Last night I caught up on some emails...digging my way through what was August. I came across this feature on the Windy City Blogger Collective and it really resonated with me. Not only is it brilliant but an easier way to manage stress, family, work and life in general.
I'm an avid list maker except there's one problem. I have lists everywhere which is slightly counter productive. And since I'm always aiming to become more productive with the time I have...I decided to give it a shot. The homework: draft an ideal day (daily and stick with it)
Granted, my ideal day is spent on white sand sipping on pina coladas with my husband while my kids frolic in the ocean; it appears I may have to wait until 2016 to revisit that! Here's to minimizing stress by sticking to a clean schedule that allows a little bit o' everything. Cuz really...there are only 24 hours in a day and sometimes you have to sleep, too!
My Ideal Day:
- 5:30-6:15 AM: wake-up, check emails with one eye open, make sure daily blog post published correctly
- 6:30-8:00 AM: shower, feed kids, coffee by the gallon, get kids ready for school
- 8:30-9:00 AM: respond to more emails, make bfast smoothie, drive kids to school
- 9:15-12:00 AM: more emails, conference calls, meetings and definitely more coffee, devour a handful of almonds
- 12:00-1:00 PM: make lunch at home or client lunch, work on social media for blog/clients, respond to comments, publish clients' midday posts
- 1:00-2:00: more emails, conference calls, meetings
- 2:00-4:00 PM: meetings, work on client deliverables...weekly schedules, agendas for calls, proposals and follow up
- 4:00-4:30 PM: more emails, last minute check-ins, schedule photo shoots, let our nanny go for the day
- 4:30-5:15 PM: snack break with my girls, catch up on their day, snuggle
- 5:15-6:00 PM: work out while the girls play with iPads or toys (I work out at home)
- 6:00-7:00 PM: prep dinner for the girls and myself, tidy up the house, sneak in a few emails
- 7:00-8:00 PM: bath time with the girls, brush teeth, more snuggles, books and TV time
- 8:00-8:45 PM: put the girls to bed (it takes forever these days, we're going through a new phase)
- 8:45-midnight: more emails, work on client deliverables, draft the next blog post, respond to comments and of course, post to social media channels
- midnight: check Instagram one more time, pass out
What's your ideal day? Is it as chaotic as mine feels?
Today's self-made babe is full of positivity. She is a bright light in any room which is not easy to come by. She's fashion forward and unforgiving but she owns it and that's what I love about Tali. Something tells me her business is just about to explode so take a read below.
Welcome to my newly rebranded entrepreneurial series. You may remember Fearless Friday from the past but this is the 2018 reimagined version. I brought it back for many reasons but the primary reason was because of YOU. You guys loved this series! I took a break because I recall it being a lot of work to conduct interviews and beyond. So, instead, I took my own advice and worked smarter, not harder.
Let me start by saying that I am not a physician. Not even close. But I can say that for almost 37 years I struggled with food, digestion and the feeling it left me. I have a great relationship with food. I love it and I love to try new things BUT gluten and I were never meant to be friends and that epiphany hit roughly two years ago when I grew tired of the bloat, the gas, the bathroom issues and the overall appearance of looking like I was in my second trimester 24/7.
2017 was a difficult year for many people that I genuinely love and care about. In fact, it felt like the world was somewhat turned on its head with everything ranging from natural disasters to horrible tragedies to the ugly truth behind "me, too" in the media. Hard to watch, hard to listen to and hard to put one foot in front of the other when you're left wondering what you can do to help. What I did love about this year is that we all spoke up. It's a positive change and yes, the topics were taboo but so what? Let's get it all out on the table, I say!
I feel like life is moving at the speed of sound and with it...my blog has been sitting in the corner weeping for more frequency. I am TRYING but man, this time of year is intensely busy. I decided to do an Instagram round up of all the goodness we are experiencing this month and last month.
Today I do not feel like I want to post about fashion. Today is one of those Truth Tuesday posts. I've been reflecting quite a bit about all the change 2017 has brought. Some of it has been pretty fabulous while others have been quite stressful. With only two months to go, I can safely say that 2017 was not one of my favorite years and the word on the street is that many people feel the same. 2017 was a year of change.
And 2018...if you're listening...you better bring it!
I've saved this photo for a year. Can you believe it? One of my very talented friends who happens to shoot on the regular for my company shot it when I wasn't paying attention...on a Halloween shoot, natch.
It's always fun to look back on the last 30 days and review life as we know it. Fall is such a busy time of year. It usually leaves me breathless but in the best way. It's been so long since I've done one of these that I felt today appropriate. I've had a bit of a black cloud over my head as of late but TODAY the sun is shining and it's Friday!
Like every day, you can always come to 101 things I love to support your shopping habit. Old habits die hard. <wink, wink> I will say this though...I will always find you a good deal and I am well researched. That's a promise! I am sure my husband is gritting his teeth reading this.
I posted a blog last week on shopping. It wasn't ground breaking and I've shared this type of content many-a-time before. Once in awhile a reader will comment on a particular item they, too are fawning over. It's just fun, superfluous content. The interesting thing about this post is that it really rubbed one reader the wrong way. I mentioned it extensively on my IG stories but in case you missed it...here's what my friend, "Laney" had to say...