Per a special request, I’m sharing a “day in the life” with you all. But instead of just one day, I’m going to walk you through a day in the life on a school day, and then in a few days, I’ll walk you through a day in the life on a work day. This term, I work Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Gap headquarters in TriBeCa, and have classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights either in Midtown or Washington Square. My activities vary so much depending on whether I’m working or have class that day, so one day doesn’t really give a good representation of my life. Let’s start with Tuesday – a school day.
6:00 am – Every weekday starts at 6:00am. Rob gets ready for the day, while I cook him breakfast and make his lunch. This saves him a few more minutes of precious sleep time, and I like being able to help him out and share a few more minutes of the day together. I either make him a waffle with fruit or an egg on toast with green tea and watered-down V8 Fusion. Sometimes things get extra crazy and I make sausage balls or bacon. I don’t eat breakfast except on Saturday mornings, but I make myself a cup of tea.
6:45 am – Rob is out the door and I am combing through emails, starting with The Skimm, my New York Times morning briefing, and a morning devotional. If you don’t get The Skimm or NYT, I highly recommend!
7:30 am – I throw on some workout clothes and head out to tackle Trader Joe’s on the Upper West Side. I would normally walk across the park, but rain is in the forecast all day, so I catch the cross-town bus. I want to get there when they open at 8am to make it as painless as possible. As crowded as TJs gets, you just can’t beat their amazing food and prices. Along the way, I make a pit stop at Levain Bakery to pick up a chocolate chip walnut cookie for later. It’s on my Fall Bucket List to stop by there on the Upper West Side (which is one of my favorite parts of town). I also pause to take in the bodega’s fresh flowers. They brighten up a gloomy day! One of the best parts of living in NYC is fresh flowers on nearly every corner – and for so little money! You can get a gorgeous bouquet for $5 to $10!
Ok, cookie in hand, I’m back on track, continuing to Trader Joe’s. I’ve got my list in hand and grab a basket (not a cart) so I know how heavy my load is getting. I LOVE TRADER JOE’S.
9:00 am – I make my way back across Central Park on the cross-town bus and unload groceries at home.
9:30 am – Time to start this week’s laundry. If there’s one thing I would trade about life in NYC and life anywhere else, it’d be having an in-unit laundry machine and dryer. I definitely cherished it while living in Charlottesville. I’m very fortunate to have a laundry room in our building, though. I load up our clothes and take the elevator down to the 2nd floor and begin a couple of loads.
9:20 am – Back upstairs and sitting down with my Magazine Media textbook to read a couple of chapters ahead of tonight’s class.
9:45 am – I head back downstairs to switch the laundry over to the dryer.
9:55 am – I continue reading for class.
10:30 am – Back downstairs to gather all the clothes from the dryer. In the apartment, I turn on Friends and start folding the laundry (my least favorite chore – thank goodness for Friends in the background). A pile of socks = the bane of my existence.
11:00 am – I tidy up the apartment to get ready for some friends coming over for lunch. I put away shoes, coats, clothes, magazines/newspapers, cups sitting on the coffee table, etc.
11:30 am – I have two girlfriends and a toddler over for lunch. We’re all home during the day today, so it’s nice to be able to get together and chat. I make paninis and have chips and vegetables set out for munching. We mostly chase after the cutest one-year old who has found himself in a non-baby-proofed home ;).
1:30 pm – Friends leave by now and I finish reading a bit in my Magazine Media textbook and print out the mission statement for the magazine my group is launching.
2:15 pm – I go to the gym in our building for a quick 25-minute run and listen to NPR Morning Show.
2:45 pm – Shower time! Then I get dressed, do my hair and make-up, and pack up my bag for the evening.
3:20 pm – Head to the subway on 77th street for an appointment followed by class. I love walking in New York – you see something new and beautiful no matter how many times you walk the same path.
4:00 pm – I show up for my appointment at the Mid-town Manhattan Library near Bryant Park to obtain an NYC ID card. My friend just did this, and it allows you to get free membership for a year to many museums around the city, so I decided to make an appointment for it too!
4:20 pm – Take a walk through Bryant Park’s Winter Village that was recently set up for the holiday season. Making a mental list of all the shops I want to check out more thoroughly in the coming weeks!
5:30 pm – Head into NYU’s Midtown Center (directly across from Bryant Park) and read my book and eat the snack I brought. Also pop into a computer lab to catch up on some school-related emails.
6:30 pm – Class time! This is our second session (out of 7) of Intro to Magazine Media, and it’s a bit more intense than Intro to Book Publishing. But I feel like I’m learning so much! Our professor is the Managing Editor at the Oprah Magazine and very energetic. The discussion for this class is centered around digital content and how to monetize it – on the web, social, and mobile – which is great, because I’m particularly interested in this career-wise. Our group shares the mission statement we wrote for the new magazine we’re launching, which is the first step in a course–long project.
9:00 pm – Class is over and I walk over to Grand Central to catch the train home.
9:30 pm – Home! Glad to be out of the chilly mist. One thing I never take for granted is having a place to come home to that I truly love. I love walking home knowing that our home is relaxing, calming, and comfortable. Tonight, Rob is already in bed because he has a BIG exam in the morning – the Series 63 – which is the final step in his months of training and licensing for his job. I creep into the bedroom and give him a kiss goodnight, then write this post/read in the living room until about 11:00pm. Tomorrow is a work day for me!
PS – I can report that the Levain cookie was heaven on earth.
Also – every night, I check my FitBit stats to make sure I’ve hit my goals for the day. Today was an exceptionally good day!
Some routines are always the same on class days. I do laundry once a week, and always on a class day. I also try to grocery shop on a class day, especially if it’s to a store that’s farther away, like Trader Joe’s. I also love being able to see other friends who are home during the day.
Other class days have something unique going on. Some class days, I get to do an “industry visit” with my NYU program where we visit publishing companies like Penguin Random House, Twitter, or Bloomberg Media. I also schedule one-off appointments (medical, hair cut, etc.) on the days I’m not working. And as often as possible, I take my runs outside in Central Park. It is simply gorgeous and the best mood-booster!
Thanks for following along! If you’ve ever shared a day in your life, leave a link in the comments!