The Best Part Of Waking Up…

Is it coffee or tea? Giving yourself a good morning stretch? Or maybe it’s the pets you share your home with? Whatever your pace, The Good Trade team values listening to your body and setting up regular habits that nourish your soul.

In the spirit of curiosity, I asked our editors to share their minute-by-minute morning routine. I was surprised to find more similarities than differences (especially the fact that each pet parent snuggles their pets in the AM).

We’re sharing our personal routines with you to encourage you to move at your own pace and find what works for you—maybe you’ll find some tips for your own routine, or maybe you’ll find the encouragement you need to hit snooze just one more time. I also asked The Good Trade team “what would make this a perfect morning?” so that you can learn about what habits we’re still in the process of building.

If you’re establishing your own routine, be patient with yourself and grant yourself all the grace in the world. Coming from someone who only recently started getting out of bed before 8 AM, these things take time—and they’re not always as easy as “just doing it”.

Now let’s get ready!


— AmyAnn’s Morning Routine —
Co-Founder & CEO


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醒来,赶上上我的妈妈和我的姐妹组线程谁开始他们早晨早些时候CST几个小时。我很少从床上检讨我的电子邮件,但我不喜欢安装Instagram的应用程序的第一件事早上看朋友和家人的故事,并通过任何高级别消息或趋势滚动。然后我删除我的手机应用程序的一天的休息,从我的桌面处理任何与工作有关的社会活动。

6:45 AM

By now my doggos have certainly heard me stirring, especially Clifford, our giant puppy. As soon as the pups starts crying to see me, I fumble up the stairs to be greeted by their wakeup snuggles. I make a quick breakfast (gluten free toast with almond butter, so boring 🙈) and feed and walk the dogs if Blake is out of town, otherwise Blake has already taken care of it and we have a moment for a quick hug and prayer as he heads out the door.

7:00 AM

I head back downstairs to my bedroom for a few minutes of meditating, stretching, and journaling. This sets the tone for my whole day.


7:15 AM

Hop in the shower and get ready. I like to listen to a podcast while I get ready, usually The New York Times Daily podcast. (I only listen to news or politics if I’ve had time to meditate, otherwise it’s a bit heavy for the first thing to put my mind to). I typically pick out my outfit the night before and I move through my skincare and makeup routine pretty quickly. If I want to feel extra boss-like, I curl my hair.


7:40 AM

Give Clifford one last walk around the block before heading out, hoping to see a few of our favorite neighbor pups.


7:55 AM

Make my 5-minute commute to work, I use this time to start to think through my priorities for the day, and mentally review any upcoming important calls or meetings.


8:00 AM

Settle into the studio and my day’s priorities, sipping green tea and music turned high. I find the early morning hours are always my most productive, so I really cherish this time and try to get the most out of it.

What would make this a perfect morning?


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— Celeste’s Morning Routine —
Social Media Coordinator


7:20 AM

The first thing I do when I wake up, without fail is check Twitter and Instagram (God is my judge!) I also groggily check my text messages and DMs, responding unintelligibly whilst wiping the sleep from my eyes.


7:30 AM

On a good day* I’ll hop out of bed, roll out my yoga mat and do some yoga with Adriene. She has tons of yoga videos under 10 minutes, based on specific moods. At the end of each practice I’ll take some time to set an intention for the day. 

*Alternatively, I can be found in my bed (surprise, surprise!) still scrolling. 


7:50 AM

COFFEE TIME!!!

I am definitely a don’t-talk-to-me-until-I’ve-had-my-coffee type of person. I mostly just love the ritual of making coffee: heating the water on the stove, filling the french press, waiting for the coffee to steep. It’s a lovely little process that allows me to take the morning nice and easy. Lately, I’ve been alternating between my regular coffee and a coffee + mushroom mix that’s really energizing. 

While I’m waiting for my coffee to brew, I might pick out an outfit and iron it, wash some dishes, toast a bagel, or some combination of the three. I also CHUG water the entire time because I like to get some H2O in me before I have caffeine running through my veins. 


8:15 AM

I sit down with my coffee (and occasional breakfast and vitamins) and try to write. Lately, I’ve been challenging myself to free-write for about 15 minutes. I find that when I do this, I feel invincible for the rest of the day. Almost like I was born to be a writer or something?

偶尔,我会利用这段时间来支付任何账单,查我的银行帐户,并预算出任何即将到来的费用。这听起来像是可怕的东西来处理在早上第一件事情,但令人惊讶这也让我觉得很无敌!我发现,当我在早晨面对金融工具的第一件事,我在整个一天的休息感谢我自己的感觉。这是我能照顾好自己,而且我知道我在做什么一个很好的提醒。


8:40 AM

I usually find myself so engrossed in whatever I was writing or budgeting, that I almost forget that I need to get up and get dressed!

I try to keep things pretty simple for work. I think, “What’s one piece that I really want to wear today?” and then I build around that. I also love to browse my roommate’s closet when I’m fresh out of outfit ideas (Thanks, Noemi!)

My makeup routine is super quick because it’s always the last thing on my list. Usually, I just throw on a bit of Glossier skin tint and fill in my eyebrows.


