Routines & caffeine

One of my favorite parts of the morning is my time with Harley Quinn, my pup. She is the most perfect poochie on the planet, and we are completely co-dependent. Every morning, I let her out of her house (i.e. crate in our bedroom); she stretches, hangs out on the bed for a minute, and then we head to the kitchen for her breakfast. About 30 mins later, she lets me know she’s ready for a potty trip outside. We walk our usual path and take care of some business. We return to our spot on the couch to hang out with Matt and Savannah until 8:00am. In between these pup events, I do have other routines or morning rituals.




I started working from home in 2015, which has led to some lifestyle changes and habit adjustments. When I commuted to work every morning, my routine consisted of the basics with just enough time to get prepped and out the door by 7:30am. These days, I could roll out of bed at 7:45am and achieve the same result. Don’t get me wrong there have been days like this, but personally I have found more progress and success in waking up at 6:00am. My morning looks a little bit like this:


  • 6:00am – Wake up, make bed, let Harley out, wash face, brush teeth, change clothes
  • 6:15am – Feed Harley, make and eat breakfast (remind me to share my at-home Starbucks-like latte fix!)
  • 6:30am – Take Harley out
  • 6:45am – Catch the weather forecast from Chuck Lofton
  • 7:00am – Get my fill of current events on Today, engage on social media (thanks to Gary Vee’s advice per Crush it!), write stuff (still working on this one), etc
  • 8:00am – Head to work (which is just down the hall)


This is still a work in progress, but so far, I feel like I know a bit more about what’s happening in the world (though I wish I knew less about some of this political stuff!), I get quality time with Harley Q, and I have created time specifically for making connections on social media and honing my writing skills – but most importantly, I have perfected my at-home skinny vanilla latte!


I love a Starbucks skinny vanilla latte, but I hate the price tag! The frugal side of me has tried to acquire a taste for black coffee to cut costs, but YUCK! In order to get that delicious caffeine pumping through my veins, I decided to tackle a latte at home:



Now, there may be cheaper ways to so this, but its where I’m at right now!


  1. Microwave 1/2 cup almond milk for 90 seconds
  2. Froth it up
  3. Brew K-cup into the same cup (4 oz)
  4. Add 2-4 pumps of vanilla syrup
  5. Mix everything up to distribute flavors


Its my new favorite thing! How do you get started in the morning? Any routines or rituals that you just can’t live without?

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