In preparation for the bar exam at the end of July, I’m taking a review class that meets every weekday from 9:00 until about 12:30. We get two ten-minute breaks, and the rest of the time is filled with dry lecturing by a law professor on video, and diligent note-taking. Then we’re supposed to go home and study, and study, and study some more, I guess. I won’t complain too much, because it’ll be over by the end of July, and I did voluntarily sign up for this whole thing, but…..UGH. It’s pretty gross. One day last week, I woke up and looked in the mirror, and this is what I saw:
YIKES. OK, fine, that’s actually Charlize Theron in Monster, but you get the idea. (Source)
I decided it was time to create a before-class routine that would make life seem a teensy bit brighter. I love morning routines like I love polka dots and musical theater (i.e. I love them a lot). I like to start my days with quiet time and vegetables, so my “Survive the Bar Exam” morning routine has two main components: green smoothies and 15 minutes of meditation.
I’m no expert at meditation, but I started doing it for 10-15 minutes every morning several months ago, and I love it. I’m a big-time over-thinker, and right now there are about a million half-complete legal rules floating around in my head, so it’s nice to just shut everything out for a few minutes and think happy thoughts. I just set my cell phone alarm for 15 minutes, and sit down on the floor criss-cross applesauce. (According to my mom, retired first-grade teacher, “criss-cross applesauce” is the new “Indian-style.” More culturally sensitive, you know.) Sometimes it doesn’t work and I just sit there thinking stuff like “What exactly IS a “secured transaction?” or “I wonder what ever happened to those kids from ‘Salute Your Shorts’?” But–no matter what you spend this time thinking about, it’s pretty wonderful to have 15 minutes of quiet before the day gets going.
After meditation time is over, I break out the blender and make a green smoothie. Here’s my favorite combo so far:
Key Lime Pie Smoothie:
- handful of spinach (about a cup, loosely packed) (You won’t taste it, honest to blog.)
- 1/4 of an avocado
- zest of one lime, and the juice of half
- 1/2 banana (slightly overripe and frozen is the best)
- 1-2 tsp agave nectar
- about 1 c. milk of your choice, more to thin it out as needed (I use almond milk, always and forever)
Blend until completely smooth, and then pour into your most festive glass.
Nothing like a little vacation and nutrition in a glass before a few hours of Real Property. Seriously, friends–make yourself a green smoothie a few mornings each week, and you will eventually look like this:
(Source) Maybe not exactly like that, but close.