I love that I have now freed up my evenings and can pretty much do whatever I want – cook a lovely dinner or go out to dinner, watch a movie or a show, play games, do something creative, read, visit family and friends, blog… the possibilities are endless.

I’ve read many blogs about minimalism and whenever I came across a checklist, X days to minimalism, or something of the sort, chances are one of the items is to create a morning ritual or morning routine.

Truth be told, I’ve been struggling with this ever since I quit my Cape Town job in 2014. I now live and work in the Northern Suburbs and it has been a complete lifestyle change! I now have all this free time in the morning, but I’ve noticed that it has made me feel a bit lazy, knowing that I do not have to be up early or have to sit in traffic anymore. I felt like I wasn’t making the most of the time that I had and I figured it’s time I start to take some responsibility.

With that said, I have finally found a morning routine that works for me, and doesn’t leave me feeling guilty! My husband works in Cape Town and has no choice but to be up at 5am every morning to beat the traffic. He goes to gym every day before work, and I admire that about him. He looks amazing and I can tell he feels amazing too. I wanted that for myself too!

So with the help of my husband, I now wake up at 5am with him, I pull on my gym clothes that I’ve set aside the night before. I brush my teeth, wash my face and off I go to gym.

Thankfully my gym is pretty close to my home, so there is no need for me to pack a gym bag and have to lug all that stuff around with me when I go to work. After gymming for about an hour, I come home, take a shower, feed Sherlock (my miniature schnauzer son), and then I meditate for 30-45 minutes.

After meditating, I get dressed in my outfit that I’ve set aside the night before, put on my daily face, and then I do my hair.

After I’m all dressed, I pack my lunch for work, and then I make myself some breakfast. Lately I’ve been having scrambled eggs and cherry tomatoes with basil pesto, but other breakfasts of mine include a smoothie (using frozen berries and bananas that I’ve meal prepped in ziplock bags on a Sunday), oats (I usually make mine on the stove with some peanut butter, honey, and topped with fresh bananas), and granola or muesli with almonds, bananas, yoghurt and honey. So yummy!

As I eat my breakfast, I usually watch an inspirational video on Youtube or I read an inspirational article or book.

After breakfast, I give the house a quick tidy up, and then I’m out the door with Sherlock. I usually drop him off at a neighbour’s house – who also has a miniature schnauzer. How lucky are we?

And then I’m off to work! I usually get to work around 08:30, so if I’m early, I’d run some morning errands first. By the time I’m sitting at my desk at work and sipping on my morning decaf coffee, I’ve already done a lot and can go through the day feeling energized, focussed and guilt-free, because I know I have done something good for myself.

This morning routine of mine is a life changer. I love that I have now freed up my evenings and can pretty much do whatever I want – cook a lovely dinner or go out to dinner, watch a movie or a show, play games, do something creative, read, visit family and friends, blog… the possibilities are endless.