Last month a reader made the suggestion on this post that I share my daily routine. While all of my posts that appear on Mondays and Wednesdays are derived from what I believe in and what I try to practice in my life in order to live a fulfilling and contented life, I mulled over the idea and finally came to the conclusion . . . well, I think this post is a dead give away, don’t you?
Needless to say, I respect my readers’ requests and want to provide content that you can find value in and want to read, so . . . here it goes. What I hope you will see is that my daily routine is fairly simple, but also allows for some time to feel comfort and pampered – thus, the luxurious part. After all, it is about being clear about our intentions, knowing what we want to accomplish and how we are going to do and then, finding the balance so that we have the energy each day to put our best foot forward.
On a regular work day my goal is to begin feeling rested, work in such a way that I may end the day feeling productive, as well as having had the ability to balance business with some pleasure and calm.
My routine shared below has been updated as of 1/8/2020.
*Wake up, let the dogs out and feed them. Shower (washing my hair only every second or third day – saves time and my hair). Twice a week – go through my simple strength routine for arms, abs and legs, and if I have time 3 sets of Sun Salutations (currently, I am trying a new tiny habit of one strength repetition each weekday morning). Beginning January 2018, I began waking up to classical music on the WRTI.org app (Breakfast with Bach takes place just as I am waking up which I love, and the host Greg Whiteside during the weekday mornings helps to begin the day well with his selections. I do support this station as it is a public radio station).
*While still in my robe (to make sure I don’t spill on my clothes), I make myself the same breakfast that I have every morning – steelcut oatmeal infused with chia seeds sprinkled with sliced roasted almonds, raisins and a teaspoon of honey; 1/2 cup of orange juice, and one egg or a two-egg French omelette (in episode #3 of my cooking show, I share my steel cut oats recipe and more breakfast ideas). Some mornings when I want to stay apprised of the daily news, I will tune in to NPR to listen to while I eat my breakfast at the dining table with either the Sunday New York Times and WSJ’s Weekend Edition that I haven’t finished from the weekend or an article from The New Yorker that I am slowly making my way through, otherwise I keep the classical music flowing throughout the house. Beginning in 2018 I began playing the NYTimes’ mini crossword puzzle, and look forward to it every morning of the week, sometimes calling up my mom to play along with her just as a way to say hello as we both now include this daily puzzle in our days. My dogs – Norman and Oscar are chilling near my feet waiting to lick my plates when I’m done (yes, the boys are a wee bit spoiled ☺️).
*With about thirty minutes open, I will take 5-10 minutes to meditate, then the boys and I will enjoy our morning constitutional around the neighborhood. While after school we will usually go for a much longer walk, this morning ritual gives us all some fresh air and allows us to stretch our legs.
*Time to choose the outfit and enjoy deciding on the shoes, accessories and which coat will take me where I need to go throughout the duration of my day.
*Head to work with my favorite tea of the moment in my travel mug. Update: Beginning with my job in Bend, I have had the opportunity to have an electric tea kettle in my room, so I make a hot cup of tea immediately upon my arrival to my classroom (Montagne Bleue from Palais des Thés is my favorite).
Late morning – snack on half of an apple or berries (when in season) or grapes. Roasted unsalted almonds are usually always stocked in my room for nibbling as well.
Lunch – Fage Greek yogurt with strawberries – so filling, you’ll be amazed – I promise, but lately I most often enjoy leftovers (some form of protein – chicken, salmon, shrimp) from dinner the previous day paired with an arugula or spinach salad tossed with a simple homemade vinaigrette (recipe here).
* After work is complete, before heading home, I take care of errands, trying to condense them into as few trips as possible and stop by the grocery store for any fresh items I will need for dinner (and always try to bring my cloth grocery bags, but sometimes I forget too and I always kick myself).
* During the school workweek, I exercise three days during the five-day span at least, and will walk or ski on the weekend as well. If I wasn’t able to find time for a yoga class during the week, I will take a yoga class on Saturday morning.
* The Simply Luxurious Life beckons, and I work on my laptop or in my office.
* Dinner. Only indulging in dessert three times a week with a truffle just before bed if it is a non-dessert night to reward myself for following my eating plan (peanut butter is my favorite).
*The evening is mine to unwind, read, sip tea, watch a DVRed show and simply relax. My dogs of course will want to snuggle, which I gladly welcome.
*To bed for beauty sleep and enough energy to get up and do it all again. Before I turn out the light, I usually do some more reading or write in a journal.
As you know, there are days and special events and demands on our time that change the order of this day, but ultimately this is the schedule I do my best to stick to, and thankfully with much diligence, it happens more than not.
As you can see, each day, while full, still allows for moments of rest and indulging in activities I love. Nothing thrills me more than living this life that has taken work to create for myself and those I love and welcome into my life, and that includes having the opportunity to communicate with you, my readers. Keep the ideas and suggestions coming regarding posts you would like to see. It is truly my goal to create a blog you enjoy visiting each day of the work week, all the while adhering to The Simply Luxurious Life premise.
Have a wonderful Tuesday.