I am, unashamedly, a morning person. I always have been, and I don't think that's going to change. I am in love with the peaceful still of the world early in the morning. I was in love before I had kids, and I am addicted now that I do. It's when I feel most calm and most productive, strangely. I married a night owl, he does just fine staying up late into the night. To me it's like a punishment to have to stay up past 10pm. ;) I have always been an early bird, but I have never been a coffee drinker. I like herbal tea, but I'm not crazy about it. What I really love is a chai tea latte with vanilla soy milk. We bought a Nespresso milk warmer/frother with some gift cards after we got married so I could make my chai lattes at home. My absolute favorite way to start the day is on my couch, with tea in hand.
Sometimes I read my bible or devotional, sometimes I journal, sometimes I look over my calendar and plan out the day, sometimes I just sit quietly and think or pray. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with life and othertimes incredibly grateful, usually a mix of both. But whether I get 5 minutes or a glorious 45 minutes this is undoubtably my favorite way to start the day.
I've spent a lot of time trying different combinations and ratios to get the perfect chai (for me). I like mine on the sweeter side, but not too sweet. If you'd like to try your own, here's what I reccomend.
I love the Original Oregon Chai, it has a great consistency and isn't too overpowering. There are so many alternative milks on the market it can be overwhelming. I like soy the most for it's froth. Obviously tons of soy isn't great for you and it's one of the foods that's commonly GMO, so I only buy organic (which to have the label Organic cannot be GMO). I also prefer vanilla, but unsweetened, which can be tricky to find. But Westsoy has a great organic, unsweetened, vanilla. I've found it at Trader Joe's and Fred Meyer in the health section.
So it's pretty simple. Just pour half soy and half chai into the frother and turn it on. Mine holds about 5-6oz. so I usually fill it twice.
Mmmmm...frothy, spicy-sweet perfection. Of course my quiet time on the couch usually ends with a visit from the other morning person in the house.
He's been an early riser since birth, and all my attempts to alter this fact have amounted to nothing. So I'm learning to embrace it.
I shared a drink of tea with him once, and now in his mind it's "our" tea. In fact, I think he thinks I get up early just to make "us" tea and sit on the couch with him. :) I hope he always remembers it that way. I try to remind myself that he will not always come sneaking down the hall and jump on the couch with me. I want to treasure these times. Especially since we have some of our sweetest moments together during these early mornings.
My favorite way to start the day, and one of my favorite people to start it with.