Most Empowering Morning Routines
Doing your mornings right is more than just a cup of coffee. It’s about choosing to have a certain type of day: an amazing, strong, liberating day. In celebration of the 10th annual Women in the World summit, a convening of mighty women leaders, blazing activists and courageous movers and shakers, I decided to ask 4 women I admire how they kick off their mornings. Because those morning lead to game-changing days, and those game-changing days lead to major empowerment for women all over. So let’s hear from them, shall we?
My morning routine is: My husband and I, both lifelong journalists, have a ritual of eating breakfast together and consuming as much news as possible along with our toast and fruit. We pass sections of the New York Times and The Washington Post back and forth. Being Brits, we read the Financial Times and The Guardian. We check out Axios and Drudge Report. It’s my favorite part of the day and lets me start my day fully fueled.
Stephanie Kaplan Lewis: Getting our two dogs out and fed, then getting my baby changed and fed, then getting myself changed and (maybe) fed! If I’m working from home I’ll make tea, if I’m working in the office I’ll grab a soy or chai latte on the way if I have time.
Annie Wang: Starting my day with a little bit of discipline and organization helps me prepare for a day of productivity, and clears my mind to be focused on what should really be taking up my brainpower during the day!
Before Becoming An Influencer
Trips to Fiji, loads of free products, a perfectly curated Instagram feed—yes, influencers look like they’re constantly living their best life, and it’s created a mounting surge of those who aspire to do the same. But while it all appears to be what dreams are made of, there’s a lot that actually goes into building out your career as one. Many influencers also say that this lifestyle was never planned and something they just sort of fell into.
It can get expensive—like really expensive
For those of you hoping to transform your blog or YouTube channel into a career, or make money through Instagram, here are a few things members of The InfluenceHer Collective want you to know, and wish they knew, before becoming influencers.
“Money matters. Unfortunately, it’s hard to ‘influence’ others if you do not have some sort of a solid financial background, and that’s another thing that is never shared but is constantly shown via Instagram. To influence, you need to buy, and to buy, you need money. That’s just the way the industry works.” —Sophia Lu, @sophiahlu
“I think a lot of influencers can agree with me on this one, growing is so much harder now that everything is becoming more digital. How do you stand out amongst the hundreds and thousands of fashion bloggers and travel influencers? Are you engaging the right audience? Is your audience engaging with you? These are some questions we have to ask ourselves daily and it’s a bit embarrassing to say, but it’s been almost four years since I started, but I’m still struggling to grow. Nonetheless, I love what I do and am so so so thankful for all the opportunities that have come my way.” —Sophie Leung, @sophieeleung
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