Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A Day in the Life: Joining No Pants Nation

Today is A Day in the Life, and it is my next-to-last day of full-time employment. While I won't have a full-time job for a bit (TBA), I still teach online for two institutions, I'm looking at adding one evening of in-person teaching to the mix, and I get paid for writing some things online.I'm underemployed...not unemployed. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that.

To be honest, I don't want to talk about any of the days leading up to this one. They have been good, for sure, but there's so much change on the horizon, I find myself comforted and motivated by the idea of reconfiguring my days rather than holding onto the way I've done things before. I can see my routine shaping up something like this based on what my natural inclinations are now. I'm definitely a creature of habit with some specific moods and proclivities throughout the day.

6-7:40 a.m.
Up, up, and at 'em! The alarm may go off just slightly later than this, but my child is such a slow eater, much later than 6 a.m. makes me nervous. Greyson will want me to take him to school and drop him off now that I can. When I was working full-time I tried to be in the town where I was employed (30 minutes from my house) by 7:30 so I could safely grab a coffee and breakfast before hitting the office a few minutes before everyone else.

I already know I'm going to have to expand my breakfast repertoire to keep the little person (and me) happy. I envision batches of "real food" muffins (sweet potato and cranberry, anyone?) or banana pancakes on the weekends, frozen for the week.



7:50-8:20
Exercise. Something I haven't done in ages because I had no idea where to fit it in. I'm much more of a morning exerciser than an evening one, so I will probably stick in my earbuds and take off as soon as I get back to the house from dropping G at school. If I can shift this earlier, I will, but I'll have to try it out first.

My new "office." Three cheers for kitchen tables.
8:30-9
Shower, get dressed, sit down at the computer with breakfast and coffee. Necessary steps, I tell ya. I can't be productive in pajamas. There will be a lot of stretchy jeans and big sweaters, tho.

9-noon
Money making time. Whether I'm applying for full-time work, doing online teaching tasks, updating LinkedIn, shopping UpWork and other freelance sites, or writing Book Riot and Panels posts, I have to do something proactive to keep the lights on while I'm at my prime. My brain is far flakier after lunch.

Noon
Lunch with hubs and reading time. We'll see how fast we run out of lunch ideas and leftovers.

1-3
Secondary money making and creativity time. I like to get the big stuff out of the way in the morning. The must-do tasks. The nitty gritty of being partially employed.

This afternoon block is fairly flexible: brainstorming, writing, researching publications for potential placement or partnerships, learning more about analytics or SEO or the latest and digital greatest, course development, Instagram photos, blog updates, Facebook scheduling, Readathon planning, etc. These aren't direct income but having a healthy overall presence on the interwebs helps my Book Riot and Panels posts get more traffic, helps me find sites to syndicate content, brings in more ad views, builds a bigger BookTube following, helps with networking, and BRINGS ME JOY.

Family chill time. 
3-4:30
Whatever. Housework? Another walk? Reading? Time to decompress before I pick up the kiddo. Or maybe more work. Depends on what needs doing and what I want to do!


4:30-8
Family time! The best time of the day, and this won't change much from "before" to "after." We make dinner, finish school work, practice reading, take a bath, watch movies.

8-10 p.m.
I'm lucky if I'm up until 10 right now. We'll see how and if this changes with less stress. I usually use this time to talk in-depth with David about whatever needs discussing. This is also prime reading time. If my brain is shot, it's time to lay on the couch and watch beauty videos.

Conjecture. I realize. But my brain and natural creative tendencies worked this way even when I had to fight them to accommodate other people's meeting times and brain farts. Here's hoping this new way of life is as liberating as I think it'll be!

Thank you, Trish, for hosting this fantabulous event again! 












84 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you! I just left the world of unemployment after seven months to take a full-time job. Several factors went into this decision, but for the most part I realized I am not cut out to stay at home with the kids all day. It takes an enormous amount of creativity, patience, and, let's be honest, housework. My kids are thrilled to be in pre-school full time and I am learning a new field. Exciting times! My hope is that I will also now really pour time into my blog, another blog I am creating and my writing as well! Congrats again!

