• 6 Meditation Skills that will Change Your Life

    Do you think meditation is boring? It’s a sign: You’re ready to level up! Here are 6 meditation skills to level up your mind + reality! You’re not a beginner anymore (trust me). Here’s 6 ways to take your meditating to the next level.

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    Here are the six skills to learn to move from a beginner meditator to an intermediate one! Read the post below or watch the video above.

    1. Get out of the Stress State

    The stress state is a particularly damaging state to remain in. Learn to unravel the stress state while meditating. The idea is to pinpoint stressed feelings first, then calm them and release them. It only takes about 5-10 mins once you get the hang of it. And you’ll feel amazing after. The goal: de-stress whenever you want.

    2. Re-experience Memories in a Safe Space

    Create a safe space in your mind for unwanted re-occurring memories to surface. Let them play until they run out. Know that you’re safe the whole time you re-experience this. Acknowledge the feelings you have. Allow them. Learn from them. Then release them. As opposed to letting your mind run wild and control you, this skills allows you to gain control of your mind.

    3. Do a Future Visualization

    Visualize a positive outcome for your future. Feel the good feelings that come with experiencing the positive outcome. Start with small, regular, simple things that you know you can do. Like washing your hands to drawing a doodle. Then work up to larger dreams like passing a test or giving a wonderful speech. Then wake up and bring that future to life.

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    4. Have a Conversation with Yourself

    In this skills, you let the inner part of yourself speak. This inner pat can be called many things: our inner self, true self, higher self, inner child, superego, super conscious, etc. You likely even have multiple inner selves, which is very normal. So get into meditation and just start asking yourself questions. Listen for your own “inner” answers in a non-judgmental way. Have a conversation. Become more in touch with yourself. Because you’re amazing.

    5. Do a Healing Meditation

    When do we ever heal non-physical aspects of ourselves that have become worn and damaged? Basically never. In meditation you can heal your hurt non-physical self, for example, your Emotional Self and Spiritual Self. While meditating, bathe yourself in healing waters. Feel the waters healing you washing away anything negative you want to release. Or try a healing light meditation, or a color meditation! Bathe your being in your favorite color – why not? You’ll feel amazing after, trust me.

    The sixth way to level up your mediation skills: find your chakras. Image shows locations of chakras going up the spine!
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    6. Find Your Chakras

    Babe, it is time to find all 7 of your energy centers. You want to locate them, open them, and close them to healthy balanced level. Think about it like an adjustable light. You’ll learn about a whole new inner world (of you!) and gain the basic skills needed for working with these powerful chakras.

    So there you are! The six meditation skills I recommend you learn to move from a beginning meditator to an intermediate mediator.

    I highly encourage you to level up your mind and reality by manipulating the crazy amazing mind – brain – conscious system that we have!

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    What do you think about leveling-up your meditation skills?

    What do you think about leveling up your meditation skills with these six abilities?

    Have you tried any of these? Are you curious about any of these? What would you add? I would love to know!

    –> Hop over to the comment section on this YouTube video and share your thoughts!! I can’t wait to hear from you 🙂

    And for even more room in your consciousness, try the Consciousness Challenge, which I made just for you! Details below. ↓

    Here’s to your success upgrading your #meditationskills

    I am so proud of you!

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
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  • 3 Ways to Raise Your Consciousness

    Raising your consciousness raises the quality of your life experience. It levels you up – right now! Why should you raise your consciousness? To feel more alive. To be more alive! First we’ll see what consciousness is. Then, we’ll talk about 3 ways to raise it! Let’s go!

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    WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?

    Consciousness goes by many names! Here are a few:

    • Awareness
    • Your own personal perspective of reality
    • Awakeness
    • Attention
    • Knowingness
    • Focus
    • Energy state
    • Quality of experience
    • Being in the moment
    • Your real true self
    • The underlying nature of reality

    Consciousness is like the piece of paper that our reality is printed on. Usually, we only care about the words. But without the paper – we wouldn’t – and couldn’t – have any words at all. This is what consciousness is like. It is the underlying nature of our reality.

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    WHY RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS?

