I love being a waste person. No–really. I enjoy that wonderful feeling of coming home, taking off all my makeup and accessories, and hitting the couch just to put my feet up and watch YouTube videos as my popcorn pops in the microwave. I do genuinely believe that indulging doesn’t have to mean downing a chocolate brownie–it can be as simple and satisfying as setting boundaries for your work time and chill time.
Recently, I’ve been implementing more of these boundaries, which has truly helped me take half my day to hit the reset button. I am a natural early riser, and I start my day at about 5:15 or 5:30 AM. But, if you watched my Day in the Life Vlog, you’ll know that my reality is that no two days are the same. Some days, I have interviews, shoots at different locations, and various other activities that require me to get out of the house at different times.
However, lately, I’ve been a bit more lucky.
Here’s a glimpse at how my past few days have gone:
5:20-6:00 Morning Walk/Workout
6:00-6:30 Breakfast + Make Tea
6:30-12:00 Work At My Desk (Answer Emails, Send Pitches, Take Calls, Coordinate Schedule, Etc.)
12:00-12:30 Eat Lunch
12:30-2:30 Continue Work At My Desk
2:30-5:00 Shower, Get Ready, and GET OUT.
Getting out after 2:30 gives me a full several hours of sunshine to just enjoy my life. Since I do get up early and work for a good portion of my morning, I reset by giving myself much deserved time outside of my technology-heavy work life. Not to mention, my time post 2:30 also sometimes helps me with my job–I’m able to create some fun content out of the house as well!
After I come home, which is usually around 5:00, is when I truly become the waste person I referred to at the beginning of this post. In fact, before I even take off my makeup, I first enter the kitchen to make my snack *cue tearing open of popcorn packet.* My accessories come off, and from time to time, I’ll oil my hair and put it up in a bun or braid it.
This is the me that nobody really gets to, or needs to, know about. I don’t document this on my Instagram stories, and I probably won’t talk about this part of myself as much, apart from today, in this post. When I become this so-called waste person, it’s actually the best part of my day. I’m living for myself, and absolutely nobody else.
In this digital era, I think it’s important to have such moments to yourself. Hit the reset button. Don’t just take a digital detox, actually do things that make you feel relaxed, comfortable, and at peace.
Take it from someone who’s livelihood depends heavily on social media, you cannot be “on” for everyone else all the time. You must, first, ensure that you have an adequate number of moments wherein you make yourself, available to yourself.