Ahh routines, something we love to hate them. I used to HATE routines. Going to the same office, wearing the same clothes... it was just not for me. I wanted to be all FLOW all the time. So I quit my job, moved to a new city, created a business in an entirely different industry and basically had no routine. I thought I'd LOVE this, but it actually DROVE ME CRAZY.
What I've learned over the years of being an entrepreneur is that the structure of routines actually helps me to create more flow and ease in my life, and has allowed me to live life on my own terms. I need both FLOW and ROUTINE in order to thrive. Routines provide the container through which creativity happens.
Routines are helpful due to their consistency, a trait that is key when introducing game changing habits into your life. Without consistency, nothing sticks. So naturally, when you allow yourself to enjoy the consistent routines in your life, you feel grounded, and are therefore more likely to find ease in what you are doing. Just like the centre of the Oreo, it wouldn't stay together or taste as good without the supportive cookie on either side.
This exactly why I created SPACE Retreats. You can expect them to happen consistently throughout the year, every 2 months, and follow a similar structure throughout the day. This allows the community to dream, grow, relax, and create. I've loved this community building routine, and it wouldn't be possible without my own personal morning routine, which has been one of the biggest contributors to my success.
My Morning Routine
Wake up between 7-7:30pm with alarm - yes I am guilty of keeping my phone next to my bed but it is ALWAYS on silent. I also think it is important to mention that bedding and sheets are white - there is nothing like getting into and out of a white bed - I personally just feel cleaner.
I meditate for 15-20 minutes. Sometimes I do silent meditations and other times I will go on youtube and do a guided one. I have really been digging Adyashanti these days.
Then I journal. Sometimes I will write a list of things I am grateful for and other times I just free write down whatever is on my mind.
I walk and feed Frankie and usually like to get my workout done in the AM. I have been loving Pilates at Studio Elevate lately. It is a great workout and I can walk there from my house.
I come home and shower and make a matcha. I have never been a coffee drinker, but I have been enjoying something warm in the morning. Ujido is the brand I have been using and it is delicious. I love making something myself in the morning as opposed to going out and buying it. I find it very grounding and a nourishing way to start the day.
I usually finish all that by 9:30.
What is beautiful about this process is that I can do some form of this no matter where I am. Maybe it's not always Pilates or the matcha is not always homemade but I try and get in some time for reflection, movement and grounding before starting my day - it makes the world of difference!
So you want the key to happiness? Are you ready for it?
It's found in this one simple word, gratitude.
We've all heard this word before, or been told in some way shape or form to count our blessings, give thanks and be grateful for what we have. I'm sure there are some eye rolls going on as you're reading this and might be thinking that the secret to happiness is really in this one concept we've known about our whole lives?!
Ok ok, not much of a secret but developing a strong gratitude practice is literally one of the best superpowers we have in our tool box to keep us high vibe and in our zone of genius. Gratitude can truly transform any situation from an ordeal to adventure. It alters our vibration and has the power to move us from negative energy to positive energy. It's fast, effective and has been a common practice among the top leaders in the world.
Are you ready to embrace your own attitude of gratitude?
Unlock your own path to feeling lighter, happier and more in flow by implementing the strategies below into your daily life.
I'm already grateful they resonate with you.
See what I did there ;)
1. Gratitude Journal: Take a moment either first thing in the morning or just before bed to write out 10 things you are grateful for. This takes less than 5 minutes and will instantly put you in a better head space to either start your day off of zen you out with a smile before sleep. Taking stock of all the great things in your life is a great way to reflect, focus on the positive and honour the blessings you have. Feeling super grateful and have more than 10? Awesome! Write as many as you feel called to. You'll be surprised how many great things are already in your life just waiting to be recognized.
2. Letter of Gratitude: Write a hand written letter to someone you've never properly thanked. This can be recent or from a time in the past. Writing gratitudes for yourself is wonderful, but sharing it with others takes it to the next level! Hand deliver or send via snail mail to have a greater impact than emailing or texting your gratitudes.
3. Turn everything into a gift: Life is always happening FOR you not TO you and turning everything into a gift is a great way to align with the belief. Instead of your normal morning coffee, think of the cup of java as a gift for you. Instead of a long commute, think of it as the gift of time to listen to an inspiring podcast, or sing along to your favourite song. The gift of laughter, the gift of a smile - the gifts are endless!
4. Internal Gratitude: Showing gratitude and appreciation for the externals of your life is hugely important, but it is equally important to turn the gratitude inwards and tell yourself you are grateful for YOU. Practice looking in the mirror and saying "I'm so grateful for you,". Saying it out loud and hearing it in your own voice will help you to solidify it internally and create a new neural pathway in your mind.
5. Gratitude is Contagious: In neuroscience we learn that 'what fires together, wires together', meaning that when you focus on something you start to become more aware of it and therefore see it more often. So, if you choose to focus on the positive things in your life, your brain will naturally start to pick up on more things to be grateful for. The more you practice gratitude, new neural pathways will form in your brain, making the act of seeking of gratitude effortless.
I just spent the weekend in Vancouver, B.C. with my incredible mastermind group and I am feeling inspired, fuelled and excited for all the new creative ideas that came out of this supportive and productive weekend.
What is a mastermind? It's when people come together from different business fields to support each other in levelling up business and personal goals.
My mastermind group gets together once a quarter to discuss our goals, dreams, struggles and ideas. We come together to guide each other through new ideas, to give perspective, to solve problems and to connect to a greater purpose. The unique perspective of each individual really helps the group to grow and helps each of us see things in our businesses that we would not have seen otherwise. This is a concept that I didn't know existed coming from the fashion industry, where competition is the dominant atmosphere. The competitive nature is something I did not take with me when I left the fashion industry. With a mastermind, it's all about collaboration, empowering others so that we can all rise together.
Although we are all in different industries, we are united by our authenticity, integrity and trust in something greater.
Masterminds speak truth to the famous quote,
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
When you surround yourself with people who are doing (or being) great things, great things happen.
What does creating a mastermind look like? How do you find your tribe? It takes alignment in your own vision and goals to attract your vibe using the strategies below.
Are you ready to find your tribe?
Finding your Tribe
1. Get clear: In order to truly leverage the brilliance of a mastermind and connect in a meaningful way with like minded individuals, it's imperative to be crystal clear on your vision, goals and dreams. Take time to clarify what your WHY statement is. This is your purpose, your reason and the WHY behind what you do. Knowing this is crucial to being ready for support from others and in offering your own unique perspective to other potential mastermind members.
2. Find your tribe: Think of the people in your life who inspire you. These can be people you're friends with, acquaintances or new people you'd like to meet and connect with. Opening up the conversation about a mastermind can be as easy as saying 'hey, want to support each other so we can both grow in our goals?'
3. Structure your mastermind: In my group, we meet once a quarter and each mastermind member gets a chance to host in the city that they live in. So far, we've been to LA, Vancouver, and have Toronto and Puerto Rico to look forward to this year. We also have a monthly call to connect and stay accountable to each other as we take inspired action towards our goals. The most important thing here is consistency and accountability. We're in constant dialogue through a text chain, lifting each other up and providing support when needed. Because let's get real, entrepreneurship can be a lonely road of days behind your computer - so this way it feels like we are working together.
4. Commitment: Masterminds only work when everyone is committed to the work it takes to be involved in a mastermind, with time and energy, and committed to the growth of the others in the group. These groups work when there are defined expectations during meeting times, and a plan for the year to stay on track and accountable.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.