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    1. Thank you, Courtney! I'm so happy for you, too! I don't think I'd be fit for SAHMing. I would go stir crazy, and I'm not that creative when it comes to young child education. There are people WAY more qualified for that than I am. Enjoy learning a new field and pouring creativity into your blog and writing!

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  2. Loved peeking into your life and am so glad Trish decided to host this event again this year!

    I make a big batch of oatmeal pancakes and toss the whole lot into the freezer. I make a peanut butter sandwich out of two for breakfast and they hold me over a lot longer than yogurt.

    Here's to an exciting future, Andi! I know you'll do well in whatever comes you way in the next few months. Congrats!!

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    1. Me too! It's the best event. I just love the minutiae of people's lives (in books and...life!). That's a great idea re: peanut butter sandwich for breakfast. I can even see peanut butter and honey! One of my faves. Thank you, Les! Looking forward to seeing how it all pans out!

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  3. This is such an exciting time for you, Andi... filled with possibilities and opportunities. Wishing you the best. Congrats!

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  4. That sounds like a terrific plan! The days will fly by but be so much less stressful.

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    1. Amen sister! I love wiggle room.

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  5. I agree with those above who wish you the best and am really excited for what's to come for you. So many possibilities. And I think you'll find that if you take the time for a regular walk (luck that we're moving into spring, right?), that will help your thought processes, your sleeping, and your mood. Saying this as one who has taken to a mostly daily walk in the last year. Good luck and sending good thoughts up the interstate to your place!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kay! I definitely feel the need to get out and walk, exercise, expend energy. Here lately, being chained to a desk at work, my knees start to ache from sitting. I also know getting some exercise will help me manage my stress. I hope after I'm home for a while I can go off my anxiety meds since I'll be in a completely different environment. Thanks for all the good thoughts!

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  6. Since my husband left his job and went out on his own, he has also been using our kitchen table as his 'office'. I'm telling you, though, this will have to change soon, because the kitchen is a busy place around here! I have to boot him off every night for supper. :)

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    1. LOL, love it! We recently rearranged our kitchen, so there's a lot more room on the table for working. We're actually thinking about moving our large bookshelf unit into the kitchen behind the table so I have YouTube filming spot and we'll clear out some space for my office in the bedroom. It seems weird to have a bookshelf in the kitchen, but with the layout of our house and the need for two office spaces, it's kinda all we have to work with! Decisions, decisions.

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  7. Good luck with all of the changes. I like how you give your day structure even if you don't leave the house. I think I would be terrible at working from home. I'd stay in my pajamas and think I could keep Gilmore Girls on in the background. ;)

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I am such a sucker for structure. I have to have it! I do love me some Gilmore Girls, so that will be a temptation. lol

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  8. I am so excited for you about this next great adventure of yours. I just know it is going to result in amazing things for you!

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    1. I hope so lady, I hope so!

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  9. Good luck with the anticipated career move and all that does with that decision!

    Your day sounds busy, but rewarding, and being able to write as you do must be fulfilling. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Thanks, Rita! I hope this will be a great, intellectually stimulating change! We'll see how it goes.

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  10. Muffins are definitely my go-to quick thing for breakfast. I have a basic "morning glory muffin" recipe that I can vary depending on mood, kid requests, and ingredients. The flowers on your new office desk are a really nice touch! Good luck with all the changes in your future.

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    1. Oooh, I'll have to Google a morning glory muffin. I think I have a similar recipe with lots of options for add-ins but I'd like to see something different. My husband grabbed those for our anniversary recently and they are so cute and add so much color to the space!

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  11. I think this routine would be a great one. I completely agree with you, though, regarding PJs and work. I do work from home on rare rare occasions (I really hate it, I feel like I'm way more chained to my desk than in the actual office, if that makes sense) and I always end up working in my PJs until lunch and then taking a shower. Getting dressed makes such a huge difference in just...Life. Or at least showering and putting on clean PJs.

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    1. LOL, I agree re: getting dressed. I never thought I'd be that person, but clothes really do help! And I have a feeling I'll have to escape to a public place with wifi on occasion to stave off the Stir Crazies.