    Why should you raise your consciousness? To feel more alive. To be more alive! Your regular sensory abilities will be extended! Your overall life experience will be deeper and larger. You will be able to:

    • Take in more information
    • Experience more of your environment
    • Experience a higher quality of senses
    • Smell more deeply
    • Taste more deeply
    • See more clearly
    • Hear more
    • Feel more of your body
    • Be calmer
    • Feel a wider range of emotions

    3 WAYS TO RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS:

    Here are 3 tried-and-true methods for up-leveling your conscious state!

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    1. MINDFULNESS

    A great technique for raising your consciousness is Mindfulness!

    In this exercise, you go about your regular business very attentive to each specific thing you are doing.

    A popular method is to light a candle. Pay attention to the flame. Stay focused on the flame. When your mind wanders (and it will!) gently guide it back to the flame. Do this for 5 minutes. This will seriously up-level your consciousness!

    It doesn’t have to be a flame. Any similar thing – of your choice – will do the trick!

    With mindfulness, you are training your consciousness to do what you say. And that is to stay focused on something.

    Being able to choose where your consciousness goes up-levels you. Why? Because the world is constantly bombarding you with things to distract your attention! This pulls your conscious into many small pieces.

    But focusing your energy on one task intentionally allows you to gather a greater amount of consciousness in one place.

    The result? More life! 🙂

    2. BE IN THE NOW

    Being in the Now will majorly up-level your consciousness.

    Here’s how it works:

    We are constantly living in the future or the past, mentally.

    The Now is what we actually have. And the Now is what we are burning up when we are focusing on these other places.

    Right Now is always here. And it is a very powerful place.

    Let’s try it now. Fully enter your life. BE IN THE NOW. Right now. Go!

    ~ You are in the now ~

    Well done. If you are ever missing a part of yourself, look for it in the Now.

    3. MEDITATION

    Mediation is the third tactic for expanding your consciousness. And it is amazing.

    I like to say – Meditation allows you to calm the water bowl of your mind. Here’s the analogy:

    Usually, the waves of our mind are fast and high. In this case, not much can stay in the water bowl. But if we slow down, the waves are lower, and we can fit more into the water bowl (without water splashing out).

    Meditation helps you to calm things down. When things are calmer you can have more water in the bowl. And by water, I mean… consciousness! 🙂

    To get started, I made you a 1-minute meditation.

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    DISCOVER WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!

    I hope these ideas inspire you! But the real inspiration comes from within.

    So I encourage you to go figure out what consciousness-manipulation methods work FOR YOU. That’s right. I’m giving you permission to purposefully move your consciousness!

    I promise some things will come easily + naturally to you. Here are some suggestions:

    • Move your consciousness down over your body
    • Go into nature and expand it out from your body
    • Become conscious of your internal world
    • Go to a beautiful place and become hyper-conscious of it
    • Attend to your emotional world
    • Become conscious of the everyday physical world around you
    • Try a guided meditation

    I am so excited for you!

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    WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT RAISING YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS?

    I am super curious – what do you think? Would you try these techniques? Do you already do these things to raise your consciousness?

    Hop over to this video on YouTube, leave a comment, and let me know! I can’t wait to hear from you 🙂

    Sincerely,
    Erienne
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    I’ve made a challenge for you!

    It is a 7-Day Challenge, in which you try these 3 consciousness-raising techniques for one week. It is based on a worksheet. I designed this specifically to encourage you on your consciousness journey! Go you. 🙂

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  • 5 Benefits of a Vegan Mindset

    An unexpected benefit of going plant-based is a vegan mindset. Going vegan takes a lot of mental focus. This focus and choice create a lot mental positives. I describe five benefits in this video!

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    Here are 5 mental positives that develop naturally as you change your life and shift to a vegan mindset:

    1. Mental strength. Choosing to eat differently from society takes guts! By following your own gut, against the current, you become mentally tougher. You become mentally strong.
    2. A deeper connection to your body. Eating plant-based really brings your cravings, hunger, satisfaction, and thirst into sharper focus. You’ll understand better what you body needs. You’ll gain skill in satisfying its signals. This will lead you to feel much more connected to your own body, which feels fantastic.
    3. Glow. Glowing from the inside-out includes feeling good about yourself in your own mind. When you’re taking excellent care of yourself, for yourself, it brings your self-love to the front of your mind. And it shows!
    4. Self-empowerment. Once you get the hang of living plant-based, you will have seriously leveled up, my friend! You will have powered yourself in a whole new way. And that self-empowerment will extend to every area of your life!
    5. And one more… 😉

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    Above all, remember, the world has so many reasons that you should go vegan. But you know what? Forget all of that. That’s right. Forget it! Don’t do it for them. Do it for you.

