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My Daily Self-care Routine

I feel like If you end up reading this whole blog post, it will make you one of my best friends because this blog post really tells you the ins and outs of my life since this is what my days look like basically every day.

Let’s get into it.

Self Care

For me self-care is what I do for myself each day to feel my best.

Self-care in 2020 is more important than ever.

2020 has been a crazy year, and now that I feel like I’m finally getting over the fact that I won’t get to do all of the fun stuff I dreamed about doing this year I’m trying to focus on taking better care of myself.

So because of that, and because I get asked by you guys pretty often how I stay motivated I decided to break down my daily self-care routine and how that motivates me daily.

I’m going to break this down by time periods of the day, then I’ll dive into how I stay motivated at the end.

Morning

Mornings are one of my favorite times of the day. I love getting the day started on the right side of the bed.

Making the Bed

The first thing I do when I get up is make the bed.

I love walking by my room and seeing my bed made, and my room clean it makes me feel like my life is that little bit more in order and it makes me excited to get to crawl back in that snuggly bed later.

Get Ready

Then I head downstairs and make coffee and breakfast.

After my coffee is made I head back upstairs and get ready for the day.

I sit at my vanity and do my hair, and makeup then put on a real outfit every single day. It makes me feel better, and more productive when I am semi put together.

After I get ready I head into my office and plan out my work & day in my planner.

Once my day is planned I get started on what needs to get accomplished that day.

Afternoon

Most of the afternoon I spend working the only break I typically take in the afternoon is to make lunch and bring it back to my office.

Evening

After I get to a good stopping point in work I head downstairs and cook whatever I have planned for the dinner that day.

Dinner

I plan all the meals for the week on Sunday before I go grocery shopping so I have an idea of when I need to head downstairs and start cooking in order for the meal to be ready at dinner time.

I cook at home around 6 (sometimes 5) dinners a week, it makes out to eat meals feel more special when I eat at home often, plus I really enjoy cooking for people so that makes it easier to cook basically every meal.

Clean Up

I clean the kitchen counters, stove, dining room table, do the dishes, and vacuum the floors every day after dinner.

I am definitely the type of person who functions better when my environment is clean and I find if I do it every night after making dinner it doesn’t ever get super dirty.

It could also be that growing up my dad would always tell me when I made anything in the kitchen “Clean as you go, and it won’t feel like such a mess” so now it’s engrained in who I am.

Workout

After cleaning up dinner I head upstairs and get ready for my workout.

I try to work out every single day for at least 30 minutes.

It isn’t because I want to look a certain way or lose weight it is just because It’s good for me, and I want to be better to my body.

I have found in this season of life when I am mostly stuck at home because I run my business from home, cook most meals at home, and don’t go out much It is important for me to get out of the house.

So everyday I try and get out on a walk, or go to the gym in my community.

For me, it’s just a good time to listen to a podcast and be good to my body.

Even though I used to hate working out I have started really enjoying this time.

Night

Just like my mornings, I love my nights. Mornings and nights are my two favorite parts of most days.

Shower or Bath.. or both?

I love taking a bath, but most days I feel too gross to just get in the bath so I pre-shower (and shave because smooth legs in sweatpants, PJs, or on clean sheets is one of the best feelings) then take a relaxing bath.

It really is one of the best parts of my day, and it just makes me feel so grateful to now live in a house with a really nice bathtub.

Skincare

I wash my face every night, no questions asked. It is the one thing I must do before I go to sleep even If I had the craziest late night.

I have super acne prone skin, and thankfully washing it with good products every single day no questions asked, and not picking it at all has cleared my skin 99% compared to what it used to be.

My skincare night time routine goes like this:

  1. Wash with Drunk Elephant jelly cleanser.
  2. Tone with Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Glycolic Night Serum.
  3. Moisturize with Protini Polypeptide Cream.

I hate that my skin has such expensive taste, I ended up getting these products in the mini size and giving them a try and my skin got clearer, and better than ever.

So I sucked it up and invested in the full-size and my skin is forever changed.

Cleaning

I love waking up to a clean house so every night I pick up the house, and if I did anyone’s laundry that day I’ll hang it, or put it away while I’m picking up the house.

Relax & Reflect

I feel like relaxing and reflecting is one of my keys to success because it reminds me of all the great things in my life worth working hard for.

Every night before I go to sleep I write in my journal 10 things I am grateful for that happened that day even if they are as small as I drank my coffee when it was hot, or I used a coupon at target.

