Living kindly. Let’s talk about this for a second. I get asked quite a bit, What does living kindly mean? And the truth is, living kindly means something different for everyone. When I started this column two years ago, the focus was sharing my weight loss story, and how I made a pact to be kind to myself during the process. I had to learn to drop the shame, regret, and embarrassment around my weight. It’s since evolved into a column focused on not just being kind to myself from a health and wellness perspective — but in all areas of my life. While the content changes, one thing remains constant: learning to respect yourself and come from a place of patience and love will make you a better friend, partner, parent, sibling, colleague, boss, and human. That is living kindly to me. Be kind to yourself, and in turn you’re nice to others.
While I’ve talked about the importance of building a personal advisory board in the past, this month I want to talk about how you can set yourself up for success on your own. I’m a firm believer that what you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day — from your mood to productivity, and everything in between. One of my favorite questions to ask anyone I admire is: what does your morning routine look like? Typically, most of my boss-lady friends don’t just have a 9-5 job. Most have a side hustle, children, creative projects, and more. It’s amazing to me how they balance their day and what they consider to be important to their success. I’ve been collecting tips from everyone — friends, mentors, Tim Ferriss podcasts, and more. I’m happy to say with a little advice and a lot of trial-and-error, I’ve finally perfected my own routine. Here’s how I set myself up for a productive day.