morning rituals with me. Here’s what they had to say:
Necole Bitchie: Founder of NecoleBitchie.com
I used to press snooze a million times, and finally wake up too late, rush out of bed and hop on my computer to start my day, all while feeling very flustered. (Yes, that also meant skipping breakfast). Now, I go to bed early, so I can wake up at 4 a.m. (7 a.m. EST) and I spend an hour of quiet time just being. Just existing. Being still. During this time, I may talk to God, or visualize my biggest dreams and goals as if they are happening right then in that moment, and I also visualize how I would like my day to go. This quiet time really makes all the difference in finding my center, and creating good energy that I end up carrying throughout my day.
I also have a gratitude rock that I hold as I think of all the things I am thankful for in my life. Being grateful for the things you have and have accomplished always brings more blessings, while stillness almost always bring clarity and perspective.
Ursula Stephen: Celebrity Hair Stylist & Owner, Ursula Stephen the Salon
Usually the first thing I do when I open my eyes is say a prayer thanking God for blessing me with another day amongst other things. Then I check my emails. After making sure there is nothing urgent in my inbox, I stay in the bed a little longer because truth be told, I am not a morning person. When I finally get up I make the bed (note: I almost never the house without doing this). If I’m off for the day, I’ll also clean or straighten up the entire house before I leave. Once I finish straightening up, I make breakfast. It’s always the same thing – oatmeal or Kashi cereal. Last but certainly not least, it’s time get dressed. I like to get fly to face the world and any surprises or challenges the day may bring.
Ashunta Sherrif: Celebrity Makeup Artist, Beauty Educator and Entrepreneur
My mother taught me the value of centering myself with prayer and meditation. I often wake up 15-30 mins before my alarm and in the dark under the covers, I begin a moment of gratitude for being blessed with another day of life. On work days which can start as early as 4 a.m. some days or go as late as 10 p.m., no one day is the same so it’s important to maintain a balance. I’m not perfect, however having this quiet morning moment helps me tremendously to set my day up properly. After I arise, a cup of warm water infused with lemon helps me to cleanse and reboot. Being grounded is very important. I was given a book called Boss Women Pray by Kachelle Kelly which contains amazing prayers, mantras and anecdotes to help women navigate through being a boss and commanding your power. I love picking it up and reading a mantra or inspiration to get focused. On my days off, I roll out my yoga mat a lot and do a simple vinyasa flow to get my blood moving. Our world is highly energetic and energy can be contagious whether positive or negative so before I walk out my door, I encircle myself visually in God’s light. I always ask The Creator that I do my best job to fulfill my life’s purpose and plan for today – it’s my personal mantra. I stay on this regimen because being a mother, having a relationship and a career, all while developing a beauty brand requires me to be as grounded as possible, so I can be my absolute best self.
Lisa Price: Founder, Carol’s Daughter
I have never been a morning person, but being a business owner and a mother have taught me to appreciate the stillness of that part of the day. Every morning whether I am home or in a hotel, I wake up and thank God for seeing another day. I look at my phone, and see what happened while I was asleep and I begin to read affirmations for the day from some of my favorite people that I follow. And then I make and drink my coffee. Nothing really begins before the coffee.
When the weather is warm, and I am home, I love to have coffee in my backyard. It is a Brooklyn backyard. Not really big but it’s green and quiet. My eight-year-old daughter, Becca, has a body alarm that goes off and she wakes up when I do, so I always have company with my coffee. (She has a more cream-filled version of “coffee”). Those chats are always very interesting and a favorite part of my day.
Luvvie: Writer, Digital Strategist, Speaker and Co-founder of The Red Pump Project
I wake up around 8:30/9:00 a.m. every day. I chill in bed for some time and just figure out what I want my day to look like. Then I go straight to social media to see what people are talking about, and find out what I need to weigh in. Once I have a grasp on the morning happenings, I spend 30-45 minutes answering emails. Sometimes I make a to-do list for things I have to accomplish that day and this is based on my emails or outstanding things from the night before. The days I don’t make a to-do list are the days I don’t accomplish as much.
I believe that everyone’s morning ritual should reflect their personal lifestyle habits. I’m a night owl, so rising before the sun just doesn’t work for me:
“All these articles about “the times successful people wake up” are like 4:30 a.m. I will not buy this propaganda. I will wake up at 8:30am and take another hour to roll out of bed and BAWSE out the day. Hmph!” – Luvvie via Facebook
What’s your morning ritual? Do you believe that you have to start the day super early to be productive?