CHASITY COOPER

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Quickly describe your morning routine.

Mornings have always been my favorite time to enjoy and embrace quiet.
It’s a time to connect with me and prepare my spirit before stepping out into the world.
I usually wake up between 5:30 and 6:00 am to my soothing melodic iPhone ringer
(shout-out to the Bedtime feature.)
After that, I take a few moments to stretch and then take about 10 minutes
to pray and meditate.
Next, I light one of my favorite candles, pour a cup of iced coffee and for 20 minutes spend reading my devotional and journaling. This time in reflection and gratitude really helps me prepare mentally and emotionally to have a great day.
As soon as I feel completely peaceful, I put on some music and jam around my apartment as I get dressed to head out of the door.

“Mornings have always been my favorite time to enjoy and embrace quiet.”

How often do you change your morning routine?

It varies – depending on what time I wake up.
But I try to keep my morning routine the same – even if I’m running behind.
The only changes that may come are if I have a fitness class or go for a run early in the morning.

With colder temperatures coming soon, I will have to really push myself to wake up on time so that I can get a workout in before I head to the office.

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

Within the iPhone’s timer, there is a new feature called “Bedtime” that tracks how many hours you sleep, based on the times you lay down and wake up.
Sometimes, I miss those, so I’ve set my own alarms that include songs “Elastic Heart” by Sia or “Let It Burn” by Jazmine Sullivan. I chose these songs because they begin pretty distinctively, and I know that they are cue for me to hop out of bed and turn my swag on.

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

Breakfast is indeed an important meal of the day for me. I usually eat breakfast once I get to the office (which is between 8:30-9am.)
My go-to breakfast items are things I can bring into the office with my lunch, l like breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal with a piece of fruit.
I also enjoy tea and coffee, so I have another cup with my breakfast.

After my first sip, I feel like a unicorn ready to take flight into the land of
productivity and awesomeness.

What’s the first beverage you have in the morning, and at what time?

Coffee in the morning is pretty essential for me. After my first sip, I feel like a unicorn ready to take flight into the land of productivity and awesomeness.
I recently started buying the Starbucks iced coffee from the grocery store (because coffee from the shop up the block every day can be expensive.) I don’t like too much sweetener, so I flavor my iced coffee with Silk Almond Milk.
The first cup comes at 7:45 am and the second (which I usually only drink half of) comes closer to 10 am.

Do you move in the morning and/or make space for stillness?
If so, how long?
[This includes exercise of any form, meditation, prayer, etc.]

Absolutely. Every morning I make time for stillness, after which (on some mornings)
I will then head to the gym for 45 minutes. If I decide to use my morning to do work,
I will go to the gym or for a run in the evening after work for an hour.

When I, unfortunately, start the morning looking at emails/social media, it throws me off.

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

It’s so hard NOT to do this after shutting off my alarm!
But I really do try to wait until I’m heading out of the door and begin my commute –
by bus and train.
When I, unfortunately, start the morning looking at emails/social media, it throws me off.

Sending morning greetings to my various Slack channels

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

Upon arrival to the office, these are my three most important tasks:
1] sending morning greetings to my various Slack channels
(good vibes truly reside there);
2] writing out my to-do list for the day;
3] following up on any email correspondence that may have come overnight.

Do you have a bedtime routine?

My current bedtime is 11 pm, so at least 30 minutes before, I try to wrap up any
work that I may be doing. This includes shutting off my computer
and putting my phone across the room so that I won’t be tempted to pick it up.
I also have my phone automatically set on ‘Do Not Disturb‘ so that my sleep
isn’t thrown off by any notifications.

In order to have a great routine, you have to set a bedtime.

When you travel or when you’re in a different environment, are you able to keep the same routine?

It’s a little bit tricky to keep the same routine when I do travel,
but I try to implement certain things like going to the gym,
journaling and finding stillness before I begin my day.

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Do you commit to your morning and night routines on the weekend or do you take a different approach?

On the weekends, I typically amend my morning and evening routines
because of social outings or other events.
For instance, I may wake up early on a Saturday morning to go for a run
or catch up on some reading, but in the evening I may be out with friends
so my bedtime will be different.

Your attitude determines your altitude.

Have you noticed a change in your day if you forget or don’t follow your morning routine?

Oh, most definitely! As the saying goes,
‘your attitude determines your altitude,’
so if I find that I’m not able to do at least a few things within my morning routine,
my day can be thrown off.

I’m pretty passionate about helping people bring their dreams to fruition.

What project(s) are you currently working on which adds value to your life?

Currently, I’m working with a friend from high school on launching
her fundraising campaign for a sports team she’s starting.
I’m pretty passionate about helping people bring their dreams to fruition,
so this is a particularly special project.

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I’m communications strategist by trade and digital swaggerist by nature, specializing in creating online branding and social media plans for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations. When I’m not blogging or scrolling through my Twitter timeline, you can find me reading the latest on tech and millennials, checking out the newest art exhibit or running through the streets of D.C. with the illest running crew on the planet.

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