I am a creature of habit. Once I get into a routine it becomes a source of comfort to me. This kind of behavior gets a lot of flack because it supposedly doesn’t breed an adventurous spirit. But I think order and organization can go hand in hand with spontaneous experience. My most routine-based time of the day is the morning. I typically have trouble getting out of bed (hello, Monday) so I get up and leave the house fairly quickly. I make pre-made breakfasts in tupperware that I can just grab and go. On the way to work I pick up a coffee and the New York Times. Usually I get into the office about half an hour to 45 minutes early. Then I have some time to get myself settled in, eat my breakfast, and read the paper. By the time 8:30 rolls around I’m rejuvenated, informed, and ready to work.
Because I’m so used to this routine it shows up in a lot of my Instagrams. There’s something so aesthetic and pleasing to me about the paper and a cup of coffee. Last week the New York Times reached out to me to buy some of these images. It was a huge honor to work with the paper I’ve read and venerated for so long. So while I of course appreciate spontaneity, there can sometimes be opportunity right there in your ordinary routine.