The first part was such a hit and I had so many wonderful responses, I wanted to make sure I got to share the rest them with all of you! Here they are, enjoy!
The Night Before
Ellie, 24, Boulder, CO, Current Job: Web Developer, Dream Job: I would love to start a “dream project” of designing interactive games for children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
My night before is usually pretty routine but can vary night to night, starting at around 5:30pm. I get home from school, and then normally Aaron (my live-in boyfriend) and I walk to the gym, where we spend between 1-1.5 hours doing cardio and lifting. Then we go home, make dinner together, eat together (either talking or maybe a tv show), clean up the kitchen and finish the nightly chores, and then I usually spend a few hours doing homework and web design, then around 10:30 we head to sleep. Before bed I do my night time yoga/stretching routine. I do use pinterest quite frequently when I go to bed at first, but I limit myself and around 11pm I pick up whatever book I am reading currently and fall asleep reading. I usually have my cat on my chest so it’s a navigation game too.
Emalie, Apopka, FL, Current Job: Actress, Dream Job: Actress or Casting Director
Describing my routine is a bit difficult because every day is different. Sometimes my call time for a shoot is 7 AM and other times it’s 10 PM. The only three things that remain constant are:
1) I get all of my clothes ready for the next day. This includes the outfit I plan to wear when I walk out the door, as well as backup clothing in case the director I’m working with doesn’t like my first choice. It also includes extra shoes and a lot of jewelry.
2) Sleep aids. If I can sleep in, I skip these, but they’re usually necessary. Like I said, my schedule changes daily so my sleep patterns are all over the place and melatonin is my go-to. I also keep Ibuprofen PM handy for those times that I have to be up at 3 AM and my body refuses to fall asleep before 8 PM.
3) I fall asleep listening to Netflix after playing a game on my iPhone. I have always suffered from anxiety so if I don’t give myself a distraction, I’ll lay in bed panicking about being late or forgetting something the next day. Lately I’ve been playing 1010! and then turning on Sense8, but the show changes frequently.
Morgan, 32, South Lake Tahoe, CA, Current Job: Associate Transportation Planner, Dream Job: City Manager
- I make my lunch
- I pack my gym clothes
- I drink tea
- I clean the kitchen
Depending on the morning, I will get up and do an at home work out for arms or abs or something similar while Aaron uses his indoor bicycle trainer, and we watch the news. I always wake up and drink at least 8 oz of water first, but I’m not a huge breakfast fan. I usually just eat a protein bar or I make “healthy protein cookies” the night before for a grab and go breakfast. I am ashamed to admit that before I even get out of bed, I’m checking social media. But it is usually short lived because Kitty is a very demanding individual when she’s hungry Do you try to relax? While I’m checking all the social media I do some morning yoga in bed. Since I go to the gym the night before, I shower at night so it’s more of a “wash my face and put on makeup” to wakeup. I have black out curtains, but once I’m out of bed I open them all the way because we have some beautiful sunshine that pours in. I always open my blinds to let the light in and listen to the news while I drink my coffee and check my e-mails.
Also, one of the things that makes my life easier, is that I have a schedule of things that need to be done on each day. Each day is a different laundry day, so everything gets done at least once a week, and vacuuming happens 3 times a week, dusting once a week, etc. And that just makes life seem more manageable when I have something that I can physically look at for directions when I feel overwhelmed. I also have a daily “journal page” that I fill out every day
Unfortunately, the first thing I do when I wake up is hit snooze. I usually set my alarm 30 minutes early to give me time to hit snooze once or twice, then check emails and Facebook. I get a lot of my acting gigs through Facebook groups, so I painstakingly scroll through dozens of casting notices every morning to see if I am eligible for any roles.
I am the type of human that is always hungry, so breakfast is a necessity. If I’m running late, I pop a half cup of oatmeal and frozen blueberries in the microwave and then eat them in the car. On the rare occasions I have extra time, I’ll mix 1 regular egg with 4 egg whites, scramble them, and eat them with toast. I also usually end up eating breakfast twice when I have the time: once at home, and once in the car. I get bored while driving, so I like having food to keep me occupied at red lights. Did I mention I get hungry a lot?
The rest of my morning routine is based on what my plans are for the day. If I am responsible for my own makeup and hair (like if I have an audition) then it takes me anywhere from 1 hour (if I am just doing makeup) to three (if I have to curl my hair and/or shower) to get dolled up. If I’m not being fed on set, I also pack a lunch. My favorite days are when I will be having a makeup artist and meals provided while filming, so all I have to do is wash my face, brush my teeth, and leave.
I also have a lot of days off… the term “starving artist” is popular for a reason! On those days I sleep as late as my body will allow. I’ve never been an underachiever so I strive for 12 hours 😉 then I get on my computer and check audition notices, update my resume, and otherwise try to be as productive as possible.
I like to cuddle for a while, and then get the dog on the bed and cuddle him. I jump in the shower to wake up, unless my boyfriend does before me. If he does, I cuddle longer with Gruff, then make coffee, a smoothie, and Tom’s lunch. Tom and I eat Cherrios, and drink coffee, while Tom reads us the news.