Mom/Digital Influencer and Content Creator • Milwaukee, WI
For Maureen, morning is a state of mind that stretches from first light, through coffee and family, all the way to mid day.
§ What time do you get to sleep? What time do you wake up?
I try to get to bed by 10:30 or so. I get up between 6 and 7am depending on what is going on that day. I feel my best when I get around 8 hours of sleep a night, so I try to aim for that.
§ What do you dream about?
I tend not to remember my dreams unless they are either really amazing or really terrifying.
§ What’s the first thing you do once you’re awake?
Say good morning to my family and take the dog out. Then I usually grab a cup of coffee and my phone and get caught up on what's going on in the world. I check my emails and touch base with my VA to make sure we are set for the day.
§ What morning ritual do you have that’s sacred to starting your day off right?
I know this sounds cliche since this is a coffee site, but that cup of coffee is non-negotiable for me in the morning!!
§ What one possession/object is essential to your morning?
I have an alarm clock that gradually gets lighter and brighter until it's time to get up. I tend to be a snooze button person and this has made waking up much less painful, especially in the dark winter months. (I really miss it when I travel and need to find a portable one!)
§ With whom do you spend your mornings?
I usually see my husband and son for about an hour before everyone leaves for the day. After that, it's just me and the dog!
§ What do you eat for breakfast?
I'm really bad about eating breakfast. If I have a few minutes, I'll fry myself an egg or grab a yogurt. On the weekends, my husband makes really good breakfasts, so at least I'm eating right two days a week!
§ What kind of coffee do you drink in the morning, and how do you prepare it?
I usually have a medium roast and drink it with cream, no sugar.
§ What’s the one upgrade you wish you could add to your morning?
I would love to have a personal housekeeper to clean up after us in the morning - make the beds, do the dishes, get laundry started, etc. That would be heaven!
§ What do you consider the end of your morning?
When my stomach starts growling for lunch (usually around 11:30) is when my morning mindset ends.