This Australian Jewellery Designer Shares Her Motivating Morning Routine

Lauren Powell

Aleen Apanian attributes the secret to her productive days to her consistent and considered A.M. routine. As the founder of coveted jewellery label The Dark Horse it’s no surprise Apanian knows how to set up her days for success. Running a self-founded business isn’t for the faint hearted and every day present its challenges which is why the entrepreneur ensures her mornings are not only motivating, but valued in a pursuit to tackle every single day prepared and focused.  “My mornings are gentle and relaxed "me" time and the only time I have to myself before the responsibilities of being a business owner, worker, wife, friend, daughter etc. begins,” says Apanian. Scroll for the ultimate morning inspiration—if we all spent our mornings like this, we’d be off to a good start.

6.30 a.m. I wake up between 6.30am and 7.00am and have a non-negotiable morning routine. I zombie my way to the kettle and make my warm water apple cider vinegar tea, it's my morning metabolism jump start. I sip on this as I tone and moisturise my face—I am a big fan of natural oils, rosehip is my best friend and will use this after I moisturise. I like to do this a good half hour before I put on make-up, it gives it enough time to settle on my face.

7.20 a.m. I meditate every morning, I have only been completely committed to this every day for the past year, although I have been meditating for close to three years on and off. I find it grounds me before my day starts and ensure I don't over stress during the day, owning your own business can definitely involve wearing too many hats and meditation just helps me stay focused, calm and tackle the day at hand. I try and meditate for 20 minutes, but sometimes it could just be 10 minutes, it really just depends how I am feeling. Once I am done, I start getting ready but doing my make-up and change, which only ever takes me 10 minutes (I don't know if I am low maintenance or I have just become incredibly fast at doing the same thing every day!).

7.50 a.m. I go up and grab a coffee from my local coffee shop and then either head to the dog park or my backyard where I throw the ball for my fur baby, Xena. This will be the first time I touch my phone and start my checking social media channels including Snapchat and Instagram. I don't look at my phone before now because I find it can affect my mood and I like to set the tone before I allow the information of the world to take over my day.

8.30 a.m. I am at my desk and I now check my emails while eating breakfast. I am very much a creature of habit and at the moment and with the cold weather all I want is warm oats with coconut milk and cinnamon (boring yet so warming!). I start organising my day from here on before any interns arrive. I write down the important tasks for the day we need to get through, print the orders from the night before and the morning, get ready for any meeting I may have—I still use a notepad to write things down. Very un-tech savvy for someone who owns an online company, but I find the art of writing something down actually ensures it goes through my head. There are so many tabs open on my computer, lists can get lost.

9.00 a.m. I like to have my meeting between 9.00am and 9.30am. This could be with my accountant, my marketing team Deane & Co, designers, or our warehouse (for TDH in-house brand White Label).

10.00 a.m. My interns arrive at 10am—I have them start at this time as it allows me to dedicate my morning to setting up and organising. Once interns arrive it's all systems go! We start packing orders, customer service emails, setting up launches, social media fun—wherever the day takes us.

12.00 p.m. I am starving by 12.00pm and no fail have my lunchtime at this time. Generally leftovers from the night before, I am a big fan of breakfast and dinner but struggle with lunches, so leftovers is my favourite type of lunch. I usually sit at my desk while eating and continue with work.

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