This post is written by Kari Hunter, a spring student blogger and Richland College student.
Today I’m tasked with letting you know about a typical day in my life. It took weeks for me to write this post trying to determine my patterns and activities and schedule until I finally realized there is no such thing as a typical day in my life.
Let me rephrase… a typical day in my life. Is. CHAOS.
Every day is different, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Take today for example: I voluntarily (read: no alarm) woke up at 6 a.m., got to work on birthday party plans and invitations for my soon-to-be four year old, thought about making breakfast and decided it was more of a cereal-and-milk kinda morning. (Hey, that’s an extra 30 minutes, people!) No one was awake yet, so I took some time to multitask and watch the morning news. This is a rarity as we usually end up watching some type of kids’ educational programming — thus why every Disney theme song is permanently etched in my brain.
Since multitasking is paramount to my life, I’ll expound a bit more on this.
I have the luxurious option of working from home, or “tele-commuting,” an industry term for not having to pay for office space. But this also gives me the freedom to make my office wherever I please. (I once spent a day working from the beach in Puerto Rico; it was a very productive day, let me tell you.)
Once the family is up and fed, the kiddo is off to daycare and the husband off to do his own studying (he’s a full-time student), I settle into my full-time IT professional work routine — and by routine I mean meeting after meeting and a ton of multitasking. Today, in the middle of meetings, I head off to the chiropractor (because sitting in front of a computer all day, every day is bound to give you some spinal issues). Rarely do I find enough time to go out for lunch with a friend or the husband. By the time my day of work is finished – generally around 6 p.m. or so — it’s time to get the kiddo from daycare (awesome that they serve dinner), rush to evening activities (dance class, gymnastics, swimming, etc.), throw together some semblance of dinner (Pei Wei anyone?), run some errands, etc.
And then the real fun begins. Bedtime: the nightly battle of bath time, brushed teeth, story time, “read it again,” “it’s time to sleep,” “I’m still hungry,” “go to sleep,” “can I have an apple?”
So when do I find time for studying? Generally, after everyone is asleep, I start studying and putting in work for my “side gig” — taking classes at Richland — and finish up work for the “paying gig.” I’m usually up until 3 a.m. or until I groggily wake up with pages stuck to my face — thus why it’s so strange to find me voluntarily awake at 6 a.m.
Wish me luck for whatever I’ll be doing tomorrow!
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