My Morning Routine For A Productive Day (Quarantine Edition)

Quarantine is rough. Trust me I know it well and I know a lot of you have been feeling it too. I try to stay positive by controlling what I can and making the most of things. My number one way of doing this is starting my morning right with a good routine. If I get my day started on the right foot, it’ll (usually) keep me going for the rest of the day. But if I quickly go to the TV after waking, then it’s so hard for me to get myself motivated to do anything! It’s OK to have some lazy days, especially during this quarantine. But for days where you want to be more productive and get things done, this is the routine that helps me with that.

Wake Up Sleepy Head

First things first, we wake up that beautiful head of yours. My husband has been able to stay home longer in the mornings before he has to go to work. So he’ll usually wake up first along with my daughter while I sleep in a few minutes more (Nice!😉). So right now I’d say I wake up between 6:30-7am. That’s sleeping in for us given that the first few years of my daughter’s life, she would routinely wake us up at about 5am most days😳. So I’ll take any bit of extra sleep I can get. My daughter will actually wake me up most days with a yogurt pouch in her hand, asking if I can open it for her. 😂Some things never change. So I open that yogurt, brush my teeth, and help my daughter freshen up from the night before. Then we head downstairs with my husband.

He’s usually watching the news or making himself some coffee at this point. We spend the time that we can with him in the morning before he has to head out for work; which usually is about half an hour. And then he’s off. At this point my daughter and I get on with our routine together.

Work It Girl 😉

Now this is the part that really gets me going…my morning workout! I’ve been doing Pilates videos from Youtube; more specifically I do Blogilates. I’ve been doing her 28 day summer challenge (I’m into my third week now) and I have been loving it! I used to do her videos for years before I had my girl but I just decided to put it on pause and do other types of exercise. I forgot just how much I love Pilates! Especially with the Blogilates videos (by Cassey Ho); she just has such a good and upbeat energy. She really does help to turn my mood around.

I’ve been seeing such great results with doing her workouts and I’m so excited about it. I plan on sharing it all in a separate post where I recap my experience with her 28 day challenge. I just love how graceful and low impact Pilates is but at the same time it’s very effective. You will see a change in your body for sure and there’s just always ways you can make the moves even more challenging but I digress. The workouts I’ve been doing are half an hour long (but that also includes the warm up and stretching). I always feel so good after I finish it and I just really feel accomplished. It’s not easy working out 6 days for a week; it’s something I’ve actually never done before. So it just makes me so proud of myself to see that I’m really accomplishing this goal and in fact am almost done with it. It really sets the right tone for my day and it makes me want to cross more things off my list. As a side note, my daughter often times will want to exercise with me so she’ll imitate the moves right alongside. So it can help encourage your kids to get moving too which always makes us feel good as parents.

What Time Is It? Breakfast Time!🥓

After my workout and getting some movement into my day, your girl gets hungry. I first put some cartoons on for my toddler. She gets a certain amount of screen time each day and it’s usually done in the morning. She can choose to either play games on the phone or laptop, watch a movie, or cartoons on TV. I will admit that I’ve been allowing her to watch a little more during this quarantine. I don’t like that but I’m allowing it right now because this time has been hard enough and we often run out of things to do or just get bored doing the same things. I’m not saying this to defend or explain myself, I don’t feel a need to. But I did want to share that truth because I want other moms to know that you’re not alone in doing the same thing (if in fact you are). We can be so hard on ourselves as parents (I know I’m usually brutal on myself which is something I’m working on) so don’t feel bad if you are allowing a little more screen time. This is a difficult time and if a little more TV can help, then I think it’s worth using.

So I’ll sit with my daughter for a bit while we watch cartoons together. Afterwards, I’ll head to the kitchen to make myself some breakfast. (Just so you know, my daughter always tells me she’s not hungry at this point. Keep in mind that she did have her yogurt first thing in the morning. I always ask if she wants me to make her something and she always says no at this time.) I have to be honest with you guys, this is my favorite part of the day. I love to eat my meals slow and relaxed so I can fully taste it and enjoy the meal. So after I’ve made my delicious breakfast (which a lot of times is eggs, toast, avocado, and tea on the side with a bite of chocolate.) I sit on the table while the sunshine beams down on me and warms my soul. I put on the latest Youtube Video from one of my favorites. I usually only watch one or two and then I like to either journal or pray while the sun shines through. (I love sun light, can you tell?) It’ll just be things I’m concerned about, whatever’s on my mind, or what I’m especially grateful for. I love this time because it helps me reset and regroup my thoughts and it really helps me feel recharged for the day. But after this nice relaxing breakfast, it’s time to do my makeup.

