Sharing My Morning Routine


Mixing up the blog content a little with some free-writing this morning. I love my slow, quiet, solo mornings. 

Spoiler Alert! I am not that interesting. 

But, it is full of doggy pets, snuggles, and kisses!

my longhaired German shepherd puppy

My Current Morning Routine


7:40 AM

The first thing I do when I wake up, without fail is check my Google Analytics for the HF Blog and my email.

I know, I know… phone time isn’t the best way to wake up, but page views still get me so excited and I love seeing which posts are keeping traction and which ones are flops.


7:45 AM

Caleb says good bye, kisses me, and then says, “What are you going to do today?” and I say, “Have a great day.”

Yep, this is our routine – we’ve been doing it for years. 


7:50 AM

I roll over and take a photo or 10 of Vík & Kenzo sleeping on Caleb’s pillow next to me. I love it when they both snuggle-up with me in the morning! 

7:55 AM


I am definitely a don’t-talk-to-me-until-I’ve-had-my-coffee type of person.

Lately, I’ve been love Anodyne Coffee – Press. blend. 

While I’m waiting for my coffee to brew, I feed Vík & Kenzo. I squirt some Salmon Oil on their food, shake it up, and serve it.  

And, full transparency, I pick up my phone and scroll aimlessly on instagram while the coffee is brewing. 


8:15 AM

I sit down with my coffee (and occasionally a small breakfast) and turn on a podcast or talk radio. 

Occasionally, I’ll use this time to pay bills, check my bank account, and budget out any big expenses for the next week.

When I am able to tackle this boring/difficult stuff easy in the day I feel energized and strong! Dealing with finances and seeing my success brings me so much joy. I love that I am financially stress free. 


8:40 AM

I usually find myself so deep into whatever I was blogging, reading, editing, culling, or answering, that I almost forget that I need to get up and get dressed!

My makeup routine is super quick because it’s always the last thing on my list. Usually, I just throw on a bit of mascara, SPF, and chapstick. Sometimes I forget the chapstick. I am so so so so basic when it comes to makeup. I don’t know what I’m doing and I am not really into putting stuff on my face… other than lotion. I love lotion. 

9:00 AM

And then it’s off to the studio, a beautiful park, downtown, or someone’s house for a photo session!

Or, spending the day in my home office or kitchen counter editing and blogging the day away. My photography studio is in Bay View and most of my clients live in SE Wisconsin so I’ve got a short commute. If it is more than 10 minutes, I will pop on one of my Spotify playlists or a podcast. 

On the days when I have sessions starting mid-afternoon allows me to get in lots of fetch time with Vík. He could play fetch for hours and hours. 

But, to be honest – running a business is hard. 

I only post and share the glamorous parts but, truthfully, a lot of it is unsexy. Editing, invoicing, mile tracking, print orders, pitching bands and press opportunities, coaching programs, online trainings and sending out quotes. I work a normal 9-7 like most people. I am not complaining, I am just being honest. Long hours and full work weeks have remained the norm, despite popular entrepreneurial philosophies like The Four Hour Work Week. 


west elm master bedroom

Okay – that’s it guys. I am pretty robotic. I love my alone time. I love my home office. I love being a hermit. 

I am an introvert 100% and I love alone time. After shoots, consults, and mastermind calls I am so grateful to have my mornings to re-charge before putting myself around people. 

Despite being introverted I tend to over-give my time and energy and love and I know that I need to work on that because over-giving doesn’t serve me and help me.

I am so lucky to have accumulated so many friends/peers. I appreciate and value that I have so many people standing in my corner that I want to divide my time between. And while continuing to nourish these friendships I’ve made in my life, I must also take care of myself, by allowing myself the space I need.  I attribute that sentiment to Celeste Scott; she is so wise!

This winter, I have been adamant about getting in the habit of taking my mornings slowly, allowing myself to carve out time for just myself, and not overwhelming myself by filling my schedule to the brim 7 days a week! I basically reached burn-out in 2019 and I vow to never put myself in that pattern of living again.  

PS: I am so in love and inspired with this article about working long hours as an entrepreneur

PSS: DO you like my bedroom set-up? We did a master bedroom refresh last year. Here is the blog post with all the deets!

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