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  12. I sometimes work from home but I am never successful and just don't do it well. I get too worked up when stuff comes in. I don't know, I feel more stressed for some reason. Like, work is invading my peaceful home or something. I like the option of doing it but I don't do it often for that reason.

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    1. I hope the fact that I'm doing what I want, when I want, with clients I want will help. I never liked working my current job from home. Bleck!

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  13. I feel like I do my best work in the morning too. :-) I know I've said it before, I wish you all the best, Andi. This sounds like a great plan for how to spend your days.

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    1. Thank you so much, Wendy!

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  14. Ahhh, this sounds lovely! Oh, and while you're looking for ways to make money, can I just go ahead and pre-order some of this "real food" breakfast you're planning to make? Can you start an Andi's Apron, instead of Blue Apron?!! :) That stuff sounds GOOD!

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    1. LOL, YES YOU CAN! If I could work that in, I totally would! Ha!

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  15. I haven't had time to comment much since you announced you were leaving your current job (or have I? my mind's a mess right now) but I'm SOOOO happy for you! I know how liberating it is to get out of a toxic place. Whether or not it seems like the "smart" choice at the time, it's definitely the healthiest one. Sometimes you just gotta put yourself first and take the leap. Good luck in No Pants Nation.

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    1. Thanks so much, Charleen! I'm definitely feeling lighter already as I am separating myself from my workplace. It's like the weight of the world off my shoulders and I hope I can get off of anxiety meds, too. Good stuff.

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  16. I miss your house and your awesomesauce family. I'm so happy for the new path you're on and I cannot be productive in jammies either. Good to know I'm not the only one!

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    1. Awww, we miss you, Amanda! It was so much fun having you here.

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  17. I'm happy you're moving on from the stressful/not enjoyable job. Working from home, even underemployed will be a good change. I am unemployed by choice, a SAHM with no structure and I admit it can be good and then some days it's annoying as all get out. I hope you enjoy the changes ahead!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Anita! I'm so relieved to be doing something different.

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  18. Wow! Lots of changes. It sounds like you've got a plan though.

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    1. Lots of change for sure, but I'm definitely looking forward to trying it out!

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  19. The best is yet to come, right? Love the post!

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    1. I sure hope so! Thank you, Debbie!

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  20. Welcome to No Pants Nation! We are excited to have you join us. Though I found the hard way what you already seem to know: productivity is hard when I don't remember to shower and change (even if it's just changing into new, non-pajama sweatpants) before heading "to" work for the day. I can't wait to hear about your adventures as you take this step.

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    1. Hahaha, I'm excited to be here! I have a really fuzzy head until I get dressed and showered for the day. And coffee goes without saying. lol

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  21. I am so happy for you! My office is a corner of my living room lol

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    1. Awesome!!!! We'll see how much I end up floating around the house with my laptop. lol

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  22. Yay! I love how you're already planning out how life will work and you're keeping it in ranges. When I went from working full time at a really high stress job to being a SAHM I had no idea what life was going to be like. I think if I had thought it out more like this I would've had an easier transition. I know you're not switching to unemployed (that took a LONG time to be comfortable with) but you've still got a big change going. Sounds like a good day with work, free time, exercise, and family time thought about. And I'm with you on changing. I put on makeup and make my hair reasonably presentable even if I'm not leaving the house. Clothes may be yoga pants still but I don't sleep in them because otherwise I'll feel like I'm wearing pajamas all day and that will mess with my head. If I'm going somewhere I try to put a lot of thought into my outfit and accessories so I don't feel sloppy. Good luck!

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    1. I am the same way! If I would sleep in it, it's not day wear when I'm "working from home." Nope nope nope! I was laid off for about three months a few years ago, and that actually helped give me some idea of how I would shape my days going forward and making this decision by choice rather than by circumstance. That experienced helped me a lot. Cheers to change!

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  23. I LOVE how you have your morning and afternoons planned out! Especially the part where you tackle the must-dos in the morning. Sagest advice ever really!

    How do you like upwork? I've been thinking of doing freelance but I haven't had a chance to explore it much.

