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’re talking to Molly Ziraldo, a Canadian living in Melbourne. Molly and I connected on the Stratejoy site and have become firm brunch buddies since then. Molly has an inventive blog called StyleCellar that combines two things we often want to know more about – wine and fashion. Molly has a fascinating story too – from being in Disney on Ice (!), to studying wine and working in the industry, to moving to Melbourne, she’s insightful and self-aware and I’m excited to interview her on the blog today.
What is your usual wake up time?
What is your morning ritual?
First thing I do when I get up is try to drink as much water as possible. I head straight to the kitchen and have a big glass of water and a quick swig of apple cider vinegar, I still hate the taste! But it’s more convenient for me than making hot water with lemon and offers similar benefits.
After that I’ll brush my teeth, wash my face, do makeup etc. If I have time I try to do a few sun salutations, or just any stretches really. I find my body really needs some movement first thing in the morning. I’ve never been a morning person though, so getting to the gym just isn’t gonna happen.
I then sit for 5–10 min in a mixture of meditation/prayer and intention setting for the day. I’ve been doing Gabrielle Bernstein’s guided meditations for a few years now.
After that I quickly get dressed, grab my lunch and I’m out the door. I always get coffee and make breakfast once I get into work.
Tell us about your commute.
My commute is a 15 minute tram ride (and to be honest I could walk – but again, would rather get extra sleep!). While on the tram, I’m either listening to music or a podcast.
Do you like to plan your day ahead or allow some spontaneity?
Definitely plan! If I don’t have a plan I can’t focus and I get nothing done. I like planning my next day before I leave the office the day before. I never thought I was a “planner” but I need structure.
I’m still a “go with the flow” type of person, so last minute changes don’t bother me but I need structure or some framework, or else my head just isn’t it.
How do you spend your ideal lunch break to recharge for the afternoon?
I work in an open concept office and being quite introverted my lunch time is my “me time”. It’s taken a while for my colleagues to not be insulted when I turn down lunch invites (it’s also taken me a while to not feel guilty for doing so).
My ideal lunch is anything that gets me away from my desk. Being from Canada, I usually spend this time texting my girlfriends back home (thank god for Whatsapp!). I usually try to fit in a quick walk around the block too.
What kind of workout schedule do you adhere to?
I’ve learned it’s not about an hour of cardio or hitting the gym every day, but just ensuring I move in some way throughout the week.
That being said, it’s hard to find the time and I don’t have a set schedule. I try to do something at least 3 times a week. That “something” is usually yoga, dance class or a conditioning/strength workout. I tried the infamous Kayla Itsines workouts, so I usually use those. They’re only 28 min and are insanely tough!! So you definitely feel like you’re making the most of your time.
How do you like to end your day?
I’ve found that how I end my day is just as important as how I begin it. I like to start unwinding about 9:30–10pm. I tend to turn off as many lights as possible (phone included), light a candle, listen to classical music and sit again in stillness and just reflect on the day. I then read whatever it is I’m reading at the time.
What time do you doze off?
11:30pm (fingers crossed!)
What do you aspire to every day but never / rarely actually do? (you can tell me, we all have them!)
Yoga. God, I wish I made time for yoga every day. Also, writing (journaling) or writing something thoughtful to a friend or family member back home. Not eating any refined sugar would also be nice but hey…we’re human.
Any advice for women trying to find ease in their every day?
Set boundaries. This is so hard but so necessary if you’re going to make time for you, and if you can’t …just breathe more! This is something I always forget to do.
Other than that, maybe try to think of one thing you’re grateful for that happened that day before you head to bed.
Can you give us your quick go-to recipe after a busy day?
I know a smoothie shouldn’t substitute as a meal – but if I don’t have time to cook this is 100% my go to (any time of day), and I take my smoothie (bowl) game seriously. I always make sure I’ve got protein, fat, fibre, carbs and greens present.
If those boxes are ticked, no reason that the bowl doesn’t have just as much nutrients as a meal.
Banana Mango Coconut Smoothie Bowl
1 frozen ripe banana
A few pieces of sliced frozen mango (any frozen fruit can do)
One/two BIG handfuls of spinach (I find spinach is best for smoothies. Kale never blends as well – and I promise, you can’t taste it)
1/2 an avocado (if you don’t have any on hand, make sure you get some fat via coconut oil/cream or nuts)
Plant based protein powder (right now I’m using Sunwarrior vanilla flavour) or hemp is also good. If you don’t have any – nuts are fine.
Water or coconut milk (I use coconut milk right out of the can instead of the packaged milks)
Once I pour it in a bowl I always top it with something – just to make it feel more special (i.e. nuts, chia seeds, goji berries, coconut, bee pollen, LSA, added fruit – whatever you might have).
Thanks Molly - it was great to get a peek behind the scenes of your life and blog. You can find Molly at:
Twitter : @mollyziraldo
Instagram : mziraldo