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.
- Our partner Michelle Madsen might just be the ultimate example of a morning person: the blogger voluntarily sets her alarm for 5am, every single day.
- "I started this habit about 6 months ago and it’s changed everything for me," she says.
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What does it mean to "take aim?" According to Michelle Madsen, it's about pinpointing your goals and then harnessing the power to make them happen—ensuring all the little decisions we make every day are in service of exactly that. It's not just the name of her popular blog, but the ethos of the life she leads. And for Madsen, that M.O. starts from the moment she opens her eyes every morning.
"The first few hours of the morning are my best hours," she says. "It’s the time I commit to myself to move at a slow pace, have quiet moments, invest in my personal growth and plan out the best possible version of my day ahead." Below, she gets specific about how she leverages the morning to make the most out of the rest of her day.
My morning starts early—and I mean early.
"Waking up at 5am is the best ritual I keep. There are definitely mornings when it’s not possible but I started this habit about 6 months ago and it’s changed everything for me. I’m so much more productive and I have a clear mind when the workday begins."
That crack-of-dawn wakeup call means that I can take things nice and slow, and really ease into my day.
"When I get out of bed, my favorite moments are sitting on my velvet chair with a hot cup of coffee as I go through some meditations, read and journal things I’m processing and what I’m grateful for. Our thought-life is so impactful on our lives and I’ve become so much happier throughout the day when I start my morning with a positive perspective and vision. Sometimes I work out in the morning (when I’m doing my routine best!) The mornings are also the best time for me to do face masks, take a walk to a local juice shop or call my mom!"