Part of being happy is finding pleasure in the small stuff. Making your morning habits become a ritual, not a routine. I try to engage all of my senses.
Here’s a sample of an average weekday morning…
Brush my chompers with cinnamon flavored toothpaste. It’s my favorite. Not minty, slightly sweet, slightly spicy clean mouth 🙂
Slather on some Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. This stuff smells like dessert in the most subtle way possible. Not greasy at all, but super moisturizing.
I stroll into the kitchen (where our computer & Bose speakers are) and get a peppy Slacker.com station up on my screen & into my ears. This week has been the Adele or Sarah Bareilles station.
Adele's music is soulful and uplifting (and catchy!)
I put on my makeup. I don’t just slap the stuff onto my face, but I use soft brushes and feel like I’m painting a picture. (Yes I am an art dork) You can see what’s in my makeup bag here.
I choose clothes to wear depending on what I feel like I need for the day. I wear comfy shoes if it’s a really busy day, I wear a pinstripe structured jacket if I feel like I need to feel more assertive, or a cheetah print trench if I want to make the best of a rainy day. Each choice you make can influence the way you experience your day (even the smallest details).
I fill a Magic Bullet cup 1/2 way with ice cubes
Add some skim milk
Throw in a scoop of Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion in milk chocolate protein powder
Let the Bullet do its thing, and I have my morning chocolate milkshake.
This really tastes like a Frosty from Wendy’s. Not kidding.
Next, I flip on my Keurig coffeemaker. I choose which flavor I want to jumpstart the day with.
I usually end up choosing my favorite. German Chocolate Cake flavor.
I’m not ashamed of my chocolate and coconut addiction. I then add coconut cream coffeemate and a splenda.
Here’s a peek into my lunch bag…
Protein milkshake? check.
Chocolate-ey Zone Perfect Bar? check.
Green Tea? check.
Tupperware container with 0% Greek yogurt & natural peanut butter? check.
Bonus piece of fruit? double-check.
All this stuff goes into making for a happy start.
What is your daily ritual? How do you make the ordinary extraordinary?