Welcome to the next interview in the 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, are captured in these interviews.
This month we have life coach extraordinaire, Sage Grayson. Sage has recently relocated to Florida from California in the US, and she provides brilliant, 'real' advice via her blog, group programs and one-on-one coaching.
I did some work with Sage last year, and lo and behold, she kicked me into high gear in many areas of my life (including this blog). I'm sure you'll love her realistic advice for balancing productivity and fun in your life (and her particularly awesome go-to dinner recipe after a busy day!).
What is your usual wake up time?
I’ve always been an early bird, and I usually get up around 6:00 am. Every morning has a new and hopeful energy to it, and I don’t want to miss it! I’m much more focused in the mornings than I am in the evenings, so it’s important for me to do my business work early in the day.
What is your morning ritual?
I start my day by making a cup of black tea and sitting down at my desk.
I listen to two guided meditations, then I flip through a stack of notecards on my desk that have affirmations and motivational quotes on them. My favorite one to read out loud is:
“Everything goes right for me”.
I do some basic stretches and yoga poses to loosen up my muscles since I’m sitting for most of the day. Finally, I review my to-do list that I wrote out the night before and dive into my work!
Tell us about your commute.
I work from home, so my commute consists of walking up the stairs to my newly decorated office. My dog Skyla is my furry co-worker, and she makes sure I take her on three walks around the neighbourhood during my work day.
Do you like to plan your day ahead or allow some spontaneity?
My weeks are planned out in advance, and I like to “batch” similar tasks together on certain days. For example, Mondays and Fridays are my days for writing and marketing. Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays are reserved for my one-on-one client calls.
I have one Master To-Do List with everything that’s on my plate, and before I stop my work for the day, I choose my three main priorities for the following day.
I’m probably the least spontaneous person I know, but I feel better when my life is orderly and pre-planned.
How do you spend your ideal lunch break to recharge for the afternoon?
Lunch time is super early, around 11:00 am, sometimes 10:30 am. That’s what happens when you wake up at the crack of dawn! As a vegan, my lunches are mostly healthy, unprocessed foods like whole wheat pasta and veggies or an enormous salad.
I’ll take Skyla out for another walk or supervise her as she tries to jump on the lizards in the backyard (we live in Orlando, Florida).
If I need a mental break from my business work, I’ll read a self-help book or a magazine like Real Simple (my fave!). Reading is a nice reward in the middle of a busy day, and afterwards I’m re-energized and can tackle whatever I have left to do.
What kind of workout schedule do you adhere to?
Bwahahaha!!! Workout? Really? Oh, you’re serious.
Well, there are times when I exercise regularly, but moving across the country earlier this year has completely thrown off my schedule. My husband and I just got gym memberships, so I have no excuse not to exercise now.
When I’m at my best self, I’ll go to the gym 3-4 days per week and take group fitness classes, usually dance or strength training. Walking and playing with a very active dog helps too.
How do you like to end your day?
Before I shut down my laptop, I take a few minutes to tidy up my desk, put my pens back in their jar, stack my papers neatly, and pull the client folders I’ll need for the following day. As I mentioned, I’ll review my to-do list and choose my three main priorities for the next day.
It sounds simple, but sitting down at a clean and orderly desk in the morning really sets the tone for my day. It’s like making your bed or putting the dishes in the dishwasher.
Outward order creates inner order.
After I’m done working, Chris and I will have dinner together or go out if it’s our weekly date night. We’ll take a “family walk” around the neighbourhood with Skyla, and maybe watch Netflix for a while. I love it that my personal life is easy and drama-free.
What time do you doze off?
I’m always in bed by 9:30 pm at the latest. Does that make me seem super boring? I can’t help it!
Being a solo entrepreneur can be stressful, and getting loads of quality sleep helps me handle whatever comes up the next day.
What do you aspire to every day but never / rarely actually do? (you can tell me, we all have them!)
I think about starting a new hobby like sewing my own clothes, or picking up one of my old hobbies like scrapbooking or drawing. Before I started my business, I used to love hobbies and crafty activities.
I know I’d be happier if I took for time for leisure, but I haven’t been able to do so yet.
Any advice for women trying to find ease in their every day?
Say no to more things! Whenever I’m feeling stressed out, anxious, or like I just want to scream into a pillow, it’s most likely because I’m overbooked and took on more projects than I can handle.
Saying no is the kind thing to do for yourself and for the people who you don’t want to disappoint. I’d rather have someone tell me no than do a half-assed job because they were too busy.
Finally, can you give us your quick go-to recipe after a busy day?
Sure! Here’s “Sage’s Recipe for a Stress-Free, Easy Dinner for Two”
Step 1: Put on your shoes.
Step 2: Grab your husband and your purse.
Step 3: Hop in the car and drive to the fanciest restaurant within 10 miles.
Step 4: Stare lovingly into each others’ eyes while you eat delicious food prepared by someone else as your worries float away into the night.
Step 5: Order dessert. Always.
Thanks Sage! You can find her at:
Website - http://sagegrayson.com/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/SageGraysonCoaching
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/sagegrayson
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Twitter - http://twitter.com/sagegrayson1
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