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Random Morning stuff! [Mar. 30th, 2008|08:44 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
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It occurred to me today that I do the same thing every morning - but I really like it that way!

I'm not a sleepy person. I don't really enjoy sleeping the way most people seem to. I don't dream often (don't remember it much at least), and when I do it's usually stress induced dreams having to do with damaged artwork, incorrect orders being sent, working on my website, or too many emails, lol. So I like to stay up late and wake up early!

I don't get up WAY early, but I wake up at 6:45am every single day. I get up - read over the orders from my website and eBay/etsy from overnight, then I put on my workout clothes and do Tae-Bo, and then I lift weights. Every single day! I always open the windows by me really wide and I watch the sunrise and the animals (lizards, snakes, etc.) in the backyard from my window while I work out. I also watch the hot air balloons - hot air ballooning must be really popular around here, because I see them almost every morning, today there were three.

While I exercise, I think about what I will paint that day.

After exercise, I shower, dress, then brush my hair and put on a little makeup. I love my bathroom - it's big and I have hung prisms in the window - it's east facing so they get hit hard by the sunrise and make rainbows everywhere while I'm getting ready, I love it!

Then I go downstairs, and I make my breakfast. I always have one cup of Fiber One cereal, with fruit cut up in it (usually coconut) and one glass of V8 Splash juice, either tropical or berry.

I eat my breakfast on my back porch - I bring my laptop out to my table, and I look at my Friends List on LiveJournal. Or make a post like I am right now!

Then I paint until it's time to go to bed, hehe. And squeeze in other stuff when I can.

I guess everybody has a "morning ritual" - and that would be mine! I find that if I do the same thing every day, I never forget anything, and it leaves my mind open to think about art, fun stuff like that.

Today I'm (hopefully) going to finish up "Amara". She is the next in my line of character portrait illustrations for an upcoming book (so far is Alannah, Kitsune, Bijou, Fiona, and Nixie). She is described as being sort of a Polynesian / Hawaiian girl, like a Menehune - I'm incorporating a lot of tropical elements (stuff from my backyard!), bananas, flowers, maybe a rainbow, etc. So far it is gorgeous, and fun to paint! Off I go...........
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[User Picture]From: elfies
2008-03-30 01:19 pm (UTC)
I guess my ritual will be completely different :)

I dream alot, I also have a very vivid or predicting dreams, some of them followed by sound, smell or even real feel of material... I still remember waking up and feeling the scent of the fresh cut wood, or waking up with a feel of sand in my mouth...When I wake up I try to stay with my eyes closed to gather all the pieces of dreams I had and to remember them before I open my eyes - otherwise they getting away.

Than I wake up.... if it is a usual day - I mostly wake up around 7:60 and run to make the kids ready to school, dressing, brushing their hair.... than making a coffee for Etienne and waking him up. Than while he bringing them to school I get to the shower - our bathroom is also big with a huge window and so pretty... I should make a photo ones.

I dont eat till its about 12 or 13... I have bunches of coffee though LOL....

I open my email, try to look through orders, answer emails and than further to paint what I had in mind for the same day..... in between painting I mostly take care of my orders.....

I one thing I would like to add to my morning rituals is of course just a moment of meditation or any exersise.....I guess I have to start with it to make it usual part of my morning...
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-03-30 03:02 pm (UTC)
I am jealous! Matt also has very detailed and fun dreams, he seems to have a lot of fun with it. I've actually tried drinking teas, melatonin, etc. which are intended to stimulate dreaming, but I've never had much luck with it.

