Don’t Hit Snooze: The Morning Routine of a Full Time Blogger

While it may so often seem as though the life of a full time blogger is incredibly glamorous, you may be surprised to find out that the majority of us have normal mornings just like yours.  We love our snooze button a little too much, and trying to choose a healthy smoothie over that chocolate muffin is a challenge (the muffin wins more often than not).  My morning routine is nothing to brag about, and definitely drags out a lot longer than in the video.  Since my gastroparesis symptoms are at their worst in the morning, I tend to do the majority of my work in bed for about an hour before I even get up and go eat.  However, any opportunity I get to actually easily leave my bed without pain merits a morning very similar to what I filmed!

I usually wake up between 8-9 AM (even though my first alarm goes off at 7:15).  I spend a few minutes catching up on Instagram, Facebook, looking at my emails on my phone, and of course snuggling with my kitty, Luna.  Then I get up and stretch… and shimmy.  Yes, that sounds bizarre, but I add a little shimmy or a little dance before I actually get moving because it gets the blood flowing and makes me happier!  Plus, if I’m wearing this adorable Adore Me pajama set, it’s just way too comfy to not shimmy in!  Next I’ll pour a few drops of grapefruit essential oil into my diffuser for a bright scent throughout my room as I begin my day.  If my stomach is alright, a smoothie or bowl of yogurt and fruit is in order.  If I have extra time, I might even make myself an omelet!  Back upstairs I go to sit down at my MacBook and do some serious work.  I’ll check and respond to emails, post on Facebook and Twitter, and plan out some of my work for the week.

Next I head to the bathroom to get ready.  I’ve been using my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush for several months now and it’s been life-changing for my skin! I recently switched from a Neutrogena face wash to the Bioré charcoal cleanser and I love the fresh, almost cold sensation it has on my skin.  I like to wash my face before I get in the shower, because I don’t like submersing my Clarisonic in the water, and sometimes, if I’ve curled my hair the night before, I skip the shower.  Next comes makeup, and I’ve put together several makeup videos recently that you can view here, here, and here!  Once my makeup is finished and my hair is dried and either flat-ironed or curled, I’ll pick an outfit and head out to conquer the rest of my day!

Some tips to keep in mind for a relaxing, un-rushed morning:

 1. Set your first alarm for a good hour before you want to actually get up.  This way, you can hit snooze several times before moving, and you’ll give your body the illusion of sleeping in.

2. Pick out your outfit the night before (this is something I’m terrible at).  If it’s already laid out and ready, you won’t spend time agonizing over that “I have nothing to wear” feeling.

3. Get food and coffee (or tea) in you before you really begin moving.  You’ll have more energy once you’ve fed your body.  It’s true what they say – breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

4. Burn a pleasantly-scented candle or essential oils in a diffuser to help wake you up naturally.  Picking citrus or bright scents make a huge difference! Whatever you do, don’t choose lavender or you’ll be falling back to sleep!

5. Don’t try a new hairstyle or makeup trend in the morning.  If it doesn’t turn out how you’d like, you will either be rushing to fix it or you won’t have time to and you’ll head out looking a hot mess!

6. Crank some tunes!  Spotify offers a bunch of “morning” playlists, but my recent favorite has been this one to get me moving!

How do you typically spend your morning?

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  1. March 20, 2017 / 12:08 AM

    I love your morning routine! I definitely think I should add scented candles or essential oils to get me in the mood. I’ve also always wanted to try clairsonic since I’ve heard such great things about it. How long have you been using it? Thanks for sharing and your pjs are so adorable 🙂

  2. March 20, 2017 / 12:42 AM

    Awww, you’re cat is so cute! Loved seeing your routine! It made me that much more excited to quit my job soon and be full time as a blogger!!! Ps- that smoothie looked delish!
    -Laurelle
    http://www.bellebylaurelle.com

  3. March 20, 2017 / 12:58 AM

    I love that you have a productive morning playlist! Great idea I need to make one myself 🙂

    I am a huge sucker for cute pajamas and these from adore me are adorable as well as the undergarments set!

  4. March 20, 2017 / 2:48 AM

    Great tips darling! Loved your video — you’re so cute! And your cat is too! <3 That smoothie looked amaaazing haha 🙂 enjoy your week! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com
    @stylelullaby

  5. Nataly
    March 20, 2017 / 10:04 AM

    I loved the video and your morning routine. Great tips on how to get motivated to take on the day!

  6. Brandon
    March 20, 2017 / 11:26 AM

    Awesome video and pictures babe! Luna is adorbz

  7. March 20, 2017 / 1:59 PM

    One of my goals ((hopefully by 2018)) is to be a full-time blogger! I enjoyed reading and watching your morning routine and it makes me all the more excited to achieve this goal!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  8. March 20, 2017 / 2:45 PM

    I like your morning routine. It’s soft and no rush! being a mom I’d say my morning routine is a whole other story. However, I do take a few minutes in the morning before my son wakes up to pray and make a quick plan of the day! Love your Adore Me pjs. So cute!

    Bisous, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com

  9. March 20, 2017 / 3:18 PM

    Uhm first of all, your cat is such a cutie pie!!! This is a great routine and I love how your routine is! It’s a good one, and the Mia is such a great item to have! 🙂
    Jordan xx
    http://www.thehatlogic.com

  10. March 20, 2017 / 5:43 PM

    what a beautiful video!! Your mornings are perfect. thanks for sharing!

