I asked on my Instagram what viewers would be curious to know. And since I’m not a beauty blogger I’m choosing this topic over a brow tutorial :)
Here’s the question: I’m interested in your work schedule. How do you do it all? Do you work 40 or weeks? Plus you do events and radio. How do you manage it all?
So, let me preface this by saying everyone's version of busy is their own. I’ve written before about how I took out the word “busy” from my vocabulary four or five years ago. I found it was a crutch to “how are you doing” and it’s such a boring response! And when I think about it, if I’m managing my life well, I’m not too busy at all.
My “real” job takes up Tuesday-Saturday. Although fun yes, I’m never really off the clock and this is the challenge of news today. However I’m physically at work five days a week. I would say I rarely work 40 hour weeks. I am in early to wrap my head around news overnight, and I’m often late doing a live shot. On days that I work, My lunch is eaten in a car, and my dinners are often eaten alone. I get set out of town often, overnight not so often. And those overnight trips ARE exhausting.
So that’s my “normal” job. In addition to my day to day work, I would say I do a couple of events a month. Hosting, singing, speaking---this stuff doesn’t feel like work to me. It’s some of my favorite extra “work” I get to do. Growing up I wanted to be a singer or talk show host/comedian, so these things are probably where I get the closest to that. One month it might be several formal charity events, another speaking at a school about journalism. I spend Monday’s each week going over scripts, shopping for clothes, and prepping for anything else on my calendar for the week.
Radio is another fun extra thing. Dave and Steve are friends so who would turn down talking with your friends for five hours? Plus I am usually only in when Falen is off and girl works hard so it’s not something that takes up my time. When I do go in, my day starts at 430, I’m on the radio at 6, off the air by 10, and at my news meeting at 1030. I literally wear ASICS to jog from my car to my desk downtown to make it! I’m out the door at CCO At 7 pm and home by 730. I still try to listen to the podcast on my drive home from work so I know what's going on in pop culture and on the show, too.
Which brings me to my last point. Oftentimes when I feel the need to say I’m “busy”, I know I’ve gone too far for ME. Choosing to do events, charity, meet with students, radio, that’s all on me because I love doing it. But YES I have times where I realize I took on too much, and you’ll see it in social media when I start backing off events. Or if I have a really crazy month, I’ll decline most plans (including friends, family, even John) so I can have a Monday to just lay low. Each Monday (John and I spend Sunday together) is pretty chill so I can sleep, go to yoga, get a massage, meet a friend, and recharge. For me, it's six days on and one day off that works.
Also worth noting that on Sundays I reserve that time for Church, family and friends! Every Sunday night John and I have dinner together and talk about what my week looks like, who’s doing what, and if we have any commitments with friends. It sounds very structured but I’m so used to it it just works for us. He does most of our cleaning, shopping, errands, laundry...he’s a saint. I don't ask him to do that, he just sort of picks up the slack for me so I have more time outside of home. It's worth noting he has his 'busy' seasons in the financial world, but for the most part his schedule is consistent.
The key takeaway here is that I realize it may seem like I’m really busy, but I DO make time to just sit around and do nothing (or my version of nothing). I just don't post about sleeping! Despite whatever is going on, I'm known for being VERY diligent about sleep to feel my best, even if that means leaving a friend's house early to be in bed to get 7 hours. John and I also have a rule that we generally don't use our phones if we have a date night (once or twice a month) so often you don't see those meals. That is my gift to John to really unplug when we, unplug. Also...it’s worth noting through our infertility journey I was told much of my issues were tied to stress so I was doing too much for a long time.I was always kind of that way. Taking on too much isn't what I aspire to now.
Finally, *we don’t have kids*. BIG DIFFERENCE. I wouldn’t want my life to change but I’ve heard everyone is different. I know I’ll never be someone who can sit still, but I think it’s worth noting it’s easier for someone without kids to juggle more.
Thanks for the question!