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Treat Yo’Self! Build and Perfect a Pampering Winter Routine

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.

Routine Can Put Your Health Habits on Autopilot

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.




Honorable Mentions:

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.

For my full morning routine, click here to see the video

  • 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.

Reach Out

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.

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Routine Can Put Your Health Habits on Autopilot

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I recently lost 40 pounds. People ask me how I do it, and I joke that the answer was simple for me. I did build routine after routine after routine. I cultivated several routines until all of the healthy habits I wanted to be successful at have become the background noise of my life.

Once my house was clean I suddenly had the mental energy to begin my journey of self-awareness. I began to focus on the healthy habits that I wanted to build.

After I had my list of healthy habits (fitness goals, meal planning, and cleaning routines to name a few,) I knew that I was going to have to be strategic about how I introduced these new habits into my lifestyle. I didn’t want to get overwhelmed and ditch my efforts halfway through, as was my usual pattern. Routines saved me. Afterwards, I wondered at the fact that I used the power of routine in my classroom, but had never thought to use the same power in my life.

Automate your Life

Why is it important to create a morning routine? Our willpower is a like a gas tank.When we first wake up, if we’ve had a solid amount of healthy sleep, we have a full tank. Every decision you make throughout the day depletes your tank a little bit. Routines are ways that you can automate your behavior and actions so that there is no decision to waste your willpower and you get the things that are important to you done.

 Check out my Morning Routine


1. When

The first thing you need to decide is when do you want to do your routine?  I would start with a single routine. Slow, purposeful change is a change that will fundamentally change your life. I don’t say that lightly. Routines have helped me lose 30 lbs, routines have helped me declutter my home and keep it clean, and routines have helped me automatically make healthy decisions every day.

2. What

What do you want to accomplish during your routine? It’s important to know what you want to have done at the end of your routine. Do you want to have your work bag ready by the door for grab and go? Do you want to walk a mile? This is when I think about the healthy behaviors and decisions that I want to make.

3. How?

How are you going to accomplish the tasks you want to accomplish during your routine? This is KEY. It’s easy to say that you’re going to “be more active,” or that you’re going to “work out,” but what does that look like? What will that look like every day? It’s important to figure out a realistic way to meet your goals.

4. Make Lists

Use check off lists to access the rewards center of your brain. There’s a reason that people spend money on digital goods like gems on freemium games. Setting goals and meeting goals make our brains happy. Research shows that if you write something down, your chances of completing the task drastically improve. I love lists, that’s why I adore my Digital Bullet Journal.

5. Practice

Spend time practicing the different elements of your routine, physically and mentally. Research shows that visualization has real, measurable effects on improvement. Spend time practicing the mechanics of the routine. If you want to get up and put your workout clothes on first thing in the morning, put them right next to your alarm on the other side of the room. Darken your room as much as you can. Set your cell phone for 3 minutes. Get into bed and make an authentic effort to relax. When the alarm goes off, jump directly out of bed and throw on those clothes. Try to practice a few times a day before you commit to your routine.

6. Reflect & Adapt

Routines need to be living thingsThat means that you need to constantly ask yourself what’s working and what needs to change. This is one of the most important parts of building routines. Before we can cultivate a life, we need to examine how well things work for us. Pay attention to how successful your routine is making you feel. What parts are working? If pieces of your routine stress you out, if there are pieces that you aren’t looking forward to, I would suggest that you spend some time examining why and come up with a different plan.

Check out the companion You Tube Video

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