A few other bloggers have recently written done posts like this, so I figured it was my turn. To be honest, I am incredibly nosy and love posts like this! I love knowing what people do all day at their job, and what they eat. Something really boring to them is usually pretty interesting to me. I am super grateful for the fact that I get to do this for a full-time job—it definitely does not always come easy though! Nevertheless, I love every second of it, as well as all of you who make the whole thing possible.
So….here we go.
I wake up naturally around 6am. I have a pretty good internal alarm clock and would consider myself a morning person (after you shoot some espresso in my veins, that is). Plus, I know I have a lot of cooking to do today and don’t want to miss the light! For more on my at home photography studio, and how to build your own, refer to this post!
Anyway. Some of us aren’t as thrilled to be alive and awake at 6am as others…but I won’t name names.
First thing I do every morning is make coffee. I love coffee. I breathe coffee. I sweat coffee. I have a fun coffee-related giveaway coming your way soon!
After I have my coffee in hand, I open my computer screen for the first time. It’s around 6:20 at this point. I spend the next hour making sure my blog post went up as scheduled and there are no technical difficulties, reading emails and answering blog comments. This is my very favorite time of day! It’s also when I try to read the bible. I say “try” because some mornings it’s there and some it’s just not. I’m far from perfect but that’s the point.
Moving on to breakfast.
For being a food writer, I am actually really boring most of the time when it comes to my own meals. Like, really boring. I’m talking soft boiled eggs or a whole wheat bagel with cream cheese and strawberries every.single.morning. Who cares though? It’s delicious. I get a lot of satisfaction over my eggs or morning bagel.
Speaking of eggs, after breakfast it’s time to grab this week’s eggs from my neighbor/hair stylist! Her friend has a farm around here and supplies her with fresh eggs once a week to sell to clients. It’s the best five dollars I spend a week. I LOVE my farm fresh eggs.
With my eggs, I can start cooking! I make a batch of coconut blueberry muffin tops today and sample one as a mid-morning snack. It passes the test.
I photograph the muffin tops, throw the dishes in the sink and grab my sneakers for a short hike at the state park near my house. I definitely do not take it for granted that I have my own schedule like this, and I’m equally thankful I have the opportunity mid-morning to head outside for a walk.
I hike around for about half an hour and feel SO much better after….ready to conquer the rest of the day!
Lunch is….you guessed it, an egg salad sandwich with my fresh eggs! I’ve been on an egg salad kick lately and found the secret is lots of avocado stuffed in your sandwich. Also bread and butter pickles! I adore those things.
After lunch, it’s time to get cracking. When I decided to really throw myself into make Eat, Live, Run an actual business as opposed to just a blog, I started working on prioritizing my time and logging hours spent on each task. I’ve never prided myself on my time management skills before (one ad for cute shoes and I’m done), but it really was necessary to successfully create a business and work from home. Let’s just say I work really hard to make everything look really easy on here.
So, I go into my office and work on writing my new recipe for the PBS blog, one of my freelance jobs. I mentioned the other day as well that in addition to this site, I also have a few freelance jobs that I really love. PBS is one, Tasty Kitchen is another, and then I have a few short-term assignments with Tabasco and Stubb’s BBQ. Working as a recipe developer for different brands is something that’s been super fun for me during the past year and I hope to continue doing it in the future!
I’ve decided to make a Mother’s Day quiche with asparagus, bacon and leeks after seeing some beautiful leeks at the market the other day.
I also remember I have to pick up my wedges from the cobbler. Like I said…priorities!
Oh yeah, time to wash those dishes I threw in the sink earlier while I went on a walk! It’s so odd that they haven’t learned to wash themselves yet….I probably do two huge loads like this every day. Thank goodness for pink gloves and good smelling dish soap!
Finally, I have a spankin’ clean kitchen again…what better to do then get it messy? I try out the quiche recipe that I just wrote, making some changes as I cook…it turns out beautifully! I style the quiche and take photos of it before wrapping it up for later (<—-I ended up eating this entire quiche by myself in two days).
At this time, it’s probably around 2:00. I make some green tea, go back in my office and spend the next three hours editing my photos in Lightroom and writing my muffin top blog post for the next morning. I also answer blog comments, take a conference call, write emails and work with my designers on the new site that’s being launched this summer! I’m so thrilled with how the ELR redesign is shaping up so far and I think y’all are going to love it as much as I do! Or at least I hope you do…it’s been a ton of work!
During the afternoon, I’ll also snack while I work (usually on yogurt/fruit/cookies/hummus/graham crackers + peanut butter) and drink lots of tea. I really drink a lot of tea.
Around 5:00, when my blog post is looking perfect, I schedule it for the next morning, close up my emails, send my last tweets, hop in the shower then head to meet a couple girlfriends for barbecue and margaritas!
I love what I do, but am thankful for a little human interaction (other than just online interaction) by the end of the day. And this margarita is particularly epic because it had a big ol’ dash of cayenne pepper on top.
We chat and eat for hours and I get home around 10pm, which is honestly kind of late for me during the week. I literally fall into my bed and call it a day.
Note that although this is a typical day, my schedule varies a lot. Many days, instead of going for a mid-day walk, I’ll take a yoga class in the evening and once a week I’ll tear myself away from the laptop screen to go teach a yoga class! I also don’t drink margaritas every night. Although sometimes
most of the time I wish I did.
Clearly I eat a lot of eggs.