The Way I Start My Day | Favorite Morning Reads


I like to start my day reading something positive and uplifting.

Below I've compiled a list of the things I read most weekday mornings. They all come to my inbox (and I'm pretty picky about what I invite in there) - some are newsletters, some are blog posts, and some are a daily auto-generated emails.

I actually often read these before I get out of bed. I'm not sure it's a habit I want to keep or one I want to promote. I sometimes feel like it's too much technology first thing and I should wait longer before I go directly to my screen. That said, I appreciate the daily shot of positive thinking that comes from these sources. I often read them quickly first thing and then come back to them again once I'm at my desk a few hours later after the morning routine of kids and breakfast and driving to school is completed to actually soak up their wisdom.

These people inspire me to live more fully in alignment with my own personal values and I'm thankful for their contribution to my life.

I have quite a few other blogs and inspiring sites in Feedly that I read occasionally when I have time or am looking for inspiration, but these are the ones (at least right now) that I actually invite into my inbox.

What are your daily reads? Do you read first thing in the AM or later in the day?

35 thoughts

  1. AmberCA

    2013-09-23 10:32:12 -0400

    Thanks for introducing me to 'Simple Mom' love it! My daily or so sites are always and I love the serene photos and inspiration on both.

  2. Myriam

    2013-09-23 10:35:51 -0400

    Oh, yes. Elise Blaha. She's the cutest. Love her!
    Thanks for sharing. Always fun to check out other blogs.
    Have a great day,

  3. Mel

    2013-09-23 11:18:18 -0400

    My daily reads are scrapbooking related, but that's going to change. Thank you for these links. I found a few of them fascinating and will continue to read.

  4. Jeff Goins

    2013-09-23 11:56:13 -0400

    Honored to be in this list! Thanks for the mention, Ali, and for reading!

  5. Jodi

    2013-09-23 12:10:00 -0400

    my top 5-6 daily blogs are:
    elise blaha
    kelly purkey
    young house love
    yellow brick home
    making it lovely
    and you. ;)

  6. Kim

    2013-09-23 12:24:08 -0400

    Thank you! I love to start my day reading something positive. My dad died unnaturally young of alzheimer's. Prior to that he was a very successful salesman. One of my cherished memories of him was that he was up early every day reading either the Bible, some success/motivational literature, or often both! He was very disciplined about that.

  7. Paula

    2013-09-23 12:46:03 -0400

    Love your morning list! Mine is a mix of this and that...I don't think I ever miss your blog. Then I am typically check out Two Peas In A Bucket to see what's new in the store/Gallery - and often end up in the forum too. Next up is typically Facebook..then I let my newsfeed guide me...typcially to various scrapbook manufacturer blogs or something food up if there's time - Pinterest. I have an evening routine online too - usually after 11pm because I work late - CNN, my daughter's school websiet and her online school website.

  8. Lauri

    2013-09-23 12:47:35 -0400

    Tut is my all time favorite; he and Neale Donald Walsch on the two I read prior to journaling and meditation...followed by my daily dose of Deepak Chopra. Tons of others in my reader (including your that I check every day, usually in the evening when I do my blog tour) but these are the three I have to do every day when I set my intentions. Perhaps part of getting older, I find myself changing what inspires me now that I have an adult daughter.

    So amazing how different we all are, and how a year ago I was being inspired by very different blogs! All change, all good....

  9. Amy

    2013-09-23 15:26:21 -0400

    Thanks Ali!!! I always say I found some of my favorite things through you - Paperclipping and DigiShow PodCasts; Big Picture Classes; and Cathy Zielske :O) Looking forward to checking out these new to me places.

  10. Kimberly Kalil

    2013-09-23 17:19:32 -0400

    All great suggestions. Many already on my list (thanks in part to you). Have you checked out the Accidental Creative podcast? I listen to that daily and love it.

  11. Debra Lois

    2013-09-23 19:10:25 -0400

    I like to start my day by getting out of bed (5:45 AM), making coffee, and walking directly into my studio. I do some of my best stamping and papercrafting before anyone else is awake. A reading/computer break comes at about 9.

  12. Carmel Keane

    2013-09-23 19:19:11 -0400

    Thank you for the links... loving Hands Free Mama - can't stop reading and I am at work Shhhh.

  13. Hands Free Mama

    2013-09-23 21:25:44 -0400

    Oh, you just made my day -- or perhaps my entire week! I am honored be on your list, Ali! And I cannot thank you for all the lovely people you brought to my site today! Some of them left the sweetest messages too! You continue to be such a bright spot along my journey. xoxo


  14. Marc

    2013-09-23 22:41:52 -0400

    Thanks for the love. :) And for pointing out some amazing sites to explore, including yours.

  15. Lindsay

    2013-09-24 01:28:07 -0400

    Great post Ali! Love your blog, love Elise and will have to check out the others.

    I really enjoy Soulemama, Lisa Leonard and the photos over at Habit. They always make me reflect and appreciate the little things.

  16. Betsey

    2013-09-24 01:51:46 -0400

    The Dinner Party Download!

  17. michele

    2013-09-24 10:26:52 -0400

    Simply..thank you for sharing.

  18. Deirdre

    2013-09-24 10:30:11 -0400

    I want to be more conscious about how I start my day, so thank you for this post. I know the days I feel best are the ones when I stay offline the longest, get up before my boys, and move---whether walking the dog or going to the gym. When I start with email, I get sucked in and don't "come up for air" until an hour or more later.

    I subscribe to a few newsletters and blogs, but I don't let them land in my inbox. I love Brainpickings and Soulemama and Chatting at the Sky (Emily Freeman's site).

    Seth Godin's blog is the only one I let land in my inbox---because I know it will be short, almost never have links (no temptations), and usually apply to my business in a way that uplifts me.

  19. Stacey

    2013-09-24 12:05:29 -0400

    Checked these out. Thanks for sharing!!!

  20. Melissa Shim

    2013-09-24 12:26:37 -0400

    i enjoy seeing what your reading, i've picked up many books your recommended so i am sure i will enjoy reading these

  21. Angie

    2013-09-24 19:59:17 -0400

    Ooo, when I saw Danielle posted about Kali, I instantly started following her! LOVE Kali, she's one of my Matron Goddesses! So, thank you! I already follow, and adore, Elise!

    Some of my daily reads:

  22. Brenda

    2013-09-25 11:55:09 -0400

    How do you get the blog posts to come to your inbox?

  23. karen c

    2013-09-30 09:56:44 -0400

    Thanks for the great list Ali, I'll check them out! I don't have any set routine but I don't keep electronics in my bedroom so all my reading happens on my computer after I'm up and moving. I like to read blogs on breaks, like little rewards for getting things done. I also don't read the same things every day. Sometimes it's scrapbooking, sometimes it's fabric arts, sometimes it's cooking, sometimes it's inspirational, sometimes it's fashion. Sometimes I don't even get on the computer! gasp! ;) But I do enjoy your perspective and your aesthetic and always catch up. Thanks!

  24. Alison D.

    2013-10-02 16:49:34 -0400

    Thanks for the post, I started getting notes from the universe after reading about them on your blog and LOVE them!

  25. Lulu

    2014-05-19 01:20:02 -0400

    Thanks for list. I think it's a sign of great generosity for a blogger to link to other blogs.

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