I think we can all agree that humans are all creatures of habit. We start our days identically to the way we started the day before and the day before that and the day before that. As our days commence, sometimes what you had planned and what actually happens end up being two very different things. But, at the end of the day, when it is time to shut ‘er down, we creep back to our habits, whatever they may be, and prepare for a good night’s rest, so we can start it all over again the next day. Recently, Lauren shared her daily routine on the blog and, I must say, even as her own sister I was wildly intrigued by her daily routine. Personally, what people eat and drink are where most of my curiosities lie and I always find myself asking, “What do you pack for your lunch?” or “How do you take your coffee?” Since The Sister Project is a platform where we share all things relating to Inspiration, Lifestyle and Cool Ass Shit, it only seemed fitting that I too share what it looks like from the moment I wake up unitl the moment I go to bed. Buckle up, I am a mover and a shaker.
First groan…then rise, usually up and at ’em before the sun. Most mornings, Ryan brings me my coffee in bed. This started after the twins were born and it is a morning ritual I don’t ever want to end. P.S. I like my coffee strong and black.
Daily chat with Alexa. If you have not heard of this nifty little gadget, come on over and I’ll introduce you. Every morning she shares my daily morning news briefing and then the weather. She and I enjoy each other’s company while I hammer down coffee number 2 and make my favorite twins their lunch.
I take faster showers than you. I wash my hair 2 times a week. I do however wash my body daily. With that said, I am in and out. But while I am in, I scrub-a-dub-dub with Neutrogena Rain Bath. I love the packaging, the pump and they way it smells. For my shampoo-free days, I use Batiste Dry Shampoo.
Prepare for my trek to the Windy City. Everyday is a work day for me so, before I leave, I have to gather any bills and paperwork I need to bring with to my office. I use my Passion Planner as the vehicle for those items and whatever I carry goes in my 20-year-old Tumi backpack. Three cheers for quality shit! When it comes to food, I almost never leave without an avocado and a lime. I make avocado toast almost every day. The chile lime seasoning from Trader Joe’s turns my avo-toast into the stuff dreams are made of…
To ride by train or car, that is the question. I have to say, this part of my day is one of my favorites. Whether I travel in via the BNSF sitting across from one of my favorite friends or I decide to drive, there is always one thing going down on my commute. I am listening to music. My travel to and from work is one of my few solo moments and you better believe my Skull Candy Blue Tooth headphones are on. This newfound past time where I get to sing in a band requires me to listen and learn lots of music. My commute is the only time I get to do that, and I must say, there is no better way to ease into a day then listening to a little “tunage.” #ImWithTheBand
The J.O.B. When I open the door to my office, I have to be ready to hit the ground running. My old man, a.k.a. “The Knife” may be getting up there in age, but holy shit is he hyper. There is never a dull moment at my place of employment and I swear the hands on the clock go by in double time.
My Mid Day
Eating with my homie. Every single day around 10:30am, my work bestie and partner in crime dine in together. Oftentimes, we bring our own lunch, sometimes I bring enough for both of us and sometimes we say screw it and hit up one of our favorite spots in the loop. What we decide to put in our mouth is a well thought out plan, however it is the conversation we have over breaking bread each day that keeps me sane and, well, laughing my ass off. For 15 years now, we have been reading the Dear Abby column out loud to each other. Our goal is to try and read without laughing or cracking a smile. It never happens. I cherish this time together. She is good people.
Afternoon caffeine buzz. As the day comes to a close, so do my eyes, periodically. Thankfully, we have a Nespresso machine in the office. I head back around the water cooler to meet my bestie and main line some caffeine. The end is near.
Odds and ends. Aside from being a mom and a wife and an employee, I am also a caregiver or what I like to call, “The Power of Everything” to my mom. In a nutshell, I manage her life and that job is another full time job in itself. At the end of every single day, I am either paying bills, ordering items for the home, talking to lawyers or financial advisors, banking or dealing with whatever comes up that day. I have a list of tasks I maintain in planner and this is the time of day when I am usually checking boxes and crossing things off my list.
The whistle blows…and I am heading home. I am usually in a race against time to get to school one or two days a week to pick up my babies. Mom guilt is real. I will however remind them when we board our next plane for our next adventure, that having a working mom has its perks.
My Day’s End
Time to hit the weights. Twice a week, I head over to a little gym a few towns over called The Functional Athlete. My strong sister is a trainer there and, for a little over a year now, a handful of other ladies and I meet and get our asses handed to us…in a good way. I like several things about this gym, however the sense of community is my favorite. Well, that and my muscles.
Come and get it! This moment in the day is an important one for me. I cook most nights and we have a proper family dinner. My momma instilled that in me and I am so happy she did. I set the table and most evenings the four of us sit together and enjoy this meal as a family. I am loving this part of the day more and more as the kids get older and act less like ass-hats at the table. We are starting to have some funny and interesting conversations with each other and these are the moments that bring great joy to my life. I think this family dinner practice is an old school value that is the foundation of how I was raised. Even in this fast-paced working mom life I live, I make time for this. It is vital and I hope my kids look back on it with fondness just as I do.
Negotiating with terrorists a.k.a. Will and Mia Anderson. After dinner, I am running on fumes and all I want to do is lie down never to get up again. But, you see, I can’t throw in the towel just yet because I am a mother and the most thankless job on the planet doesn’t end until the little monkeys are all tucked in and ready for bed. This is the moment in the day when little people need to shower, perhaps read, lay out clothes, brush their teeth and for, all intents and purposes, push me to my limits. Around 7:30 pm, you will find me deep breathing and trying with all my might to not lose my shit at the end of the day. Most days I don’t…
Glorious silence and a cup of tea (or beer). After all is said and done, this is the moment in the day when I get to reward myself and my hard day’s work with either a libation or a cup of my favorite tea. Presently, I am loving Trader Joe’s Turmeric and Ginger Tea. If Ryan and I decide to have an adult beverage before we go up, it is usually a hoppy beer and a toke. I earned it.
Binge watch T.V. or read a book. This all depends on how deeply Ryan is sleeping. I cannot shut my eyes and go to bed like my husband. I am actually jealous of his ability to tuck in and drift off. It almost seems unfair to end the day without something to watch or read.
Holy crap, I am tired just from writing this.
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