Fix up, look sharp and let’s talk morning routines. Where do you fall on the dawn spectrum – are you smashing the snooze button for 90 minutes before guzzling a lukewarm flat white, always in a rush and never on time? Or are you one of those insanely high energy early birds who arise with the sun to meditate for an hour before making lists in your gratitude journal?
It’s okay, there’s no judgement here. Personally, I’m a 9am wake up kind of gal who does yoga but drinks decaf and eats too many croissants. So, like, there are no rules. That said, it’s almost unanimously believed that the more successful, high-achieving folk in our society have one thing in common – a solid morning routine packed with rituals that work for them.
Taryn Williams AKA superwoman is the proof in the porridge. The super successful founder and CEO of WINK Models, digital influencer and award-winning entrepreneur – not to mention A+ human – Taryn’s morning routine helps fuel her day, balance her mental health and, as she says “set her up for success”.
But what, pray tell, does this super successful morning routine look like and can I copy it?
“I try to train each morning as it keeps me sane and gets the endorphins pumping. I mix it up between spin, boxing and pilates.”
Taryn, no surprise, is really onto something here. According to smart science folks, exercise (especially in the morning!) is heaps good for your concentration and focus, ramping up your overall energy levels throughout the day, regulating your appetite and improving your sleep. Not to mention a morning workout justifies wearing athleisure for the rest of the day. I like all those things. If you’re still not convinced, even Obama starts his day with some cardio.
“I take a large long black. Don’t talk to me until that’s in my system.”
Sometimes coffee gets a bad rap. But did you know Bach wrote a short opera about his favourite brew, Voltaire’s rumoured to have drunk 40-50 cups per day, and Margaret Atwood has her own coffee range? And don’t even get me started on George Clooney and those espresso beans. All these people are geniuses in their own right, so be more genius and drink more coffee.
“I’m a skincare addict. I really think that taking care of your skin is such an important part of your life.”
I believe you, Taryn. I mean, look at you. You’re glowing. You’re bewitching. You’re flawless. You’re my skinspiration. You’re probably a double cleanse kind of woman. You never forget your moisturiser. What serums do you use? Are you pro exfoliation? Can you get me a Nivea discount? No, seriously, I’m desperate to try the Nivea Gentle Cleansing Wash Cream that magically removes makeup and rehydrates your skin for under 10 bucks. Tell me all your anti-ageing, glow up secrets. Teach me thy beauty ways.
“I love supplements and have one of those pill pots with the days of the week on it where I keep all my vitamins. They’re prescribed by a naturopath and I take them religiously every morning.”
Ah, rituals of self care. Remember when those rituals used to involve waking at 11am and chugging a Big M before scoffing a sausage roll because you were indecently hungover on a Wednesday morning? I’m so glad we’re all grown ups now. And there’s nothing more grown up than taking care of yourself, and having your own on-call naturopath.
“I listen to ‘The Daily’ podcast from the NY Times while I’m in the shower.”
If you aren’t familiar with ‘The Daily’ it’s a short and sweet 20-minute news podcast dedicated to all things trending globally. It’s excellent journalism and you’re guaranteed to learn many things. I can feel my brain literally expanding every time I listen. Carving out a chunk of time in the morning that’s dedicated to self-learning will have you feeling brainy all day long.
If you’re looking to juice up your mornings to get the most out of your days, Taryn’s routine is certainly a healthy dose of inspiration for all of us. Go forth and conquer, mates!Image: tarynwilliams.com.au