    Have you Tried a Vegan Mindset?

    Have you ever tried a vegan mindset? I would love to know!

    Hop over to this video on YouTube + leave me a comment. I can’t wait to hear about your journey! ↓

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    Love and plants,

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  • The Theory of Gifting: How to Choose the Perfect Gift

    Do you need to choose the perfect gift? Are you clueless about how to do that? I feel the struggle too. And that’s why I invented my own step-by-step theory of gifting. Because, honestly, we need one.

    So here it is! My Theory of Gifting – to the rescue! Use this guide to select an appropriate (and wanted!) gift. Every. Single. Time.

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    In summary:

    1. Decide how long the gift should last. Small gifts are ones that expire quickly. Medium gifts should last about a year. Large gifts are meant to last forever.
    2. Pinpoint whether a small, medium, or large gift is appropriate, from you. Do this by considering your connection to the person and the magnitude of the event.
    3. Spend the right amount of money for the category you picked. You should spend very little on small gifts, a modest amount on middle-sized gifts, and a good sum on big gifts.
    4. Make sure the quality matches the size. Don’t spend a bunch of money on a low-quality gift. Don’t buy a very cheap version of a forever gift.
    5. Give without expectation of how your recipient will react or feel. Include a gift receipt. Give with positivity and love. Remember, gifts are just one way to show your love. It truly is the thought that counts!

    What do you think about the Theory of Gifting?

    What do you think about my theory of gifting? Will you try these tips? Do you already do these?

    What would you add to the theory?

    –> Please let me know by hopping over to the comment section on this YouTube video! Your thoughts will truly be a gift. 😉

    Here’s to your success #adulting

    Sincerely,

    Erienne

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  • Find Endless Energy when Coffee Fails

    Here’s what it feels like when coffee fails me. I’ve been drinking coffee for hours, just to keep my eyes open. I feel like I’m trekking to the ends of the earth. My heart rate is heavy, my mind races, I’m dizzy and weak. Yet I also feel like shooting electricity from my fingertips? And not in a badass evil-emperor kind of way. More like a pathetic zombie-listlessly-searching-for-brains kind of way. (I thought this stuff was supposed to HELP.)

    THIS, my friend, is what happens when coffee fails. When the miracle beverage is no longer “doing its job” of keeping you alert, awake, and kind of manic.

    Why does this happen? Here’s the biological reason.

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    Coffee Doesn’t Give You Energy

    The truth about coffee is that it triggers your body to burn its energy stores. The stimulation we feel from drinking coffee doesn’t actually come from the beans. It comes from us. From our bodies.

    Whaaaat?

    Yep. Coffee isn’t PROVIDING anything. Rather it is a trigger. A signal. A catalyst. Coffee tells your body to go into its reserves and light that stuff on fire! It does this by activating your fight-or-flight reaction, otherwise known as the stress response. One study found increased cortisol levels – which is the stress hormone – appeared in people all day after having their morning caffeine. And for those who hadn’t had caffeine in awhile, the substance boosted their cortisol considerably. Bam!

    Long story short, coffee doesn’t bring any nourishment on its own.

    Ever noticed how satisfying it feels to eat something sugary with your coffee? Or sugary AND fatty? Well, there’s a reason for that. Whether you pour it into your drink or eat it on the side, sugar and cream provide quick energy. That way, the coffee has something to help you burn. Often, this will give you with a big burst of energy.

    But that burst is not going to last forever. And once the energy is gone, no amount of caffeine is going to replenish it, because that’s not caffeine’s jam.

    So THIS is why drinking coffee when you’re already tired seems to “do nothing” (and maybe even makes things worse). Because it is lighting you on fire, even when you have nothing to burn.

    So you’re NOT running out of coffee energy. You’re running out of personal energy. Then you become a zombie. Blurg.

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    When Coffee Fails, Actually Your Energy Fails

    In my last year of writing my dissertation, I pushed myself over the edge. To a place where not even coffee could help me.

    I felt obligated to spend every moment of my waking hours working on my PhD defense. Yet I knew it wouldn’t be enough.

