I think about this question a lot. With the advent of sharing everything on the internet, highly-stylized pictures on Instagram, and the instant gratification of showing your grocery store run on Snapchat, we know so much about people’s lives.
But what I always wonder is what the rest of the time looks like. What do you do when you’re not wearing that really expensive outfit from Nordstrom, Instagram lady. Where are all the kid toys, Facebook mom with eight kids.
Most of life is pretty unglamorous, really. It’s boring and monotonous and mundane. I think that’s how it is for all of us, even the fancy famous people. The idea of their lives is probably better than their actual lives. It’s just the way things work.
My life is pretty quiet. If I had to pick one word, it would be quiet. Purposefully quiet. Also, comfortable. Quiet and comfortable are my life words.
At the beginning of the year, I did a reader survey and so many people asked what my daily life looked like. I wasn’t really expecting that question (because quiet and comfortable…), but I get it too. I often wonder what the people of the internet do when they’re not on the internet.
Here’s what I do:
6:00 AM: Hit the gym; Monday through Thursday mornings, I’m at the gym exercising. I absolutely HATE getting up at 5:45 every morning, but moving my body just makes me feel better physically and mentally. So I do it. Every morning. (I’m running about ten miles a week and doing weights two mornings; I really love the weights stuff which sounds weird, but for real, you should lift weights. I’m gonna be buff at 80, I can just tell.)
7:00 AM: I walk in the door just as the girls are finishing breakfast and then I take over, getting them dressed and ready for school. Then Chris walks them to the bus stop while I pick up the tornado they left in their wake, make the bed, brew the delicious coffee, and get ready for my first class.
8:00 AM: Every single morning as I walk into my office in my sweaty gym clothes and sit down to teach, I get a jolt of excitement. I seriously can’t believe I get to do a job I mostly love at home in my comfy clothes. I’m online, live with students from 8-10 every morning. But they can’t see me (unless I turn my video camera on) so it doesn’t really matter what I look like.
Mid-morning: I’ll take a break to get ready and read my Bible then back to the computer.
All day long: I sit at the computer. I grade, I meet with students, I attend meetings, I create lessons, I analyze data. It’s as exciting as it sounds, trust me. But working from my home office while Pandora or Gilmore Girls is playing in the background isn’t too rough. This introvert loves it, actually. (Also, this is another reason I make myself get out of bed and go to the gym every morning. I do a lot of sitting during the day.)
2:30 PM: I lace up my sneakers, put a leash on the dog, and we head out for a walk. I have to be at the bus stop by 2:55, but I try to get in a little walk before Harper arrives because I’m been in my chair so long. Once Harper gets off the bus, we take one lap around the neighborhood and it brings us right back to the stop in time for Ellie’s bus. So I get 30-40 minutes of walking most afternoons, the dog has an opportunity to pee and smell everything in the city, and my eyes get a break from staring at the computer screen.
3:15 PM: I get the girls set up with a snack, they head off to play, and I sit down to do another hour or so of work (my day technically ends at 4:00 but sometimes, like the beginning of the school year, I’m a little overwhelmed and end up working way past that).
5:00 PM: I start dinner, deal with overflowing backpacks, grab the mail, etc. I think our evenings are pretty typical for anyone with school-aged kids. If feels like a mad dash to bedtime where we have to cram in Girl Scouts, baths, books, dinner, and a million other small things that don’t seem important until the last moment when you’ve got no time left. Or maybe that’s just our family. Whatever.
7:30 PM: Bedtime for the girls!! Woohoo! We made it. Barely, but we all survived. Chris cleans up dinner, I get the house straightened up, and by 8:00 each night we’ve collapsed on the couch or on the bed for TV, books, and catching up. My bedtime varies between 8:30 and 11:00–it’s a total crap shoot. I know I need a more consistent sleep schedule, but it just depends on what I’ve got left to do, what book I’m reading, and how exhausted I am from the day. This is when I might also write some if I feel up to it. Sitting in my office all day has changed my writing habits because the last thing I want to do at night is go back and sit in my office again, so that’s been an odd thing to get used to. I’m much less consistent in my writing since I started this job (if you haven’t noticed…)
Quiet and cozy–that’s my current season and my ultimate goal for life so it’s nice to have clothes to match that attitude. Much of my day is about being comfortable–at the gym or sitting at my desk–that I need good transition pieces that can pull double-duty so I’m excited to partner with Cuddl Duds from JC Penney to show off how easy they make active life and how cozy they make lounging.
Cuddl Duds are perfect for layering no matter what season or stage of life you’re in. (They’re also incredibly soft. Like almost-too-good-to-be-true soft.) And what’s great is right now if you stop by your local JC Penney store, they’re 25% off. (You can also buy them online, but the sale doesn’t apply. Sale prices are 10/2-10/9 in-store only.) You seriously need to check out their selection, there’s something for every style and size.