Then I write down 3 things I’m currently praying for in my life.

This helps me be grateful for everything in my life, while also keeping me focused on what I’m moving towards and hoping for.

How I stay motivated

The question I get the very most is “How do you stay motivated when you work for yourself?” and “How did you stay motivated in the beginning before you made money?”

I think the answer to both of those is this:

I’m not motivated, I don’t wake up everyday excited to work (however, I do wake up every day feeling so blessed that this is what I get to do as a job).

I just keep working every day (even before I made any money) because I make it a routine, and I keep reminding myself of where I want to be in the future.

So don’t focus on trying to find motivation focus on trying to make it a habit, and routine to work.

Then make it a habit in your routine to spend some time every day focusing on where you want to be, and how you are going to get there.

Last thought:

I decided to write about motivation in my post about my self care routine, because working on your blog or side hustle (whatever that is for you) should really be part of your self care routine, not just something you do when you are motivated.

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  1. Justine says:

    Shower or bath or both! But have you ever taken a ShowerBath?!
    One of my very favorite self care rituals is the shower bath.
    Luckily, my overflow drain works at the perfect speed to combat my shower running into the full tub water…. creating the most comforting environment for a water sign (cancer) or for anyone who finds comfort in being surrounded by water ❤️ If you haven’t tried this, I highly recommend it. Just full the bath tub up with water and let the shower run also down around your knees to your chest. It’s like being in your own private waterfall oasis!

  2. Courtney Mathis says:

    Enjoyed reading this blog post.

  3. Sonya says:

    Hi! I really enjoyed reading that Taylor!! I have a quick question. I’m 45 years old and I really think some form of writing is my passion. A blog KEEPS coming back to the forefront of my mind and has been for a few years now. Do you think 45, (actually I’ll be 46 September 12,) is to old to start a profitable blog?

    • Cindy says:

      Hi Sonya, blogging knows no age. I have 10 years on you and started my blog in January. We all have something to offer and a huge space to offer it in. Go find your passion 🙂

  4. Your comments are interesting, much like my own and I’m 77 years old and have doing this sort of thing my entire adult life. I’m a single man, divorsed twice with three adult children. My challenge really is isolation and lonliness. I rrespect your thoughts and actions.

  5. Haley says:

    Love this post!
    It’s helpful to see someone else’s routine because I can take some of the things your doing and add them to mine. I’ve been working towards better habits and omg laundry is my downfall, but I’m constantly working towards knocking it out consistently so I don’t end up with that huge laundry pile!! I like the idea of the pre shower and shave and then relax with a nice bath, that sounds like a perfect reward and perfect “me time”.
    Thanks so much for sharing and including us!

  6. Shelly Udall says:

    Thank you for that! You must be reading my mind and know exactly what I need, lol.

  7. I wish I was a morning person! I’m such a night owl and waking up early is hard for me. However, I am trying my best to wake up around 5am daily to start my day and get my workout completed first thing! I notice that when I do this, I feel much more productive, accomplished, and like I’ve gotten ahead for the day. It’s something that I’d love to become a habit!

    I do the same thing as you when it comes to meal planning! I type out my husband and I’s meals for the week, and that makes grocery shopping so much easier. I cook maybe 3-4 times a week. I like to take a break from cooking. So I cook every other day and make sure that whatever I make is enough to last us 2 nights!

    Gosh, I need to get on your level when it comes to your evening/night cleaning routine! That’s so awesome. I definitely function better when my environment is clean, so I definitely understand why you do it.

    I really want to start gratitude journaling and just journaling in general! I think it would be so helpful to add into my lifestyle.

    xx
    Key
    https://storiesbysuddreth.com/

  8. wendy says:

    I haven’t been following thru on the rules I set for my self when i decided to work for my self. they weren’t hard or strict rules, basicly the same ones you set up for yourself, stick to a schedule. get dressed, take care of your self I would get up when ever stay in my pj’s all day goof off until I had wasted another day and then complain loudly how I was so busy. i am going to live by your example from now on

  9. Tansy Foor says:

    This was a very enlightening, honest article. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. Marina says:

    Great post Taylor! I just joined your 30 days to success blogging course so iam already a fan of yours 🙂 You are the 1st post I came across on Pinterest when I started to look for blogging tips. I haven’t found my niche quite yet but through you I think I have come across crucial info to start and am very grateful for you and will definitely be giving you future credit ❤️

  11. Alisha Green says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post thanks

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