Our series Before 9 explores the early morning routines of inspiring women, in their own words. Follow along for the hacks, habits, and tidbits that set them up for success during the rest of the day.
- With a multi-hyphenate career as a TV and podcast host, lifestyle brand founder, and mother, you'd think that there weren't enough hours in the day for Catt Sadler to find some time for herself.
- But her mornings are centered around exactly that—even if she only has a few minutes to herself. And taking this time to make herself a priority has had a positive ripple effect in all her other responsibilities.
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It would be safe to assume that building your own media empire leaves minimal time to, say, log off and meditate. But for Catt Sadler, all it takes is three minutes every morning—even if sometimes, that's quite literally all she has.
Sadler has spent the last several years piecing together an impressive multi-hyphenate career as a TV host, journalist, and brand guru—most recently, she launched a podcast called Naked, which applies an unflinchingly honest lens to successful women and the obstacles they've faced, in their own words. But despite a calendar that seems to be growing only all the more crowded, Sadler has continued to carve out a personal philosophy that has become, in turn, the backbone of her brand: that in order to go full speed ahead towards your goals, you also need to know when to recharge, check in, and do good for yourself.
The earliest hours of Sadler's mornings are devoted to exactly that, even while juggling the demands of her career and motherhood. Below, she shares an intimate look inside her morning routine—whether she has an hour or just a moment.
The first thing on my to-do list: head outside.
"One of the perks of living in gorgeous Southern California is being able to go outdoors all year long. There’s something very centering about waking up, brewing some coffee, taking my Ritual vitamin, and then heading into my backyard and taking in the beauty of the morning. For me, insisting on some stillness sets a vital tone to the day. I literally make it a point to stare at the plants or watch the birds or even notice the dew on the grass. I find it grounding. It puts what is about to be a busy day into perspective. Breathe!"