Hey guys! Welcome to our ENGLISH BITES – The simplest, easiest and best way to practice your listening – the only one that is 100% created, executed and delivered from me to you – This is Erika Belmonte speaking and I’ll be more than pleased to be here with you guys three times a week and I’m pretty sure we’ll have a great time together – because more than learning and improving your English, I also want you to have some fun through a very exclusive content.
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Today I would like to share something kind of special with you guys: MY MORNING ROUTINE and I said it’s special because it’s something pretty recent in my life I mean, having specific healthy activities to accomplish before I start my day. You know, I’ve always been a morning person. My dad is a crazy early bird, he’s the one who wakes before everyone (and even before the rooster). He would wake me up every morning around 5:30 am to get dressed and go to school or even to go to work (he dropped me off at school and headed to his work). Anyway, waking up really early has never been a problem to me, despite hating waking up soooo early and feeling so sleepy for some minutes. But you know, when I became my own boss, I started feeling like waking up later, around 8 am and guys, you have no idea how harmful that was to me. For like, 2 years I felt so bad for waking up that late and not being productive. My friends always called me crazy cause 8 am is early enough to start a day. I remember I used to feel really bad about it like, “OMG 8 am, my day is lost, it’s already 8 am and I’ve done nothing so far” kkkk yeah I know. I told you guys I’m not a normal person LOL
Anyway guys, straight to the point I decided to fix that problem by adding new challenges, goals and perspectives to my life. When I came back to the USA in January (we spent the holidays in Brazil for like, 40 days) I had a very strong feeling that I wanted things to be different, I wanted to feel better about myself so I started watching videos about waking up at 5 am, like a challenge. I also got some tips about it because it’s never easy, we’re always sleepy and feel like dying when the alarm rings so one of the things all of them said is: keep your alarm clock really far away from you so when it rings, you’ll have to wake up to turn it off, preferably in the bathroom so you take the opportunity and wash your face right away.
Guys I’ve been doing that for over a month. Of course, I go to bed earlier as well but 6,5 to 7 hours of sleep per day is more than enough for me and by waking up early I can do powerful things that energize me during the day and keep me going strong. So after turning the alarm off (no, I never press the snooze button) I wash my face, put on my pink bathrobe (it’s so comfy) and have a mug of black coffee.
While I drink my coffee, I check my direct messages on Instagram (you guys know I love interacting with you all) and after 15 minutes, I meditate using Headspace, my favorite App so far and the one that helped me create the habit of meditating every single day in a simple, guided and interesting way so yeah, I do and I highly recommend this app. The first 10 sessions are free and after that, it will cost you $12 a month but for me, it’s worth every penny.
Black coffee -> Check
Meditation -> Check
Next step: German class. I already know how to speak some German (took some classes when I was in Brazil) and for a while, I’ve been using Duolingo to review some of the things I kind of forgot. 20 minutes of really focused German class, taking notes of every new word, articles, pronunciation, correcting my mistakes and so on. It’s interesting because, during the day, I usually catch myself thinking of some words in German. Oh and I’m learning German using English as the “first language” which is awesome ‘cause I’m practicing two languages at once.
German Class -> Check
After that, it’s time for some yoga and I’ve been doing that in my living room. I basically use some videos for beginners on YouTube, get my mat, my blocks and my strap and then I start my 20-minute yoga class.
Another great morning habit I have is journaling. It’s basically a simple notebook where every day, for like 15 minutes, I write down all my thoughts, plans, wishes and I take the opportunity to be thankful in advance and say thanks for all the amazing things I’m gonna have or do on that day. It’s like a message I’m sending the universe to help me accomplish everything I have to and keep me positive and energized.
Then I turn my computer on and start writing an English Bite. I usually take around 30 minutes to write each episode cause I like to review, pick better words, review again and correct possible mistakes. When I finish it, it’s around 7:30 in the morning and I’m ready to take my vitamin pills and have my breakfast. That’s the time Tuca usually wakes up so I prepare some more coffee and bring him on the bed (yeah, I do love spoiling him).
And when it’s 8 am I’m ready to get my day started: work out, clean my house, shoot videos for Instagram, record and edit our English Bites, buy groceries, solve some problems, cook lunch and dinner and all the things we usually have to do. And no, I never take a nap during the day because I never get sleepy (I guess you know how energetic I am kkkk).
Anyway guys. Have you ever thought about changing your morning routine? Adding some healthy habits before you kick off?
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Take care of yourselves and I’ll see you on the next one. Bye