What is your morning routine?
I wake up around 3:00am when my alarm goes off, and I snooze for a few minutes. When I finally roll out of bed, I check the baby monitor to make sure that Hayden, my daughter, is okay. After I get up, I get ready and go into the kitchen before I leave to grab either a cup of coffee or a glass of water. I make sure to get all my ducks in a row before I head out the door and go to work. On my way to work, I read my Jesus Calling daily devotion and put in earbuds and listen to hymns. Once I’ve read my devotion, I read through what’s coming up on the show one more time (because I’ve studied it the night before). I also read emails and go through materials that producers have sent me throughout the night.
When I arrive at Fox, I’m still listening to my music and I go straight to hair and makeup. I’ll take out the music, turn on the television, and listen to Fox & Friends First to hear the latest headlines while I’m getting my hair and makeup done.
I then head to my office at around 5:00am. I sit in my office with hot ginger tea and have about fifty minutes until we go live. I have the TV on and continue to listen to Fox & Friends First or flip around to other channels to see what they are airing. I log onto my computer and look through our rundown and any news of the day that’s been added since I last looked. I read through a lot of articles, especially the wires, to make sure I’m fully prepared. Then, I put all of my articles inside a manila folder and on the outside of the folder I write notes. I’m very visual—once I’ve read the article, I’ll highlight anything in it that I like and then I transfer that to the outside of my folder by writing it large so it’s easy to read. I then get ready for the show and head to the set about ten minutes before we go live on Fox & Friends from 6:00-9:00am.
How long have you stuck with this routine so far?
Two and a half years.
What time do you go to sleep?
I try to go to bed around 9:00pm… but that never happens. My daughter likes to stay up as late as possible—she gets that from me. I’m a night owl and I love alone time when the house is finally quiet.
However, sometimes Hayden fights going to sleep. Her bedtime is between 7:30-8:00pm. We brush her teeth, pick out books to read, and say prayers. We thank God every night for all the people we love, and I pray specifically about her future, friends, teachers, that she comes to know the Lord at an early age, and even her husband and their (God-willing) many children. It’s my favorite time of the day. But then she fights going to sleep. She is smart and tries to negotiate for one more book or song. When she was a newborn baby, I played Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love every night. I would hold her with her head on my shoulder and dance slowly around the room. Well, now she wants to listen to it every night, except she insists on watching Elvis perform the song on stage (on YouTube). She tries to coerce me into letting her watch it, and it’s hard to say no, considering that it reminds me of her first few weeks of life (what a precious time).