There She Glows✨

I then head upstairs back to our room where I get ready for the day. I’ll do my makeup routine which I usually like to take my time with, it’s almost therapeutic for me. And especially with us just staying home, why rush? So I like to take it easy, I’ll prep my face, put on my diffuser on with essential oils and at this time I’ll either pray some more, listen to an article on my phone, watch another Youtube video or put some music on. It really all depends on what I feel I’m needing at the moment.

After doing my makeup, I’ll put my outfit on. I like to have fun with fashion, even if we are just staying home so I always like to put something cute on. If we go out for groceries or a walk, I might dress up a bit more just because there will be people. If I’m just staying home, it’ll be something more casual. I’ve been really loving to accessorize lately too. I feel like it just really levels up any outfit. I’ll put a headband, headscarf, or some hair clips. I’ll always have earrings on (my default are hoops) and then a choker necklace for sure. To me, fashion is an art form and it just makes me so happy when my outfit coordinates so well. I of course then go on to take a picture for Instagram just so I can document it.

So there you have it. My morning routine during quarantine. I feel like having a good morning can really help start your day off right and then hopefully that trickles down towards the rest of your day. Of course there are things that happen throughout the day that are out of your control but it can help to reign in the things we can so that we can hopefully guide our day into the direction we want it to go. And a big part of that for me is starting my morning off right with a good routine. I hope this article was able to help you guys in someway. What does your morning routine look like right now? Maybe I can learn a thing or two from you guys as well. Is there anything from this article that you’ll be incorporating into your routine? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know🌼

Till next time,

Paula🦋

My Goals For The New Year: 2020

Every year, as some of you may know, I love to set goals for myself. I’m a very goal oriented person. I write down what I want to do and I then I just do it (as Nike would say 😂) So I thought I’d share with you guys my plans for this new year. Maybe it’ll help to inspire some out there and in the end, I’d love to hear your goals too. I’d love to get some new ideas. So without further ado, let’s get right into it.

