When I started focusing on my MORNING routine, it was simply waking up to move my body + spend time in gratitude with God. It was a way for me to sorta "bookend" my day, crafting a morning and evening routine... in order to have some structure in a beautiful chaotic day filled with homeschooling twins while being the CEO of my business.
Over time, my morning routine has evolved and will most likely continue to evolve as I learn + implement and discover what works for ME + my body... in that particular season of my life. You feel me?
I'll share with you a glimpse of my morning routine; however, starting today — discover what would the most OPTIMAL morning routine look like for you + start implementing just 1% at a time.
Wow. Let's be real for a second, love. Growing up, I never learned about make-up... which is COMPLETELY odd considering I grew up in the South, right? However, my mom wasn't big into makeup so... it's not something I learned. Not saying that's bad or good... just my story.
Now. In full honesty, there are a few things I NORMALLY use such as:
And that's typically it....EXCEPT if you count chapstick. Does that count? Anywho. Now that we have a little one that's growing up curious about make-up and all things FANCY, I'm learning in my 30's about beauty products + teaching her as I go!
Most importantly, we are talking about how beauty, true beauty is all about KINDNESS... and feeling confident in your skin. we talk about how our unique features make us special... and how taking care of our skin starts from...
Working from home definitely has it's advantages, especially for any introverts out there - like myself. The at-home attire consisting of black leggings, graphic tees topped with a maxed out dry shampoo messy bun and hoodie. No-judgement trips to the bathroom and the close proximity to the refrigerator. Right?!?
However, there's also a downside to working from home which is... unlimited distractions! And if you are a mama who finds herself building her empire out home with littles, those distractions were just 10x. Kidding, they were 8500x.
So, to help you out, love whether you are a mama or not... here's my top hacks to working from home PLUS a sweet little bonus to take your performance up a notch!
1. OWN YOUR HOURS: You possibly heard this before "own your hours" however, what I mean exactly is OWN the hours with how you want to spend your time. This could be: being present with your...
In 7 years of running an online business while juggling life with twins, the morning routine has evolved over time. With this past year, I have seen EXPLOSIVE ENERGY and LASER FOCUS in my days.
I went from exhausted, 2pm latte drinking brain fog mom squeezing snippets of work throughout the day to energized, mentally focused and coaching for an 8- figure business all while homeschooling our twins, the Gillies and growing my own business.
Here's the beautiful part about this, the transformation didn't take more HUSTLE... sweet, right? However, it did take focusing on my habits... just 1% at a time.
This is what I'm here to help you with, but I should warn you this is not your grandmother's biohack-your-morning routine. In fact, this isn't about trying to do ALL the things ALL at once. Heck, no one can do ALL the things ALL the time. It's simply about doing your best, every single day. No matter WHAT the season you are in, love.
I break things down for you one step at a time in...
ONCE LONG AGO, I RAN 150 MILES ACROSS THE SAHARA
It started when a classmate in vet school was talking about a race she wanted to do... everyone was huddled around her saying she was crazy, when I piped up "I'll do it with you."
She took me up on the offer and a year later, I found myself with me 20kg backpack full of food/supplies + my Optimus prime squirt bottles on a bus driving deep into the desert to take us to the jeep which would bring us further INTO the desert.
I remember hearing the doctor on the bus inform everyone about insects/reptiles to be on the lookout for and her words, "the sting of the scorpion will kill you in 4 hours".
“It will take a helicopter 2 hours to find you and 2 hours more to bring you to the nearest hospital. So, don't get stung."
That's when a wee bit of fear crept up...
Not going to lie.
It wasn't until we got started with the race that all my fears washed away and I felt at peace... just me, the blaring sun, the endless sinking sand and my thoughts....
I HAVE HAD A SKIN CARE REGIMEN SINCE I WAS TWENTY... she said.
This was CRAZY to me, I didn't pick up a skin care routine until I turned thirty- ahem- five. And even then I am not consistent with the night time routine. The morning routine, however, I got down pat...
But this surprised my friend as she said oh so kindly I didn't have wrinkles. I honestly DO have wrinkles and think my friend needs to see an optometrist; however, I do feel like the reason WHY my skin acts like it does... has to do with my skin routine BUT also... other things!
I said it.
See, it also has to do with what I put INTO my body... the foods I do (and don't) consume. SO, I figured why not share some of my favorite foods + why... because WHY NOT, share?
8 TIPS for the BEGINNER BIOHACKER
Biohacking is basically the journey of experimenting with external/internal factors to help YOU become the BEST version of you. And here's a few tips to help YOU embark on your own journey to be the BEST version of YOU, the superhuman version as the Gillies, our twins say.
1. Identify WHY this is important to you... something I discovered is when we focus on SERVING + helping others, we stay motivated. When the WHY is more than just ourselves.
2. Biohacking isn't just about fancy gadgets... it has to do a lot with our habits + the not so fancy day-in, day-out tasks we do which no one will see.
3. There's more to it than just NUTRITION... it's also about our MINDSET, breathing, movement, functional medicine and so much more.
4. Overwhelmed with where to start choose one habit and implement until it becomes second nature. If we try to GO BIG or GO HOME, we tend to get frustrated or overwhelmed and slip back into older habits.
5. Try to spend 30 minutes each...
Love. Dude. Homeslice.
One thing I absolutely LOVE to do is give gifts, it is probably my love-language and it’s something which I truly excel at; however, the hubster does not. Not hating on the man, he has numerous amazing talents… gift giving is not one of his strong suits. He knows, I know it and now SO do you!
And if gift-giving is not your strong suit then take a deep breath + know I got you! Here are some of my absolute FAVORITE biohacking tools and gadgets for the #CEOMom in your life. These tools are selected to help YOUR mom feel more energized, more focused and keep her living her best life.
Listed in NO particular order:
YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ALL THE THINGS... Just focus on 1% Better!
I remember the day the hubster and I were walking down our long driveway back in Texas... we were bringing the trashcans to the road when I began verbally vomiting on him.
He listened as I poured out all my frustrations with having to do ALL the things but SUCKING at majority of them.
It felt like I was a failure in so many ways. Can any other mom relate?!?
And I’m not sure if you felt this way NOW or have before... but maybe you need to hear what he told me next.
“You don’t have to do ALL the things... and definitely not ALL the things perfectly. You just have to focus on doing just 1% better. If you do this, over time it will compound and you will be kicking some major sass.”
And maybe that’s what you need to hear today, too, love.
You don’t have to do ALL the things ... just focus on doing 1% better than you did yesterday.
In WHATEVER way that looks like to you.
Maybe it’s you...
If you are a mom entrepreneur who finds them with littles at home and/or doing homeschool... I want to share with you some tips I've used to help me homeschool the Gillies, our 7yr old twins + run a business from home.
Now. I'll be honest... I ONLY know how to homeschool twins and twin 7yr olds, BUT here's how we tackle homeschool-mom-CEO life under our roof (during THIS season).
Here's the MAIN POINTS:
1. SLEEP: with allowing the Gillies to sleep in, this gives me time in the morning for ME to hash out my own morning routine with some amazing biohacks (ie. cold shower, increase lymphatic flow, movement, gratitude, etc) before jumping into a good two solid hours of PRODUCTIVE work.
2. SET A ROUTINE (but throw out perfection): we have a loose schedule which goes something like- rise/chores, water/supplement/gratitude, school work, lunch, movement, projects, dinner, bath/bible/bed.
Some days I hit ALL the major points but, eh, LIFE HAPPENS. The Gillies, our twins, know the flow...