A day in the life of a health coach. Well, this health coach.August 15, 2012
Recently, I got an email asking for the inside scoop on being a health coach. Among other questions, she asked what my life was like on a day-to-day basis. Funny question. Because I remember the 9-5 grind (more like 9-7) and I remember what I thought it would be like as a work-from-home mom instead. None of my ideas were quite right! But I am grateful every day that I don’t have to go to an office and work for someone else.
A day in the life? Here goes…
We wake up when the baby wakes up. Some days he sleeps until 8:30. Today it was 7:30. I prefer the former. Waking up early has never been my thing.
Diapers, eyebrow plucking, and breakfast happens. I often check my email while throwing in a load of laundry, see what my workday has in store.
My husband leaves and sometimes Danny plays happily, which gives me time to get his snacks packed and take care of some quick administrative stuff like transferring money from Paypal into my bank account.
Then, we hit the gym. Oh yes I love gym daycare, and so does Danny. I also love that working out is built into my daily routine.
Guess what I do at the gym? Check more emails! Ha! Sounds like your job, right? (Except no office politics. No 5pm meetings or 360 degree peer reviews. Ugh.) Anyway, I’ll walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes responding to clients and inquiries, then spend an hour actually working out. It’s fab.
We come home, have lunch. Real food, y’know? Out of my refrigerator, often leftovers or a quick salad. I haven’t had to eat at a sandwich shop or crappy food court in a loooong time.
Naptime. Oh thank heavens for naptime.
Danny sleeps and I get down to business. I break out the laptop and get my solid 2-3 hours of work done for the day. Could be blogging, creating materials for my programs, writing my next newsletter or holding a conference call. Uninterrupted work time is bliss! And with such limited time, I’ve become an expert in efficiency. No lounging around shooting the shit at the water cooler, y’know? Work time is work time. And then it’s over – kid wakes up. Bam.
The afternoon is for chillin’. Maybe the park, maybe shopping or watch-the-handyman-fix-the-toilet time. Danny prefers the park. Between now and the end of the day it’s all about being a mom, cooking a homemade dinner and maybe remembering to get that load of laundry into the dryer.
My husband gets home, we do the dinner thing and the boys spend some quality time together. That leads straight into bathtime, which my husband takes care of. I sit down for about 30 minutes and finish off my workday.
Little man asleep, my husband and I have a few hours alone. We like to fill our mugs and watch the latest episode of whatever we’re currently plowing through (Dexter Season 6 right now). I used to work at nights – it’s so easy to get out of balance when your work and home overlap! But recently I’ve sworn it off. Nighttimes are for relaxing.
Bed by 11:00.
And that’s my day. Not really sexy or glamorous, but I like it. Working for yourself means you can design your life to be the way you want it. I chose to go to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition because I knew I wanted a flexible career I could run from home and be here for my family. It’s not always easy! I’ve decided I want a little more uninterrupted work time so Danny is going to a very holistic-minded daycare 2 days a week starting next month. And this is how it is. We decide on the shape of our life as we go.
Anything about your days you wish you could change?
p.s. If you happen to be interested in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, email me and I’ll answer your questions too!