I’m sharing MiO in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™
I’ve been doing some deep digging into the analytics of Glass of Glam, and I think that I need to do a better job of helping you get to know me. After all, blogging is about connections and relationships, even from afar. I was shocked to find that my most visited page is my “About” page – which I haven’t updated in about a year – yikes! That tells me something – that you want to know about the girl behind the glam. I can do that for you.
I’ll get to updating my about section, but one of the questions I frequently get is how do you squeeze so many things into one day? How do you have the energy, focus, and motivation?
I like having a fast-paced life. Doing the conventional makes me bored. Having a full life is crazy, but also so rewarding that I wouldn’t have it any other way. So I’ve figured out ways to make that work for me.
A little background for those of you who are just joining me. I work as a contract attorney during the day. That means I help firms and companies with their litigation process on a project basis. I jump from one project to another, some of which last 2 weeks and some which last months. The hours can be anything from 40 hours a week to 70! I like it because it allows me to have some flexibility (at times, haha) which allows me to work on my side hustle, my passion, and something I never knew would make me as happy as it does – Glass of Glam.
As for Glass of Glam, I started it a little bit after I moved to DC, in December of 2015. A lot of people ask me how I’ve grown in such a short time. I don’t think I’m a blogging all star, but I’m proud of where I am and what this little space on the interwebs has brought me! The short answer is hustle. But I have a longer post about that coming soon.
My typical day (at least right now because things change):
- Wake up around 7-7:30 and feed Jake and Elwood, catch up on social media
- Head to the office until around 5:30-6:30
- Gym between 6:30-7:30 (I got to a Crossfit gym and the workouts take an hour)
- 8-9 dinner
- 9-11 work on Glass of Glam.
- Read, wind down, sleep.
As you can see, most of the things I really enjoy like the gym, cooking dinner with Dan, and my blog all happen after an 8-10 hour work day when most of us have the tendency to plop with pizza and Netflix. It is so important to me to have a positive mindset to increase my afternoon potential. I have goals, and in order to make those happen I need to be firing on all cylinders!
First, I segment everything in my mind. Every “piece” of my life is its own compartment in my brain. For instance: work, family, friends, gym, blog, me-time. Once I compartmentalize each area, it is easier to prioritize and move things around. It might sound crazy, but I visualize each life category as a literal block, as if it is written down in a schedule. I can easily swap the blocks around in my head to maximize my day.
For instance, cooking dinner is a time block. Sometimes that block gets replaced by gym or connecting with a friend. I once asked the former Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Carole Rendon, how she has time for her career, husband, and four children. And she told me “takeout.” I’ll remember that all my life.
Next, I take care of myself. I try to start every day with a greens-heavy breakfast (whether it is kale and sausage or just throwing a handful of spinach in my smoothie). The greens give me a kickstart and help me avoid the carb-monster slump when I get home from work. When I start my day right, then I usually end it right with a productive bang or a boost of creativity.
I drink a lot of water during the day. I know this might not seem like a typical way to boost your potential, but hear me out. I allow myself 1-2 cups of coffee. After that, I know I won’t sleep at night and that’s a disaster. Other than coffee, it’s water all day. There’s nothing worse than feeling dehydrated and tired when you have a big project to tackle, or you are headed to the gym to reach your goals. Visualize your water intake like a bank account. If you don’t start saving (drinking water) early on in the day, it is like starting your retirement account when you are already 50. It’s probably too late.
I’ve been adding MiO water enhancer to my water when I need a change of flavor or if water just gets too boring. And sometimes something a little sweet and fruity flavor can perk me up to lace up my sneaks and head to the gym. That’s especially true when I get to Crossfit and the workout includes some kind of crazy overhead barbell movement, haha!
I add one squirt of MiO (I don’t like it too sweet) into my water bottle for a little kick. The strawberry watermelon flavor is my favorite right now. The lemonade flavor is great, too. I like the cute little spill-proof packaging, which is so easy to throw in my work bag, one in my gym bag, and one for the kitchen counter.
I took my MiO with me to grab an arepa down the street, and instead of having a margarita (which would make me tired and unproductive) I had a squeeze of the lemonade flavor in some water. It was refreshing and went really well with the arepa!
Finally, I surround myself with people who cheer me on and push me to be better. I let them in, and they reward me with love and support. None of that jealousy and competitiveness; just inspiration and support. I used to be very private and didn’t share much about myself. But I found that the more I opened up to people and “kept it real” the more really good friends I found. AND the more my potential and motivation increased. When you feel loved, you love yourself more, which leads to a self-celebration of your accomplishments. Ultimately, you become a productive hustling machine.
You guys are all rad and I KNOW that you have time to squeeze the most out of every day!
Currently Sipping: MiO Lemonade, duh