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    1. I really have to tackle the big stuff in the morning or it's more likely not to get done! lol I really need to dig into Upwork next week. I've started my profile, and I've heard good things from my freelancing friends, but I haven't really gotten far enough in yet. I'll keep you posted!

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  24. Damn - I hope that new life works out just like you've imagined because that sounds great!

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    1. We'll see how long I can sustain it! lol

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  25. Your day does sound like it's going to be a great balance! I definitely get more work done in the first half of the day too.

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    1. Afternoons are soooo touch and go aren't they? My brain tends to dwindle.

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  26. You sound like you had a pretty productive day! And best of luck with everything you're up to!

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  27. I like that you are planning out time for things. I don't do that right now and the time seems to just run away from me and, to be honest, I'm not a very productive person at the moment. Here's to trying out this new schedule on Friday! :)

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    1. Yes girl! This attempt at a schedule will kick in Monday. I'm "off" with Greyson on Friday! Woot!

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  28. Best best of luck.Smart smart decision life is too short to suffer torture.I love how you& your husband support each other.My Husband &I are in a long happy marriage one of the keys have each other's backs.Looking forward to reading about your great new adventure.Also love your makeup tips&fashionista pics you used to post.😍

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    1. Amen to that! Hubs is great and so very supportive. I'm lucky lucky. More makeup and fashion on the horizon!

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  29. Love that you're taking the opportunity to create new routines. You won't be underemployed for long.

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  30. It can be so hard to change routines you've been in for a long time, but it seems like you're doing a great job! Good luck with all the freelance, I know it will make you much happier!

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    1. Thank you! Here's hoping it all shakes out!

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  31. You sound so organized! I hope it all goes well!

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  32. Where there is a will there is a way and you will find it Andi! All the best to you! This sounds like a very workable routine for you! Can't wait to see what the future holds for you!

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    1. Thank you, Stacie! I'm pretty excited to see how it all works out!

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  33. I love the way that you approached your post this time around. It'll be so freeing being able to work from home and it sounds like you've got some great plans. I always feel better after a shower as well (though most days with the babe that doesn't happen until 11-12!). Keep up the positive vibes and those things that bring you joy.

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    1. Thank you, Trish! Sending out all the good vibes, sending up all the prayers, doing all the things. Hoping this works out!

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  34. I am so excited for you. It looks like you will still be very busy, but with so much less stress. Happy!

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    1. Yes!!! Busy is good. Keeps me sane. But crazy stress can take a hike!

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  35. Good luck with your new status as a work from home mom. I think it sounds like a good way to stay sane. :)

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  36. I have always loved change! It just makes life so...well...so changed!

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    1. Me too! It seems like a rebirth!

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  37. So cool to work at home!

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    1. I can't wait to try it out! It's been years!

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  38. Both the cuties in the 'Family Chill Time' picture are precious, Andi. <3 And, you are always being super busy. :)

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    1. LOL, thanks! They're besties.

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  39. This sounds wonderful! Most of my work is from home too, and I've yet to nail down a strict schedule for myself. Too often it seems to change from day to day in a way that can very quickly get overwhelming. You have inspired me - thank you!

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    1. Awww, thanks, Sally! I hope my schedule works out the way I think it will! I know tomorrow will already be an anomaly, but it's nice to have flexibility. I'm headed straight for the lab for some blood work after I drop G off at school, and I have a haircut mid-morning on Tuesday! lol

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  40. This sounds awesome and so freeing! I also get a lot more done in the mornings than afternoons and I absolutely cannot start my day without a shower and putting on "real" clothes. I'm so excited for you!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Shower + real clothes is the secret to getting things done!

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  41. Definitely take advantage of having this "free" time now Andi. Looking for a job is a full time job but I think it's great right now you have a bit more time to catch up on exercising, blogging, whatever. Basically just a bit more time for you!

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  42. I envy you the freedom you have! Working full-time sucks in so many ways, but the money certainly helps...and the benefits. Underemployed vs. Unemployed! Huge difference! You are so right! Put the positive spin on it! And Greyson will love having MORE of you in his life, I'm sure! Love your day!

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