In case you missed my recent life update, we moved back to Somerset West at the beginning of the month. I have loved settling in and finding a new rhythm, which includes daily walks in the vineyards or on the beach, visits to beautiful little eateries, and catching up with friends and family.
Being self-employed and working from home can be tough at the best of times, but I have a newly rediscovered love for the flexibility that it brings me. It means that I have the opportunity to spend quality time with Beanie, not to mention the diversity that it brings to my daily life. Every day is different, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
I started meditating and journaling regularly a couple of months ago, which has given me so many insights into how I’ve been living my life and what my ideal day looks like. Now I try to get as close as possible to my ideal day, regardless of any deadlines or commitments I may have. I thought I’d give you a glimpse into my every day, and share how I incorporate aspects of my ideal day (along with one of my daily beauty essentials – I am a die-hard beauty junkie, after all!)
I’ve never been much of a morning person, so waking up early is hard to do – especially since I consider myself a bit of a night owl and find it really hard to drift off before midnight! That said, I’ve slowly been working on getting up earlier by sticking to a rather strict nighttime routine, and by getting up 10 minutes earlier every week.
Follow a morning routine
Waking up earlier (and with any luck, before the rest of the family) means that I get some much-needed me-time before the day has even begun. It’s usually at this time that I sit down to do a bit of journaling (morning pages have changed my life!), some meditating, and my bible study homework. Once I’ve done that, I’ll make myself a cup of coffee and sit down to check my emails and get that out of the way before the rest of my workday begins. It’s always at this time that I plot out the rest of my day and write my to-do list.
Get myself ready for the day
In the past, I used to make sure that Beanie was dressed and ready before focusing on myself, but that often meant that I ended up wearing no makeup, my yoga pants, and my hair up in a ponytail most days. Over the past few weeks, I’ve switched things around and make sure that I’m dressed and made up before I get Beanie ready for the day, and it’s improved my overall mood and productivity so much. Who would’ve thought that something as simple as applying a little BB cream, some mascara, and lipstick could have such positive effects?
I’ve also started dressing up more, although I won’t lie – the vast majority of my wardrobe consists of black, black, and more black! I think we’re all familiar with those tell-tale white marks left behind by anti-perspirants (especially when wearing black), and I don’t know about you, but I simply don’t have the time for multiple outfit changes in my already rushed mornings. I pretty much rely on new Shower to Shower Invisible Dry to make sure that my black dresses and tops stay pristine, while I don’t have to worry about unwanted BO at midday – regardless of how busy my day is or how much running around I’ve had to do! It promises up to 48 hours’ worth of active protection while leaving absolutely no marks, and it also contains Soothex, which is perfect, as I’ve often struggled with skin irritation as a result of other anti-perspirants and deodorants in the past. Fortunately, Shower to Shower Invisible Dry doesn’t result in any unsightly and uncomfortable rashes, and it leaves me feeling dry all day long – and not a white mark or smudge in sight! (I’ve been known to use my husband’s Shower to Shower Invisible Dry for Men on days when I’m particularly busy – I find that it gives added protection against BO, and I love the manly scent. Am I the only one who adores male scents?!)
Get Beanie ready and out of the door
Once I’m ready and have had a few quiet moments to myself, it’s time to wake Beanie (unless he’s already awake), feed him, get him dressed, and drop him off at school.
Get stuck into work
There’ve been times (especially on cold, wintery days) that I simply hop back into bed, along with my laptop, and spend the morning working from bed. Even though that may sound like the dream, I find that I’m more productive (and I even feel happier) on days that I force myself out of the house and work from a coffee shop, or even from the couch. (I don’t have an office space at the moment, but hopefully I’ll have one soon!)
Working from a coffee shop ensures that there are no other distractions (like sneaking an episode of my latest Netflix obsession, or a sink full of dishes or overflowing laundry basket that needs immediate tending to), and I really revel in the social aspects of it – the sound of people chattering, music on in the background, and a constant supply of much-needed coffee. A favourite recent discovery is the exquisite All Things Good in Stellenbosch – they have the most divine toasted bagels (I’m obsessed with the sundried tomato, hummus, and rocket bagel, which is 100% vegan), and the best coffee I’ve had in a long while. They also have a variety of nut milks to choose from, and their vegan peanut butter pie is by far the best thing I’ve ever tasted.
Coffee with friends
On days when I don’t have too much work, I like taking some time out to meet a friend for coffee and a catch up. I used to feel so guilty about this, but when you work from home and can easily go an entire week without seeing another soul (apart from your husband and kids), I’ve realised that it’s so important to arrange to meet up with your friends – even if it’s just for a quick cup of coffee. Sometimes I’ll meet friends for a quick walk around the Helderberg Nature Reserve or on the beach, otherwise we’ll meet up for coffee and a chat.
When it comes to meeting up for playdates with my fellow mama friends, there’s really only one place: Vergelegen Wine Estate. Their restaurant, The Stables, doesn’t have much by way of vegan options (I usually opt for a black coffee), but nothing beats their playground for kiddies – not to mention the beautiful gardens and museums! Sometimes friends and I will grab a takeaway coffee and sit on the lawn while our kiddies play barefoot in the little stream on the playground; other times, we’ll take a languid stroll in the gardens while our little ones run wild. I hardly ever leave here without Beanie falling asleep in the car on the way home!
End the day with a stroll
I’ve always battled to switch off at the end of the day, but I’m trying to be better at switching from full-on work-at-home-mom mode to a more relaxed, centered me ahead of the evening routine. I find that a quick stroll around the neighbourhood or a walk on the beach with my family really helps me to switch off and defrag.
Once we get home, I like to remove my makeup and apply a hydrating face mask while I cook dinner, and then it’s time for the manic bedtime hour: bath time for Beanie, followed by a Bible story, and bed. It’s at this point that I have a quick shower and begin my evening skincare routine – click here to read more about that! Often I’ll continue working for another two or three hours, otherwise my husband and I will binge watch a series that we both enjoy before calling it a night.
My days are pretty varied, but that’s one of the things I love most about this season of my life: the flexibility to work when I’m feeling most productive and motivated, and the freedom to spend plenty of time with my little family.
** This post was sponsored by Shower to Shower.