Exercise is what wakes me up in the morning and begins my day with a great start. I don't drink coffee, but I think exercise for me is what gets my mind active and my heartbeat going strong!
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From: mercurial_realm
2008-03-30 04:04 pm (UTC)
That was a nice insight there Jasmine-I liked the thought of you watching the sunrise particularly.
The way the day starts for me, generally depends on if I was tossing and turning throughout the night, and what kind of dreams I've had. Most nights,I will have had some pretty vivid nightmares ,which will wake me up around 3, and I can either fall straight back to sleep, or my head will start twitching with thoughts and ideas till around 5.
I'm definately not a morning person-although I am an earlier riser than Lani at weekends. I simply can't lie in any later than 8.55, as I feel I've wasted the day:)

If I do have a ritual, its a cup of tea before I do anything;)
I have an exercise regime too, and run four miles every other day, although usually its not until in the afternoons.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-03-30 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks David!

Argh, I think I'm better off not dreaming much rather than having bad dreams, that's for sure!

I'm a bit of a night owl as well as a morning bird too. Just a wake-y person I guess!

I've found that I need to exercise first thing in the morning myself, because otherwise I will procrastinate and put it off throughout the day =P
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[User Picture]From: vickieangela
2008-03-30 02:17 pm (UTC)

Random Morning Stuff

You're so "together". I am so not.
It sounds like Celebration is a great place.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-03-30 03:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Random Morning Stuff

Eh, it makes me sound more "together" on paper, hehe - but I'm often a little frazzled in real life!

I really love Florida. Especially the weather, plants, and animals!
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[User Picture]From: resin_angels
2008-03-30 02:23 pm (UTC)
My mornings are chaotic to say the least, getting my daughter ready for school and a toddler and a baby to get ready too. I long for mornings where I can do things just for myself, though I know when these days come I will wish it was like it used to be.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-03-30 03:03 pm (UTC)
I think having children must throw a monkey wrench into the machinery! I know when my sister & her children come stay with us, it is sometimes pretty crazy trying to get everybody ready in the mornings, hehe!
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[User Picture]From: ___psychedelia
2008-03-30 03:21 pm (UTC)
I love hearing people's routines. I find it oddly fascinating!
I also don't sleep a great deal. Last night is a prime example; I was at a party all night, came home at 8am and I slept till 9:30 before getting up, showering, going for a run and then going swimming (something I do every morning without fail ha!).
As you said, it helps ensure nothing is forgotten. My sub-concious takes over and I can think about other things!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-03-30 05:16 pm (UTC)
You sound like me!

Agreed, I think it's neat to hear how people start their days.
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[User Picture]From: virtualcardsuk
2008-03-30 03:45 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to get into the habit of going on my exercise bike every morning (and afternoon, and evening! :P)! I figure I have to do something because otherwise I am gonna be walked to death in France! ;)

You sound more of a morning person, whereas I am more of a night owl I think!

This was a really cool post Jas, I enjoyed reading it. :)

Warmest wishes.

Steven x
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-03-30 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you Steven!

Yep yep - better get in walking-shape - France is full of hills and stairs!
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[User Picture]From: virtualcardsuk
2008-03-30 05:20 pm (UTC)
Eeps... do you give piggybacks? LOL :P

Steven x
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-03-30 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hehe, it's really not that bad! There will be a wide range of ages and of activity levels of people there, so it's nothing too bad!
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2008-03-30 03:55 pm (UTC)
I have vivid dreams every night and it makes it very hard for me to get up in the morning! Your morning routine sounds lovely. I adore hot air balloons and have only seen them in real life a handful of times. Seeing them almost every morning sounds wonderful!! Your bathroom also sounds wonderful. I love bathrooms with windows. I am determined to have a bathroom with big windows someday and hanging prisms in them is a fantastic idea!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-03-30 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hot air balloons are so pretty! On St. Patrick's Day I saw one shaped like a giant 4-leaf clover. Disney World has them too - they have a Mickey one!

I think the ones I see are from this guy here:

http://www.thompsonaire.com

I looked on the website and there are pictures of them flying over Celebration.
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2008-03-30 06:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, so pretty!!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-03-30 05:24 pm (UTC)
I think I'm a bit of a night owl and a morning person. I just like being awake, lol.

