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Kendra Scott, CEO and founder of Kendra Scott Jewelry
“I start each day with my family. With three boys, it’s never boring or quiet, but I cherish every moment before my husband and I begin our workdays. No matter how hectic the hours ahead might be, those small moments give me enough joy and energy to take on the rest of my day! That and, of course, a Dragonfly smoothie (kale, spinach, mango, banana, pineapple and vanilla almond milk) from Daily Juice.”
Priya Malani, founding partner at Stash Wealth
“It’s probably no surprise that I’m a planner--it’s what I do for my clients and invariably for myself. But before I review my calendar and get organized for the day, I start each morning around 7 a.m. with a glass of warm lemon water and writing a few sentences in my ‘Diary to My Dad.’ In 2012, he was diagnosed with stage-4 stomach cancer, and we lost him to the disease after a 15-month battle at the relatively young age of 65. Writing to update him helps me stay grounded and centered around life’s larger priorities.”
Lauren and Rachel Piskin, mother-daughter cofounders of ChaiseFitness
Rachel: “I start my day with a coffee and a bowl of yogurt and berries as my go-to breakfast. My morning isn’t complete without doing some stretches with a Thera-Band to get my body all warmed up for a day of teaching classes at Chaise.”
Lauren: “First things first, I walk my two 80-pound dogs to the park. That alone is exercise enough! I then make a shake with blueberries, kale, almond butter, vitamins and banana. I do 15 minutes of warm-up stretches to get ready to teach my classes at Chaise, then I’m ready to rock-’n’-roll and do what I love most in the world: Teach a reinvention class.”
Mary Kate McGrath, Editor in Chief at PureWow
“As much as I hate to admit it, mornings are a bit of a circus at my house. Two boys and a gazillion toy trucks don’t exactly lend themselves to leisurely latte sipping. So naturally, I’m all for anything that helps my routine feel--in the words of Olivia Pope—‘handled.’ This is why I love Elizabeth Arden’s new SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster. I apply a few pumps before my moisturizer, and it works to ease any irritation and also boost the effectiveness of my other skin-care products. A product that makes everything else better? Kind of my new must-have.”
Lea Goldman, executive editor at Marie Claire
“Two rituals in the morning that I cannot dispense with, under any circumstances: Nespresso coffee and The New York Post (on my iPad). I literally cannot begin the day without either. The coffee for obvious reasons, but The Post because no other publication on the planet captures New York City in all its blood, guts and glory. Their business/media section is unrivaled, and if you really want to know what’s what in this town--who hates the mayor, which developer just scored some sweetheart deal, which TV exec is on the way up--you read The Post. Just to paint a picture, about a year ago I delivered my second son at about 5:30 a.m. By 6:30, I had the baby in one arm, coffee in the other hand (Starbucks, but whatever) and The Post in my lap. I wish I’d taken a picture, because I caught myself thinking, I got this.”
Amanda Cohen, chef and owner of Dirt Candy
“Every morning, as soon as I wake up, I try to drink a couple of glasses of water. My days are long and crazy and often do not involve any water drinking. It’s a nice calm way to start the day, and it forces me to take a couple of minutes for myself before I go out into the world.”
Lauren Schwab and Marissa Vosper, founders of Negative Underwear
Lauren: “One of my commitments to myself this year is to meditate more often. The first thing I do every morning is listen to 10 to 30 minutes of Headspace, a short, guided daily meditation. I’ve been doing their program for a few months, and it has had an amazing effect on reducing stress and starting my day with more focus. I like to jot things down in my journal afterward of whatever was cluttering my mind--it’s a really helpful way for me to find more clarity.”
Marissa: “I’m a big fan of the smoothie-for-breakfast ritual. I’ve been doing liquid breakfasts for maybe five or six years now, and it really makes a difference for how I feel, both in the morning and throughout the day. I’m not a caffeine drinker, so it’s even more important that my morning meal provides sustained energy. There’s also something really nice about not having to think too hard about what I’m eating every morning--it’s just routine.”
Rachel Krupa, founder of Krupa Consulting
“Mornings are my ultimate Zen time. Before countless emails start to flood in, I take 20 minutes to meditate with a pyrite crystal using the amazingly simple and centering OMG! I Can Meditate app. My pyrite crystal is known for tapping into potential and stimulating the flow of ideas. So by focusing on those intentions with the app and finding focus so early in the morning, the tone for my entire day’s journey is set. Finding time to center myself, clear my mind, and create stillness are vital for effortless flow.”
Lori Wagner, chief marketing officer and executive VP of digital e-commerce at dressbarn
“I am by nature a morning person, although I admit to getting a little help from my local coffee shop, Slave to the Grind. I buy one for now, one for later, and I’ve been known to reheat that same cup throughout the day. I check my email religiously at 6:30 a.m. This informs the day ahead, and in the world of retail, every day is an adventure. Once I’m out the door, I drive my daughter to school. Admittedly, she could walk there in a few minutes, but I enjoy this little ritual of ours, one I will miss all too soon when she is off to college.”
Rachel Hofstetter, cofounder of Guesterly
“I always set my alarm for 20 minutes earlier than I ‘need to’ and use that early-morning time--before anyone else is up--to sit down with my planner (and coffee) and outline my day. I brain-dump everything that has to happen and then block out time to hit the major projects. The really high-impact part is that I pick one ‘frog to eat,’ something I really don’t want to do but know I should, and one ‘ship to send,’ putting something new out there in the world, like reaching out to a potential business partner. That’s the ritual, and I even do it on the weekends, when my list is much more likely to include things like yoga, grocery shopping and taking a nap.”
Nellie Partow, founder of Nellie Partow
“My morning ritual usually begins with my miniature Husky, Luna, literally standing on top of me and telling me it's time to get out of bed. I'm usually rushing to get ready. I have a habit of standing in my closet and figuring out what feels really good to wear (this usually dictates what's to come with the next season's collection). Then I'm out the door and on to a 30- to 40-minute walk with Luna. I usually swing by the local coffee shop and grab a jasmine tea before heading to the office.”
Hey, it’s OK if you have yet to figure out “the balance.” You know, how to juggle family, work, your love life, exercise…and still leave room for a little me-time. It’s nearly impossible. However, a few women we know have managed to come close, and for them it all starts with the morning routine.
From the caffeine addict to the one who’s doing yoga before we’ve even rolled out of bed, take a peek at these ten lady bosses and discover why they do what they do (and maybe get a few pointers).
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