Not to long ago, Nalakshi, the author and designer of Meraki Musings, reached out to me about doing an interview for her Inspirational Author Interview Series. That interview is now live! I pulled a few of my responses to share with you here…
Inspirational Author Interview: Questions about Schedules and Routines
What does your typical day look like, how do you structure your days?
I begin each morning with a cup of coffee or tea, have a breakfast smoothie, and do a round of social media posting. From there, what I do depends on whether it’s a “heavy” or “light” workday.
On a heavy workday, I make a to-do list and sort the items into time blocks. I usually work for a few hours at a time, taking breaks to grab food, play with my dog, take a walk, or meditate.
On light workdays, I run to the gym or just run. Go to a lake to hike, read, wander through the town, travel, garden, clean, and prepare meals for workdays. I stop for a few minutes, midday, to respond to emails, publish a blog, and connect on social media.
Before the stay-at-home order, I often went dancing in the evenings. I’ve just started offering private dance lessons and wedding choreography again, at my house.
What do your morning and evening routines look like?
My mornings vary, but I do try to be mindful that the first hour of my day sets the tone for what is to come. Getting a great night’s sleep is one of the best ways we can care for ourselves today, and ensure our ongoing wellness.
I keep a consistent bedtime schedule 90% of the time. The hour or two before I go to bed, I set aside work (and caffeine). The lights are dimmed, it’s time to unwind and relax. If I feel tight, I may foam roll, stretch, or take a hot shower. I’ll start unwinding with a cup of tea and a good book, or a cozy blanket and one of my favorite shows. Once I’m upstairs, in my bedroom, I practice deep breathing techniques and sometimes creative visualization.
Inspirational Author Interview: The Best Advice
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Inspirational Author Interview: Questions about Mindset and Motivation
What, in your opinion, is the best source of inspiration for anyone who is facing challenges mentally or emotionally?
Although what is inspirational varies dramatically from person to person, some techniques work for most.
Try turning outward by connecting to your social support system, join communities, volunteer, and/or connect to nature.
What is your feeling when you heard the words dedication, hard work, and luck? Do you think they are related? Why and why not?
Inspirational Author Interview: Questions about Favorites
What are some of your current favorite blogs
- The Gottman Institute
- Blue Zones
- Time to Log Off
- Dr. Eric Perry
- Everyday Health
- Health eNews
What are some of your current favorite books
Anything, and Everything that is written by Brené Brown
Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom
by Rick Hanson
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotion
by Chris Germer
What are some of your current favorite songs
Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and Norah Jones
Come Rain or Come Shine
A Case of You
No Fear of Heights
Maddie & Tae