Welcome to the first 'Where I'm At' interview of 2016!
Today's interviewee, Ashten, writes a super inspiring blog over at Just Go Left. She posts about the ups and downs of real life, accepting adulthood (one of my fave posts!) and many other useful posts about health and lifestyle. She's also the social media queen for the intuitive eating program I follow, Finally Free.
I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did - it's an honest one about the balance we try and find in our everyday lives.
What is your usual wake up time?
On a weekday, I’m usually awake by 5 a.m., so I can go to the gym. And yes, I’m one of those crazy people who work out in the morning but in my defense, this is the only way I can fit it in.
On weekends, I don’t set an alarm nor do I have a set wake-up time. I like to wake up slowly and enjoy my mornings, since I’m so rushed during the week.
How do you like to start your day?
I like to start my mornings slowly, but during the week I don’t have that luxury.
When my alarm goes off at 5 a.m., I get dressed in the work-out clothes I laid out the night before, brush my teeth, grab the work-out bag I packed the night before and go downstairs. There, I grab the lunch I packed the night before and the coffee I set to brew at 5 a.m., make a quick breakfast and head out the door to the gym.
I’m usually there from 5:45 a.m.-7:45 a.m. (this factors in time to shower and get dressed) and then I head to the office.
Did reading that make you absolutely exhausted?!
Don’t worry, my weekends are SO MUCH more relaxing.
I wake up slowly, have coffee and take my dog Gatsby to the dog park before coming home to work on my blog and spend quality time with my boyfriend Kyle. We take long walks with the dog, catch up on our DVR and do A LOT of relaxing. Clearly weekends are a lot more fun.
Tell us about your commute.
Okay first of all? Commuting is THE WORST.
I know I’m not alone in my feelings towards it.
I work in Downtown Atlanta, and getting there can be an absolute nightmare when traffic is bad (and it’s always bad in Atlanta, in case you were wondering). My drive can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, if I’m leaving from my house. But, when I leave from the gym it takes me about 10 minutes…which is even more motivation for me to get to the gym in the morning!
PS: if you’re like me, I found this blog post extremely helpful in surviving the commuter life.
Do you like to plan your day ahead or allow some spontaneity?
I like a little bit of both, but if I’m being honest my weekdays don’t allow for much spontaneity unless it’s a random dinner with a friend after work.
My weekends are a lot more spontaneous, once the “adult” things (like grocery shopping and laundry) are done.
How do you spend your ideal lunch break to recharge for the afternoon?
My ideal lunch break would look like me going into my kitchen, making something healthy and satisfying and getting to enjoy it at my dining room table. Maybe taking Gatsby outside for a short walk afterwards, before starting work again.
In reality, my lunch break is usually spent at my desk. But, to combat any “overwhelm” this might create, I try to have relaxing music on and soft lighting. I also try to bring food I can enjoy so it feels like a treat during a long day.
You’ve mentioned your morning gym routine so I’m guessing you have a pretty great workout schedule?
I try to get to the gym every morning during the week, and take long walks with Gatsby on the weekends.
I do not do the same workout at the gym every day, nor do I put pressure on myself to work out harder or better than anyone else. I do what feels good and what I enjoy.
How do you like to end your day?
I like to set myself up for success for the next day. This looks like packing a lunch/my gym bag and laying out my gym clothes for the next day.
When that’s done, it’s all about self-care. I take a bath, lie in bed with Gatsby (sometimes Kyle if he’s not working late), read or watch Netflix.
Weekends we like to watch Netflix and have Moscow Mules (our favourite cocktail)
What time do you doze off?
This is kind of embarrassing but I’m usually asleep by 9-9:30 p.m. That 5 a.m. alarm comes really early and I need at least 8 hours of sleep. (This is 30...)
What do you aspire to every day but rarely actually do? (you can tell me, we all have them!)
Quiet time. I would love to integrate that into my daily routine but I honestly just don’t have time. Bad excuse, I know. Maybe I need to make more time.
Any advice for women trying to find ease in their every day?
Try to do one thing every day that’s just for YOU. Doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it makes you feel good. If you can’t show up for yourself, you’re no good for anyone else.
Can you give my readers your quick go-to recipe?
This breakfast recipe has saved me SO many times. Bonus? It’s totally healthy AND easy!