Waking Up and Staying Current

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My morning routine

In collaboration with our friends in the Heritage Store

Samantha Saiyavongsa |

Senior Program Manager at goop

When big events happen here at goop – like In goop Health – Samantha Saiyavongsa is a central force who helps design, plan, and implement everything from live meditation sessions to panels on skin care techniques. In order to stay on the ground even during hectic days, Saiyavongsa combines wellness practices with simple beauty rituals.

Her morning prepares her for the day, so she lays the foundation for positive vibes to carry with her and takes a moment to enjoy everything from the taste of her coffee to the sensation of a rose-infused splash their skin.

Sammy Saiyavongsa and her dog

7:30 am: I try to stay in bed as long as possible without reaching for my cell phone. Having a dog helps. The other thing that gets me out of bed is coffee: I’m a fan of black coffee. I like that it takes extra time and effort, and I like to drink it slowly to enjoy. You might call mindful coffee handling when you are feeling generous. Or I just love coffee!

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    I can take it with me when I want to go for a walk with the dog – it has a ceramic interior, so the taste is more pure coffee enjoyment than metallic.

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8 o’clock: I wash my face with cold water. Since I have oily skin, I like to rub G.Tox Tonic over my face to feel extra clean. I’m not too strict with my skin care: some mornings I clean, some days I don’t. I try to pay attention to what my skin needs from day to day, so I change it every now and then. Heritage’s Rosewater Cleanser – it’s clean – is that lovely milky wash that softens and moisturizes my skin.

One thing I never skip is the Beauty Counter + Vitamin C Serum. It’s so easy to use and the turmeric instantly brightens my skin. Then of course sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.

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8:30 am: My dog ​​is fully awake now, so let’s go for a walk. When I think of it, I put bala bangles (they’re a pound of weights that are super comfortable and adjustable) on my ankles or wrists for a bit more swing.

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I’m listening to The goop Podcast on my cell phone. Our new co-host Erica Chidi recently sat down with Tara Brach, a legendary spiritual meditation teacher and psychologist, and it’s one of my all-time favorite episodes. It’s one of those that I keep hearing when I need it. Brach developed a practice called RAIN, an acronym for Recognize, Admit, Investigate, and Maintain. It helps when I want to feel grounded, and I also love her teachings on radical acceptance and advice on how to have compassion for ourselves and others. Brach reminds me that even small acts like putting my hand on my heart can be anchor and energy.

9 am: Back at home. Before I open my laptop to work, I light incense sticks or start my diffuser and refresh the mind and soul with a few spritzes of Heritage Store rose water spray. The rose water gives me a dewy glow and feels incredibly calming. Reaching for it all day is a little ritual I created to help me check in to myself, open my jaw, relax my shoulders, and purposely breathe. It really helps and I love the subtle scent. I have the full-size bottle at home and take the travel bottle with me everywhere – on hikes, car trips – because it instantly raises the mood and is such a simple little pleasure.

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9:30 am: The best part of my job at goop are the amazing healers I meet. I recently connected with Jae Rae, a gifted psychic, medium, and energy healer who has conversations through an app called Quilt and answers questions from people looking for authenticity and support. Ever since I was in contact with her, I have been working on a path of worthiness and self-compassion. She told me something during our last private session that remained with me: “What you do for others, you don’t do for yourself.” Coming out of my Saturn return was humiliating. I try to be kinder to myself. I take many long walks, think deeper, and rely on the things that give me pleasure and help me stay present.

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