7 Morning Routines of Super-Successful Self-Made Women

Whether you love mornings or hate their little guts, there's no denying that it's the single most important part of your day, setting the tone for how the entire day will unfold.

Do you remember the last time you woke up on the "wrong side of the bed," hurrying frantically through your morning and your day turned out amazing?

No?  Neither do we, because that almost NEVER happens.

But when you wake up, take control of your mornings, make a ritual out of it, own it as the most precious part of your day then miracles can happen.

Wake Up...Rise Up

Here at Stiletto Coffee, mornings are obviously a pretty darn important part of our day and it's our mission to help women wake up better and rise up higher. 

First we looked to 7 super successful women and found their morning routines

You’ll notice no one is skipping breakfast, and the general consensus is to get your body moving, do something that makes you happy, get organized, and get caffeinated.

1. Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief of Huffington Post

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Arianna Huffington is one of the most successful women in business, and a huge inspiration for those of us looking to carve our own path in life and in business.

She says a big part of her morning ritual is about what she doesn't do:

"When I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day." Generally, her meditation will last up to 30 minutes before diving into the day. 

2. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Model, Actress, and Entrepreneur

Photo: Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Rose starts the day with breakfast (a “preferably Paleo” meal), spritzed herself with perfume, and endured a major sweat session. “I’m addicted to Body by Simone and Ballet Bodies in L.A.,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.

By the time most of us settle into our office chairs, Huntington-Whiteley has already sipped her green juice, replied to emails, and had her hair and makeup done for the day’s shoot. 

And Coffee? “I’m totally useless without coffee,” the model admits.

3. Stacey Bendet, CEO & Creative Director of Alice and Olivia

Bendet is an early riser. She wakes up at 4:45am and has a bowl of quinoa cereal, followed by an hour or so of 3rd or 4th series ashtanga yoga.

Then it's wake up time for the kiddos, getting them fed and out the door.

By 8:45, she's at the office, and spends the first hour by herself working on design ideas for the day.

4. Shama Hyder, CEO of The Marketing Zen Group

Credit: Gilberto Vasquez

Shama is known for being a zen influence in the online marketing world. Her mornings start with a 7:30am wake up. She's the first to admit that she's not a morning person, so she focuses instead on making her waking hours productive, immediately checking email and responding to any immediate issues which need addressing.

By 8:30 it's breakfast time. She say she never skips breakfast, because chances are with client meetings and shooting in the studio, she often ends up skipping lunch.

5. Claudia Chan Founder of SHE Globl Media

Claudia Chan is considered a global champion for social entrepreneurship and utilizing technology and social influence to create a better world, so of course we're interested in her waking hours!

Claudia is up by 7:30, and says if she's good, she'll get anywhere from a 15 to 45 minute yogaglo.com or exercise video in. She always gets at least a 5-minute meditation to breathe in strength and courage for the day, then she will write down in detail all she wants to accomplish, miracles to expect, and the attitude she will lead with for the day. Powerful stuff! 

6. Payal Kadakia, CEO & Founder of ClassPass

Payal is another early morning exerciser, which should come as no surprise given her claim to fame as the founder of ClassPass! She says she checks her emails as soon as she's up, responds to anything urgent, and then it's 10 to 30 minutes of exercise- either a run, some light asana, or a quick core workout. 

One thing she says that helps her get going in the mornings is having a yoga mat, shoes, and weights laid out, so they are unavoidable to see first thing in the morning. A slow shower and balanced breakfast set her up for the day! 

7. Kenia Costanzo, Founder of Stiletto Coffee

Is it any surprise that the founder of a coffee company is a morning person? It is to her. She never liked mornings until she systematized them and stuck to her routine.

How Kenia Wakes Up and Rises Up

She wakes up at 6:30 am, kisses her husband good morning and heads to the sink to splash water on her face and change into her gym clothes. But she doesn't head straight for the gym.

First it's the refrigerator to pour a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon and a handful of daily supplements.

Next she begins her routine inspired by Hal Elrod's book, The Miracle Morning which breaks morning routines down to a science.

She sits by her window, overlooking downtown San Diego and sits in silent meditation for 10 minutes, then walks her miniature schnauzer (Indy) while visualizing how her day will unfold and chanting a few empowering affirmations to get her day kickstarted.

When she returns home, she pulls a bag of Stiletto Coffee from it's black satin bag, carefully measures the beans, grinds them and begins brewing.

While waiting for the coffee to brew, Kenia turns on her Kindle and reads a minimum of 10 pages in a book about either business or inspiration.  By now the coffee has brewed, and she enjoys it as she writes in her gratitude journal for a minimum of 5 minutes.

Feeling that sweet caffeine beginning to do it's energizing job, Kenia kisses her husband goodbye and heads to the gym for a rigorous workout before starting her day at the helm of Stiletto Coffee.

She says her simple formula is this:

  1. Water
  2. Silence
  3. Walk the dog
  4. Visualization
  5. Affirmations
  6. Brew the coffee
  7. Read 
  8. Write
  9. Exercise

Does 9 steps look like a lot?  Sometimes she admits to compressing it down to 10-20 minutes, but she always hits them as often as she can. 

Notice any common threads?

For some of us, it will always be tempting to keep pressing snooze until the absolute last minute, followed by a hectic haze of trying to squeeze in a peaceful morning in 20 minutes. Or worse yet- maybe you're walking out the door with an empty tummy and no agenda for the day.

Try to start backwards. Set yourself up for success the night before. Do you feel better if you get your exercise out of the way in the morning? Do you have kids to wake up and get ready, a dog to walk? Determine how much time you realistically need- not just to get everything done- but to truly have a slow, peaceful morning. Then set your alarm 30 minutes before that. It may take a few weeks to get into a new routine- but it's always worth it to start your days with clarity and zen.

How do you do mornings?

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