How Having All the Time in the World Made Me Get Ready Faster

I am notorious for taking a long time to get ready.

I mean, hours. It’s like no matter how far in advance I begin, I’m always rushing out the door (usually at least five minutes late).

And yet, the infamous coronavirus quarantine of 2020 has practically cured me of this horrible habit. I get ready for work in ten minutes now. If you know me, you know that is a miracle. (I actually discussed my obsession with makeup in this blog post not too long ago.)

To be honest, the outfit is what takes the longest for me. I think I try on my entire closet everyday before walking out the door. Which is funny, because it’s not like I have that many options. I only have so many shirt/pant/skirt combinations. And I only own three dresses (tragic, I know).

So, what changed? All I can assume is that it’s because I’ve cut out a lot of steps out of my routine. I completely stopped wearing makeup. I use three products for skincare now. And I wear almost the same thing every day.

So, for your reading pleasure, here is my new and improved, post-quarantine morning routine.

• Wake up begrudgingly (that part has not changed at all).
• Stumble into the kitchen to make coffee.
• Gather whatever I can find for breakfast–normally yogurt and bread of some sort–and grab my coffee while heading to the kitchen table.
• Read my Bible! But let me take a few sips of coffee first.
• Yoga. Yes, please.
• Throw on a t-shirt and jeans, brush my eyebrows, and put on jewelry/lipgloss.*

*I also grab a mask if I’m going out in public, hence opting for a simple chapstick rather than lipstick.. Whew, glad we got that cleared up.

BOOM. Done. Who is this girl and what has she done with the Kristen I knew?

And still, something about not doing all of those things I used to do makes me miss sitting down and getting ready for hours. Isn’t it ironic that now that I have so much more time, I do so much less to myself (in terms of my appearance)? I suppose I have just found a new aspect of my own beauty or something… Maybe it’s just a phase. I do kinda miss my eyeliner.

What’s your hair/skincare/makeup/outfit routine like these days? Drop a comment below!

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