Take a moment to search “Daily Habits of Successful People” in your internet browser. The results will display common themes of balance. Managing a trifecta of work, wellness, and self-improvement is no easy task for a professional and it’s easy to find excuses.
Vice President of Operations Rachel Hernandez defies all obstacles to make it happen each day.
Wake up, make coffee.
Gratitude journal. I read this book, Atomic Habits by James Clear, and am finding a ton of success in building new habits by using the practices in it. I practice habit stacking, which means I get my journal done every morning by pairing it with my cup of coffee.
Rosetta Stone (Spanish) for 15 min. My husband is from Mexico and is a native Spanish speaker. I want to be confident in my communication to better function in my local community and in future travels.
Prepare for leading the Q1 book club discussions for the local chapter of Moms Run This Town. I’m on the Leadership Team and coordinate a quarterly book club discussion for our 1,500 members.
Listen to NPR news, pack gym bag.
Head to YMCA to swim.
6 am-7 am
Swim 1300 meters. I did a few 300m intervals, some drill work, and practiced that somersault move to turn around at the end of the pool. I’m terrible at it, but that’s why I’m practicing!
Get ready for work and head to my home office. I’ll hug and kiss my 1st and 3rd graders before they head to school.
I log onto my work computer and grab a second cup of coffee.
Have the kids write thank you notes, get ready to head to the YMCA.
Arrive at YMCA and get the kids to their classes. My husband gets in 3 miles on the treadmill, I run 4 miles in circles around the track.
We listen to the Encanto soundtrack on the way home and sing along. We know every word to those songs by this point.
Dinner consists of simple penne pasta for the kids, and my husband made this delicious couscous dish for the two of us (It’s couscous with a rice vinegar dressing, roasted carrots seasoned with sesame seeds, then topped with feta fresh mint and parsley). I eat mostly whole and plant-based food (vegetarian), and my husband has joined me about 75% of the way with his eating too.
The kids get their tablets, we clean up dinner.
First downtime moment of the day. A while back, a co-worker told me about a show on Amazon Prime that I should watch. Three years later, there’s finally time. We watch the pilot episode of The Marvelous Ms. Maisel and enjoy a margarita each.
We tell the kids it’s bedtime. One has a meltdown that’s resolved 15 minutes later with cuddles. Then I fill out my end-of-day gratitude journal.
Read with my daughter.
We’re all out cold.