6 Celebrities Share Their Morning Routines And How You Can Create Yours
By Kat Lee (Author, speaker, podcaster, and founder of HelloMornings.org)
“Mom? WHERE are we going?!”
It was 7:50am and I was “supposed” to be taking my oldest daughter to school. I had a busy day ahead and my mind was already racing and piecing together all that was on my to do list.
Her surprised tone of voice pulled me back to the present and I suddenly realized we were headed in the opposite direction of her school and on our way to the store. As much as she would enjoy it, though, she does not attend school at the store, but as a busy mom of three kids, I sometimes feel like I live there. Apparently, in my distractedness, my brain went on a misguided autopilot and assumed I was headed to my most frequented destination - the store.
Thankfully, I was still able to get her to school on time and all was well. But it was fascinating to me how without even thinking I took all the turns and drove us to a location I wasn’t even thinking about. I drove there out of sheer habit.
Did you know that according to research from Duke University over 40% of the things we do each day are a result of habit? From the way we brush our teeth to the way we eat our food or how we complete repetitive portions of our jobs, our incredible brains are full of stored actions that require little to no conscious thought.
When you first moved to your home, you probably had to look up directions to your closest grocery store. You had to remember which streets to turn on and determine the fastest way to get there. But now, if you’re anything like me, you might end up at the store without even thinking about it. That’s a habit.
God gave us incredible brains that are constantly looking for things to automate to make our lives easier. New activities that require conscious thought are processed in the prefrontal cortex. Learning to tie your shoes for the first time or cook a new recipe, demand concentration and focus. But once we understand how to do it and we do it enough, our brain moves that processing to our basal ganglia, where those actions run in the background so that our prefrontal cortex can work on something new that we are learning.
What does all this have to do with morning routines? Everything.
How we start anything matters. First impressions, a new job, those first moments on a bicycle as you try to balance. Starting well is crucial and lays the foundation for everything else to come.
What if you had a habit of starting well each day? How would that impact the rest of you day? How would you feel if you were able to walk into each day feeling like you’d already tackled the most important things?
It would be amazing, right?
I love how each of these women use those first moments of the morning to attend to the most vital aspects of our lives that can often be swept away in the busyness of life. They take the time to connect with God, take care of their health and make intentional choices about their day.
None of these routine are particularly long or involved, and each one is very different. Yet these simple routines, these morning habits, are profoundly life giving to each woman.
How can you build a morning routine? One that comes easily, like a habit?
Start small and build up.
I do something simple called the 3 minute morning. You might think you can’t accomplish a lot in just 3 minutes, but I consider it putting my stake in the ground. I am declaring that I will start my day with God, plan my day with His purposes in mind and choose to have the energy to live out the things He's called me to do. Even if it’s only for 3 minutes.
I begin with a simple prayer, then I glance at my calendar for the day and drink a glass of water. That’s it. Simple, right?
With those three small actions, I've declared that my faith, how I live my life and my health are important to me.
Now, I don’t normally stop there. That 3 minute routine is usually a jumpstart for Bible study, exercise or working on my to do list for the day. But there are certainly many days where it truly is only 3 minutes. That small habit allows me to identify myself as a woman who begins every single day in prayer. A woman who begins every single day making a healthy choice. A woman who lives each day with purpose.
Because I always have 3 minutes. No matter what’s happening, how I’m feeling or where I am, I have 3 minutes. And that simple habit is the foundation on which the rest of my morning, my day, and my life rests.
It is small, but it is my most powerful habit. And small things add up. Small things done consistently are unstoppable.
I love the quote from Anthony Trollope "If a habit be truly daily, it will beat the actions of a spasmodic Hercules."
It’s easy to think about starting a morning routine and wanting to start big. To begin the latest workout routine or in depth Bible memorization system. After all, big things feel impressive... Herculean. But it’s so much easier to build a true, life-long habit if we start small.
So, may I invite you to join me in starting each day with a simple 3 minute morning routine?
Read/Pray: Psalm 143:8
Drink a glass of water.
Review your calendar.
If you have a different verse that inspires you, or a healthy choice or a planning method you prefer, you can swap out any similar action for something that fits you better, just remember that the idea is to keep it simple so that you can build a habit.
Each day when we wake up, we have the opportunity to declare with our time what is most important to us. My prayer is that we’d build a habit that propels us toward living a purposeful life for Christ. That we would start each day with the Lord, plan our day with His purposes in mind and choose to have the energy to live out the things He's called us to.
Now that’s a great way to start each day!
I asked a few celebrities how they start their mornings. Here’s what they had to say:
Candace Cameron Bure, author of Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style, and Attitude
“I roll out of bed onto my knees and spend time in prayer which sets the tone for my day, asking for a heart to serve others, to listen to the Holy Spirit, and for grace (to name a few things). I drink a tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of honey before I eat or drink anything else. And, my favorite thing is dry brushing my skin before I shower, it’s so revitalizing, wakes me up and detoxes my skin.” – Candace Cameron Bure (Photo Credit https://www.facebook.com/candacecameron/)
Rachel Hollis, author of much anticipated Girl, Wash Your Face, CEO of Chic Media, and founder of TheChicSite.com
“One of the greatest practices I’ve adopted in the last few years —and the thing that I try to encourage every woman I know to do— is getting up an hour earlier then I need to. As a mom of four, that extra hour before my kids wake up is EVERYTHING. It gives me time to drink my coffee and get intentional about my day before my tiny, motley crew wakes up loud and energized and hollering for Cheerios.:” (Photo Credit https://www.facebook.com/TheChicSite/)
Kristi Funk, MD – author of Breasts: The Owner’s Manual
When I jump out of bed in the morning and my feet hit the floor, I say “Thank” with the left foot, and “You” with the right. No matter what challenges the day holds, my first utterance reminds me to be grateful to God that I am alive to face them - and that today comes with divine help and ever-present company. My Antioxidant Smoothie breakfast is my second weapon, a disease-kicking recipe of power foods that I down every AM. So I start every day feeling both spiritually and physically bulletproof! (Photo Credit https://www.facebook.com/drkristifunk)
Tamela Mann, gospel singer, and actress.
Each morning when I wake up the first thing I do is thank the Lord for another day and talk to Him about what’s at hand for the day. Doing a devotional is part of my a.m. routine. One of my favorite places to meet with the Lord in the morning is when I’m driving alone in the car – its a special prayer place for me – and yes, I always keep my eyes open and on the road! (Photo Credit https://www.facebook.com/davidtamelamann/)
We have three teenagers in the house, so mornings are all about making sure everyone is up and out the door with backpacks, projects and practice uniforms. The boys have, unfortunately, grown past snuggling with me like they used too, but every morning when I wake up our youngest daughter, Bella, as I leave her room I say, “Meet me on the couch." We snuggle for a bit and the boys eventually make their way to either side. We read a verse or two from the bible together and say a prayer for our eyes and hearts to be open to what God has for us in that day. Going out the door with this little prayer each morning has helped me to become more aware of God’s hand in my life throughout the day, and I hope it’s doing the same for our teens! (Photo Credit https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKorieRobertson/)
Kathie Lee Gifford, host, actress, singer, songwriter, playwright, and author
"I try to start each day with praise, thanksgiving, prayer and listening!"