I used to hate having to do virtually anything before going to bed because I just wanted to hop straight into bed! But these days, I look forward to practicing my French and reading empowering words just before passing out.
1. CHECK MY CALENDAR FOR TOMORROW
The first part of my night-time routine is perhaps the most exciting - I check my calendar to see what's on my to-do list for tomorrow. Often times, I have a photoshoot in the morning so I need to prepare outfits and props ahead of time. I find it most useful to prepare these things the night before so I have time to try on outfits and rearrange what needs to be changed. I also check to see if I have any appointments or meetings in the morning/mid-day so that I'm not thrown off guard when I wake up and so I can set my alarm accordingly.
This is also the time where I would add things to my calendar like grocery shopping and smaller things that weren't already on my to-do list. Personally, I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to planning out my day - I give everything a specific time to get done and try my best to stay on schedule!
2. SKINCARE ROUTINE USING CUROLOGY
By this time, it's usually around 11 or 11:30pm and I'm already half asleep! Now, I'm not gonna lie, sometimes I go to bed without washing my face because I get lazy - nobody's perfect! But, I usually try my best to stay on top of my skincare routine because it's literally my job to have nice skin.
I know that I just released my skincare routine featuring a full line of Garnier, but I recently started using Curology so I might as well let you all know. (stay tuned for a new skincare routine in the next month or two!) So far, I've noticed a huge change in my skin, so I reccommend at least trying out their free trial if you get a chance!
3. READ EVENING DEVOTIONALS & BOOK
This is the part of the night that takes the most time for me but it's definitely the most rewarding. My relationship with God and mental health are the two most important in my life - so, they take time and effort!
Sun Valley Devotionals (App)
The first devotional I read is one personalized for my church, Sun Valley. This app offers devotionals five days a week and includes a little prayer at the end and a "thought for the day". I especially like this app because the devotionals are usually geared towards the sermon so it keeps you on track.
King James Bible - Evening Devotional (App)
This app is probably my favorite because it comes with little quoted pictures and it's the most aesthetically pleasing of all of my devotional apps. It has both evening and morning devotionals and one for the whole day, written by Frances Taylor.
DailyBible - Evening Devotional (App)
This app features the most for its users - from simple daily verses, to daily reading plans. Personally, I only utilize the morning and evening devotions on the app, which are quite long and written in old English. However, I can get the most knowledge out of these devotionals since they are the longest of my selection.
365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart (Link)
This book was a gift from my best friend - Merry Christmas to me! It features a devotional for every day of the year (which I'm about a month behind on at the moment) and they're all focused on being thankful for every aspect of life!
Girl, Stop Apologizing (Link)
This book was also a gift from my other best friend - Merry Christmas to me, again! 'Girl, Stop Apologizing' by Rachel Hollis is a book dedicatd to motivating, specifically, the women of our world and helping them see their potential. I reccommend this book to anyone in need of motivation to start making progress towards their dreams and aspirations in life, not just women!
I know this may seem like a long, overwhelming list, but reading all of the devotionals takes about 10 minutes and I don't always read both of my books every night - sometimes I just want to go to sleep!
4. PRACTICE FRENCH USING DUOLINGO
This is definitely my favorite part of the night - besides actually going to sleep. I recently took a year of French classes in college and now I use DuoLingo to help keep the language fresh in my brain. Practicing every day has definitely given me the refresher I needed and I'm learning new things every day! I greatly appreciate that this app is free for the most part - because as we all know, learning a language is usually a hefty cost.
If you would like me to share my "wholesome" morning routine as well, please let me know in the comments section! What's your favorite part of your evening routine?
Until next time,
"'For I know the plans I have for you', declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
Thanks to Shelby for today's verse!
Comment down below if you have a verse you'd like featured next week!