  1. First, I’d like to continue to grow my blog. I’ve been posting regularly now for a few months and taking it really seriously. I’ve seen growth even in that short amount of time so I know that if I keep at it, then I’ll soon reap the benefits. So I just want to continue posting every week, at least once, but two times would be a dream. This is my job now so I want to treat it as one.
  2. My second goal would be to lose at least 10 more pounds. I’m guessing I have about 15 left to lose but I really can’t tell. I know though, that losing 10 would make a huge difference and would leave me with not much extra weight. So I feel that if I can knock out those 10 pounds, it will cause a huge change in the way my body looks and from there I shouldn’t have much more to lose. For those who don’t know, I’ve been losing weight for 4 months now and in that time I’ve lost 22 pounds. It’s really transformed the way I look. I’m so proud of my hard work. But there’s still a bit more I’d like to lose so I can feel my very best and be my most confident self.
  3. Next, I would like to develop a hair care routine and at the same time, grow my hair a few inches more too. I have never had the best hair. And it’s not because I have difficult hair or anything, I’ve just never really known how to care for it. I’ve always had a frizzy head of hair and it was pretty much always a hot mess. It wasn’t until this past year or so where I’ve been using hot tools on my hair and actually getting more of a smoother, shinier look. But now I see the heat damage starting to creep up on me. It’s nothing serious, just a bit on the ends. But I know that If I don’t take care of it now, it’s just going to get worse. So it’s time to finally implement a hair care routine. I’m talking hair serums, deep conditioning, learning to style without heat, the works. I want silky, gorgeous, shiny, long hair, but I know it’s going to take work to get it there. That starts this year!
  4. I also want to start reading books again regularly. I’ve always loved reading ever since I was a kid. But with all the many books we had to read in High school, reading during my leisure time was the last thing I wanted to do. Then after school ended, I got married and soon after got pregnant so all my time and energy went towards my baby. But now that the baby stage is over, I’m finding I finally have that vigor back and with it, a desire to read and to consume knowledge. I want to better myself, I want to get to the root of personal issues I have, I want to learn new things. I can do all of that with reading. I’m starting to get that hunger for devouring books back so I want to feed it before it goes away.
  5. I’m really looking forward to going on daily walks once the weather warms up. We just moved into our new home a few weeks ago so right now we live by a canal. There’s a beautiful path that goes all along it with flowers and greenery that I just can’t wait to walk. It’s still pretty cold here in California, but as soon as the weather warms up, even just a little bit, I plan on walking out there. Ever since losing my weight, I’ve been keeping active everyday. I want to keep that up though even when all my weight is gone and I think walking outdoors is a fun, relaxing way to do so. So as soon as I’m able to, I’ll be out there.
  6. Another thing I’m really looking forward to is upgrading my closet. Now that I’ve lost a good amount of weight, everything is pretty loose and baggy on me. For some clothes that’s perfectly alright, like a sweatshirt for example. But for a fitted dress, it just doesn’t look right when you’re swimming in it. I’ve been buying myself a few items here and there but only if they’re on clearance. That’s simply because I’m still in the process of losing weight. So although I do want some clothes that fit me now, I also don’t want to invest too much into them since I know they won’t be fitting me for long. With the clothes I’ve been buying, I’m starting to get a bit more adventurous with them. I’m not buying just regular old skinny jeans. Instead I’m opting for a fit and flare sort of pant that cinches at the waist and opens wide toward the ankles. I don’t want to just wear casual clothes anymore. I want them to be fashionable and just my style. I don’t want to play it safe. I’ve also been wearing heels more which is something I’ve never done before. It’s just part of my everyday look now. So I’m excited to add to my heel collection (right now I just have 2 😂)
  7. Another goal I have is to have friends and family over a couple of times every month. Since moving into our new home, we’ve had people come over pretty much twice a week, every week. I want to make sure we keep to that pattern and throw fun parties for our friends too. I have a lot of kid themed parties that I can’t wait to have. Not many people throw those parties where we live but I think it’d be so fun for Lulu and her friends. I’ve always been so shy when it comes to having people over. I just always over think it and worry if people are having a good time. But my husband has helped me a lot with not over thinking and as I get older too, I’m less self conscious and shy. I love being hospitable now and I just can’t wait for all the parties we’ll throw and all the memories we’ll make too.
  8. I also want to continue homeschooling my daughter. She’s only a toddler so she’s not technically enrolled in home-school; we’re just practicing. But I want to make sure that I keep up with it, work on it daily, and am seeing progress in what my daughter is learning. Right now she knows her shapes, colors, ABC’s, she can match, and draw really good. I think that’s all so good especially since she’s not even 3 yet. I’d like to teach her phonics next (the sounds each letter makes) and then from there we’ll work on forming words and eventually reading. I think we’re making really good progress. But like I said, I want to work hard to stick with it. If I’m going to be homeschooling her, then her education is in my hands and that’s something I take really seriously. So I just want to make sure that it’s something I can honestly do.
  9. This last one is actually something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I was a kid. I want to maybe write a book this year. Crazy, right! I’m not talking about just an e-book. I want it to actually be a physical book that you can touch and feel. I’d like to write and illustrate it myself to. I would probably start off with a children’s book since it’s a genre I love, I have a daughter of my own who I could read it to, and I love to draw cartoons which would be perfect for a book of that category. It might be a bit of a stretch since I’m still trying to get my blog off the ground; I may have to focus on that first. But I’ve found websites that you can use to help you write and publish your own book. I think it’d be amazing if I could make that a reality this year.

Those are my goals for this coming new year. They’re definitely different from the ones I’ve had in previous years; they’re new and exciting. I’m looking forward to it all. Please do let me know any goals you have for this new year. I’d love to get even more ideas. I just wanted to mention too, if you guys are enjoying my blog and would like to help it grow, please subscribe down below to my weekly newsletter. You’ll basically be emailed a notice only once a week letting you know that I’ve posted something new on my blog. Don’t feel obliged to do it but if you like the things I write and would like to see more, I would deeply appreciate you taking the time to subscribe. Thank you so much 😊🌻

Till next week,

Paula