Welcome to my new interview series 'Where I'm At'. It's a voyeuristic, yet helpful look into the lives of women who are finding where the light plays within them. Their daily rituals, ways of managing stress and advice to you, the readers, will be captured in these interviews.
First up is Kerryn Hewson, Positivity Coach at Colour Your Life. Kerryn is based in Wellington, New Zealand and she provides perspective, inspiration and action to help ambitious, creative and passionate people living their life on auto-pilot, change their world by leading a positive life. Over to Kerryn:
What is your usual wake up time?
During the week my alarm goes off at 6am and I snooze it anywhere from one to four times. On the weekends I generally wake up between 8-9am sometimes with an alarm, often without.
Do you have a morning routine or ritual?
I’m not a ‘wide awake’ morning person so I like to give myself time to adjust. I start with putting my contact lenses in and taking a shower which helps wake me up. Then I like to settle onto the sofa with a blanket and write 'Morning Pages'.
Tell us about your commute!
My commute is a 20 minutes train ride each way around the beautiful Wellington harbour.
On my commute into work I usually check my email including Facebook and Twitter notifications, blog reader, and Instagram - in that order. On the way home I’ll do the same and might browse Pinterest.
I know that this commute time is quality reading time and I’m trying to reach for my Kindle with my latest wellbeing or business read (I have Thrive by Arianna Huffington and The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks on the go right now) but it’s pretty hit and miss.
Do you like to plan your day ahead or prefer to leave it up to spontaneity?
Can you plan in spontaneity? I’m a total planner, but by planning in the time for the activities and projects that are important to me I free up other time to be spontaneous and do what I feel like. In fact, since planning in business hours to work on Colour Your Life I’ve freed myself from feeling guilty for not working on it during my down time and that’s allowed me to start listening to a bunch of podcasts I previously felt I never had time for.
How do you spend your ideal lunch break to recharge for the afternoon?
Out in the sunshine on the waterfront staring out at the harbour!
There really is something about being outside, getting fresh air and being near water when you’re stuck in an office all day.
What kind of workout schedule do you try to adhere to?
Hm, adhere to would imply consistency…
I try to get to a couple gym classes every week. My favourites are Zumba and Body Combat. I’ve also started doing some at home body weight circuits off Pinterest. And now that it’s moving into summer time here in New Zealand I’ll be starting to go walking in the evening with a friend of mine.
Between all of that I manage to exercise at least once a week and a really active week will see me exercising 3-4 times.
How do you like to end your day?
I like to end my day feeling relaxed which most commonly happens after I’ve been knitting while watching some TV with my husband or taking a hot bath.
What time do you doze off?
My bedtime is 10pm and I’ll generally head towards bed around 9.30pm.
What do you aspire to every day but never / rarely actually do? (you can tell me, we all have them!)
I already mentioned using my commute for quality reading time but I had another one in mind. Meditation!
I know all the benefits. I feel great when I do it. I have a bunch of very helpful apps on my phone and access to some great guided meditations. And yet… somehow I’ve just not found the right way to integrate it into my daily life.
Any advice for women trying to find ease in their every day?
My quickest tip to adding more ease into your day is to pause and simply breathe. Stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath in through your nose so that you can feel your lungs expanding, then exhale through your mouth like gradually letting the air out of a balloon.
My other piece of advice when you’re trying to find more ease in your day is to focus on making one change at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself and don’t force yourself to make more conscious decisions in a day than you need to! So whether it’s adhering to a new bedtime or workout regime, starting a meditation practice, or using your commute more productively, introduce them gradually one at a time.
Finally, can you give us your quick go-to recipe after a busy day?
Grilled chicken or oven roasted fish with roast veggies or a salad.
Thanks Kerryn, I'm jealous of your commute and lunch views!