Matt usually sleeps a bit later (typically until I'm done working out) and then he does his gym stuff, and then he comes back and does orders, packing & post office =)
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2008-03-30 06:39 pm (UTC)
hee hee! I can totally picture that exactly, Jasmine! Hee hee!
I do the same thing as far as every morning I have coffee & 1 cup (I use a measuring cup set out by my cereal) of Good Friends Cereal.
It is a good point about doing a routine every morning & leaving your brain open to think clearly about creative projects instead of worrying that you've forgotten something, etc.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-04-13 04:36 pm (UTC)
I definitely have to measure out my cereal - otherwise I'll eat the whole box without noticing!
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[User Picture]From: novemberhour
2008-03-30 07:35 pm (UTC)
I just like being awake too! I like all times of day, and I don't really enjoy sleeping that much. I do have good dreams, but unlike my Matt, I don't regret waking up usually. I've learned that I don't really enjoy sleeping in because I feel I'm wasting the day, and whatever I need to do usually gets me out of bed.

I used to have a morning ritual, but it's been pushed aside lately. =/

It's funny that you say you always wake up at 6:45. I often wake up at a quarter til 6 or a quarter til five. I think my brain likes the idea of having fifteen minutes before the hour turns - like it's a little bit of extra time.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-04-13 04:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, definitely :45s are great!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-04-13 04:37 pm (UTC)
Argh, I hated college (for that and other reasons) - it was so hard to schedule everything around it!
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[User Picture]From: nonentityb
2008-03-30 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm curious: when do you go to bed at night? Are you early to bed, early to rise, or just plain early to rise?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-04-13 04:37 pm (UTC)
I usually go to bed aroun 1:00am, sometimes I stay up reading though. I'm late to bed and early to rise, hehe.
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[User Picture]From: sunkachina
2008-03-30 08:42 pm (UTC)
I had a funny dream last night! I dreamed you and me went to Worlds of Fun with Theo, Ellie (who was a tiny baby in the dream) and Smokie! Smokie got lost and we had to try to find her at the lost and found, where there were lots of other cats but not Smokie. You and Theo rode on Bamboozler.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-04-13 04:38 pm (UTC)
Poor Smokie!

We miss you guys, we had so much fun! (in real life, that is!)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-04-13 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think having all the sunshine really does help. Back when I lived up north I felt groggy a lot.

I usually start the tea kettle in the afternoon - that's when I start winding down a bit and need a pick-me-up!
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[User Picture]From: pixiewildflower
2008-03-31 11:01 pm (UTC)
That is a wonderful routine hon. So healthy! You keep yourself in great shape and keep doing the lovely art. I ordered my copy of the Big Eye Art yesterday! I am looking so forward to that! I love your work as well as those of the other artists involved.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-04-13 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you Pixie!
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[User Picture]From: pixiewildflower
2008-04-13 08:48 pm (UTC)
Your welcome hon!
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[User Picture]From: jenelycam
2008-04-02 11:05 am (UTC)
*giggles* You're too cute!! No wonder you're in such awesome shape!!

Me? I wake up at 5am, shower, brush teeth, make coffee and read the f-list/post while kids are coming in. ^.~
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-04-13 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hehe, thank you Dawn!
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[User Picture]From: breathing_hard
2008-04-03 04:04 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a really relaxing morning ritual!

I love to sleep, and I do tend to stay up pretty late these days, so I don't usually get up until 10 or so. I've never really had a ritual, I suppose. I say good morning to the cats (hehe) and open the windows, too. Then I check all my internet stuff, then make some food. My days are much different when I have a job vs being unemployed, though.

Oh, and I opened up my latest Pyramid Collection catalog a few days ago thinking "It would be really cool if they carried Jasmine's stuff".... and they did! Your adorable little hanging fairy statues. It was exciting, hehe.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-04-13 04:40 pm (UTC)
It is - I ease into it, and slowly wake myself up that way.

I'm so stoked I'm in the Pyramid Collection! That is one of my favourite catalogs!!!
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