While I love the start of every season, I think there’s something special to the beginning of fall. The air gets that really crisp feeling, the sun starts shining in an extra golden way, my cup of coffee feels less like fuel and more like a cozy treat, and the holiday mindset starts to set in. The weather actually cooperated this go around, and I’ve been able to brew some hot cups of my Cameron’s Coffee to drink during the day without overheating. Come on, we’ve all been there when we get over-eager for cool weather and wear sweaters and boots even though it’s still 80 degrees out. But not this time. I’ve been waking up to mornings that have a little bite to them when you get out from under the covers and walked around my new neighborhood with a slight breeze accompanying me. Tell me you don’t love fall.
This season, I wanted to put together a list of intentions, goals, ideas, whatever you want to call them, to be more aware of and keep top of mind. Fall is the time of transition and a moment to realize all of the possibilities we have, so I sat down with my journal and spent some self-reflection time trying to figure out what I want to prioritize this month – also, I’ve discovered the joy of cutting out the phrase “I don’t have time” and replaced it with “This isn’t a priority” – it’s been an amazing mindset shift to think about the things I want to be most conscious of and prioritize those versus trying to do so many things and then getting upset when I don’t accomplish them. So, this is that list ::
– Work on my meditation practice.
– Spend less time on my phone.
– Cook new foods.
– Spend more quiet time journaling.
I’ve discovered the joy of journal time on the weekends. I’ve loved setting up camp in my cozy bed (I’m like actually obsessed with my bed and its fluffy white duvet) with my journal, some light listening music, and my cup of coffee. Having finally found my work flow in a new city, I’ve enjoyed working in some self-reflection time and extra self-care time. It’s so important to me to set time aside to spend time with just myself, no distractions, and to just relax. Obviously y’all know coffee is my relaxation treat from this and this post, so putting my favorite tray to work on my bed has been the best. But with the season change, my relaxation time shifts to include more movies, sweeter treats, and hotter beverages (can’t wait to share my favorite bulletproof coffee recipe with y’all next month – it’s such a delicious cold weather beverage to cozy up to!). It’s just such a refreshing time, and I’m so here for it. What’s on y’alls list of fall goals?
*thank you to Cameron’s Coffee for sponsoring this post!
Remember when I talked about focusing on my morning routine? Well somewhere between a cross country move and starting a new job, that goal of becoming a morning person went down the drain. I’m really just trying to be honest with y’all here – something that I set out to do just didn’t work out and that’s okay. To be fair, I was actually getting pretty good at getting up and not being in a completely horrible mood, but I just have to start over from square one. Now that I’m all settled into my new apartment and am starting to get into the swing of a new role, I feel like it’s a great time to revisit my morning routines – and I’m so excited to be partnering with Cameron’s Coffee to make that happen! If you didn’t know, I work from home now and it’s really strange getting up and having my morning commute be walking from the bedroom to the kitchen to my desk. There’s really no cutoff point to where my “office life” and everyday life begin and end, which is making my morning routine feel a bit off. Any of y’all who work from home – do you have tips on how you jump start your day knowing that you’re just going to be in the house all day?
While I peruse through the options of my weekdays, my weekends have taken on an all new persona. I’ve always thought of weekends as a break from work, a chance to focus on my site, and a given few days to go out and explore. But being a new city has me thinking of my weekends as my chance to recharge and take time for myself, something that I didn’t really do before. I mean yes I took weekends to relax, but never to really focus on me. Well, now I am – starting with setting the tone for my day! I’ve always had a romanticized version of what I wish my weekends looked like – waking up when the sunshine starts flowing into the windows, a leisurely breakfast in bed with a tray of foods and flowers, open newspaper pages and a steaming cup of jo. So here I am, making my weekend dreams come true. I started going to sleep on Fridays with the blinds slightly open so that the sunshine could come into the room naturally the next morning, prepping some basic breakfast items the night before like bowls of berries and keeping some toast and avo ready to go, and I even signed up for a NYT subscription to come to my door each weekend. And of course, a weekend breakfast in bed isn’t complete without a hot (or cold, depending on the climate you live in) beverage. I’ve talked about my coffee habits on here and Instagram with y’all before, so you know that for me, coffee is one of those luxurious treats that I give myself through the week. I’ve never been a person who needs coffee to wake up in the morning, instead getting a cup later in the morning to sink into and revel in the taste. So I’m super excited to be working with Cameron’s Coffee to give my coffee treats an upgrade!
I’ve been sipping on cups of Cameron’s brews throughout the last few weeks (the Velvet Moon blend is my favorite) and it’s really made my mornings feel extra special and somewhat put together between all the chaos of a move. I’m so stoked to share some really fun coffee-centered content with y’all in between recipes and posts about my continued Ayurvedic learning in the next few months, so stay tuned! Happy weekend, y’all!
*thank you to Cameron’s Coffee for sponsoring this post!
It’s been a resolution of mine to become a morning person for a long time. Like not even joking I’ve been telling myself for years to do it and each morning I objectively fail at the challenge. Not that it’s a bad thing, I believe some people just naturally are not morning people. That being said, I think it’s possible to turn yourself into one if you come at the challenge with some concrete steps and a routine to wake up to. This year I am pushing myself to become a happy sunny person in the waking hours of the day. I’ll be honest in that so far, it hasn’t been super successful. Some mornings I’m good at getting up around 7am, and others I’m lucky if I make it out of bed by 7:45am.
Since I’ve been reading a lot about how to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into my life I started putting together my list of guidelines from this practice that involve morning routines. Man was I slightly perturbed to see that the recommendation is to wake up before the sun. *insert side eye here* But since I did just finish watching How I Met Your Mother, it felt kind of right to say “Challenge Accepted”. (: As it turns out, a lot of how you wake up in the morning has to do with how you sleep the night before. So my first step is to develop a good bedtime routine.
Here’s how I’m going into this ::
– Over the next few weeks I’ll be in bed before 10pm. This felt fair as I currently go to sleep around 11pm and I want to ease into my new routine.
– No screens after 930pm. This one might be the most challenging for me as I LOOOOVE scrolling through my Instagram feed right before bed.
– Drink some water before sleeping, not too much because I don’t want to get up in the middle of the night, but I’ve read a lot about how one of the reasons waking up in the morning can be hard is because your body becomes dehydrated overnight and keeping yourself as hydrated as possible while cleansing and restoring yourself.
– Stretch or go through my yoga flow.
– Use my essential oils, I’ve been really into Lavender Oil lately and it releases so much stress right before bed.
– Wake up between 630 – 7am. I know the sun is currently rising before 6, but I’m trying to ease into this y’all!
Looking at these steps objectively, I felt like these were great starting steps without going to extreme, and hopefully as the weeks go by I’ll start to notice a difference in my morning self.
I’ll be sharing my newfound morning routine in the next week once I figure out how these mornings are going, wish me luck!