Day in the life

I’ve always loved reading day in a life posts, so thought it was about time I did one myself! I guess this is a little similar to my old WIAW posts, but with a bit more detail and hopefully these will be more interesting. I don’t particularly think my life is majorly exciting but with me working for myself I guess it is different from the norm. This day in the life is from last Thursday. I had woken up at 5am and then dozed until James snoozed his alarm at 5.50 then woke up properly with my alarm at 6am as usual.

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I checked emails on my phone then got up and made the bed. Then I sat and did my 5 breaths as I’m trying to get into the habit of starting each day with 5 deep purposeful breaths to help me focus and get my head in the game. It really helps! Then it was off to the kitchen for my warm water and lemon juice which I drank while I got ready and put my make up on.

Lemon water

I made a big bowl of creamy porridge with blueberries and tahini, and ate that while my computer booted up and I started to check my Facebook and Twitter. I also shared a cool picture I’d seen on my Instagram account and doubled checked what was on my to do list for the day.

Blueberry poriddge tahini

By 7am I was going through my email, I think I had about 20 emails from the day before so I didn’t get through them all. I also double check that day’s blog post to make sure I don’t have any spelling mistakes and that it’s basically not a load of crap ;-)

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I used to have coffee at this time, but now I just have a mug of warm water as that seems to be better for my stomach. I also take my supplements and a small glass of apple cider vinegar diluted in water. 

By 8am I had to leave a couple of emails and start getting ready to drive to meet a health coaching client. It was this particular clients final session, so I got her a nice card and gift:

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I finished off preparing a salad for lunch to take with me, then made sure I had everything I needed and headed off.

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The weather had started off a bit grey, but was lovely by the time I reached the cafe where we were meeting. I had a peppermint tea.

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I love and hate final sessions with my clients, on one hand it’s great to recap everything they’ve achieved, but it’s also sad to not see them again, although we do usually keep in touch. Most of my clients are over Skype, so it is nice to be able to see a client face to face. After a lovely session I jumped in the car and drove to my office as I was working a few hours in my charity manager job. Currently I’m working on some support information for new social enterprises which I really enjoy. 

Office desk

It’s a couple of the girls birthday’s coming up, so the day before I’d made a blueberry banana bread to take in for our little get together. One of the girls is gluten and diary free, so I made it paleo. I have to say it was delicious, recipe coming soon!

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Unfortunately the girl who has the intolerance’s couldn’t make it in that day, but I shared it with one of my other colleagues and she really enjoyed it as well. I had two slices (yum!) and a green tea. 

At 1pm I had the salad I’d made which included lettuce, spinach, beetroot, tinned mackerel, jalapeños, and some balsamic vinegar:

Mackerel salad

So happy to be back on the big salads again! After that I quickly checked my emails, blog comments and social media.

I was only doing a couple of hours in the office, so got finished up and drove home in the sunshine, it was gorgeous!

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When I got home I popped the computer on and checked my to do list. I phoned up to renew my car insurance (securing a discount, woo hoo!) and then set about making some healthy flapjacks to take to my Care and Share community group the next day. I made two batches so there’s plenty for everyone. I based the recipe on my apple, pecan and maple flapjacks (I also posted the recipe for these on my Instagram)

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I ate about half a flapjack for taste testing of course, plus a few raisins from the bag and then finished off a bottle of coconut water which I’m addicted to at the moment!

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I then got a rather important email come through. The day before I’d had a call with a publisher about me being a contributing writer to a recipe book. It was all very exciting, but the fee I was being offered would not have covered my time given the work that would have been involved. I spent some time stewing about that before emailing back declining the offer. It’s pretty scary to turn down something that feels like a really big deal, but as I’m working for myself, I have to place a higher value on my time. The good thing is that I was contacted in the first place I guess, plus they’ve been back in touch so we shall see!

To help get me out of that funk, I did 20 minutes of yoga. I didn’t use a video or app and but just did what I felt like including some sun salutations without the up dog as it hurts my stomach. Instead I hold high plank for a breath then just go into downward facing dog from there. I’m also loving forward folds that stretch my hamstrings!

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I felt miles better after that :-) Then I went to clean up in the kitchen and start to prepare dinner. I had made a big portion of red lentil and new potato curry earlier in the week, so I had a serving of that with steamed kale:

Red lentil and new potato curry

I made James a quick ham, cheese and mushroom omelette with spinach as I’d only had one chicken breast when I’d made his curry earlier in the week! Sometimes it’s just easier for us to have different meals as he isn’t into beans and lentils like I am. We watched an episode of Grimm that we’d recorded while we ate dinner. I also had some of my home made banana peanut butter froyo with chot shot as dessert:

Banana peanut butter froyo with chot shot

After washing the dishes I was back at the computer for an hour between 7 and 8pm to write a blog post. James always makes me a cup of mint tea:

Mint tea

These days I’m wrecked by 8pm so I turned the computer off, went and washed my face, took my supplements and jumped into bed to watch Netflix and read:

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I ended up starting to re watch Life on Mars again, it’s one of my faves! My about 9pm I fancied a little treat, so had a couple of bites of dark chocolate egg. I felt myself dozing off so brushed my teeth and then fell asleep at about 10pm. Happy Days!

One of the things about working the way I do is that no two days are ever the same. I’m going to try and find a little routine for myself, as how my days are filled changes day to day and week to week. I have to admit it took me a while to get used to that way of working as I’m a lover of routine!

Do you like a lot of different things to do each day or do you prefer doing similar things day in and day out? Do you like ‘day in the life’ style posts?

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