If you, like me, have a certain fascination with the mundane, everyday habits of other people, you're in for a breakfasty treat because today's interview with Chi and Natali, founders of The Pressery, is all about those sacred morning hours between getting up and starting the day's work.
Natali and I met Chi at her flat for breakfast (or second breakfast for some of us) before we set out to their office in East London, stopping for baked goods and snaps along the way and chatting about all things AM.
What time do you get up?
Natali: I wake up when my daughter comes tip-toeing into my room, between 6am and 7am.
Chi: I get up between 7am and 7:30am depending on what SleepCycle is saying - I have rediscovered this app in a bid to get my sleeping pattern down!
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
N: I have a cuddle with my daughter and discuss our dreams and plans for the day.
C: Drink warm water and lemon juice with probiotics.
What is your favourite breakfast?
N: I love breakfast. Ideally I would have a cucumber, avocado, tomato and parsley salad with lots of olive oil and lemon juice followed by a maca or matcha latte with almond milk and sometimes a spoon of raw honey.
C: Green juice and my go-to breakfast that is quick and satisfying involves throwing avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions and herbs in a bowl mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, chilli flakes and mixed seeds, topped with a soft boiled egg.
Is there anything you have to do in the morning or the rest of the day won’t feel quite right?
N: I absolutely must write in my journal. I have a few questions that I ask myself in the morning and answering those gets my head in the right place. I do the same before going to bed with a different set of questions.
C: Meditate for 15mins - I find that it grounds me for the rest of the day and really sets the tone.
How have your mornings changed since starting The Pressery?
N: I am now in charge of my own time which means that mornings unfold without unnecessary stress. I have a time that I aim to be in the office for but I also know know that some morning things just take a little longer, and that’s ok.
C: I have learnt to really take my time and cherish the mornings - if I wake up and rush around, it stresses me out and therefore the rest of the day takes on the fallout from the morning.
Do you have any weekend morning indulgences?
N: The weekends are just a slower version of the weekdays. I may make a slightly more indulgent breakfast or even jump on my bike and head to Grainger & Co for sweetcorn fritters or in the summer head to the Towpath Cafe for the perfect fried eggs on toast.
C: Sleep in a little later (like, half an hour!), do some yoga and have a more lazy breakfast at home or out somewhere local.