5:30 am: How I stay sane
The mornings are reserved for me.
No hitting the snooze button here (although I am often tempted to), not even on weekends. Morning time is my time to set the tone of my home and business--I cultivate my hours and therefore, my life.
Motherhood is busy, homeschooling is a full-time job and I want to also have time to use my skills to support the life I've chosen. These few hours in the morning are just for me. It sets the tone of the day allows me to spend time in my 5 daily essentials--reading, prayer, exercise, journaling and affirmations.
7:30-8:00 am: Sonrise!
The best part of my day.
The boy is out of bed and the 'doing' part of my day launches like a rocket. But because I'm leading by example here, I begin every morning with my son really soaking in the one thing we do before anything else--curl up in bed and read whichever chapter book is on the go. Once he's coerced me to read an extra chapter or two (which inevitably isn't that hard to do), it's breakfast and goal setting time.
9:00 am: School's in
Let the schoolwork begin.
Homeschooling is flexible by its very nature, but structured time and non-negotiable chores (such as feeding the dog) make life a bit easier on us both. This is learning time and staying on a schedule helps both my son and I stay on track.
Sometimes homeschooling involves a field trip or outing, which is extra fun, but most days, it's business as usual.
2:00 pm: Business CEO
Time to wear the CEO hat.
School's out, which means my workday begins. Client work and course management is juggled with green tea in hand. Virtual appointments are set and attended and minor interruptions are navigated as much as possible.
Depending on which day of the week it is, I might hold team meetings, meet with clients or do those million-and-one admin tasks that are required to keep my business running like clockwork. To keep the million-and-ones to a minimum, much of my business is automated and systemized, allowing me to work with clients and on my business, rather than in it constantly.
6:00 pm: Left-overs to the rescue
Time to fill hungry bellies.
To save myself buckets of time, I batch cook most of our meals. It's a bit of work in the moment, but long-term, it saves evening stress and a scramble through the pantry. It's no secret, I'm a massive foodie--we eat organic, delicious, home-cooked meals and we take our time, have conversations, share stories.
Food is a joy to share and I really focus on this time.
8:00 pm: Chores and chill
A bookend to the day.
Maybe a couple of chores get squeezed in here--the laundry doesn't do itself, after all--but this is mainly wind-down time. Like most business owners, I usually have a thousand ideas running through my head, but this precious time is spent just allowing them to come to me, sit with me for a while.
Business isn't always about doing, often the most amazing ideas arrive when you create the space and time to let them in.
9:00 pm: Lights out
Preserving the asset.
I have a set bedtime, just as with my wake up time. Some may say it's too regimented, but there's nothing like a routine to get that body clock aligned. Sleep is one of the most restorative things you can do for yourself. I can't overstate the value of a good night's sleep!
Fun facts about me
I WEAR LINEN YEAR-ROUND
Clothes are like a mood-ring for me. On any given day, you can find swathed in linen. I can't pass up an overflowing, potato-sack linen dress.
HATS ARE A BIT OF AN OBSESSION
My burgeoning hat collection might soon require an additional storage room.
I'M A PIANIST & CELLIST
In addition to being a digital entrepreneur, I also teach piano and cello lessons within my community, as well as online.