January 3, 2011

All Day Errday

Gala Darling wrote about her daily routine, and it made me think about my mornings as well. I realized that I don't really have a daily routine and while that may be nice for some people, it would probably keep me more organized to have one. Organization skills are something that I'm lacking a bit in and I'm always looking for ways to get better at it.  I am in college, and while I can pretend that gives me the excuse to stay up until 4 am on a Saturday and sleep 'til noon, that doesn't make me feel too great! My routine changes constantly and is still changing... I hope to perfect it this semester!
So, during school, this is my average morning/daily routine:
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  • ignore my first alarm on my clock at 7:20 am. wake up when my phone alarm goes off at 7:45. (this is why i set 2 ;] )
  • fall haphazardly off my bed (it's lofted off the ground so my desk fits underneath, because i share a bedroom with 2 other people. Dorms/NYC apartments, amiright?) Check the internets, get ready for class, chuck art supplies into my bag, make some coffee or tea to bring with me. grab my lunch and water bottle from the fridge, and around 8:30 sprint to the subway to get to class at 9
  • class all day
  • projects, food, nap, homework homework homework until i collapse
Oh man.

However, here are some things I swear by for keeping me sane and healthy:

Have some idea of what you are going to wear the next day, the night before. I often dress by how I feel that day, but since in the morning I usually feel cold, tired and grumpy when I immediately awaken, it helps to set out clothes, or at least options, the night before. I see many of my classmates get trapped into the artist's uniform of all black, especially in the winter- tights, sweater, scarf, boots... I don't own a lot of black but I do usually end up wearing the same outfit every day in the winter: gray tights, one of my older brother's sweaters, boots, hair in a bun. Picking out clothes the day before often helps me shake up my routine and wear some bright and less sleep-inducing outfits.
Also, it helps to take the time to do your hair or swipe on some make-up. It's a fact that when you look better, you feel better.

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drink SO MUCH water. Especially if you drink coffee. Last semester I tried to replace some of my coffee with tea and water, and I did feel a lot better throughout the day. It also helps coffee work a lot better when you actually drink it. I actually had some for the first time in weeks today, because I needed to kick-start my brain a bit, and LOOK HOW PRODUCTIVE I'M BEING I'M WRITING A BLOG POST


EXERCISE.  I used to dance every day- I took class from when I was 3 or 4 years old so it felt natural to be in dance class exercising for hours every day. When I came to college and stopped dancing or exercising at all, I felt completely awful! I put on unnecessary weight, got sick more often, and felt tired all the time. Now I try to either go to the gym, run, or do yoga a few times a week and I feel way healthier! I am also looking to start up some dance classes again so if you know anywhere good to take dance class in NYC, please let me know!


♥ eat generally healthy. This is super-tough to do on a student budget, I know, and ramen is delicious. But it makes me feel gross. Dude, I am Italian and Cuban so I could never do the raw food thing- pasta is like 80% of my diet and I'm addicted to the moduros at the Cuban restaurant across from my building. Also I love sugar. Weee! But eating a little healthier never hurt anyone- I love Naked brand green juice. It tastes like apple juice but it has spinach and all kinds of healthy veggies in it.

♥ have a real conversation. I spend a lot of time on the computer, or engrossed in my projects, or with headphones on in the subway. It's nice to have a substantial conversation with roomies, or skype a friend from home, or talk to someone new :]

♥ find something that you like to do that has nothing to do with school or work. for some people I know it's skating, for some people it is singing in a choir...I love to go to concerts.  It makes my feel happy and refreshed in so many ways.

♥ take some quiet time. I like to take some creative me-time every so often. I hide myself in my room or in the stairwell and sketch, read, finger-paint, write, whateva!
Alternative to this is walking around the city, especially very early in the morning. It makes me feel happy and exploring is the most funnnnnnn thing for me. yaaay.

♥  Another alternative ;] is FUN TIME instead of quiet time...
my friends and I went out for much-needed karaoke after finals

heck yes we're singing Britney Spears "Womanizer"

What's your daily routine?



  1. Lovely post, I understand how much of your life can be ignored when you're a student. I have adapted that life from working full time and my routine is in desperate need of fixing!

    I need exercise and good food! I'm realising that now. Yoga class too!

  2. Great post from a new reader! I found your blog via Gala Darling. I live in the area and it would be nice to make a new friend and go exploring/meet someone new!


  3. thank you! doing yoga is the best feeling..i wish i had more time for it
    yayy i love new readers, thanks for checking out my blog :] i am always down to meet new people, get at me on twitter @supernikkidee or email! :]

  4. Excellent advice, I'm really trying to drink more water and you're right it really makes me feel more awake during the day! Just found your blog and really enjoyed your most recent posts. Pop over to my blog when you get a minute,

    Alexandra Thérèse xx


    p.s. just started following you, looking forward to more posts! xx


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