You know, my days are so jam packed. I have my day job, and then when most of my friends are coming home to relax and/or socialize, I go into hustle mode and work a whole other shift. If I didn’t have my routines, I would surely fall flat on my face… so to keep me upright this is what a typical day is for me:
Mornings are the most important part of my day. First and foremost… coffee. I start everyday with something I call SAVERS:
Silence- because my brain goes 1,000 miles a minute it is vital that I spend 10 minutes to meditate and clear my head from any distractions.
Affirmation- This may sound crazy but write down 2 things I love about myself or words of affirmation. Doing this reminds me that I am worthy and able, two things you must have to love and be loved in any sense whether professionally, emotionally, spiritually.
Visualization- creating a mood board is life-changing. I work on a continuous mood board, or start a new one everyday. It is therapeutic and shows you where you are going, where you want to be, and how far you have come.
Exercise- It doesn’t matter if it is an hour or 10 minutes… I WILL MOVE MY BODY. There is nothing that fine tunes my mind like a workout.
Reading- I will read 5-10 minutes whether it is the news, a book, a magazine, or on Pinterest.
Scribing- Keep a journal a journal to log my thoughts, feelings, and ideas literally keeps me sane. It also stimulates all of my creative juices to allow me to do what I do.
And this is all before my day really starts. After SAVERS this is how it goes:
8:45AM: Pack up and drive to work (LA traffic is the worst! So, I leave a little later than most to avoid rush hour), and resisting the urge to go to Starbucks and get my Fall seasonal drink (grande Pumpkin Spice Late with almond milk).
10AM-6:00PM: daaaaay jobbbbb. But, I seriously realize how much I like my job more and more each day. I work in social media and talent management so I am constantly learning and expanding my knowledge. “The more you are willing to learn and read the more successful you will become,” this is something my dad has instilled in me from the beginning. When my schedule lightens up throughout my work day, I will research fashion trends, write posts, and plan my schedule.
6:00PM- 7:30PM: Run any errands I might have for that day. (Since I live in LA, I always have to account for the traffic which literally takes so much time so I will take phone calls and make appointments while in the car.)
8:00PM-11ish PM Get home, shower, and tidy up (I am kind of OCD when it comes to keeping things clean). My after work tasks vary depending on what content I’m producing that week. If I have products to shoot for my blog, YouTube, or social media I will take 30-45 minutes shooting. Through out the week I will edit my YouTube videos as well. This is the hustle part of my day. This can take anywhere from an hour to four. But I love every minute of it.
Obviously, with my work week, my schedule is always changing. Some days I will have events in the evenings I will attend. As you know, my weekend is filled with shooting, traveling, and writing for my blog. My mind set behind juggling two full time jobs is like Beyonce says, “Grind till you own it.” I encourage all those #bossbabes and entrepreneurs out their that have a dream but feel like they are stuck in a 9-5 environment to challenge themselves. I can promise you it won’t be easy but it will be worth it when you look back in 20 years at your success. Empires don’t build overnight, it takes time, dedication, and pushing through those dreaded internships or jobs while launching a fashion line and writing posts. Like I said, it is the practice of discipline that sets us apart.
What’s the trick to balancing it all?
It sounds simple, but for me sticking to lists and goals. Every week I set 5-10 goals for myself to meet and a daily list of tasks to complete. Discipline is SO important because it gives you the power to sticking to your decisions and following through with them. Discipline determines your destiny. It is definitely not the easiest thing to practice, but I promise it is worth it. It is what sets the doers and non-doers apart. And who doesn’t love to cross things off a list?