I think it’s safe to say that coffee is the single most important part of my morning routine. My parents drank coffee every morning when I was growing up and I started drinking it when I was in college. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I need coffee to function but I just really love the ritual of drinking it. During the work week I usually grab coffee on the way into work and drink it as I catch up on e-mail at my desk or while I train clients or teach class.
The weekends usually offer time to relax with coffee at home. There is just something totally different and better about enjoying your coffee from a mug instead of a to-go cup. Sunday mornings are my favorite. I get up around 7, make a pot of coffee and breakfast and then curl up on the couch with my laptop to search for new music for my Sunday morning yoga class.
I get so excited about discovering new artists, songs and remixes and putting together a new playlist to share with my classes. I consider it a success when people come up to me after class to ask who sang a particular song or to request my playlist. I am a firm believer that the music you choose for class can be the difference between okay and amazing energy. As a teacher there is nothing better than seeing your yogis totally focused and in the zone.
My favorite post-class ritual is to come home, pour the rest of whatever coffee is left in the caraffe, turn on Pandora (usually Avett Brothers or Ray LaMontagne radio), open the windows and tackle cleaning and a baking project. Since I’m so go-go-go all week long, it feels like such a treat to have the opportunity to spend most of my Sunday at home doing normal life stuff. I feel so happy and relaxed to be in the kitchen with music playing and a breeze blowing in. I seriously look forward to my Sundays all week long.
Recently I was asked by Folgers to discuss how coffee and music play a part in my morning routine. What’s the #1 thing that comes to your mind when you think of Folgers? I’ll bet right now you’re singing, “The best part of waking up…” in your head. That jingle first appeared almost 30 years ago in 1984 (can you believe that!?) and Folgers has stayed committed to it over the years. There have been versions of it ranging from country to gospel to jazz and now Folgers hosts an annual Jingle Contest where up and coming artists can submit their jingle for a chance to win $25,000. The contest is meant to encourage musical creativity and keep the jingle fresh and alive!
Folgers recently announced their Top 10 jingle finalists and they’re asking fans to vote for the best artist. They are offering daily voting prizes featuring Folgers Coffee (of course!), signed CDs from contest spokesman Gavin DeGraw and iTunes gift cards. There will be one grand prize winner who will receive $10,000 just for voting. Be sure to check out the 10 finalists and place your vote. You can vote once a day through June 19. Before you vote, follow the Road to the Jingle on Facebook to see how they traveled the U.S. to track down the Top 10 contestants!
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Tell me about your weekend coffee ritual!