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Getting Into a New Routine

by Alaina on January 8, 2013 · 4 comments

For the better part of six years I have never had a set schedule. My life was literally lived week by week, never really being able to plan things in advance. Of course, there were times where requests were met but it was hard to make off-the-cuff plans. And aren’t those the best sometimes?


A week from tomorrow I’ll be starting my new job. As opposed to what kind of schedule I’ve had in the past, this one will be the regular 9 to 5 (well, in my case, 8:30 to 5:30). I’ll be joining the work force on the morning and evening commuter rail and lining up with them at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. I know some of you might be like “uh, so? this is how everyone gets to work.” Smile with tongue out But to me, it’s a BIG change. I’ve actually liked not having to wait in line to get a coffee before work, or to be stuck on Rt. 128 traffic. But knowing each and every day what my hours are going to be and the fact that I get weekends/holidays off, that is pretty darn sweet.

With this new schedule and routine, I’ll be looking to plan my workouts and meals around it. If I would work a 2pm shift, it was easy for me to be able to sleep in, workout or run, and get to work on time. Now, I’ll be getting on the 6:45am train to Boston and won’t be home until 7:45pm. Yep, long day, but oh so worth it. In order to get in my training or workouts, I will have to get up pretty early (5AM?) but I’m actually excited to have this routine.

So when I was contacted by Fay of deliberateLIFE magazine, I was more than thrilled to see that this magazine would be a great addition to my reading material.

iPad Issue 1_Now Available_Gray

From the e-mail:

deliberateLIFE Magazine focuses on inspiring people to live well and do good by making intentional choices about how they spend their time and money, engage in their communities, and understand global issues. Published six times a year on the iPad, features will cover how to be deliberate about daily life, home, food, work, community engagement, and travel.

Pretty cool right? I love magazines that give tips about organizing your life, planning meals, and even provide travel tips. And there are so many wonderful things about Fay Johnson, the founder of the magazine:

A global citizen, Fay was born in South Africa and emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area at a young age. The daughter of two social entrepreneurs, she spent much of her childhood traveling, visiting over 26 countries before she graduated from high school. These experiences embedded the deep belief that we are all part of one large global village. Fay has lived and worked in Hungary, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, the United States and South Africa.

Prior to her work on poverty and social justice issues, Fay ran her own business as a professional organizer, helping clients create order in their homes. Her favorite projects involved organizing closets, a skill she hopes to pass along to readers. Her second company was a photo preservation and scrapbooking business which allowed her to hone her design skills.

The magazine also touches on green living, which David and I will enjoy, seeing as how we live in a(n) (almost) net-zero home; time and financial management; ethically made products and so much more.

I was contacted to share the news of the launch of the magazine (which is available on iPad); I was not compensated for writing this.

I think this is a great goal for 2013: living deliberately. All too often, I just go through the motions of life. I don’t give a lot of thought to my actions or their consequences. If I’m able to plan out my days and more importantly, my time, I think that this can all be achieved. I’m certainly hoping so. Smile

What type of magazines do you like to read? For some reason I’ve been getting Family Circle, but I do enjoy some of their recipes.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephanie @ A Girl and Her Manny January 9, 2013 at 8:43 am

I love to read Women’s Health for workout and diet inspiration. For some reason my roommate has been receiving Redbook, which is definitely not targeted to our demographic, but it’s actually quite interesting – and has some great recipes!


2 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Good luck settling into your routine! I’ve worked both worlds (and am currently in the sporadic scheduling) and they both definitely have their own pros and cons.


3 Renee {Eat.Live.Blog.} January 10, 2013 at 11:19 am

Congrats on the new job! I have been in mine for 6 months and still haven’t been able to commit to a schedule. Maybe this post will inspire me!


4 Alaina January 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

Thank you Renee! Hope the wedding planning is going well! Congrats again. :-)


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