  11. March 20, 2017 / 10:10 PM

    Unfortunately, I’m not a full-time blogger yet, so I have to get up at 5:30am for work in the morning…so annoying! I would rather much have your routine and do some blog and content planning. I’m praying to get there within the next year, pray for me girl!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

  12. March 21, 2017 / 12:13 AM

    Loved your video! I’ll have to try that smoothie looked so good! I’m not a full time blogger. I work full time and when I’m not at work I do my blogging. My days off vary so I plan accordingly!

  13. March 21, 2017 / 10:05 AM

    I wish I had time for a more relaxed morning. I try to stay in bed until the very last second because I need that extra sleep before heading off the work. Love those Adore Me PJs. I have a pair and I am living in them.
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  14. March 21, 2017 / 11:15 AM

    Such great tips! And can we talk about how cute those PJs are?!

  15. Stephanie Konkle
    March 21, 2017 / 11:22 AM

    Great tips!! Loving hearing more about your morning routine. Love the pjs!

    xo, Steph
    http://www.urbanblonde.com

  16. March 21, 2017 / 11:59 AM

    Such a great and insight post babe!! I always get asked the same since people think my life is very fabulous because I’m always traveling and staying in nice hotels. Im tempted to do something similar like you 🙂

    Love your cat and your pjs!

    Xoxo
    Marcy

  17. March 21, 2017 / 11:59 AM

    Love the super cute PJ’s. Look so comfy! I am up at the crack of dawn because I am a morning person so I love hearing how people spend their mornings !
    xx,gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

  18. March 21, 2017 / 3:00 PM

    I didn’t know that Setting your first alarm for a good hour before you want to actually get up works. That’s so funny tho. Anyways your cat is so cute and you look amazing.

  19. March 21, 2017 / 5:19 PM

    I am loving all these tips girly! I am definitely not a morning person like most people, so I need some guidance. Haha. But yes I agree that bloggers also need to stick to schedules in order to be as productive as possible.

  20. March 21, 2017 / 10:07 PM

    This was so cute! I loved your video and special thanks for introducing me to a new song!! Added to my playlist 🙂 those pajamas are super cute!! It’s funny I actually trained myself to stop hitting snooze, so once my alarm goes off once, I pop up. I used to have to set alarms like… 7:15, 7:18, 7:20, 7:21, 7:22…etc. I’d have maybe 10 LOL and I’d manage to sleep through them all. Now I’m glad I can just get up, though I keep a second alarm as back up. I love your tips!! I actually never tried lighting a candle in the morning…so I’m going to do this tomorrow! I love candles so much hehe 🙂

    With love,
    Jenn
    https://www.jubilantdose.com/

  21. March 21, 2017 / 10:07 PM

    aw I love the video! I’m definitely a slow mover in the morning for sure, but I hate snoozing – it always makes me more tired! Your PJs are too cute & I really need to get a new Clarasonic, mine is so old!

  22. March 21, 2017 / 10:43 PM

    Love your video of how you start your day! I always struggle to get up in the morning but I definitely feel more productive when I start my day early and once I’ve had breakfast. Breakfast, coffee, and I’m ready to go!

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  23. March 22, 2017 / 1:13 AM

    I love reading about other bloggers morning routines! I try to get up early but usually end up snoozing until late!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  24. March 22, 2017 / 7:42 PM

    Awesome morning routine. I love that you do a shimmy! That made me smile. The first thing I do is make hot water with lemon and brew a latte and then run off to brush my teeth while that’s all happening. 🙂 I try not to hit the snooze button because I fall back asleep too easily. >.<

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

  25. March 22, 2017 / 10:15 PM

    I’m definitely one of those people that needs coffee and food before I do anything! That’s actually very smart to set your alarm an hour before you have to get up. I always am late to everything, so this tip will really benefit me! As for the pj’s, Adore Me has got it right! Love, love, love them!

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

  26. March 23, 2017 / 12:36 AM

    Your morning routine is much more put together than mine, girl 🙂 So proud of you for following your dreams!

  27. March 23, 2017 / 11:45 AM

    I love how you put together this morning routine video! Mine would be pretty similar except I eat oatmeal with sliced bananas or avocado toast for breakfast 🙂 the smoothie is a good idea though!
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

  28. March 23, 2017 / 1:25 PM

    These are great tips babe! Haha I am totally the same way about setting my alarm at least half an hour before I intend to wake up, I set at least 3 of them in the meantime 😀

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  29. March 23, 2017 / 3:40 PM

    I love your morning routine as it is just as much of a struggle of mine! BUT, I watched a morning TV-show a few days ago and on it a doctor said snoozing is actually harmful and that in the long run it ruins your sleeping patterns. For someone who snoozes like 5 times before getting up this was devastating news and I have for a few days decided I’ll force myself up when the alarm goes off and surprisingly enough, it has worked. So try that 🙂
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

  30. March 23, 2017 / 11:43 PM

    It’s such a struggle to get up in the morning right? You’d think after doing it almost every day of your life, we would all get better at it haha. Such a fun slice of life and peek into who you are!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  31. March 23, 2017 / 11:57 PM

    Great video Stephanie! I love the idea of burning a candle in the AM. I rush out the door to my full-time job and don’t have time to relax in the morning very often.
    ~Jessica

  32. March 24, 2017 / 10:46 AM

    This pajama set is adorable! Your room is so cute!!

  33. Kristina
    March 24, 2017 / 12:59 PM

    What a great look into your daily routine! There is definitely so much that goes into blogging that the world doesn’t know!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

  34. March 25, 2017 / 6:19 AM

    I used to always pick out my outfit the night before but now I’ve gotten out of the habit and it makes me a mess in the morning! Also on a random note, my cat passed away last year and your cat looks just like her! Sorry if that’s weird to say? Just seeing the photos made me really happy 🙂

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