Welcome to Day in the Life, where we peek into the lives and schedules of solopreneurs and freelancers. Today we're chatting with Ashley Wilhite of Your Super Awesome Life, who wants to live in a world where following your passion is required, tiaras are the accessory of choice, and cupcakes are abundant. As a Life Coach for 20-something women + sought-after writer, she’s been featured on Tiny Buddha, MindBodyGreen, Yes and Yes, Stratejoy, and Kind Over Matter. When she's not helping women figure out what the heck they want to do with their lives + find the confidence and courage to actually go through with it, you can find her obsessing over training for her first marathon (Chicago, in October!), devouring each new episode of Pretty Little Liars, and traveling the world searching the best cup of iced coffee.
8:15am: “It’s after 8:00,” my boyfriend says as he’s typing away at his desk. We both work from home and he’s a morning person (I most definitely am not), so he wakes me up, which is much better than the beeping of an evil alarm clock. I roll over, grab my iPhone and begin scrolling through Twitter. I know they say it’s “unhealthy” to check social media first thing in the morning, but it makes me excited to get started for the day.
8:30am: I’m finally sitting up in bed with a warm cup of Keurig-brewed, Breakfast Blend coffee. I begin replying to important emails from clients, scheduling tweets and Facebook updates for the day, and looking over my schedule and To Do list in my paper planner. I grab a quick breakfast, usually toast and an egg, a cinnamon raisin bagel, or leftover pancakes.
9:30am: Since I’m training for the Chicago marathon, I lace up my sneakers and go for a run five days a week. This morning I do 8 miles while listening to the Joy the Baker podcast and Taylor Swift’s RED album. Thankfully, the weather is a perfect 65 degrees with a cool breeze.
11:30am: I’m back home, showered, and dressed for the day. I make a green smoothie (almond milk, spinach, banana, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds, and almond butter) and sit down at my desk to get to work. I’m writing a private article for DreamQuest, my 6-month group coaching program, that I’ll send out next week. This month we’re talking about the “I’ll be happy when…” myth and how to shift our mindset. I share personal strategies that have worked for me and develop exercises for my clients to try.
1:00pm: My first coaching call of the day! These always get me so pumped up and inspired. My client and I dive into the self-doubt and fear she’s feeling as she launches her first product for her business. We dig deep and get into some super vulnerable stuff and it’s awesome! After our call, I type up a recap email for her and include personalized homework assignments for the next week.
2:00pm: It’s been a few days since we last spoke, so I shoot my designer a quick email to check in on her progress for Cake for Breakfast, a new course I’m creating. I notice I’m starting to get hungry, so I grab some sharp cheddar and Wheat Thins to hold me over.
2:15pm: With a solid chunk of time to get some work done, I put in my earphones and turn on my Joshua Radin playlist in iTunes.Then I open up a new Google doc and it’s go time. The project that has me fired up the most right now is the book I’m writing, The First Two Years. I type away for the next two hours, creating the tell-all account of how I built Your Super Awesome Life.
4:30pm: I log in to Skype for a call with a previous coaching client who I’m now working with on a collaboration project. The project is still in the beginning stages, so we discuss possible names and start nailing our ideal customer. To keep us on track, we outline a few action items for each of us to complete before our next call.
5:30pm: Since I have a group coaching call with my DreamQuest ladies this evening, I close my laptop and take a break for a few hours. Time for a little personal/biz development. This week I’m reading Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art and Joan Didion’s Blue Nights. Both are amazing.
7:00pm My boyfriend and I have dinner with his parents- roast turkey, carrots, mashed potatoes, and cucumbers.
9:00pm: I’m a huge sucker for ice cream (and desserts in general), so I indulge in a few scoops with hot fudge on top, of course. My group call is in an hour, so I open up my laptop and begin reviewing my notes.
10:00pm: An hour to catch up with my DreamQuest group. We share what we’ve been working on and I lead a mini-lesson on the “I’ll be happy when…” myth. We discuss the negative effects of being a “future addict” and I share suggestions of how to stay grounded in the present moment. When the hour is over, I forward a recording of the call to the group and type up a recap email to send out.
11:30pm: Whew! What a long day! I close laptop and crawl into bed. I debate catching up on Big Brother or finishing The War of Art, but I decide I’m too exhausted to do either, so I curl up next to my boyfriend and drift off to sleep.