My Morning Routine with Gina Hurley
This month we caught up with 41-year-old Reflexologist & Meridian Therapist at Journey into Healing, Gina Hurley. Gina lives in Yeoford, a few miles from Crediton, she is a wife, mother of three girls and a business owner. She is happiest helping others restore balance in their lives and being creative.
What time do you normally wake up and what’s the first thing you do?
My youngest is about to turn three and still likes to climb into bed with us in the early hours. I can’t be sure what time I actually wake up, all I know is, it’s dark and I don’t want to get up! My hubby usually brings me a cup of tea at 07h00 just before he leaves for work, which helps. I’m not a morning person, so I don’t spring out of bed, after visualising my day, feeling energised and ready. I slowly ease into my day by washing my face to wake up properly then head back to bed to have my tea. I can’t handle noise first thing in the morning so I do cope better on the days that my kids aren’t yelling at each other over ‘who gets the spotty bowl for breakfast’. Occasionally, I may pop some cotton wool in my ears to drown them out. Exercise is still a work in progress as I struggle with finding enough time in my day. I love doing Kundalini yoga and when I do manage to fit it in, I feel a whole lot better physically and mentally. In order to have a productive and effective day, I find it best to prepare what I want to get to, the night before, making sure it’s manageable, so I don’t feel overwhelmed. It gives me a sense of accomplishment at the end of my day.
Tell us about your breakfast, coffee, tea preferences; what gets you going in the morning?
I usually start my day with a cup of Rooibos tea (Redbush for the non-South Africans). I don’t drink coffee as it makes me feel jittery so if I ever need a bit of a pick-me-up, I will have a cup of green tea. I generally only drink herbal teas, a favourite at the moment is a Yogi classic tea containing warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom and ginger and is so yummy. I try and vary breakfast every day so usually have things like porridge with honey, peanut butter and sometimes chopped pear and coconut milk. I have a Louise Hay ‘I Can Do It’ Calendar so will check what the daily affirmation is before leaving the house.
Tell us about any technology that you use in the morning:
I don’t like using technology in the morning, being someone who doesn’t like noise first thing, so I’m not one for having the radio on in the background. Sometimes, though, if I’m feeling particularly challenged and struggling to get the kids to do what they need to do to, I may put on Louise Hay’s 101 Power Thoughts to help me focus and get me back into a good space. I will check my phone for any urgent texts or messages before leaving on the school run but I don’t usually have time to jump onto my laptop as it can so quickly suck you in!
Tell us about your school run in the mornings; do you like to travel in silence, or do you enjoy music in the car?
The school run takes about 25 minutes and I have to drive into Cowley, as we don’t have a regular bus service where we live. We usually listen to Heart on the way in, mainly to music, or a CD but if the soon-to-be-three year old decides that she wants her say on the matter (and we can’t hear Heart over her teary accompaniment anyway) we listen to Nursery Rhymes. The joys!
What are the first tasks that you need to attend to when you start working?
It isn’t as clear cut, when you work from home and have a little one with you all the time; she has an inquisitive little mind and loves to chat and ask ‘Why?’ a lot. Once I’ve managed to occupy her, I make an attempt at my daily plan from the night before, getting to the urgent things first, getting back to clients, responding to emails, marketing, creating content and social media posts. I usually see clients after hours in the evenings or on Saturdays, when I have childcare (my husband!). How much I get done during the day really depends on my little girl as naturally, she is my priority. Sometimes I have to wait till later in the day if I need to be on my computer and I do go through patches that feel like Groundhog day where I don’t seem to get to anything on my list for several days, frustrating! On those days I try and remind myself that this won’t last forever and to just go with the flow and be gentle with myself.
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