My Morning Routine

I would not call myself a morning person. I enjoy my bed deeply.

However, I’ve realized that getting up early helps me be productive.

Usually, I get my butt up before seven a.m. I first brush my teeth before making myself some breakfast. For breakfast, I usually cook ramen with egg or eat some yogurt.

While eating breakfast, I check my social media and emails.

Following breakfast, I read a few articles on NPR and fashion blogs (fashionista.com or Business of Fashion). My reading takes less than 20 mins.

Right after reading my articles, I start working on what I need to do for the day.

As you can see, my mornings are quite simple.

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Finding Inspiration

Laying in bed this morning, I struggled to get my butt up. I wondered what I was supposed to do. The idea of being productive did not appeal to me. All I wanted to do was to stay in bed. It was not until I grabbed my phone and listened to the British Muslim musician Harris J, who I found out by NPR.

Harris J’s song “Salam Alaikum” made me smile for some reason. The background tune sounded so simple, yet refreshing. I started dancing to the song.

Finding inspiration can be difficult sometime. We sometime think that we have to go to some exotic location to find inspiration. Yet, we don’t have to.

Inspiration can be found anywhere, especially on the internet. If it wasn’t for NPR, I would not have found out about Harris J. To find your inspiration, here are some simple ways:

1. Take a walk outside. Have your eyes wide open and enjoy the smell of the air. Something might spark something in your mind.

2. Read a book. It seems so mundane, but the story could stretch your imagination out more.

3. Waste some time online. This sounds so stupid, but you never know what you might find, especially on YouTube. I have found some creative videos, such as the Halloween makeup videos by Nicole Guerriero.

4. Hang out with friends. By simply talking with them can make you randomly think of an idea.

5. Look at images. Images are non-verbal messages made up of lines, colors, texture, and shades. Even one trait in the image could become your muse. You can find images in magazines, online, museums, and pretty much anywhere.