Today I’m doing a blog swap with Megan from Semi-Charmed Kind of Life! You’ll all love her blog because we have a ton in common and she’s a great writer. Go check her out, and don’t forget to go see my post called “An Ideal Day in the Life”!
Hi all! I’m super excited to be on Melissa’s blog today writing my first guest post ever! A little background: I am a 22-year-old recent college graduate, magazine intern, bookworm, blogger and wannabe cyclist living in Santa Fe.
Photo by Aaron Draper
Here is what my normal weekday looks like:
6:45 a.m.: Hopefully, I wake up when my alarm goes off. Sometimes I wake up around 7:15 a.m. with my phone on my chest, alarm silenced. Oops. When I do get up, I make coffee and eggs for breakfast, fix myself a snack and lunch to take work and get dressed. If I have time, I check my Google Reader and e-mails.
7:45 a.m.: Bike to work.
8 a.m.: When I get to work, my first task each day is to look for story ideas for our online news column. After meeting with the rest of the online team to pitch our ideas, we write our assigned brief.
10 a.m.: Yay! Mid-morning snack time! I also usually finish writing my news brief around this time, so after my snack I work on other assorted tasks.
12 p.m.: Lunchtime! Notice how much of my day revolves around feeding times? I usually eat at my desk so I can take my hour break later in the day, when my mid-afternoon slump hits.
2:30 p.m.: The aforementioned slump usually occurs between 2:30 and 3:00. This is when I hop on my bike and get a coffee, visit the Plaza, exchange some books at the library, read on a park bench somewhere or do some combination of these activities. It’s usually sunny and breezy at this time, so it’s the perfect reinvigorating break to get me focused when I return to my desk.
3:30 p.m.: When my hour is up, I continue working until 5 p.m. In case you were wondering what an online intern at a magazine does, here are some of my most common responsibilities: Converting the InDesign files from the print magazine for online publication, building online-only exclusive material for the website, conducting interviews and writing Q&A pieces for the site, and running the Pinterest account.
5 p.m.: Time to bike home! Sometimes I run errands on the way, like grocery shopping or picking up a Redbox on the days I get a free rental code. My little bike basket is perfect for things like this. Other times I join the online team for post-work dinner/drinks, which has been happening more often since the weather has warmed up. I usually still try to duck out by 7 or 8 p.m., though, so I don’t have to bike home in the dark.
5:15 p.m.: I arrive home to my adorable studio and promptly begin to make dinner. This is usually accompanied by an episode of Law & Order on Netflix streaming.
6 p.m.: An entire evening stretches ahead of me, and what a plethora of options I have to entertain myself! I’ll admit I’m a little bit of homebody, so I love this time to myself in the evenings. I usually catch up on my Google Reader and write a blog post to schedule the next day, but after looking at a screen all day at work, I like to put the computer away during the evening. Usually this means I read, scrapbook and/or watch more Law & Order. Sometimes I call/Skype my sister or boyfriend to chat if they’re not busy.
10 p.m.: Bedtime! I’m definitely 22 going on 82. Do not ask me to stay up past 10 p.m.! In fact, I’m usually under the covers by 9:30 and read until I shut the light off around 10.
On Saturdays, I take a long bike ride (around 18 miles) and do some shopping and/or library perusing on the way. Lately, I’ve also been visiting new places around town to check items off my Santa Fe bucket list. On Sundays, I typically do a shorter bike ride, visit the Plaza and, of course, clean the apartment and catch up on laundry. I also try to write and schedule multiple blog posts on weekends so I don’t have to do it after work during the week. Sometimes I do fun things with my co-workers, like the pick-up basketball game I played this past Saturday. (Man, my back was killing me the next day. Told you I was 22 going on 82!)
So, that’s it! I know it’s not glamorous and definitely not super exciting, but this simple, relaxed routine is exactly what I needed this year to help me unwind and resume some of my favorite hobbies that were neglected in college (e.g. reading and scrapbooking) before I start my whirlwind job as a Greek Life consultant at the end of this month.
Thanks for having me, Melissa!