Some of my favorite blog posts to read are simply about what people do every day. People fascinate me and I will gladly spend an hour reading how someone spends the same 24 hours we all get (I won’t make you do that, don’t worry). I think it’s so fun to get to know the person behind the keyboard through the combination of blogs, Instas, videos, etc. It’s amazing how we can form these connections with people we never would have met otherwise!
I’ve always wanted to write a “day in the life” post and I’m actually in a pretty solid routine this summer, so get ready for everything you didn’t want to know about how I spend my typical day 😉
5:30 – 5:45 AM – Alarm Beeps (and Beeps. and Beeps.)
I usually set three alarms – two at 5:30 and 5:40 on my phone and a third at 5:44 (I don’t know why it’s not 5:45, don’t ask) on an actual alarm clock. I’m always paranoid phone alarms will somehow turn themselves off, so I’m a big advocate for the traditional alarm clock. Plus, mine is super annoying so it definitely wakes me up!
I always spend time scrolling through social media before I fully commit to getting up. Probably not the best way to start my morning, but whatever. If I have to do my hair, I’m out of bed around 5:45ish but if I think I can fake it another day, I’ll stay in bed until 6. Those are the best days 😉
6:00 – 6:15 AM – Getting Ready Part 1
Tito was not very amused with me trying to take his picture.
I call this getting ready, but really all I do is throw on a sweatshirt, run downstairs to heat up the keurig, run upstairs to feed the fish, run back downstairs to start the coffee, go upstairs again to brush my hair, and finally run downstairs for breakfast. I get my stairs in every morning, that’s for sure!
6:15 – 6:30 AM – Food!
I’ve been preparing this overnight oats / parfait in advance and it is so good! So good, in fact, that it got its own post here. I love it because it tastes amazing and all I have to do is take a container out of the fridge and grab a spoon. I’m a mess in the kitchen and I certainly don’t want any trouble in the morning, so this is perfect 😉
I recently signed up for daily Shine messages, so I’ll go through the day’s motivation while I eat. Shine is a motivational messaging site that will send you the inspiration you need each morning to work towards a goal you set when signing up (think happiness, health, confidence, etc). It’s as much or as little as you want- you can stop at the quote or keep reading for discussion posts, research articles, action items, and more! You can sign up for free using my referral link here if you want to give it a shot 🙂 I’ve been using it for almost two weeks now and it definitely adds a little something to my day!
6:30 – 7:05 AM – Getting Ready Part 2
I almost never make it back upstairs at 6:30 and even when I do, I sit on my phone for longer than I should. But once I decide to get my act together, I finish getting ready for the day. I wear jeans and a t-shirt to work every day, so getting dressed is super easy (it’s great). I grab my keys, work boots (aka my most favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned), and backpack, open the blinds, lock my bedroom door, and run downstairs for the last time!
7:05 – 7:15 – Out The Door
I’m usually legit running at this point because I seem to always be behind schedule (it’s fiiinnee), so I throw my lunch in my bag, grab my water bottle out of the fridge, lace up my boots, and head out for work!
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM – Another Day at the “Office”!
I’m not sure what I’m allowed to post, so enjoy these terrible pictures of our site trailer I took from my car 😉
I’m usually going in the opposite direction as heavy traffic, so my commute is pretty nice! I work for a contracting company, so I drive out to our project job site and pull into the office trailer lot. It’s literally a little 4-office trailer, but I love it.
In the morning, I catch up on email, read the project progress report from the day before, scan in the subcontractors’ daily reports/forms, or sit in a meeting. We all break for lunch around noon; the project manager usually takes us out about once a week, which is awesome. After lunch, I usually walk the site with the superintendent, review site plans and product data, and email out different transmittal requests to the owner/architect/engineers/subcontractors. I head out around 3:30, which makes coming in so early worth it!
Some days are busier than others, but the great thing about construction is there’s always something different going on! I could go on and on about this industry, but I’ll save that for an end-of-internship post. Stay tuned 😉
4:00 – 4:20 PM – Catch-Up!
I’ll walk in the door anywhere from 3:50 to 4:05. I refill my water bottle and put it in the fridge before heading upstairs. After changing into some more comfortable clothes (I just can’t understand how jeans could be comfortable. Plus, it’s summer in the South, so basically a million degrees and 1000% humidity), I’ll crash on my bed and do some more phone scrolling. It’s a problem, I know.
If I need to go grocery shopping, I’ll usually head out right after dropping my stuff off. I don’t need to buy too much each week and the store is super close, so it doesn’t take long!
4:30 – 5:15 PM – Bootycamp!
Isn’t their theme simply gorgeous??
I was feeling extra motivated one day and signed up for the CHAARG summer bootycamp. I’ll let you read more about CHAARG on their website (because it’s a great group of girls), but bootycamp is basically a 6-week workout and wellness program. We’re nearing the halfway point right now and let me tell you, I was so sore after that first week. That just so happened to be the week I had to hop over some block walls at work to get access to the roof. I don’t know how I made it, bootycamp is no joke!
So anyway, for 45 minutes to an hour, I’ll either do that day’s workout, go to a cycling class, or do a shorter “bonus burn.” Let me just say this experience is bringing back unfortunate memories of that time my freshman year gym class spent the hour in the weight room. Spoiler: I do not belong in a weight room. I somehow made it back to my dorm room, died on the floor, and hurt so bad for the rest of the week. Good times… It’s not like that anymore though, don’t worry 😉
5:15-6:15 PM – More Food!
I make three meals at once, so evenings in the kitchen are interesting to say the least. If I need to prep a few breakfast parfaits, I’ll do that while dinner is on the stove. If dinner would serve as good leftovers for lunch the next day, I’ll pull out a container for that. Otherwise, I start something different going too.
I can’t stand a messy kitchen, so I usually end up washing all of the dishes and putting all of the food away before I sit down to eat. Why does cooking take nine hours and cleaning up 5 years, but eating takes only 2 seconds? It’s so unfortunate.
6:15 – 8:30 PM – So Much Room For Activities!
Fireworks downtown with one of my faves!
After dinner, I take my sweet tea ( 😉 ) up to my room and relax a little bit. I’ll either write, surf the web, read, throw in a load of laundry, straighten up, get ahead on some planning for next semester‘s responsibilities, FaceTime my family, meet some friends, update my *four* calendars, or start my Netflix early. Since our internet connection at work is so unreliable, sometimes I’ll take that computer home and download anything I wasn’t able to get done during the day.
8:30 – 9:30 PM – Wind Down For Bed
Depending on how engrossed I get in whatever I’m doing, I’ll be in bed anywhere from 8:45 to 9:30 each night (#noshame). After recording my gratitude for the day (story here), I’ll clean up the room a bit, hop in the shower, brush my teeth, turn off the lights, plug in my phone, and watch an episode or two on Netflix (currently How I Met Your Mother and That 70’s Show) before setting my alarms and going to sleep. I value my sleep and I love mornings, so staying up any later than 10 pm really isn’t my thing (#secretlyagrandma).
And that’s my typical weekday this summer! On weekends, I usually hit a Saturday morning cycling class, adventure with friends and/or travel somewhere close by, make a nice breakfast, and just enjoy life for all that it is.
Duke University Chapel!
If you’ve made it to the bottom of this post, congratulations! You’ve just read 1500 words on what I do every day. You’re so awesome.
~Return the favor? What’s your daily routine look like?