Tsh was on a crazy-tight book deadline this week, so in this episode, Seth is talking to none other than his wife Amber! She shares her morning routine when the day’s going well: daily examen, prayer, poetry, and the things she does to get her creative juices flowing. If you need some inspiration for your own morning routine and you’re hankering for a good old-fashioned Southern drawl that makes you smile, you need this conversation.
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Seth: Welcome to A Drink With a Friend, I’m Seth Haines. Today, I do not have Tsh Oxenreider here because Tsh is working diligently to finish a book.
Instead of Tsh today, I have asked my lovely wife, Amber Haines, to join me. Amber is wonderful, beautiful, the mother of my child, also an amazing writer, and human being in general. Amber, welcome to A Drink With a Friend.
Amber: Thank you. I’m happy to be here.
Seth: What are you drinking today?
Amber: I have had enough coffee this morning to fuel a tug boat so I’m drinking OM Mushroom Hot Chocolate. I know that probably sounds super gross but I have this thing where I want to eat mushrooms every day because I believe in the power of mushrooms [laugh].
Seth: Wait. What kind of mushrooms? I don’t understand.
Amber: I believe all edible mushrooms are powerful but I only have Lions Mane or Reishi or different…things that help with…not magic mushrooms.
Seth: Not those kinds of mushrooms.
Seth: I’m glad to hear that when I go to work you’re not sitting at home sipping on magic mushroom juice.
Amber: You would know if I did that.
Seth: That would be awkward. That’s probably true. You’d be seeing double rainbows.
Seth: I’m in the office, which means I have a Keurig and as blasphemous as this sounds, I’m drinking Starbucks from a Keurig. If you listen to the show very often you know that I’m a bit of a coffee snob and this is truly terrible coffee. I’m not going to lie. That’s where I am this morning. You are in a much better place.
Amber: It’s fine. You just keep going.
Seth: Today, on A Drink With a Friend, what we wanted to do is talk a little bit about the morning and morning creativity. In particular, and I thought there’s no better person to talk to this about than you because you’ve really done a good job over the last little bit of really trying to guard your morning times and do good morning work and over the last little bit, I have not. I have been lazy. Getting up late and not doing my creative work and having a hard time getting into my morning peaceful space. I wanted to talk a little bit about that this morning and I want to talk a little bit about what you do. Walk me through our morning routine as if I need to walk through that. Walk the listener through our together morning routine.
Amber: Okay. Just to be clear, I’m normally lazy. I have always struggled with sleep, with getting enough sleep, so even if I have enough hours in the bed, I’m awake. When I got Covid at the end of February, my body undid all the sleep patterns that I gained. On the back end of Covid, I ended up waking up every morning at 3:35 a.m. This has enhanced my writing time. I don’t have a choice. It’s put me back in the rhythm that I don’t exactly love but my old rhythm was to work to wake up pretty early. We like the house still and dark. We go to separate places because if we don’