Hey you sweet people you! This week’s DITL guest is the always honest, genuine, and real Grit & Glitter podcast host Lauren Frontierra. I started following her on Instagram a few month’s ago and immediately downloaded and binge listened to her podcast (this, this, and this are some of my favorites).
I enjoy following her because not only is she inspirational and just an all around fun person to follow, but she shares the real side of being a business owner. Heck, it’s basically what her podcast is all about!
Obviously it’s hard to boil down what an average day in the life is like, especially as a business owner, because in reality no day is the same, but I love how she shares a few of her constants, when she’s most productive, and how she makes sure to have time with her husband and pup at the end of each day.
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Day In The Life: Lauren from Grit and Glitter Co
In an effort for full transparency, I’m just going to cut to the real, raw, honest part of it all before we nosedive into an hour-by-hour recap of my day. Unlike some, I am not a creature of habit – at least not when it comes to the structure of my day. So, if I were to really take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of a day in my life, you may get a little dizzy. But there are a few constants throughout my days, and I’ll make sure to point those out. As for the rest, well, just hang out. It’s about to get fun. And I promise, as long as you’re sitting (hopefully with a tea or a latte or something yummy in hand) you won’t get dizzy.
So, come along with me on this one particular day. I’ve tried my best to combine all the days into one to give you a look at an average ol’ day!
6 am: Wake Up
I’m an early bird … when I can pull my butt out of bed ! So, my day usually begins between 5-6:30a. But for this day (remember, they’re not all the same), we’ll go with 6a. I’d love to say I’m woken up peacefully by the sun, but I’d just be lying. I’m usually woken by the sound of our 100lb Bernese Mountain Dog shaking his entire body. It’s loud. And he’s realized it’s the perfect alarm clock to get our (our being my hubby and my) butts out of bed. He’s the cutest, though, so I can’t complain.
6-6:30 am: Me Time
Ok. Remember how I said I’d cut to the real, raw, honest part of it all? This 30 minutes of my day is carved out on an ideal day. More often than not, though, I roll out of bed, shake myself awake, and dive headfirst into getting ready (read: pulling on stretchy pants, throwing my hair into a pony, and grabbing yesterday’s shirt off of the floor) or working.
When I do make time for some me time right away, though, my days are always better. I’m happier, more energetic, more productive, and all around just a better, kinder human being. Self-care is important, sweet people. And if you can squeeze it into your early morning, it’s life-changing.
Me time in the mornings for me usually looks like reading, a little meditating, and some yoga. I always have one fiction and one nonfiction book going, so I’ll grab one of the two to read for a few minutes. If I make time for yoga, I always spend time with my lady Adriene of “Yoga with Adriene” on YouTube. As for meditation, I try to do it before I ever get out of bed. I set the alarm on my phone for 5 minutes, close my eyes, lay down, and just try to be still (easier said than done).
6:30-9:30 am: Start Work
The morning hours are my best hours. I’m never more productive than when I wake up early and get right to work. On an ideal day, I’ll head to the coffee shop early (I have a few favorites here in Charlotte) and crank out a ton of work right away. This early morning work is always, always, always reserved for the podcast. With 3 episodes a week, it’s a lot of work.
During the early morning hours, I try to respond to and send emails, send requests to future guests, plan, and edit upcoming episodes.
9:30-10 am: Time for Breakfast
I wake up early, but I don’t eat right away. I always start my day with a glass or two of water and either a latte or tea, but I’ll wait a few hours for food. For breakfast, I change it up often, but I have my go-to’s. One of my favorites is toast topped with peanut butter or coconut oil and honey, cinnamon, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and blueberries or strawberries with a banana on the side. It’s the most amazing power-packed toast ever. And it’s really damn delicious!
10-1 pm: Back to Work
Once home from the coffee shop, with breakfast in hand, I’ll head upstairs to the office and get back to work. I usually work on the podcast up until 12p. Some days I have podcast recording calls, but I usually try to schedule all of these for one week out of the month.
