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Unfiltered: Our Morning Routine

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December 2, 2019

Morning people. We know them, we love them, we are not them.

We’ve all seen their photos on social media describing their morning routine of exercise, making a full breakfast for the family, yoga, meditation, hydro-therapy, manicure, pedicure, therapy, dog grooming, volunteering at the local shelter, knitting a sweater and planting a whole garden (because that’s normal, right?) They’re always smiling and their photos are polished and perfectly curated – but is that real?

Let’s just say what we’re all thinking: it’s crap. Everything always looks so shiny, but it’s not real. Life just isn’t like that. We are intelligent people, and yet we still compare and feel inadequate. That is, unfortunately, the nature of the digital and social age.

We’re not going to give you a shiny and polished look at our mornings – we ain’t like that. We’re pulling back the curtain and showing you the real morning routines of the Social School team. Kids and snooze buttons, retainers, face masks, cats and worship music.

Take a peek – #NoFilter.

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  1. Wake up at 5:20 to the smell of brewed coffee and a spotless kitchen that I smartly programmed and cleaned the night before
  2. Meditate in silent bliss for 15 minutes
  3. Take my dog for a walk to the river
  4. Stroll home for a proper breakfast
  5. Get the kids ready with zero stress, yelling or bribery
  6. Casually hop in the car, arrive at school and work on time
  7. Check my email, Instagram and Twitter before anyone else arrives


  1. Hit snooze 3 times
  2. Attempt to read the CBC news feed for 45 minutes despite watching it all the night before
  3. Plow back a gigantic cup of coffee while answering 8-10 overdue emails
  4. Look at the clock, panic and set off a fire alarm of a wake up call to the whole house
  5. Race around like a 4-person tornado for 32 minutes
  6. Speed to school and work
  7. Feel mostly late and behind all day

Sometime around noon, forgive myself for the reality that is life in all it’s messy, chaotic, unpredictable-predictable glory.

It’s no secret that I am NOT a morning person. Never have been, probably never will be. While I would love to claim that I sneak an hour-long workout and clean out my inbox all before 9am, here’s what my mornings actually look like.  2.png

  1. Alarm goes off (time does not influence the following sequence of events)
  2. Hit snooze
  3. 8 mins later…alarm goes off
  4. Hit snooze
  5. 8 mins later…alarm goes off
  6. Hit snooze
  7. Negotiate with myself on latest time I can get out of bed
  8. Re-set alarm for this time
  9. New alarm goes off
  10. Hit snooze (but actually)
  11. 8 mins later…alarm goes off
  12. Realize just how late I am, get out of bed
  13. The next 20 mins is a blur of me running around the house, accomplishing nothing besides getting dressed
  14. Many things are forgotten, breakfast is not eaten, lunch is not packed
  15. Leave house when I’m supposed to arrive at work (good thing my commute is only 5 mins)
  16. Tea is always in hand
  17. Arrive at work 5 mins late (on a good day)

Here is my morning routine: donna-pick.png

  1. Hit snooze at least 3 times, and lay in bed half awake scrolling through social media for at least 40 minutes
  2. Brush my teeth with my new electric toothbrush (very into dental hygiene right now)
  3. Use half a bottle of dry shampoo on my hair, cause who has time for showers these days
  4. Put on make-up while listening to worship music to set my day up well and remind myself that there’s more to life than whatever stress I feel for the day

Mornings are #1 on my frenemy list. I know I’m more productive if I get up early… but I don’t have to like it. That being said, my typical mornings look like this: danielle-pick

  1. I wake up with a cat hitting me in the face around 5am
  2. Try to get up but realize there’s another cat death-glaring at me from the foot of the bed
  3. Get up, feed the girls, go back to bed
  4. Wake up at a more acceptable hour and scroll through Facebook, Reddit and Instagram (in that order – always)
  5. Then I’ll start reading emails, get distracted from what I’m supposed to be doing (ie: getting ready)
  6. I shower, spend 3849 minutes (estimation, not an exact science) picking an outfit, get frustrated and end up choosing something from “the chair”
  7. Fully clothed and ready to go, I stare at the wall for 10-15 minutes considering if I really actually need a job and trying to pep myself up like a coach before a sports-ball game
  8. Coming to my senses, I realize that in fact, I do need a job
  9. Sigh
  10. Collect the things and drive to work!