As a digital nomad and journalist, I travel the world while logging around 70 articles a month. To effectively manage a country-hopping lifestyle while also building my bylines and clients, I turn to the advice of seasoned movers-and-shakers who have developed habits and strategies for success. Each week, I’ll highlight the daily routine of influential professionals, making for the right kind of fodder while you down your coffee.
Most everyone wishes they could trade their commoner digs for a royal address. Meghan Markle, or now officially recognized as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, did just that when she became the wife to the last eligible royal bachelor, Prince Harry, earlier this year. She wasn’t merely waiting around in an ivory tower to be rescued though — Markle had a thriving acting career with a starring role in the hit legal drama series, Suits.
Throughout her fame, she’s made a point to bring awareness to issues she cares about, especially as an outspoken, bold feminist. She’s discussed everything from gender inequality to women’s rights globally on her former lifestyle website, The Tig, which is no longer active.
Giving back to communities has been a lifelong priority for Markle too, who has worked as a humanitarian for the past decade, benefiting international organizations nationwide. Little is confirmed regarding her net worth since moving to Kensington Palace, but most recent sources estimate her pre-marriage value around $5 million, mostly credited from her acting career.
If you want to empower your inner superwoman, consider these daily rituals from the Duchess of Sussex.
She enjoys running.
Considering it is one of the most popular — and location-independent — ways to stay active, it is probably not surprise that Markle is a dedicated runner. No matter how many miles she logs per day or week, Markle says she appreciates the time to clear her thoughts and refocus her energy in a position direction.
Though, sure, there are numerous mind and body benefits of working up a sweat during a quick jog, Markle’s best advice for anyone is to find your own spirit exercise. As she explained in one interview, “I love running but I think you have to find a workout routine that really speaks to you beyond trying to get gals for your body.”
She works out with others.
When you’re trying to maintain a fitness routine, strength — and ahem, accountability — is found in numbers. Markle knows this firsthand and not only brings along her dog for her runs, but friends, too. Before she moved across the pond, she used to log a six-mile run with her personal trainer and close friend in Los Angeles. Today, we’re sure she finds someone in the royal realm to join her — who knows, maybe even Kate Middleton?
She loves yoga.
Though there has been plenty of scandal surrounding her father, Markle remains very close to her mother Doria Ragland. Not only was she a supportive figure in her life and her acting ambitions, but Ragland taught Markle about the many benefits of yoga from the time she was a child.
After all, as an instructor, she had to pass down her passion to her daughter! Markle fell in love with the practice and continues to flow her way through life regularly, even saying “most things can be cured with either yoga, the beach, or a few avocados.” We’d have to say, we agree.
She exercises her creativity bone.
Fun fact you might not know about Markle: she’s a talented calligrapher. In fact, before she was famous, she was the hand behind the invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding, as well as numerous holiday cards for big brands, like Dolce & Gabbana.
Utilizing art not only ignites your creativity, but studies have found it can treat depression and be an undeniable happiness instigator. “I would sit there with a little white tube sock on my hand so no hand oils got on the card, trying to pay my bills while auditioning,” she shared. Perhaps all of that hard work encouraged a positive mental state, and thus, her career flourished.
She prioritizes her mornings.
Before her lifestyle blog was discontinued, Markle wrote regularly on The Tig. One of her former posts detailed how much effort she puts into mornings. She said they set the tone for the day, and even has a set playlist to wake her up, featuring jams from Ingrid Michaelson and others.
In addition to dancing into the day, she also makes sure to choose healthy first bites, from avocado toast to gluten-free pancakes. In fact, plenty of sources say she’s rubbed off on her husband, encouraging him to eat healthier and give up smoking.
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