May Morning Routine


Since transitioning into van living 3 months ago, I’ve had a hard time establishing a well-rounded morning routine. Too often I find myself waking up and getting straight into work obligations. At first it was fine, but after a couple months I really started to feel this habit wear on me. I know how important it is to start each day on the right foot, so this month I’m dedicated to setting my alarm 30 minutes earlier to take time for myself. Not every month is going to look the same, especially since I’ll be traveling a lot in the near future. That’s why I decided to make this a monthly check-in. I’ll choose a few rituals to implement into my routine for each month and report back with updates on how I’m feeling.

This month’s post is in partnership with New Chapter.


The first step in my morning routine never changes. I keep a 32 oz mason jar filled with water right next to my bed. That way I can reach for it and hydrate first thing.


Since moving into our van I’ve found it a lot easier to get outside right when I wake up. Letting light into your eyes first thing is extremely beneficial for regulating your circadian rhythm. Meaning it sends a signal to your body that it’s day time. When I’m finished sipping my water I’ll pull a curtain open to let sunlight in. I almost instantly feel more awake afterwards.


Since we don’t have our own kitchen set up in the van yet, I usually head into Nate’s moms house to make my matcha (that’s where we park most nights). This is one of my favorite parts of the day. I don’t know why but I just find it so soothing.



When I’m done making my matcha I like to go for a slow, leisurely walk. It usually isn't long, maybe 10-15 minutes. I’ll sip my matcha, look up at the sky and admire the clouds. Then I’ll walk home and do a quick workout. It’s usually something simple like jump squats or burpees. Anything to get my heart rate up and my blood pumping.

Palo Santo

I love burning Palo Santo in the morning. Palo Santo can be used to clear negative energy, and for me the smell has a very calming effect. When I burn it I like to take 5 deep breaths and really let me body relax. It’s lovely! If you don’t enjoy the smell of Palo Santo you can use essential oils instead.


In the past I’ve had a hard time sticking to a daily vitamin regimen, but I recently started taking New Chapter’s Every Woman’s One Daily Multivitamin and I’m determined to stick with it. What made this multivitamin stand out to me was that it’s fermented with probiotics and whole foods which unlocks each nutrient making it easier for your body to recognize & absorb, like food! It’s specially formulated for active women with targeted nutrients for immune, beauty and energy support.* I also love that you can take it on an empty stomach because I typically don't eat breakfast until later in the AM.


I usually don't get hungry for a few hours after I wake up. Some days it’s earlier and some days it’s later. I really just listen to my body and when I start to feel hungry I’ll make my breakfast. This veggie hash has been my go-to for the past few weeks! It’s super filling and keeps me energized for hours. I usually pair it with my New Chapter Every Women’s One Daily Multivitamin and I’m set up for success for the rest of the day!


Roasted Veggie Hash


1/2 sweet potato

1/2 cup red bell pepper

1/2 cup zucchini

1/2 cup red onion

1/3 cup canned black lentils

1/2 small avocado

1 cup arugula

1 egg

2 tbsp avocado oil

juice of 1/4 lemon

salt & pepper

chili flakes


Pre heat oven to 425

Chop sweet potato, bell pepper, zucchini and red onion, then toss with 1 tbsp avocado oil, salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes flipping half way or until golden on both sides (times may vary depending on your oven). Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Using a wooden spoon stir water until you create a vortex. Crack egg and drop it into the center of the pot. Cook for about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove the egg. Add arugula to a large bowl and toss with remaining avocado oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add roasted veggies, poached egg and sliced avocado to the bowl. Top with a pinch of sea salt and chili flakes. Enjoy!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

courtnie hamel