Apr 15, 2024 - Culture

How I Wake Up: Mindy Thomas

Photo illustration of Mindy Thomas inside a red alarm clock.

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Mindy Thomas makes science fun for kids. She is the co-host of the wildly popular "Wow in the World" podcast alongside Guy Raz — and the duo is rolling out a STEM-themed toy line.

  • Mindy lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two kids. We caught up with her about how she gets up and going.

⏰ Wake-up time: 4:20am most days.

🍊 First thing she does: Orange Theory class three times a week.

  • But on rest days, she's partial to jumping right into a New York Times Connections game, or Wordle and the Crossword puzzle.

🍵 Morning fave: Harney & Sons tea. The Earl Grey and peppermint herbal sachets in one cup. "My tea cocktail."

🤖 Life hack: Alexa smart speakers (the robots, you could say) keep everyone on schedule, blurting out reminders to feed the dog or leave the house on time.

  • "Our house is so annoying in the morning," she jokes. "The smart speaker is constantly yelling at us, giving us countdowns."

ğŸž Breakfast: A piece of Ezekiel toast with avocado or with Good Culture cottage cheese.

💡 Morning wisdom: After undergoing breast cancer treatment last year, she has found joy in waking up with positivity. "Before my diagnosis, I would listen to news every morning. And news in the past few years has been really heavy."

  • "So for the last year, I have been listening to music when I wake up."

Her pump-up jam includes Carole King's "Beautiful":

  • You've got to get up every morning
  • With a smile on your face
  • And show the world all the love in your heart

🏁 Commute: A quick jaunt to her basement to record and work on Tinkercast and "Wow In The World."

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