Like lots us today, I have many different hats to wear when we comes to my “job”, putting that in quotation marks because I don’t see myself as even having a proper job. I have a life and a career and the two are very much entwined. I’m all about work/life balance and as a Pilates instructor and lifestyle blogger, there’s definitely no 9-5 or even Monday to Friday work week. I might be teaching, organizing events and retreats, writing, shooting, reviewing restaurants, attending a press launch, meeting brands and photographers, researching, travelling and within that I love working out, cooking, seeing my friends etc, so a day in the life doesn’t really exist but a typical day might look something like this.5:30am Alarm
Yes I get up that early most days. Sometimes I’ll just laze in bed and read, have breakfast and other days I’ll be out the door and heading to do an F45 workout (my new fave) or teach a Pilates client. I tend to wake up when it gets light outside so during the Summer it’s always super early which I love.
6am Breakfast: lemon and apple cider vinegar hot water, porridge with berries, cinnamon and nut butter.
If I’m not dashing out the door then I’ll always take my time with breakfast. I have lemon water and apple cider vinegar and currently love buckwheat and oat porridge for breakfast with a huge dollop of almond butter and drizzle of honey. I’ll either get back into bed and put the news on, read for a bit or simply sit and eat mindfully thinking about my day ahead.
I’m trying to get into the habit of working out in the morning and sticking to this routine as I always have a better day if I’ve moved my body first thing. My week of workouts might look something like this, 2 times F45 sessions, 1 x spin class, 2-3 times Pilates and Yoga, 1 x run and 1 x bike ride outside.
9am Teach Pilates Client
I mainly teach private clients in the city in London, I love working on a 121 basis as every body is so different with different goals and reasons for doing Pilates. Pilates is also so mindful so I love making people feel better during their working day by becoming more body aware and the breathing in Pilates really helps relieve stress and tension. It’s also so rewarding seeing my clients get stronger and more mobile.
10:30-1pm Coffee and laptop time
This is when I sit and write blog posts, organize events and retreats and catch up on emails. A lot of my “work” is also at my laptop. I’m not very good at working from home so will find a cute coffee shop to set up for a few hours. I love ordering a matcha latte and getting into the zone and also love being surrounded by other people all working on their own projects.
1pm Lunch with PR or friend
I might meet with another blogger friend or a brand for lunch and usually have something like avocado on toast or a yummy mix of salads. I try not to look at my phone when I’m eating so it’s a nice break from the screen. Some of my favorite places for lunch in London include The Detox Kitchen, 26 Grains and Ethos Food.
2-5pm Shoot Pilates videos
I have a Youtube channel too where I post short Pilates workouts and vlogs. I’ll head to the studio and film a workout or two with my photographer friend Lydia. I’ve always wanted to make Pilates accessible and fun for everyone. It’s something that you can do daily to feel better in mind and body and if you can’t make class or afford a 121 then you can do some of my 10-15 minute Pilates workouts.
6pm Teach Pilates event
I do a lot of pop up events either that I’ve organized myself, worked with brands on for a launch of a new product, with a charity or just as a fun way to collaborate and get like-minded people together. These events always give me such a buzz and are always followed by yummy food and catching up with some of my clients, followers and friends. My mum and best friends are so supportive and are always at my events and retreats.
8pm Dinner and Drinks
I might be exhausted from the day and head home to enjoy a quick dinner and watch a film but most of the time I love to socialize and will meet friends or family for dinner or drinks or go to a launch event in London. It might be a restaurant review, book launch or new active wear launch. I try to read on the train home or listen to a podcast but sometimes this is my only chance to check my social media so I might upload a post or scroll through Instagram to be inspired by all the amazing things people are doing. I have a love hate relationship with this side of my job sometimes but most of the time, I feel so positive, connected and excited about the online world as long as you switch off too.
10pm Skincare and Sleep
I don’t really switch off properly until I get into my bathroom and start my skincare routine. It’s one of the very few things in my life that is routine and I never miss it. It’s like I cleanse the day off and get into bed feeling fresh. I try to get 7-8 hours sleep but a few days a week this is definitely more like 6 hours. I catch up on a Saturday or Sunday with a lay in or afternoon nap. I’ve recently really got into a good rejuvenating nap at the weekend! It really helps if my week has been jam packed. However, my favourite way to recharge my batteries is with a long countryside walk or escaping somewhere lovely for the weekend.
In the next post I will tell you about my experience with hair loss treatments!
Love, Lottie x