I’ve never been a morning person, so I roll over and hit snooze at least once. I set multiple alarms so that I can wake up on time and enjoy my morning.
To fully wake up, part of my morning routine is to be present and get up slowly. I begin by appreciating where I am. The comfort of my bed. The easy breathing of my sleeping husband. The gentle weight of our dog and cat sleeping on our legs. The sun streaming in from behind a white linen curtain casts the entire room in a warm glow. These few moments of peace are some that I enjoy just for me before getting up to face the day.
I unlock the doors and let the pets out back. While we are out there, I check on the six laying hens we have and collect any eggs that I didn’t see yesterday. The chickens are already up and about, looking for treats.
Back in the house, we humans prepare our breakfast. Because he eats much more than I do, my husband cooks a large meal in the morning while I get ready to go into WideFoc.us for my office hours. I do my makeup, pick out my clothes, and use a few bobby pins to tame my curls before I pack up my work bag and am ready to head out the door.
Office hours with my WideFoc.us team!
To get settled into my work day I like to put everything that I’ll need out on my desk. I line up my laptop, charger, planner, notepad, pens, glasses, and chapstick. Then I make my master to-do list for the day and prioritize my tasks. We share a fun and cozy space that allows us to easily collaborate, have meetings, or share advice on a project. Office hours allow our team to come together and work as one business, and it is when we are together that our unique personalities can shine through.
I start craving lunch. I eat late, usually around 2:30 p.m., but it works for me. I often go home and put together something quick and fresh before getting back to work or checking in on a few personal projects and needs for the house.
I love my hot power yoga classes and make it a point to go to at least one per day. A few times a week I will also go to the gym with my husband and we will work out together. I like running and cardio, but lately he has been showing me how to properly lift weights and strengthen my training through lifting. Once a week we try to get outside for some exercise, and one of our favorite activities to do is go up into Clear Creek Canyon with friends and go rock climbing! We also love to take our dogs for walks or to the dog park for some fetch and swimming.
In the evening you’ll find me in the kitchen. My husband and I love to cook, and we have a steady balance between light, healthy, and simple and new, fun and adventurous. We love setting aside time to try a new recipe from one of the cookbooks we have stacked in our kitchen or a recipe from one of our robust Pinterest accounts. We never have a shortage to experiment with. Our favorites lately have been grilled salmon, and trying out our new pasta roller for some fresh, homemade pasta.
We eat late and stay up late, too. After dinner, I will log back into work and finish up any remaining projects from the day. Taking a break in my afternoon helps me to re-focus and be more productive at night. I’m a night owl, so I usually don’t log off for good until after 11pm!
—by Rachel Mincarelli
A native of New Hampshire, Rachel Mincarelli has settled into being a resident of Denver. She enjoys writing because it connects her to communities and their stories while simultaneously allowing her to express her own interests.