A DAY IN MY LIFE
Sometimes I wish I was a 9-5’er, with weekends off. Wouldn’t life be easy with the same routine every day? It’s funny how the grass is always greener on the other side. How we default to thinking that ‘other’ people have it easier than we do. They don’t and the grass isn’t greener. I’m sharing this with you to highlight the benefits of a morning routine and having a journal.
What’s important to remember is that we are in the driving seat and we all have the same 24 hours in one day.I’ve created my life to be different to the 9-5’er and here’s what it looks like since I started doing a daily journal exercise. I’m embracing the fact that every day is different.
How do I share my daily routine when every day is different? I’ve chosen one day of my week. This is a typical Thursday and includes an excerpt from my journal.
5am Alarm goes off. I get up using the mantra ‘It’s what I do’. Prepare and drink a warm glass of water with a slice of lemon
5.10am Meditate for 5 -15 minutes
5.30am Make a cup of green leaf tea, Gen Maicha (Japanese) is my go-to morning tea
5.35am Journal time (see below)
5.45am Prepare for bike ride (fill camelbak with water, lights on bike, get dressed)
6.00am MTB ride
7.30am Home. Refresh. Breakfast.
8.00am Take a carful of teenagers to school (my two plus their friends)
8.20am Kitchen tidy after morning mayhem.
9.00am The Lilac Lounge home office – coaching prep
9.30am 1:1 coaching clients via Skype
10.45am My own 1:1 coaching (Skype to Singapore)
11.30am 10 minute meditation
11.40am White space
REST OF THE DAY
12.00noon Create and eat lunch (& dinner prep)
12.30 Drive 10 minutes to Podiatry Clinic
1.00 – 6.00pm Podiatry clients
6.00pm pick up youngest teenager from ballet class
6.30pm Dinner with family
7.15pm Relaxation Yoga @ The Space (coordinate husband to collect eldest daughter from work @ 8pm)
8.45pm Home and prepare for bed /available to chat with teens
This is something I highly recommend. Using a journal is a great way to start the day and give yourself clarity, direction and reflection.
- At least 3 things I’m grateful for
- 3 affirmations
- 3 ‘amazing things that happened yesterday’ list
- A ‘what would make today great’ list
A few pages of my journalling this year look like this;
I’ve stopped doing the ‘I could’ve made today better if…’ section because I found I was foussing on the negatives too much. It might work for you. I’ll add it back later and see if anything’s changed.I’ve added daily ‘blah’ or brain dumping sessions and intend to make these a habit. When I do take time (5 minutes) the results are awesome. It’s a bit like decluttering your pantry but you’re decluttering your brain. It creates so much more space so it’s not all jammed in trying to be heard. Highly recommended.
I’ve added daily ‘blah’ or brain dumping sessions and intend to make these a habit. When I do take time (5 minutes) the results are awesome. It’s a bit like decluttering your pantry but you’re decluttering your brain. It creates so much more space so it’s not all jammed in trying to be heard. Highly recommended.
MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING
Five years ago at the age of 42, I found a way to move my body that I love. I’ve gained friends for life through mountain biking and have grown internally beyond measure. I’ve ridden in places I never imagined and pushed myself that magical place outside my comfort zone.
My mountain bike rides vary and are based on a programme from my mountain bike coach (in Melbourne). Thursday’s are usually interval sessions, like 15 x 200m repeats at maximum effort on a hill plus extra kilometres. I journal about mountain biking to help me stay clear on why I ride.
I use guided meditations on the app Yogaglo. There’s so many options, read about them here. Everyone can learn to meditate, you need to find a way that works for you.
Breakfast is different every morning. Usually savoury. It might look something like this.
Egg & Veg Wrap Recipe
2 eggs whisked in a bowl
1/2 grated carrot
a few snow peas thinly sliced
handful spinach leaves
1/2 avocado, sliced
fresh herbs chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat coconut oil over medium heat and fry egg in two batches to resemble crepes
Add all other ingredients and roll crepes to resemble a wrap
I’ve invested in one on one coaching for over 12 years. It’s been invaluable for personal and professional growth and given me skills and expertise to share with my own clients. It provides accountability with a reward system which works really well for me. It’s also given me access to incredible resources that have been invaluable. Most of all it’s taught me to be kind to myself and take time out every day. It helped me realise that I was trying to fit way too much into my day and would get frustrated that I couldn’t make it work. Now I’m sharing that with others and it brings me so much joy.
Most of all coaching has taught me to be kind to myself and take time out every day. It helped me realise that I was trying to fit way too much into my day and would get frustrated that I couldn’t make it work. Now I’m sharing that with others and it brings me alot of joy. I’ve shared my morning routine with my clients and encourage them to journal too.
This is a new addition to my week. Yin style yoga at the beautiful ‘The Space’, a ten minute drive from home. It’s a great way to ‘make’ me do a long yoga session and sets me up perfectly for a relaxing nights sleep.
So there you have it. My day (on a Thursday) in a nutshell including an excerpt from my journal.
I’d love to answer any questions or give you more detail if you want it. Let me know what you’d like to know in the comments box below.