Step Into My World: A Day in The Life

I get so many questions from my fans, friends, and family members all the time to the tune of…”what do you really do all day?” I’m sure from the outside it looks like it’s all champagne and SoulCycle, but there are also hours upon hours spent doing not-so-glamorous things like sitting in front of my computer drinking 349,087 cups of coffee reworking the same few sentences over and over again for a new book or blog post. I also spend a lot of time brainstorming new ideas and seeking inspiration. Some days look exactly the same, and some look completely different. That’s what I love about being an entrepreneuress: you never know what lies ahead.

Here’s a typical day at my home office in Brooklyn, New York:

6:30 am – I wake up without an alarm, usually around the same time every day. I do my gratitude ritual immediately before reaching for my phone. This includes recalling 5 things I’m thankful for. I swear its my “magic pill” for starting the day with a great attitude.

6:45 am – Once I’ve scrolled through my email and Instagram in bed for a few minutes, I get up and make a beeline for my Nespresso machine. I concoct a delicious, foamy espresso drink (if you follow me on Snapchat you probably see a lot of these!). PS – many of you ask me which Nespresso I use. You can find mine right here (and its on sale now!)

7:00 am – I light up my candles (these are my fave), put on Pandora, and grab the paper. I stopped watching the news about 4 years ago and it’s been a game-changer for me. I get my news from the New York Times which I have delivered to my home each morning. With my first coffee of the day in hand, I thumb through the paper for a few minutes and catch up on what’s happening in the world.

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7:20 am – By this point, I’ve migrated over to my laptop to begin my day. I fire up my email, blog, and social media. I have my to-do list by my side as well as some free pages to jot down any thoughts/reminders that come to me while I work. Mornings are when I feel most creative and productive, so I get a lot done here. Again, for those of you who follow me on Instagram and Snapchat, you’ve probably seen lots of “morning shots” of me and my Louis Vuitton agenda busy at work! She’s my right-hand woman and I purchased her pre-loved. Many of you ask me where to find one as they’re typically hard to come by. This is a great site to find yours.

9:00 am – I’m usually hungry by now, so I take a quick break and make some breakfast. I like to eat protein in the morning, so I’ll make some egg whites and turkey or cheese on whole wheat toast. More coffee is on tap as well!

9:15 am – Back to work at the laptop for a few more hours. I’m usually responding to emails, focusing in on whatever my major project of the moment is. Right now I am working on the follow-up to Girl Code as well as a secret project, so I try to divide up my time between those.

11:30 am – I take a quick shower, throw on my workout clothes, and head to SoulCycle to catch an afternoon class on Tuesdays and Thursdays (on weekends my Soul schedule is a bit different). This time is so precious to me because it not only breaks up my day, but it gives me the time and space to think more without the distraction of my phone or email. I also take the subway there and back, so I treat that time underground without an internet connection as a gift!

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3:00 pm – Once I’m home from Soul, I take another shower and make a late lunch/snack. I’ll have something with protein and carbs like a brown rice bowl with black beans and avocado.

3:30 pm – Back to the laptop to catch up on what I missed over the past few hours.

6:00 pm – If I’m staying home for the evening, I’ll usually start to move away from my computer, cook dinner, take a hot bath, and try to separate myself from work (though this is hard and I’m usually working from my phone for the next few hours). I love to move over to my living room area and pour a glass of wine and toast to everything I accomplished that day. I started making “celebration lists” which are basically the opposite of a to-do list. Rather than focusing on everything I have left to do, I write down everything I’ve done. This helps me keep the momentum going and allows me to reflect on all my wins. This is usually the time in my day where I make that list.

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If I’m going out (which I typically do about twice a week), I’ll head out to meet my friends/family for dinner or drinks. I love going to Maialino to nosh and have some wine. More on that coming soon in my New York City guide.

10:00 pm – I’m usually in bed between 9:30-10 pm most nights. I love my sleep and if I don’t get at least 8-9 hours I don’t feel rested. Before bed, I do another gratitude ritual and apply some lavender essential oil to my wrists and the backs of my ears to help me release the day and sleep with a clear and calm mind.

I feel extremely fortunate that I get to design my day. But don’t be fooled – this comes with a major responsibility. When you are in business for yourself, you must be extremely disciplined. My work always takes a front seat to everything. Though I love to go out and have a good time, if I am working on a self-imposed deadline, that is my focus. I have been known to skip out on SoulCycle or decline dinner invitations in order to make my work a priority. And I am totally okay with that.

So what did you guys think? Was my day what you expected?

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Adidas track jacket

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  • Sara Palacios
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    I love seeing this. Thank you for sharing.

    • caraalwill
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      You are very welcome! xo

  • Michelle
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    I love that you shared this! I used to feel so guilty going out for a run or going to an afternoon yoga class, while I felt as though I should be working 9-5 at home. But, isn’t it the whole point in creating the life that you want to live, not going by those 9-5 rules?! I am a Health Coach, entrepreneuress, and self-published author. You continue to motivate and inspire me…I end my day with Girl Code!! <3

    • caraalwill
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      So happy you enjoyed it! Thank you! xo

  • Melanie Tawil
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    Thank you for sharing. This was beautiful and somewhat cathartic when I feel that my life is a hurricane

    • caraalwill
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      Thanks Melanie! I’m happy you enjoyed it! xo

  • Jodi
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    I love the idea of a Celebration List – I must try that.

    • caraalwill
      Reply

      It’s life changing! Try it and let me know what you think! xo

  • Melissa
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    Just came across your IG which lead me to your blog! Love it so much great content #newfollower

    • caraalwill
      Reply

      Welcome! xo

  • Stacie Stanbery
    Reply

    I wish I could be my own boss and just work from home. How do you transition from a full time job out of the home to being able to work from home and be your own boss? What suggestions or books do you have that I can use as a guide? Thank you for sharing your day with us.

  • Brianna
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    Love this! I actually wrote up a day in my life post yesterday too. Monday must have been the day for them. 🙂 I like that you get work done in the morning and use your workout to break things up. Part of me feels like my workout should be first, but my body doesn’t always agree. Maybe it’s time to shift my mentality. Thanks for sharing.

    • caraalwill
      Reply

      I think its all about what works best for you! I know I can’t stay committed to something unless it feels right. So happy you enjoyed the post! xo

  • Nicole
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    Three showers a day? Go girl! Loved this post. Glad to know i’m not the only one half asleep by 10pm1

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    • caraalwill
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      Gotta stay fresh! xo

  • Kaila Gray
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    Thank You for this! I need to start my day early and stop being lazy. I run a Boxing Club so work is always on my mind, I need to learn a few ways to shut my mind off at some point through out the day like you do. Although My ESCAPE is Boxing (which is WORK) ahh! Any Ideas?

  • Amanda Walker
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    I absolutely loved this post!! You are such an inspiring person💗

  • Ketia Fequiere
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    I truly enjoyed reading “A Day In Your Life”!! Can’t wait to see what you have in store in the future!! You inspire me!!

    • caraalwill
      Reply

      Thank you so much, Ketia! xo

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