Around 12p, I set podcast work aside and get started on work for my freelance clients. Contrary to popular belief, the podcast isn’t a money-making machine – yet!!! We’re working on getting there! – so, my freelance work is what I call my “pay-the-bills” work. I have amazing clients and the work is all virtual, so I can do it from my home office, or really, anywhere for that matter.Check out what a day in the life is really like for podcaster @grit_glitterco! Click To Tweet
1 pm: Lunch
Food is one of my favorite parts of the day. For lunch, I’ll typically do leftovers from dinner the night before. One perk of working from home, though, is that you never have to plan lunch in advance. And worst case, if there are no leftovers, you can just throw something together.
By this time of the day, I’m usually starting to run out of steam. Like I said, I’m a morning person, so the afternoons aren’t really my jam. So, while I’m eating lunch I’ll watch a YouTube video or two and give myself a little down time.
1:30-5:30 pm: More Work
These afternoon hours are H-A-R-D for me. I spend them finishing up freelance work, typically, and throw in a handful of snack breaks to make it easier. On the days when I don’t do yoga, I try to squeeze in a run. A late afternoon run (about 2-3p) is the perfect way to rejuvenate myself for the next few hours.
I also like to pour myself a glass of wine around 4p as a “hoorah!” for the day so far and a pep talk to get me through the last little bit. My favorite, though, is when I have an end-of-the-day call between 4-5p. I always pour a glass of a wine and call it a girls’ night!
5:30 pm: Walk le Pup With le Hubs
Once work is over and le hubs is home, we’ll walk the pup. It’s such a sweet time of the day to be outside and to catch up on each others’ days. During the winter months, it’s been the best to catch part of the sunset, too!
6 pm: Make Dinner
Ok, sweet people, this may be one of my favorite parts of the day. I love food, and I love cooking. So, dinner time is just a big ol’ celebration! Several nights a week I’ll make a more in-depth meal, but I like I to keep it fairly easy during the week. I eat mostly plant-based, vegetarian meals. A few of my favorite dinner go-to’s are this, this, and this when we’re doing breakfast-for-dinner.
7 pm: Eat Dinner + Catch Up With le Hubs
Sitting down at the table for dinner is sacred time in our house. Turn the lights low. Turn on some music. And put the phones away. We like to start the meal by sharing something we’re each thankful for. I love having this extra time to just talk to Josh about life and dreams and catch up more on our days. At least one night a week, we like to make some time right after eating to play a game. Bananagrams is our favorite!
8-10 pm: Time to Pour Into Myself (read: self-care)
The last bit of the night is really a free-for-all. Some nights I spend this time finishing up podcast work. Most nights, I try to make some more time for myself, though, to wind down and fill myself up. I take a bath several nights a week and kick back in the hot tub with a good book. Bubble baths and reading are two of my favorite ways to practice self-care and pour into myself. Then, it’s lights out typically by 9:30-10p. If this lady is up past 10p, it’s a wild night!
Thanks for coming along for a day in my life, sweet people! I hope it gave you a sneak peek into my mostly showerless, hair-never-done, stretchy clothes way of life and work. If I could leave you with 3 things, though, it’d be these:
Remember that a day in the life is just a snapshot of my day. There are so many ups and downs and tears and fears that I simply can’t fit into this timestamp of my average day. Chasing your dreams is hard work.
Your day will look different. It should look different. What works for me won’t necessarily work for you. Do what works for you and leaves you feeling the most full at the end of the day.
Try swapping the word “busy” with “full” and watch your heart breathe a sigh of relief.
Cheers, my loves! Happy whatever-day-it-is that you’re living!
About Lauren: Lauren is the dreamer behind and host of The Grit and Glitter Podcast. She sits down with female entrepreneurs every week to dive into the real, raw, hard parts of their life and business journeys. When she’s not heart-deep in a soul chat, you can find her at a local coffee shop, cooking, or adventuring with her pup and hubby.
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