Hey Callie back here again and I wanted to send you a little bit of Monday Motivation. I know most people need that because it’s like a universal truth that Monday sucks.
You’ve got a little “case of the Mondays” right?
I’ll be honest with you. I hate that.
I know most people hate their jobs and they are living for the weekends and for that 2 week vacation that their boss “lets” them have every year. An escape from the cubicle and the office space.
Just thinking about that makes me cringe. Now before you click away from this post and start thinking that I’m totally arrogant just hear me out.
That lifestyle is just not for me. I know it provides security, benefits, bonuses and a social work environment. That’s totally cool.
But remember the title of this blog post, “what’s your perfect day?”
A few years ago I was on a mission to create the lifestyle that I wanted. I realized about 6 years ago that I was not really cut out to work for someone else. I was running a youth strength and conditioning program at a pretty well-known gym in a very wealthy area outside of Boston. It was pretty cool and I got to set up the whole space how I wanted, train the kids that I wanted (mostly basketball players) and I got to do some cool programming stuff.
That was all well and good but I also had to attend almost daily “managers” meetings, I had to meet monthly quotas and stay til 9pm on the last day of every month, had to wear stupid uniforms and name tags and even our internet history was monitored.
I know you’re probably saying, “that doesn’t sound too bad, what’s wrong with you?”
I know it’s not the worst thing in the world. But it was the worst thing for me.
So I scrapped that job and all it’s benefits, bonuses and security.
I started my own place. For those of you that have been with me for a few years you know the story and I’ll save that for another day.
The point is, I wanted to get as close to my perfect day as I could.
I didn’t know that’s what I was doing at the time but about a year ago I heard someone give the advice that you should write down your perfect day and get as close to it every day as possible.
I guess along my journey away from corporate BS I was starting to create my own perfect day.
Let me be honest, my days are NEVER perfect. But I wanted to share with you what my perfect day would be.
1. Wake up around 6-6:30 with no alarm clock (because I got enough sleep the night before)
2. Do some stretches (I do this every day to stretch my problem areas- hips, back and shoulders)
3. Have coffee and catch up on Sportscenter (love it)
4. Get my own personal training in. Either in my basement gym or hitting the track at Westford Academy for some sprints
5. Head over to the beach near my house (it’s a lake but hey, there’s sand and water)
6. Do some reading or just chill with some music
7. Depending on the day, head into the training studio for 2-3 of our group training sessions
8. Come home and have dinner with Nick, my boyfriend. We are always cooking on the grill now since we bought our house and we’re obsessed with it.
9. Relax and watch maybe an hour of tv, read on my Kindle or chat on the phone with my parents or friends
So, there’s my idea of a perfect day. I love training and working out, I love the beach and I love continuing to train our clients.
This is not what happens every day, that’s for sure 🙂
But the point is that that’s what I strive for. I want balance, I want time for my friends and family and time to enjoy what I like to do.
I know that everyone isn’t able to create the exact perfect day but it’s a cool exercise to start doing with yourself. Figure out your perfect day.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
What would you be doing? (be specific)
What time would you get up?
What would you eat?
Who would you spend time with?
Where would you go?
What would you read?
What music would you listen to?
Would you relax or do work that you enjoy?
Would you work out?
Would you travel?
What would the hours be like?
Would you be satisfied at the end of the day?
Start with these questions and begin to map out your perfect day. It doesn’t have to include all the stuff that you “have” to do. If you notice, I took all of that stuff out of my perfect day. It’s only stuff that I want to do. It’s a dream so just have fun with it 🙂
Look at each day and see how many changes you can make in your lifestyle to get closer and closer to that perfect day. It’ll probably never be exact but who knows, maybe someday it will.
If you can do me a huge favor and just click “Like” on the top of this post to share on Facebook so we can get as many people as possible thinking about their perfect day, that would be awesome.
There’s too many people walking around pissed off and not enjoying life. Let’s start changing that a little bit.