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“Coffee is the common man’s gold, and like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility.” – Skeik Abd Al Kadir

I look forward to my first cup of coffee. My Keurig brews my coffee after picking what flavored coffee I want; my favorite flavor is French Vanilla, and I pick out one of my favorite mugs. Once the coffee starts to brew, the aroma spreads through the house and is reassuring and exciting! It is reassuring because I know that my special quiet time is coming, and I relax, and it is exciting because I know my special quiet time is coming, and I can prepare myself for the day!!

What is my special quiet time? It is several different things. Some days I get my cup of coffee, go outside, sit on the patio, watch the squirrels, and enjoy God’s creation. On other days, I take my cup of coffee, sit on my couch in the living room, and pray. In both cases, I hold my coffee mug, enjoy the aroma, and I feel like a queen for a moment!

What do you do for your morning routine? I believe having some sort of routine to start your day is essential. When I take the time to contemplate the day ahead, I am ready to face whatever is coming my way. However, I am sometimes caught off guard and need to take a moment to regroup. (I often have another cup of coffee and spend time thinking or strategizing.)

Sometimes I want a specialty coffee. Because I am a diabetic, my choices are limited. When I go to a coffee shop, I usually end up with a regular cup of coffee but enjoy the ambiance of those surroundings. My favorite coffee shop is a small woman-owned business called BooBoo Bean Bakery and Café. The shop carries fabulous baked goodies, has a wonderful selection of specialty coffees, and has salads and sandwiches. When walking in, Jenny, the owner, welcomes you with a smile and often knows your name. There have been times (before COVID) that I would take my computer to the shop and work while I sipped my coffee!

Coffee also plays a large part in social events. I often go to “coffee” with friends and talk for hours. My church has a coffee shop on campus, and I look forward to Sunday mornings with friends drinking coffee before service. In addition, every banquet I attend has coffee available, and many of the people sitting at the table start looking for the coffee upon entering the venue.

Again, for me, coffee is an integral part of the morning, and I have spent most of this blog talking about coffee. But the point I want to get across is the importance of a morning routine. The following are some steps to take to enhance your mornings.

1. Get a good night's sleep.

2. Avoid the snooze button.

3. Give yourself enough time to get to work.

4. Drink a full glass of water.

5. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

6. Prepare a healthy breakfast.

7. Take advantage of self-care.

I encourage you to enjoy your coffee and prepare for the day ahead.

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