Winter is in the air and this is my favorite time of year. I drive David, my husband, crazy with music, decorating, and traditions. If you’ve always dreamed of building routines, but were never sure how to start, check out my video on How to Build Routines.
This year, Christmas is also all about getting ready for the New Year. I lost 50 lbs in 2017. I am hoping to lose another 50 lbs in 2018. As a way to celebrate, and to slowly get myself back into the swing of things, I’ve decided to go out of my way and build pampering details into my daily routines. Here is how I treat myself, how will you treat yo’ self?!
I am going to buckle back down on this weight-loss journey, but I want to give myself a luxurious threshold. And, since I love Christmas time (like, really, love it. I listen to Christmas music in the shower, I listen to instrumental Christmas music at work, I decorate to Christmas music, cook to Christmas music. Hello, my name is Jenna and I’m addicted – to Christmas. So, for my favorite time of the year, I decided to put together a truly lush morning routine.
Usually, my winter break is a whirlwind of projects. Last year I organized my entire kitchen, pantry, and linen closet. This time around, I wanted to build in some me time. I did a little research, and have perfected integrating little things into your daily schedule to make you feel pampered every day!
1. Buy your favorite holiday-flavored tea
For me, that’s sugar cookie and peppermint. I didn’t invest a ton of time finding gingerbread flavored, but that would be a welcome addition to my Christmas Tea collection.
BONUS: Decaffeinated tea ounces count toward your hydration goals! Delicious AND helps me slay my hydration goals? Um. Yes, please!
2. Set up a drink station
We have tea, decaf coffee, dairy-free powdered creamer, sugar-free hot chocolate with sweetener all set up in my little office. As well as my daily steady, I teach kids English in the wee hours of the morning with VIPKid. (In Fact, I should go to bed right now, but I’m going to finish up this post first. And not read. I won’t read. I won’t read. I won’t read. [Next day update: I didn’t read!! Go me!!] Anyway, we also have creamers in the mini fridge we keep in the man-cave. (Laziness level SAVAGE!)
3. Lotion up the lux way
If you’ve looked at my stuff before, you might notice that I mention Brittany Vasseur…a lot. This little hack actually came from her pregnancy morning routine video. (Here is the link) I got a $5 candle/mug warmer at Walmart and a little ceramic cup from the dollar store. Before I hop in the shower, I pump some lotion and oil into the little cup and let it warm on the warmer. Warm lotion on your skin during the colder months is, literally, a frickin’ win.
4. Feed your beast
This year I began a brand new tradition; I’m going to start reading the Harry Potter Series starting December 1st each year. I don’t know why, but Harry Potter just screams Christmas to me. (I’m Ravenclaw, BTW.) Listening to one of my favorite stories, revisiting some of my favorite characters, puts me in the best mood. Your beast might be drama-filled housewives shows, or gardening, or – well, literally anything.
The routines I built are the reason that I’ve been able to lose 50 lbs, start a side-hustle that makes me about $300/month, and projects to pour my passion into. Here are my favorite aspects of my morning routine.
- Gratitude journal – starting your day off with gratitude sets your brain up to look for reasons to be grateful all day, which research shows can improve your mood.
- Bullet Journal routine – I’m a BuJo newbie and hack. I love the idea of it, but I have zero follow throw. My 2018 goal is to get better at this business.
- Exercise – I work out at 5 am every weekday. I think I am going to incorporate 20-minute leisure walks on the weekend because when I am physically active at the beginning of a day, I tend to be more physically active for the rest of the day and I tend to lose less (not all) hours to binging on Netflix or Youtubery.
- Meditate – Headspace has been amazing for me and I can’t recommend it enough.
How do you pamper yourself on cold winter mornings when there is slaying to be done and your bed’s gravitational pull seems insurmountable? Comment below, or find me on the soshymeeds.