A Day In The Life . . .

Jan 10, 2012

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.

Morning Routine:

*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.

Image: TSLL IG

28 thoughts on “A Day In The Life . . .

  1. I love this post. I’m actually at a point where my sleeping pattern is completely messed up as i mostly work at night and i’m on summer break from uni.

    I like how your day is structured. You wake up when i’m just heading off to bed

    xo Stephanie

    1. besides in the morning when your afternoon is more full, when do you find the time to walk your dogs on a regular schedule?

  2. Your post confirmed what I already know but have a hard time admitting to myself, that waking up earlier leads to a much more productive day. I have been a reader of your blog for a while and love your philosophy. Many thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Great post. Like you I am an early riser because I like to take my time starting my day, making breakfast, showering etc. If I get up in a rush or mad panic, the whole day seems to continue out of synch 😉

  4. Great post! I am an early riser as well and find it the perfect way to begin my day. Working two jobs requires that I get plenty of exercise, eat well and relax, not to mention stay methodically organized.

    Thank you for sharing a day in your life with us!

  5. Thanks for letting us peek into a day in your life, Shannon. My efforts to get and become this self-disciplined and organized always seem to go sideways. Keep the insights coming – you have no idea how many of us you inspire!

  6. Please try this for your afternoon snack: put 2 rounded tablespoons of Brewer’s Yeast (Whole Foods brand) into your favorite juice and CHUG IT – don’t sip it and savor it – you’ll lose your resolve. In two days, your skin will glow in the dark with health – I promise – from all the vitamins and trace minerals. My mom’s skin, at 98 years old, is luminous. You’ll see what I mean. But be brave – I love the nutty taste, but most people are real weenies about how things taste. Don’t be one of those people, not with so, so much to gain.

  7. Correction on the Brewer’s Yeast – my favorite brand names are Lewis Labs, and Bluebonnet, both sold at Whole Foods. Hurry, and get prepared for astonishment in the morning as you view your bare face.

  8. Shannon -I came accross your blog a few weeks ago and I look forward to reading your thoughts every morning before work. In just a short time it has become a great part of my own daily routine!! Thank you!

  9. Thanks Shannon! I am working on my daily routine: waking up early to start the day off is helpful.

    What surprises me how little you eat though! It seems almost worrisome! Or maybe I misread you only have a yogurt with fruits for lunch. Do you care to share more?

  10. Hi Shannon, love your blog very much. You’re tremendously organized and focused. But you’re a gorgeous young girl, where does entertainment fit in your schedule? Girls nights out, friends? You surely have an extrovert personality. What makes you content beside the fulfilled schedule when all the tasks on to do list are checked? Thank you for sharing your day. So inspirational.

  11. I love this routine but have 3 children to get ready and leave for work by 8.15. Invariably I am rushed, frazzled and running late! Any ideas? Getting up very early helps but doesn’t seem to completely reduce the stress. Gabrielle in Australia.

    1. While I can’t speak from experience (my only children are my two dogs – and my biggest to-do in the morning for them is to walk them), what I might suggest is trying to get a few things checked off the night before – lunches, lay out and iron clothes, etc. Often times we spend unnecessary time on making decisions that if made in advance would streamline our mornings better. More importantly, I want to say how much I admire moms in general, especially the demands of working moms – I don’t know how you balance it all. So most importantly, don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do everything exactly when and how you want to. Do your best and try to carve a few moments for yourself whenever you can. My thoughts are with you.

  12. I’d love to read more personal posts like this Shannon. Of course I enjoy all your posts and keep looking forward to them, but a real life advice is unbeaten. Your day looks like the right balance between day/night, energy/quiet, healthy/indulgent, alone/socializing, work/fun. I positively envy you 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  13. It wasn’t until I reached the end of the post that it hit me that you walk your dogs at 5:30 in the morning. I’m sure you’re extra cautious but I still have goosebumps. I’m a single, young woman and have to take precautions that young men usually don’t give a second thought about. It had taken me a long time to recover from a kidnapping attempt. Part of living a fulfilling life indepedently is feeling and being safe. In fact, may I suggest a post regarding personal safety–smarts and awareness are indespensible to any woman. Love your blog, Mary

    1. I am so sorry to hear of your experience. I hope that justice was served, as it sounds as though you have found great inner strength to move forward. Yes, there are certain precautions we must all take, especially women. I will certainly put your idea on my list of future posts. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Hi Shannon, just browsing again and belatedly read your reply to my comment from last year, thank you. I have negotiated a later starting time at work which gives me an extra 15 minutes in the morning, it really helps. Like you I have also started walking my two dogs early in the morning, it sets a positive tone for the day. I am more organised the night before as you suggested, and the boys know which days are mummy’s work days and they have to do more for themselves. I love your blog and read it religiously. Keep up the wonderful and inspiring writing. Cheers Gabrielle in Australia.

  15. I love your blog and have been a reader for years, but this is my first time commenting. I just wanted to point out to those who are not early risers, due to a work schedule or something like it: I work second shift (for a very, very good company; I love my job), and I’ve found that the only way to avoid feeling like a vampire is to combine my morning and evening routines. This means I go to bed almost immediately after getting home. I listen to classical music on NPR during my drive home (which takes place anywhere from 11:15PM to 1:00AM) to relax (but I’m careful not to zone out), and I change into my PJs, brush my teeth, drink some water, put on my sleep mask, and lay down within 20 mintues of getting home. This means I can be up by 8:30 or 9:00, enjoy a wonderfully relaxed but still productive morning and early afternoon, and go to work at 2:30PM totally ready to dive into the tasks at hand.

    While 8:30 or 9:00 AM is late by conventional standards, it is quite early for someone who works second shift, and it is criminally early for many who work second shift and wake up at 12:30 or 1:00AM. But my schedule keeps me feeling like a member of the “real” world, it allows me to see friends and family during the morning (I am in love with the fact that I can meet my mom for brunch on a Tuesday), and my weekend schedule, which is the same as my weekday schedule, naturally coincides with most people’s lazy Saturdays or Sundays, so I’m not the freak who is still asleep when everyone else wants to go see a matinee or meet for a hike.

    I’m also not crippling myself when I go back to a first-shift job someday, and I feel great. I’ve yet to experience any of the physical drawbacks to working such a late shift. The only downside is that my social life can take a hit if anything happens during the week. But I can get over that. 🙂

    Love your blog. Hope my comment helps the late-to-bed, late-to-rise readers.

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