9:00 AM

Tote bag? Check. Keys? Check. Lunch? Check. Outfit pic in the mirror on the way out the door? Check. 

And then she’s off! (I live in Long Beach, so I’ve got a long commute.) In the car I’ll listen to music or if it’s Tuesday I’m definitely listening to The Cut on Tuesdays. Sometimes I’ll record voice memos, which are actually extremely fun to make!

What would make this a perfect morning?


I know I’m supposed to say that I should stop checking my phone in the morning, but if I’m being honest, it’s not the first thing I would change. Seeing a funny meme that a friend sent me or a text from a friend who lives in a different time zone is so nice when I first wake up. Responding to messages first thing in the morning, however, is probably something I could do without! 

I would love to read more during my coffee time. Occasionally, I’ll try to read at least one article on The Creative Independent, or Manrepeller, or The Cut, to help get my brain juices flowing. 

It’d also be nice to have a substantial breakfast every morning, and consistently take my vitamins every day...we’re working on it!


— Courtney’s Morning Routine —
Associate Editor


6:15 AM

Press snooze and go back to sleep until 6:45. I’m one of those people who needs to hit snooze several times before getting up. I don’t know why, but once I hear the final snooze, that’s when I finally roll out of bed and into the shower. Sometimes though, I get up at 6 AM for morning yoga and to watch the sunrise—depending on my workout schedule that I plan Sunday night.


7:15 AM

Start the tea kettle for lemon water and coffee. Before I do anything after I shower, I drink some warm lemon water. There are a ton of benefits for doing this but for me, it is super hydrating and also completely wakes up my body and mind. While I am drinking my water, I put organic coffee grounds (yup, I am a coffee snob) into our french press. While that is steeping my husband and I split and alternate morning chores.

On days that it’s my turn to clean the kitty litter, I finish my lemon water and do that, I also feed our two kitties, maybe unload the dishwasher, clean the house, make the bed, etc. (depending on whose turn it is to do all the above). My husband and I both value a tidy house and like to make the house feel in-order before we both go to work.


8:00 AM

I aim to start getting ready at 8 AM, though oftentimes I get distracted and start getting ready a little after 8. During all of this, I try not to look at my phone until the very last minute. If I need to post, I will plan to post or look at my phone once all the chores are done and I am finished getting ready. I am normally really good about this, but not always.

Around 8:15–8:30ish after applying my makeup, I do my hair. If I washed it that day (which is rare, I like to only wash my hair once or twice a week), it takes a bit more time to style. But typically I give it a little love by straightening my bangs, adding a couple curls to my natural waves, and call it a day. I honestly really dislike doing hair, so I try and keep it really simple.

After that, I figure out what I’m going to wear. Ideally, I have thought this out beforehand, but normally it’s just a flash of inspiration. Sometimes while standing in front of my closet I ask myself “if I was an outfit, what would I be?” this hilarious little mantra helps me figure out what mood I’m in for the day (I am a Pisces after all).


9:00 AM

On an ideal day, I am completely ready by 9 AM, and go make my smoothie and pack my lunch. I try to meal prep the night before, but if that didn't happen, I either whip something together or opt to buy lunch depending on where I am at with time.

早餐是不可转让的我。主要是因为我有一个敏感的胃,做更好时,我吃了咖啡之后的东西。在暑假期间,我每天做冰沙;它的超级容易引发所有材料放入我的nutribullet就万事大吉了!秋冬季节,我喜欢吃像燕麦片,鳄梨烤面包或只是一个鸡蛋温暖的食物。小东西和滋养了我的身体。

9:15–9:30 AM

I head out the door and hop in my little Kia Soul who is always ready to take me on an adventure. I deeply cherish listening to music on my ride to work, and love to make playlists. I have a ton of different playlists for different moods (again, I am a Pisces after all). I press play on one of the said playlists and typically have a soothing 30-minute trek to The Good Trade!

What would make this a perfect morning?


It would be amazing if I could finally start meditating in the morning. I am someone who loves to move around a lot, and though I do yoga in the mornings, I know I would benefit tremendously from a dedicated practice of quiet stillness.

我也想早点起床,以创意项目的工作或写。我的丈夫是在这个令人难以置信的,这是非常鼓舞人心的。但是,我绝对不会标明自己是一个早起的人,即使我觉得在上午的创意,我觉得很有挑战性起床和富有成效的时候了。这里的关键将要早点休息早点起床,但我更倾向于夜猫子和上床睡觉以后比我要的大部分时间。 

The mornings I cherish the most are ones that I wake up early and feel rested from getting a full night's rest. #adultgoals


— Emily’s Morning Routine —
Managing Editor


7:30 AM

Wake up, grab my phone, climb back in bed and scroll Instagram (I toggle work email off on my phone unless I’m traveling). I start my morning journaling around 8 AM, so that creates a stopping point—otherwise who knows if I’d ever make it out of bed.


7:50 AM

I put on some coffee, let my bunnies out to play and snuggle them for a while, phone-free. This is always a priority, no matter what the morning looks like.

