Crystal Paine's Morning Routine

By Alison February 19, 2016 6 Comments 5 Min Read

You know I’m all about my miracle morning right? And that I have been obsessing over it (and harassing you about it!) ever since I happened upon Hal Elrod’s inspirational book? I have in fact been obsessing, not just over MY routine, or even Hal’s, but over those routines of complete strangers. Those kind enough to share their routines on the interwebs and inspire us all with descriptions of meditative mornings and chia seed sprinkled breakfasts.
You see it seems to me that good mornings are where good lives begin and that when we fall out of bed in a be-fuddled mess we do ourselves a dis-service and cannot even begin to hope for betterment. And I don’t know about you, but being all about the relentless pursuit of betterment I do so hate to do myself a dis-service…

Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Morning Course…

So anyway, there I was searching Pinterest for more morning routine delights when I happened across an entire site dedicated to collating the routines of many successful faces from the the web and promptly lost two hours to reading about their routines, making notes and stealing ideas from everybody from Ivanka Trump to Crystal Paine, whose morning routine advice is well documented in her lovely Make Over Your Mornings Course

My favorite takeaways from MorningRoutine.Com?


* This from Grace Bonner of Design Sponge fame…


My morning routine changed dramatically when I adopted our dog Hope.
I’d always wanted a dog (I’ve had a cat for eleven years) and I’m so grateful for the way her daily needs force me to get outside of my own head and actually leave the house to move, get fresh air, and meet other people who have nothing to do with blogs, which I love.

Because I am very bad at getting out first thing in the morning, and I think both Alfie and I would be happier if a walk first thing, instead of late afternoon was part of our routine…

* Then this from Eli Trier, author of The Gratitude Project.


Every morning, on waking, I make myself coffee in my beautiful old Emma Bridgewater cup and saucer – it makes me happy every time I lay my eyes on it. I generally have two or three cups of coffee over the course of the morning.

Which has inspired me to start the hunt for a mug to replace the vast and oh so pretty pink one my Mum bought me and I have since smashed. A mug I can look forward to.

This from Mimi Ikon


My husband Alex and I wake up at 7:00am. Sometimes we snooze and cuddle for the next ten minutes. While we’re still in bed, we fill out our Five Minute Journals. They’re like a positive toothbrush for the mind and they always sets our day off to a great start.

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In fact everything included in Mimi’s exceptionally glamorous morning routine video really, but particularly, The Five Minute Journal because I used to use the app religiously and have fallen out of the habit and as I know it is a singularly transformational technique I very much want to start it all over again.

Then this from artist, Karina Bania


 Last year I bought a stack of index cards, which I keep by my bed. Each morning and night I write my thoughts, ideas, intentions, memories, and fragments of life on a card and file it in the box. This is my shorthand journal. I reference it when I write longer pieces on my blog or need inspiration.

Because that just strikes me as such a beautiful, undemanding way to empty my head first thing in the morning before I set about filling it up all over again with emails, and news and Feedly and Pinterest… which recently is how I have been starting my mornings in the half hour before I roll out of bed.

And finally this from student Natalie Ainsworth


The next chunk of my morning is dedicated to making myself feel beautiful. I take a cool shower, wash my face, moisturize with sesame oil, get dressed, apply some makeup, style my hair, brush my teeth, and roll a bit of coconut perfume on my wrists and neck.

Because though I like every other woman get showered and dressed in the morning I have never thought of it being about making myself beautiful. And I want to. I want to make time to feel beautiful. Instead of slouchy. I very often feel slouchy you know…

So there you have it. A little bit more morning inspiration for you. Do your own mornings start quite so effortlessly?

[su_box title=”Source List” style=”noise” box_color=”#ff6699″]1. Makeover Your Mornings by Crystal Paine. This deceptively simple 14 day email course will do more to change the way you start your days than any other resource you will find on the internet. Not least because Crystal herself is so very real.  Sign up to start the course tomorrow morning for just $17.00 (£11.92). You won’t regret it.
2. The Five Minute Journal. Probably the most succinct, sensible way to organize your brain first thing in the morning. Buy the journal here or download the newly re-vamped app soon.
3. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. Buy it on Amazon.Com here and Amazon.Co.Uk here. [/su_box]
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  1. Oh wow, how beautiful Brocante Home looks! Very appropriate for the first post to be about makeovers!
    I’ve done the make over your mornings course and can vouch for it! I found Crystal a bit perky in the videos which come with the course, but it is also nice to see someone so passionate about what they do!
    Hadn’t thought if looking in Pinterest for other peoples morning routines….will be having a look!

    1. Alison May says:

      I’m so glad you like it Mimi… and I really hope you are feeling better?
      As for Crystal, I have to confess to kind of loving her. It’s a girly crush if ever there was one!x

  2. Julie WATSON says:

    Love, love love the Brocante Home makeover!

    1. Alison May says:

      Oh I am absolutely thrilled to hear that Julie. A billion little thank you’s!x

  3. Angel Jem says:

    I hang my head in shame. It’s half term week and any vestige of a morning routine has been destroyed by two birthdays and a deep desire to sleep in. By Easter I hope to have a Crystal clear morning routine set up and working!

  4. Jill says:

    Love this, thank-you!!! My daughter, 34 & I, 54 are just starting to use your 2016 Heart & Home Planner & we love it! Thanks for the great resources also here. I love Crystal Paine already & am so tempted to get her Makeover your Mornings! God bless & many thanks!

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