A Day in the Life

Day in the life posts are one of my all-time favorites to read! I picked a random day last week to document and share in this linkup for today.

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I love mornings and it's rare that I'll hit snooze once I hear my alarm. Fun fact, my current alarm is this song; I prefer to use music as an alarm instead of a standard alarm tone.

Since I wash my hair everyday, my first stop is always the shower. Once I'm done showering, getting dressed, and combing my hair, I head into the kitchen to brew a cup of coffee. This is my favorite coffee that I've been using for years.

I'm one of those people that likes to put every minute to good use while getting ready in the mornings. So, while the Keurig is brewing, I head back to the bathroom and use a little makeup remover to take off any mascara that was leftover from the day before. Is it just me, or is there always makeup left behind after showering even if you washed your face the night before? I also apply my favorite eyeshadow primer so that it can dry by the time I'm ready to apply my eye makeup.

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I then grab my coffee, add a splash of creamer (and sometimes some whipped cream), and head back to the bathroom to get ready for the day. The first thing I do is apply my trio of hair products; I begin by spraying this texturizing spray all over my hair, then I massage in a palmful of this mousse, before finishing with this heat protectant. Next I apply my makeup, before drying and styling my hair.

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Once my hair is straightened and ready to go, I apply this pomade to smooth things out, then this texturizing dry shampoo to give it a little "oomph" and finish it off with this hairspray.

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Once my hair and makeup are done, I apply a spritz of perfume, make the bed, and grab my lunch from the fridge. Then I blend up my shake (grass-fed whey protein + mocha java powder + almond milk + ice), transfer it to a travel tumbler, and head out the door. Once in awhile, I brew a second cup of coffee to take with me for the road.

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Most days, I look forward to my commute to work -- I sip my protein shake while listening to a podcast or an audiobook. I just downloaded this one the other day after having multiple friends recommend it to me over the years.

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Once I arrive at work, I say hello to the creative team (we all sit together with our desks facing inward like a big table), put my lunch in the fridge, and check my email. I take a look at my project list for the day and then prioritize what needs to be done before diving in.

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I like to chat with the creative team throughout the day as I work, but whenever I'm under a tight deadline or need to work on something with intense concentration (such as complicated dielines or an illustration), I'll put my headphones on. I've been listening to this new album on repeat lately and it's been the perfect workday music! I typically have a snack mid-morning as well -- usually veggies + hummus / guac or a yogurt cup.

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After too many years of skipping lunch breaks, I like to take a real break mid-day to recharge. If it's nice out, I like to take a quick walk nearby -- other times I'll run an errand, or just eat in the lunch room. If I go for a walk, I usually eat my lunch at my desk either before or afterwards. My lunch is usually soup, salad, or a random plate of things like cottage cheese, veggies, fruit, and an egg. I prefer to eat off of plates verses eating out of Pyrex containers, so I almost always plate my lunch before sitting down to eat it.

After lunch, I head back to my desk to finish out my day strong -- I keep running lists of things I need to accomplish and like to feel like I've had a productive day once it comes time to leave for the night. At my job, I do a lot with illustration, packaging, lettering, and product designs for makeup / beauty  and coffee retailers.

Mid-afternoon, I usually have another snack such as an apple with peanut butter, energy bites, or popcorn, etc.

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Depending on if it's nice out or not, sometimes I'll walk around a local lake before heading home otherwise I'll hit the gym. On this particular day I had a phone date with my bestie while walking around the lake before heading home for the evening. 

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On the way home, I swung by Target to grab coffee creamer and bought these (and some candy corn) to share with my friends at work. We have a candy table that is almost always stocked with some sort of candy or snack. 

In addition to his job as an art director, Andy is also an adjunct professor of design and he was teaching on this particular evening so I had a low key evening at home. I changed clothes, packed my lunch for the next day, and made a quick dinner (spaghetti squash + broccoli + red peppers along with a side of cottage cheese and berries) before lighting a candle and settling in to enjoy a few shows. 

A few hours later, Andy arrived home so we caught up for a bit before calling it a night. I try to get to bed by 10pm each night, but this doesn't always happen! 

What are three things that are part of your daily routine?
Do you typically hit snooze or do you get up right away?