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One of the things my grandmother always stresses to me is the importance of setting a beginning,
a middle, and an end to my days.

Quickly describe your morning routine.

Lately, my morning routine has been anything but routine and talking to you for Melanin Habits
is really the kick in the butt that I need to get things back on track.
Sadly, my daily routine has been out of whack since late January when my aunt passed away.
Prior to that, my routine consisted of me rising sometime between 5 AM (on a good day) and 6 AM to workout;
either at the gym or at home using the Nike Training Club App.
Afterward, I’d shower and get dressed and spend some quiet time scanning
Twitter and reading that morning’s news before officially heading out of the door to get my day started.

How often do you change your morning routine?

Great question. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I actually established some type of rhythm for my mornings,
and it really does make a difference in how the rest of the day plays out.
One of the things my grandmother always stresses to me is the importance of setting a beginning,
a middle, and end to my days, especially since I’m an entrepreneur,
and get to set the pace. I know I’m going to hear her voice on a loop in my mind
until I finally get this right. I’m working on it!

Do you use an alarm or a specific app to help you wake up?

No fancy wake-up apps.
I just use my iPhone alarm.
However, I have tried a bunch of different apps to help me get to sleep and/or track my sleeping.
All of which I eventually abandoned.

Do you eat breakfast in the morning, if so, what do you typically have?

I’m not always hungry in the morning, but I do try to force myself to eat something.
I start with a glass of water, sometimes with lemon
since my goal is to drink a gallon of water a day, it helps to start getting those sips in early).
Then, I’ll typically have some oatmeal or if I’ll have fresh fruit, I’ll make a smoothie.
Sometimes, I’ll make something heavy like grits, eggs, and a cinnamon raisin bagel, which I probably shouldn’t do,
but hey.

What is the first drink you have in the morning, and at what time?

Ninety percent of the time the first thing I drink is water.

Do you exercise in the morning and/or meditate in the morning?

On good days, I get a work out in. Unfortunately, I still have not mastered the art of meditation and believe me I’ve tried!

How soon after waking up do you check your phone? [Check/send emails, social media]

My phone is usually put on ‘do not disturb’ when I get in the bed,
but since my alarm is on the phone I scroll through the recent notifications screen when
I turn the alarm off to make sure I haven’t missed anything that requires my immediate attention.

What are the most important tasks you complete in the morning?

I think the most important tasks I complete in the morning are
getting at least 30 minutes of exercise in, and eating breakfast.
As I mentioned, I don’t always do this, but when I do it really sets the tone for a great day.


What is your bedtime routine?

I don’t have one, which is probably why I have such a hard time getting to sleep at night.

Are you able to keep the same routine when you’re traveling or in a different environment?

I think I sleep better when I’m traveling, which is kind of sad.
And, I find that I am able to stick more to a routine since I’m usually on a tight schedule.

Do you stick to your routine on the weekends or do you tweak it?

On the weekends, I go with the flow.

Do you see a change in your day if you forget/don’t to follow your morning routine?

Whenever I don’t start my mornings with structure my day feels very rushed and all over the place.
When I wake up early and get my routine in, I’m much calmer because
I’ve gotten a bit of a head start to clear my mind before the rest of the city wakes up and starts needing me.


Sakita Holley is the founder and CEO of House of Success PR, a beauty and lifestyle PR firm. She is also the editor of, and the host of the podcast. The website and podcast is for millennial women winning at work, in business, and everywhere in between.

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