So I have seen a few bloggers do this especially recently and thought I'd give it a try. While doing this post I got a new perspective on just how exactly I spend my day, slowing down to take pictures and really think about the tasks I complete day to day was a big eye opener on where I can spend less time and where I should dedicate more time. I hope you all enjoy the little sneak peak into what a typical day looks like.
8am - Alarm Rings
A typical day would start for me around 8am depending on the level of morning grogginess thats hitting me. With a few brief smacks to my alarm clock to finally get it to turn off, I proceed to lounge in bed for 10-15 minutes checking emails/Facebook/Instagram, checking on my blog statistics and answering your comments! I absolutely love hearing what you all have to say.
8:15am - Morning Beauty Routine
So once I'm able to fully function, I hop out of bed still in my foggy half awake haze and head to the restroom. (I'm not a morning person so this is a challenge for me) I wash my face with warm water, apply a little moisturizer and brush my teeth. Afterward I do a quick attempt at making my bed before going to make myself a small breakfast. I've never been a huge breakfast eater so this may seem like a simple task, but for me choosing what to eat for breakfast is a constant struggle. Anyway, I know many of you may be coffee drinkers, and believe me I love coffee, but I've been trying to stay away and switch to tea. For me personally it's a much more relaxing and balanced wake up without the harsh crash later in the day. While I eat breakfast I like to finish up with my emails work on my classes and write out my agenda/check my planner.
9/9:30am - Time with the fur baby
Somewhere between 9-9:30 depending on how the day is going to play out I throw on some comfortable workout clothes and take my dog Bradley out for a walk with my mom. It's a great time for me to talk with her outside of the house and get some exercise with my puppy. He's still learning how to walk on a leash properly because he gets so excited so it can be a bit of a fun challenge!
9:45am - Shower time
I think this is pretty self explanatory. I should clarify that because I'm not currently employed my schedule is going to seem pretty different to most of you. I also attend my classes online to save money and time commuting, so I'm able to set my own pace. After my little dance party and concert routine in the shower it's time to get dressed, style my hair and do my make up.
10:15/10:30 am - Styling my Look
Currently when it comes to my look I've been using softer/feminine tones for my make up. Seen above I've been in love with the Tartelette palette. It has such soft beautiful matte colors that I just can't resist. My face routine and make up take me about 20 minutes but I make up the time in styling my look the night before so all I have to do is slipped my clothes on in 5 minutes or less.
11am-5pm - Illustration -- Work
Around 11 is when I start to fully begin to work on what I've planned for the day, I know its not the smartest to start working so late in the day but after a lot of years trying to force myself to be able to function around 8am for working on projects I realized waiting the couple hours allowed me to produce better work in the long run. Recently since my semester ended I started a new project of redecorating my office. Above is an illustration I've created for my office, I spend a good chunk of my day practicing my illustrating, researching for my Senior collection and eliminating excess from my office that I'm packing up to donate to charity.
5:30pm - Dinner Time
After spending a good half an hour or so cleaning up my illustration and sewing supplies I like to straighten up my desk a little setting out the next couple tasks I need to complete. Today was a bit of a lazier day than most when it comes to dinner so I stuck with something simple a burrito from Chipotle (because nobody felt like cooking), fresh fruit and my newest addiction of a drink Marley's Mellow Mood Black Tea.
6pm - Clean Up
After dinner I think its easiest to just clean up after yourself, generally when we cook here I like to clean up pots and pans as I cook so to eliminate as much mess as possible. After all the dishes are washed and the kitchen looks more presentable I like to curl up with a book for an hour. I think reading an actual physical book is sort of becoming a lost art which is extremely upsetting to me. I can't imagine not having that time to not get lost in another world for an hour, with yes another cup of tea. The book I'm currently reading is The Clan of the Cave Bears by Jean M. Auel.
7:30 pm - Relax with the Fam
Once everything is pretty much so done and even though I've been pretty much relaxing for the past hour this is when I go to the couch and veg out with my family. We usually pick a new movie to watch or watch one of our favorite shows off the DVR. I still bring a pad and paper to work on some more illustrations or finish up one I was just working on. This is also when I'm able to give over attention to texting and catching up with my friends instead of random sporadic texts through out the day. There's something about curling up with loved ones and your fur baby that completely relaxes you. Sometimes I'll throw in a night walk for the pup if he seems extra energized.
9pm - The Writing Hours
Around 9 is when I separate myself and really try to focus on writing. I've never been the best writer, mainly because I write as soon as thoughts come to me and they never seem to come out grammatically correct. I try to, depending on the day, write out blog posts or at least ideas for blog posts for the week. I take a bit of time each day to write a paragraph or a few sentences, make edits, collect items/clothes to take pictures and edit them. If I don't time myself I could spend more than the hour and a half I dedicate each night (3 hours each night on the weekend) easily working things out till they're perfect.
10:30pm - Shutting Down the Electronics -- Get Ready for Bed
After I've stopped blogging for the night, Facebook stalking, writing even more emails, and overall internet surfing I shutdown my computer, turn off the lights, and get ready for bed. I, sometimes, change into proper pajamas, but most nights I end up in some form of yoga pants/leggings and a t-shirt because I'm lazy and they were most likely the easiest and most versatile thing I could find. I always apply my night time face care routine which consists of toning, exfoliating, one of two night masks and then a light moisturizer. I brush my teeth while dancing around to my iPod to make it a fun activity, grab a glass of water and crawl into bed.
10:50pm - Get in Bed
On weekdays, by 11, I'm usually in bed. At this point, I typically require between 30 m minutes and an hour of wind-down time before I'm ready to actually fall asleep. This usually includes a TV episode or two in the background while I either cave and keep working on my latest blog post, browse through Etsy or read a few chapters of my book. It may seem strange that I need to wind-down after not really doing anything physically strenuous, but when I'm blogging, researching, illustrating, really any of my work activities my brain is *ON* and alert. This is really when I can do things like play on my phone mindlessly, and really give that brain a break.
12am - Lights Out
My lights are usually out by the time I get into bed or a little before or so. That is, after I turn off the TV, plug in my iPhone, reset my alarm for the following day and grab my childhood stuffed animal that I still sleep with (don't judge). I curl up into my pillows take one last sip of water and drift off. Zzz.....
That's a basic outline of my day to day life, Monday through Friday. My weekends are a little more exciting and spent a bit differently, more family time, trips to the beach, trips to the dog park, shopping, etc. It's a bit of a predictable life, especially now that I have an organizer and try to plot things out that way, but I like it this way. When the semester starts things seem a bit more hectic and fleshed out but for a summer break away from the constant moving I am pretty content with the smaller laid back projects ahead of me.
So, that’s my day in the life. What does yours look like? (I think it’s a really fun exercise to chronicle your mundane day-to-day happenings because it’s awesome to look back on what you used to do!)
**PS-If you read this entire post, you deserve a bear hug and a gold star. Way to go, you just survived reading over 2,020 words about what I do each day!**