My Morning Routine | What I Do & Why I Do It

my morning routine3 I’m seriously in LOVE with my morning routine and since I’ve had a lot of questions about it after sharing this post, I thought I’d go into a little more detail.

While I love doing this routine every morning, this post isn’t about trying to get you to do it too (unless, like me, you’re a fan of unnecessarily elaborate plans). This post is just my way to share how I figured out what works best for me so that it might help you figure out the same.

I do this routine almost every morning, even if I need to be somewhere early. But I’m a morning person. The point of this whole thing is figuring out what will work for you, so I’ll just say now that if you’re not a morning person try to set yourself up with a morning routine that will give you the best chance of succeeding. Make sure you only choose a few things and be proud of yourself when you do them. This is about you, not about comparing yourself to anyone else.

Focus on your strengths instead of trying to improve your weaknesses.

As you read through what I do, try to think about whether it gels with you or whether it doesn’t. Don’t do something just because I’m doing it. My morning routine gets me feeling productive (important) and awake (very important) and ideally yours will do the same. There are a thousand ways to end up with that result, so what you come up with doesn’t have to look anything like mine.

But having said all of that, here’s what I do every morning and why:

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The Smart Twenties Book Club Is Finally Here

smart twenties book club I’m so excited to announce that the Smart Twenties Book Club is finally here!

If you follow this link you’ll find:

  • The (first ever) Smart Twenties Book Of The Month
  • A list of everything I read in 2014 (all 26 books)
  • What I’ve read so far this year (this list will be updated at the beginning of each month)
  • Blog posts and resources to help you make the time to read

And I’ll just tell you now – this Book Club is not perfect. But if I waited until I felt like it was exactly right then I’d never post it, so the reason I’m sharing it with you now is because done is better than perfect.

The Smart Twenties Book Club is a work in progress so if there’s anything you’d like to see more (or less) of, please send me an email at or leave me a comment below!

Thank you for patiently waiting for me to get my shit together and finally get this book club up and running! 

All my love,
Sam xx

P.S. You’ll always be able to get directly to the Smart Twenties Book Club by using the button in the sidebar or by bookmarking this link.

P.P.S. The easiest way to stay up to date with the #smarttwentiesbookclub is by following me on Instagram – you can find me at @smarttwenties

Am I The Only One Not Having Enough Fun In Their Twenties?

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I know it seems quite strange to be writing a post about not having enough fun.

Of all the things we need help with, having fun definitely isn’t one of the usual suspects. In fact, most people would probably say it’s the only thing we can do well.

But no, not me.

The other day I had a really sad realisation – I don’t have much fun.

I swear I’m not completely boring though. I do a lot of things I enjoy and LOVE doing. But the fun stuff? I seriously had to wrack my brain to come up with a list of things I do just for fun and even then I could barely list a handful.

It was so sad. Besides travel, there really isn’t that much fun in my life.

And to be honest, I feel like a pretty big loser for admitting that.

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6 Things To Do When You’re Seriously Lacking Motivation

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As you probably already know, motivation isn’t always easy to come by. 

No matter how many inspiring blog posts you read or motivational Instagram accounts you follow, motivation will still come and go. No matter how excited you were at the beginning of the year or how many times you’ve assured yourself that this time you’ll finally reach your goal, motivation will still come and go.

The good news is that, although feeling motivated all the time would be amazing (and if you do, PLEASE let me know how you do it!) it’s not a requirement for success. If you train yourself to do the things you plan to, even when you don’t feel like doing them, you will reach your goals.

I’m not going to pretend that I’ve got this completely figured out. I actually seriously struggled to find the motivation to write this very blog post (oh the irony).

But, having said that, I have figured out 6 things that will always keep me going when I’m on struggle street:

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My Goals For 2015 (Part 1)

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It has taken me ages to figure out what I want to focus on this year.

I wanted to choose things that are challenging but achievable. I wanted to choose enough things that I can see improvements in every area of my life but not too many that I’m completely overwhelmed and end up improving nothing at all (a struggle for sure).

I wanted to choose things that I actually want to achieve, not just things that everyone else is doing. Or things that I do just to please other people. Or things that I do just to make me look good.

And I put a lot of pressure on myself to make these goals perfect. It has taken me so long to put this list together because I believed that my goals had to be perfect if anything good is going to come of this year. But then, about a week ago (when the first week of January had quickly flown by) I realised I needed to make some goals, whether they’re perfect or not, or I wouldn’t make them at all.

I chose to focus on just one little criterion:

What are the things that, if I achieve them, will make everything else easier?

The three things I’ve decided to focus on are the things I believe will have a domino effect on the other areas of my life. They are the things that centre me and keep me on track. They are the things that will act as a multiplier.

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Why Motivation is Overrated (And What To Focus On Instead)

UntitledWhen we talk about goals we often talk about hope.

We hope we can save money. We hope we can go to the gym everyday. We hope we can resist the sale at Sephora.

But I think what we really mean (myself included) is that we hope we can stay motivated long enough to save money, to go to the gym everyday, to resist the sale. And this is exactly the problem.

No one is motivated all of the time. Seriously, no one.

Some people think I feel motivated all the time – I definitely don’t. And I’ve never met a single person who does.

No one always feels like going for a run or waking up on the first alarm. No one always feels like saving money or eating healthy food or doing whatever it is they promised themselves they would do.

But there are people who always do these things.

So how do they do it?

They have a system, a routine, that is completely detached from how they feel.
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Is Your Dream Big Enough?

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Do you have a dream? And if you do, is it big?

I’m talking about the kind of dream that scares the absolute shit out of you.

The kind of dream that seems outside the realms of possibility and probability and everything in between. That makes you feel like an idiot for thinking, even for just one second, that it could somehow actually happen. That other people say will never happen.

A new year calls all sorts of things into question:  Is what you’re working towards what you really want? And if not, why are you still working towards it?

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