    I needed to be on point. At all times. I needed to be awake and INTELLIGENT. Not just barely able to prop myself up at meetings. My most intelligent self! [Insert expletive here]

    To Sumarize:

    • No time could be wasted.
    • Coffee ran out of energy boosting power and left me weak.

    I started to panic.

    Geez, was I desperate. I was willing to try anything. And that’s when I figured something out. How to keep my brain in “I woke up like this” mode all day long. How to not need coffee at all. And I’m actually going to tell you what it is right now 🙂

    The Solution: Replenish your Natural Energy (8 Ways)

    Alright, so you’re going to be shocked (I’m sure). But my actual solution for when coffee fails to uplift you is to replenish your energy like nature intended – naturally! Or rather not deplete it doing stupid things. Here are my 8 favorite ways:

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    1. Eat Some Super-Healthy Food

    Eat very healthy, raw, nutrient-dense food. This gives you real, pure energy that will burn for awhile, leave you feeling refreshed. Some favorites:
    • Almonds
    • Broccoli
    • Strawberries
    • Banana
    • Avocado
    • Chia Seeds *

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    2. Do a Five-Minute Workout

    This gets your nervous system bumping AND even helps generate brain tissue growth. Fantastic options:
    • Walk around the block
    • Do sit-ups or an ab workout
    • Yoga poses (think: 1-2 sun salutations)
    • Run in place
    • Dance party to one song!

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    3. Meditate

    Meditating for just 1-5 mins is great for anti-anxiety, it calms your mind, and truly gives your more time and mental energy. I like:
    • Anti-anxiety meditation
    • Deep breathing
    • Grounding meditation
    • Color meditation

    4. Eliminate Distractions

    Things like social media pull your energy away. Here are the top things to stop giving your energy away to:
    • Your phone
    • Other people
    • Media & news
    • Fears of the future
    • Social Media in all its forms

    5. Do Your To-Dos and NOTHING ELSE

    Okay, this one really comes in handy before coffee fails you. (So you don’t get to that point.)

    It is just so nice to hyper-focus because 100% of your available energy is on the tasks at hand (hypothetically). Once something is done and checked once just MOVE ON. Don’t keep re-reading what you did. Just focus on checking things off and that’s it. Believe me, its more powerful than it seems. You’ll get done faster. And won’t need another doubleshot. 

    A nice tall glass of clean water6. Drink TONS of Water

    If coffee fails you, perhaps you don’t need more. Although “basic,” some nice clear cool water may be just the thing for your tired brain! Heres’s some fun ways to get more of the life-giving stuff into your system (so that it can function properly):
    • Infuse your water with lemon, lime, cucumber, or mint
    • Try a sparkling water
    • Chug 8 ounces of water (see my post Mental Health Trick: Keep Dry Skin Happy for my quick-hydrating technique!)
    • Fill a big water bottle and drink it over 1 hour

    7. Stand Up to Work

    I know you’ve heard of the standing desk craze. Well yes, it is more healthy for you. But you know what else? It is also more energizing than sitting in your chair like a lump. Get up on your feet, blast some upbeat tunes, and watch yourself kill that to do list baby!

    8. Have a Quit Time – and Obey It

    To keep you motivated and avoid procrastinating (which also just drains your energy), have an absolute quit time (and not at midnight either). I’m talking a good old end-of-day stop time. With this in place, you won’t be quite so tempted to spend your energy on non-critical tasks and chit-chat. And without those things, you’ll have more energy to spend on what you consciously deem important.

    My Philosophy: Only Coffee-Up When You Have Energy to Spare

    Am I 100% against drinking coffee? Absolutely not.

    Am I 100% against drinking coffee when you’re hungry and dead-tired? Yes. 🙂

    If you need to get things done, taking care of yourself is a WAY better option than drinking coffee. Counter-intuitively, some self-care actually works to boost your energy. Believe me, I finished my PhD using these tricks. Ultimately, I couldn’t do it without my health. ♥

    Much Love,

    Erienne

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  • Try a One-Minute Meditation

    Here is a quick little one-minute meditation.

    Use this to reset your brain to a calm, focused state.

    Now go ahead and close your eyes…

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    What did you experience in the one-minute meditation?

    Let me know! Drop me a comment on the Fresh Philosopher YouTube Channel. I’d love to hear from you!

    Peace!

    Erienne

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  • Make a Morning Routine

    What if you could do EVERYTHING you wanted to… every single morning? What if you had an amazing morning routine? That’s the question I asked myself one Sunday.