我抢一杯咖啡(西雅图最好的榛子是我去到,黑色),坐到我的厨房餐桌到日记了大约一个小时。上分心日子里,我只写一页,但有时两三页,我感觉势不可挡。我晚上日志可能变得有点令人失望,所以我在此我写的时间,因为我往往是在早晨比较乐观的加入;我在认真思考的事情充满希望,创意项目,并挑战我很高兴这一天来解决。咖啡因的确帮助。

On a perfect day, I’d have homemade granola bars to munch on while I write, but more often than not I skip breakfast in lieu of just coffee 😱


8:50 AM

Time to get ready! If I’m desperate for sleep, I get up around this time, but I do so sparingly. I like early-riser Emily; it took a long time to regularly get me out of bed before 8 AM.

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Then I apply my makeup and do my hair (my recent go-to is a messy top-knot that takes two seconds to pull together—WIN).

I pack my lunch, pour the rest of my coffee in my travel mug and top it off with fresh coffee my husband makes once he wakes. Our 5-cup Mr. Coffee coffeemaker suits us just fine, though we do make more than one pot most days.

9:30 AM

我刷牙,然后说再见我的丈夫和兔子和头部!我上下班的习惯取决于我的心情。我打电话给我妈妈或我的家族的另一成员几次一个星期。有时我听播客,而是那些可以重我在上午。大多数情况下,我会听喜爱的艺术家(Spotify的应该是关心我的乔许葛洛班的习惯)。有时候,我只是开车在沉默,那些日子是很好的。

What would make this a perfect morning?


Less screen time, hands down. I built (and broke) a habit earlier this year where I didn’t check my phone at all until right before I left for work. It. Was. Heaven. Ideally, I’d leap out of bed full of vim and vigor, but I’m just hooked on that blue light right now.

我的梦想是步行到每天上午6:30热瑜伽课;它是这样一个豪华的开始到早晨,我爱怎么和平和易于爱洛杉矶是早上7点之前。它确实需要我早上6点到洗牌出像僵尸的大门,并充分淋浴(+洗发水)之后,但它是值得的。我的例行演习是参差不齐最好的,早上是一个非侵入式的时间将其添加到我的一天。另外,我花更少的时间我的手机上,当我做到这一点!

And for the love of all things holy, BREAKFAST. A woman cannot live on coffee alone.


— Henah’s Morning Routine —
Staff Writer


8:25 AM

Wake up, scroll through social media, Slack, and my email—I know lots of people don’t like checking work first thing in the morning, but it makes me feel more prepared to take on the day if I know what to expect.


8:45 AM

I am a horrible morning person (I would much rather be a night owl with a 2 AM–10 AM sleep schedule), so I tend to lay around until I absolutely have 500 Internal Server Error-澳门威尼斯人官网

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9:00 AM

到时候我走出淋浴,我赶紧拉在一起的装备(谢天谢地为单位洗衣服),和无论是刷我的头发湿空气干燥或吹干/拉直,用化妆一起。大多数日子里,我做保湿,底漆,粉底,眼线,口红和设置粉末。整个发型和化妆过程通常需要大约5分钟超快速,慵懒的一天到20分钟上更完美的一天。


9:20 AM

If I have time, I sit for a few minutes in silence on my phone or just on my bed, taking a few deep breaths for the day. Most of the time though if I’m being honest, I’m usually running around frantically.


9:30 AM

I throw my lunch in my bag, check that I have everything I need, put on my shoes/coat when needed, and most importantly: snuggle and say goodbye to my pets. Our one cat Simba is very anxious whenever we leave so he’ll meow and meow, and I like to take a few extra moments to give him some extra love before I head out for the day.

9:35 AM

我住大约从我的火车站有15分钟的步行路程,所以大部分时间我只是走在或沉默airpods;在纽约夏季,它是如此潮湿炎热了,我会出现在一个汗水办公室里,但它是在春天和秋天的早晨散步,非常愉快。然后我上车12-15分钟,做了纽约时报字谜,然后走两个街区到我的办公室。我是出了名的坏吃早餐,所以有些日子,我前往的Dunkin’,并获得无咖啡因的冰咖啡和早餐三明治或面包圈,和其他日子,我不要吃,直到我有在中午左右麦片吧。所有关于平衡,对不对?

What would make this a perfect morning?


Sleeping in. 😉 Like I said, I’m very much a night owl while my fiancé is a morning person. Our weekend mornings are much more my speed: wake up around 9–9:30 AM, cuddle with my fiancé and our pets, roll out of bed to make some coffee and a homemade breakfast/brunch, and watch an episode of Queer Eye together.

A truly perfect morning would also include us heading to the farmer’s market and picking up stone fruits to incorporate into our brunch, but I’ll take what I can get.


What are your morning routine essentials? Share in the comments below!

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Emily Torres is the Managing Editor at The Good Trade. She’s a Los Angeles transplant who was born and raised in Indiana, where she studied Creative Writing and Business at Indiana University. You can usually find her reading or writing, caring for her rabbits, or practicing at the yoga studio. Say hi on Instagram!