I’m very excited to be interviewing Elle Lindquist from Canada this month for Where I’m At. I discovered Elle through the Tone It Up online community a couple of years back. She was often posting inspiring content on social media and YouTube.
Elle now vlogs 3 times a week with her husband Dan and son Forde and there’s an extra video each week at the moment, as she’s pregnant with her second child – congrats Elle!
Elle's YouTube videos are often about fitness, health, organisation and other areas of self-improvement, or capture her daily life. I hope you enjoy the interview and go check out her YouTube videos. Enjoy!
What is your usual wake up time?
What is your morning ritual?
I always start my day with a hot herbal tea to go. I steep the tea and then take my golden retriever Ellen for a 1.5 mile walk.
It’s a great way to peacefully and gradually greet the day, I get a lot of good thinking done, and it’s a peaceful source of “me time” which is hard to come by as a mum!
Tell us about your commute (if you have one...)
I work from home as a YouTuber so I don’t have a commute, but I always use my son’s afternoon naps to film/edit videos.
Do you like to plan your day ahead or allow some spontaneity?
I can’t function without scheduling…well ok I can but my day functions much smoother when I follow a schedule.
I like to plan out my week on Sundays so I feel prepared and excited about the week ahead. There are always changes to the schedule, but I find having a blueprint greatly reduces stress and feelings of being overwhelmed.
If I don’t write appointments or meetings in my agenda I only have a 5% chance I’ll remember! Haha.
How do you spend your ideal lunch break to recharge for the afternoon?
I take my lunch break at noon sharp.
I put on some light jazz, sit down at the table and just spend quality time with my son. It’s my time to sit down with my son, take a housework break, or play break and I find it sets the tone for what follows.
Right after lunch my son goes down for a nap which is when I put my YouTuber hat on and edit and upload videos, answer work emails and take conference calls.
What kind of workout schedule do you try to adhere to?
I work out 5–6 days a week on average.
I work out first thing in the morning or else it won’t get done.
The only other window of opportunity I’d have would be after my son’s nap at 3:30 and to be honest by that time I’m pretty done with productivity so a workout wouldn’t happen!
After I’ve taken Ellen for her walk, my husband leaves for work and Forde wakes up so we have breakfast together and then I head straight to the gym! My gym has a fabulous day care as well so Forde loves that time in his day too (plus as a single child it’s often the only interaction he gets with other kids throughout the week).
How do you like to end your day?
My son goes to bed at 8pm and I take my night time routine very seriously, haha!
I like to wind down with a cup of tea alongside either a TV show, Netflix or a book depending on the mood. By 9pm I like to run myself a hot bubble bath with a side of ice cold water to drink whilst in the tub.
This is often when my husband and I will catch up on our day. He’ll pull a chair up beside the bath and we connect. We like to call it a “meeting in my office.” I’ll often say “Dan, meeting in my office in 10?” and he knows what it means!
What time do you doze off?
Ideally by 9:30–9:45 but lately it’s been more like 10:30.
Truth be told inside me is the soul of a 90 year old woman. I like herbal tea, knitting and early nights and I’m PROUD OF IT!
What do you aspire to every day but rarely actually do? (you can tell me, we all have them!)
Shower…ugh….the struggle is real. Seriously, I don’t shower in the morning because I hit the gym first thing, but as a germaphobe I can’t bring myself to use their shower.
So that leaves me with the choice of either having a shower when I get home with a toddler throwing toys at me and crying because he’s bored in the bathroom, or try to sneak it in during his afternoon nap which doesn’t always happen between housework and YouTube.
Don’t think I’m gross…I still bathe at the end of the day!!
Any advice for women trying to find ease in their every day?
I would say carve out “you time!”
As women, we’re always giving ourselves to our partners, friends, work, children etc. and as a result we can be stretched quite thinly.
I had a friend tell me decades ago, “Elle there’s a reason they tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others in a plane crash…if you don’t have enough, everyone else suffers too.” It’s really stuck with me.
I have a very hard time saying no to things/people especially when I technically am available but know that I’m burnt out/stretched thin and just need some down time.
The best advice I can give to you (and myself) is to be a warrior for yourself and give yourself the down time you require…and don’t apologise for it!
Even if it’s just an hour to yourself at the beginning or end of the day, find time where you’re responsible for no one but yourself and where you can just rest and recharge.
Can you give my readers your quick go-to recipe after a busy day?
My best healthy lazy girl’s meal
- Mixed green salad (from the bag….I said this was lazy girl’s version)
- Grill or fry up some onion and red pepper
- Add some pre-baked chicken slices (I bake 2 breasts on Sundays to use throughout the week)
- Toss with some apple cider vinegar dressing (apple cider vinegar [1 part], EVOO [2 parts], Dijon mustard [1 part])
Honestly takes 5 minutes, is healthy and tastes like you put a lot of time and effort in! Sometimes I’ll also pre-grill peppers and onion for the week ahead of time if I’m feeling super lazy, but I prefer doing those fresh because the warmth adds decadence to the meal.
Thanks Elle, it was great to gain some insight into your days as a YouTuber and mum. You can find Elle at:
YouTube - www.YouTube.com/TheLindquists
Twitter - @ellelindquist
Instagram - @elle.lindquist