    I had just finished writing in my journal. I love writing. And I casually thought, “Oh, I’ll do this again tomorrow for sure.” Then it hit me. I wasn’t going to be able to write in my journal tomorrow. Or the next day. I had work. Suddenly, I was suddenly very sad.

    Then I thought, “Why not? Why CAN’T I write in my journal tomorrow? Or do anything else I want?”

    The answer came quickly: Because my mornings “belonged” to work. Duh. My mornings were not my own. They belonged to my job. Along with my energy. My time. My thoughts. And my dreams.

    Screw that!

    As soon as I realized I had this mindset, I decided to change it. So I did. For the next week, I woke up earlier and gave myself writing time. It was lovely! But not only that, it was game-changing. Getting organized before the day begins, packing bag, laptop, and drinking tea

    The Morning Routine Snowball Effect

    Now that I was setting aside time for myself, I started doing a bit more each day to make my mornings enjoyable. I started making myself a nice cup of tea. Then I added breakfast. After a while, I slapped a 10-min meditation session in there. Before I knew it, I had created a morning routine! I’m delighted to present you my “Extra AF Morning Routine.” Because it really is extra. Then, I happily show you my method so you can make one of your own.* *Btw, my goal here is to inspire you to enjoy your life. Not to make you feel inferior. If you don’t do this stuff, cannot do it, or simply don’t want to, that is 100% fine! Like, I want to inspire you to “do you.” Not to be me. So with that in mind, please prepare yourself for some mega morning inspiration!

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    My Morning Routine Checklist

    I have a checklist with each of these items on my phone. I use an app called AwesomeNOTE. I’d say I do about 80% of these every day, roughly in this order. Okay, let’s wake up! 🙂

    1.Remove self from bed

    Yes, I literally have this on my checklist. It can be the hardest part! Plus, it gets me to look at the rest of my list.

    2. Put on pants (2 mins)

    Or a robe or whatever. Some mornings it is so cold, I want to stay in bed FOREVER to keep warm. So I’ll put on sweatpants, a robe, and/or a huge comfy sweater immediately to keep that cozy feeling!

    3. Bathroom

    Nature calls. Or at least it probably should sometimes. (It would be weird to put a time here… so I’m just gonna… leave this blank…)

    4. Brush teeth, scrape tongue, & splash water on face (5 mins)

    Yum, pepperminty freshness! I’m beginning to feel human.

    5. Make lemon tea or lime tea (5 mins)

    Boil some water. Cut a lemon (or lime!) in half. Squeeze juice into a mug, and pour hot water on top. Check button on the list! Apparently, this is super healthy for your innards.

    6. Open curtains (while water boils)

    Heaven let your light shine down!

    A woman meditates on the lake dock at dawn 7. Meditate (10 mins)

    I meditate 10 mins in the morning. Sometimes I use an app. Sometimes just a timer. It feels seriously amazing and is linked to a ridiculous amount of benefits. It reminds me that I’m alive and my energy is MINE.

    8. Light stretch (2 mins)

    After sitting still for 10 mins, you’ll want to stretch. Move whatever feels good! Yawn.

    9. Breathe fresh air (1 min)

    I open up the front door and take a few deep breaths! Sometimes I scare a bird or two… heh.

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    10. Journal & sip tea (30 mins)

    Now it is time for my favorite activity of the day! I sit down with my journal and pens. I write as long as I want to. Usually, my tea is the perfect temperature right now, so I sip it. Sometimes I write only a few sentences, sometimes I write a few pages, and other times I stare out the window. If I don’t use the full time, that’s fine. But I still block it off and respect my precious journal time!

    11. Quick little workout (30 mins)

    I’ll spend no more than 30 mins donning workout clothes, stretching, then doing a quick workout. I’ll go for a 1 mile run or do a couple Blogilates workout videos. Or do yoga from an app (or simply from memory). This is such a nice thing to do for yourself! Your sense of accomplishment will be sky high! Also, it is a hack of “highly successful people.”

    12. Recover and de-sweat (10 mins)

    Stretch and prevent yourself from smelling weird all day 🙂

    13. Put on actual clothes (10 mins)

    I allow myself to enjoy the process of getting dressed, but sometimes I enjoy it too much. So I squash this part after my workout and before food! This prevents me from trying on 1 million outfits, then going with the first one anyway.

