It’s no secret that what you do in the morning sets the tone for the entire day. No one wants to wake up on the wrong side of the bed, so we called on nine women we admire to learn what they do in those first few hours of sunlight to set up their days for success. From beauty stars to fitness pros to creative writers, they’ve made impressive careers for themselves. Here’s how they start the day.
Amy Shecter, CEO of Glamsquad
“I take a Via to work every day and as soon as I get in, I put my headphones on, turn on a guided meditation, and escape everything for about 20 minutes. I always feel refreshed and ready to start my day after that."
Rebecca Minkoff, designer
“I wake up, make my son breakfast and take him to school, which is usually the best part of my day.”
Payal Kadakia, Executive Chairman of ClassPass
"One of the first things I do when I wake up is think about my intentions for the day. I like to go online and search for inspiring quotes. When I find a quote that fits so well that it becomes a motto for my day, I share it with close friends so that they too can be inspired. One of my favorite quotes is from Robin Sharma: ‘Your greatest life is on the other side of your greatest fear’"
Mona Kattan, Vice President of Huda Beauty and Co-Founder of The Dollhouse
"Never underestimate the power of planning! I always start my day by organizing my schedule and making sure all of my scheduled meetings are correlated with my high priority goals and KPIs. Undoubtedly, true success is planned. In the short-run, you can occasionally get lucky, but it's rare. To have true long-term success, you've got to have a map—nothing is coincidence."
Gucci Westman, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Cosmetic Designer
"In the mornings, especially when I'm working a lot or traveling, I allow myself extra time for either a run or hot yoga, a 20 minute meditation, and then my skin care routine. While in the shower I use the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, and if my eyes are puffy, I will use their Signs Eye Masks. "
Seema Bansal, Co-Founder of Venus Et Fleur
“I eat breakfast every single day and make sure it’s a large meal. It usually consists of spinach patties, green tea, and a flaxseed protein shake. This helps me to feel great and gives me enough energy to get through the day. I also read emails and check Instagram the moment I wake up. Then, I start a group chat with the Venus ET Fleur team to keep everyone in the loop of what needs to happen. I find that this really sets the tone for the day and helps us know where to put our attention.”
Malin Akerman, Actress
"We [Akerman and son] get up together at the crack of dawn, usually around 6:30. I like to start my day with a warm cup of lemon water because it’s a great liver detox and cleanse, and then we take our Nature's Bounty vitamins together and have breakfast to make sure we’re feeling ready for the day. Then, off we go! And if I have time to brush through my hair, that’s great—that’s a good day. Otherwise, it’s off to school and hopefully I get a workout in before I pick him up. "
Joanna Vargas, Celebrity Aesthetician and Founder of the Eponymous Skin Care Line
“I play tennis first thing in the morning. It makes me feel good and destresses me. It gives me something to feel proud of before I get into the office. I just love it!”
Ava Miles, Bestselling Author of The Goddess Guides to Being a Woman
"I laugh—over anything that strikes my fancy while drinking my morning cappuccino. And if I can't laugh, I face the stories keeping me from feeling loved and joyful and clear them like a goddess woman so I can have the amazing day I want to have."
Maud Casey, Award-Winning Author and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maryland
“I love a ritual, but the morning ritual I aspire to is kind of anti-ritual. It’s about finding a way to exist even for a short while in the ritual-free zone of dream space before I head into the obligations of the day. This can take many forms, but it is often as simple as staring out the window while I have my coffee. This dream space is where writing—or the drifty, unconstrained sort of thinking—happens.”