I’m excited to kickoff a new series today highlighting guest contributors! The whole notion behind this series is that there are all kinds of different people out there that I like to get to know and learn from along the way. I’ve been amazed over the years to learn that there are so many other women, employees, and parents out there who share my concerns, struggles, and triumphs. We have so much in common but sometimes very different life experiences or methods for living this one crazy life we get.
I want to learn more about everyone, and I’m curious about the nitty gritty. What routines do you put in place to survive chaotic mornings? How do you strike a balance between work/school/parenting/etc.? What have you learned along the way in your journey through life?
These guest blog posts are a start to those types of conversations. Therefore, each guest contributor has graciously agreed to answer some questions for me.
I’m pleased to introduce Michelle Da Silva as my first guest contributor! She is a blogger I follow at www.growingwithspawn.com. Check her out there or on Pinterest and Instagram at growingwithspawn or on Twitter as ShellyDS2.
SS: Describe yourself in a tweet’s worth of words.
MDS: I’m a working, millennial mom who feels like a kid trapped in a grown up world.
SS: Walk us through what a typical day in the life looks like. What are your routines, and where are you spending your time?
MDS: Pre Covid, my routine involved waking up at 4:30am to go for a 5am CrossFit class. After this I would rush back home to shower, prep my toddler for daycare and head to work. My work days usually started at around 7:30 and ended close to 6pm. When I get home in the evening, the focus is on giving my little one a bath while my husband makes dinner.
SS: What does self care mean to you, and how do you work it into your life?
MDS: I’m not the best when it comes to self care but I make sure to include exercise and healthy food otherwise I’m terrible to be around. It is crucial to make time for yourself each day to do at least one thing you love be it soaking in the tub, running through your face routine or even lifting heavy equipment in a smelly room.
SS: What’s one productivity hack you don’t think others will know?
MDS: Cook in bulk over the weekend and store the extra food in the freezer. It makes it so much easier to have a homemade meal during the week when you’re too busy to cook.
SS: What are your favorite weekend activities?
MDS: My weekends are all about my daughter. I have her signed up for swimming classes and almost always have a play date scheduled.
SS: If you could go back 10 years and offer yourself advice, what would you say?
MDS: If I could travel back in time, I would most likely tell my younger self to slow down and just breathe because everything will turn out okay. I was an anxious and depressed teenager but in hindsight, everything I went through has equipped me to raise a strong and intelligent daughter.
Many thanks to Michelle for being my first collaborator. If you would like to be a guest contributor, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!