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    14. Make breakfast (5 mins)

    Usually, I have pre-made breakfast ready to go. Like homemade granola, granola bars, banana bread, or some overnight oatmeal. Sometimes I’ll make a smoothie. Why do I make breakfast easy? Because I get so hungry I can’t think. Also, I’m expecting this breakfast to give me at least 6 hours of hearty energy, so I go for nutrients.

    15. Eat breakfast (10 mins)

    I challenge you to do nothing but EAT during breakfast. Try it. Don’t look at anything on your phone, don’t read, and don’t listen to a podcast. Instead look at your food. Taste it. Smell it. Enjoy it. Be grateful for it. Go slow. It feels lovely. Don’t you love food? Surprisingly this doesn’t take very long at all but feels like forever (in a delicious food way).

    17. Pick up around the house, water plants, make the bed (10 mins)

    I take a little time to put away my breakfast, clear daily clutter, water a few plants, then make the bed. It feels good to spruce up my space. I’ll pick up only: trash, recycling, shoes, clothes. Very adulting. Don’t get carried away tho (no scrubbing okay?).

    18. Hair and face (10 mins)

    I give myself the chance to enjoy fixing my hair and attending to my precious face. Sometimes I’ll get into my makeup. Some days I decide to simply shine my innate beauty (its pretty bright). Here are my Daily Hacks for Happy Winter Skin!

    19. Pack bag (5 mins)

    Along with important items like keys, wallet, phone, laptop, I take time to pack a water bottle. Maybe a snack. I make sure I have tissues, deodorant, gloves, etc. Any little things I might want or that the season might call for. Very classy.

    20. End of routine!

    Now that I’ve enjoyed my morning thoroughly, my work has permission to begin!

    → → ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED during morning routine (trust me):

    Social media. Checking email. Returning texts. Let the world think you’re sleeping. Shh…


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    Benefits of a Leisurely Morning

    Now let’s see how long that took altogether: 145 mins! Oh my! Adding some restroom time and that’s about… 2 1/2 hours.

    Before you freak out, allow me to dissect the time and few reasons why it is worth it: ENJOYMENT & EXTRA ENERGY

    • You will actually WANT to get up and do your favorite things, so there’s no need to account for hitting snooze.
    • You won’t have to experience stress first thing in the morning
    • You’ll be STICKING IT TO THE MAN who says “Your morning energy is MINE wahaha” (I think)
    • I use this routine to manage depression and anxiety symptoms.
    • You will be FULL OF ENERGY and have a super effective day.
    • I did say this was “Extra AF”

    PROVING YOUR TIME IS YOURS

    • You must do many of these things anyway! Like put on clothes, brush your teeth, and pack your bag. Why not track them?
    • Lots of workplaces are flexible with time. So see about beginning your workday a bit later.
    • If you’re a student, maybe you can plan your schedule with this in mind 🙂
    • Entrepreneurs – I bet you have some control over your availability.
    • You can easily cut out the workout and/or cleaning to save time

    So why is it “worth it?” Because you are worth it. And you’ll be worth more today if you energize first thing!

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    How To Make Your Own Morning Routine

    1. Find your anchor. For me, it is writing in my journal. Not only is it the thing that drives me to look forward to morning times, but it is the central, core component of the morning routine. 
    2. Sit down and write out a list to answer the question: “What would I love to do every morning, which brings me joy?”
    3. Write out a second list to answer the question: “What do I really NEED to do every morning?”
    4. Combine the lists and adjust for reasonability (Maybe you can’t go to a cafe in Paris every morning, but I bet you can mimic the ambiance of that experience by making yourself a homemade latte, then sipping it in your dining room while playing cafe music. Why not?).
    5. Estimate times for each item, then calculate total time.
    6. Set your alarm accordingly!
    7. Try this for 5 days in a row (for reasons to NOT TRY IT ONCE THEN GIVE UP, you might enjoy my post How to Set the Bar Low).
    8. After day 5 assess and adjust (I adjust all of the time)!

    In closing, I know this is crazy. I know this routine is huge and extravagant. But you know what? It is amazing. And life-changing. And really not that weird (if you want to conquer life on the regs). 🙂 So make one. Try it. And then tell me what’s on your own crazy list.

    Much love,

    Erienne

    Fresh Philosopher

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