During the day I work as an architect and at night I am at my 200 hour yoga teacher training program which has made for a busy schedule. It’s been a dream come true pursuing both of my passions but with such a tight schedule it doesn’t leave much time for travel. For the next few weeks I won’t be going on any trips and instead I have decided to share with you my daily adventures of being an architect by day and yogi by night. Mondays have been my busiest so this past week I tracked my day to give you a glimpse into my daily life.
Alarm goes off and this marks the start of my week. I usually lay in bed an extra minute or two to stretch out and give myself a pep talk to get out of bed =o)
I make my breakfast which for the most part is the same every day: granola with yogurt, coconut shavings and chia seeds sprinkled on, I had some strawberries cut up too so I threw them in. While I am eating I scroll through my emails, Instagram and the news to see what’s happening in the world. And of course I enjoy my first cup of coffee for the day.
Still in my pajamas I put on my makeup, do my hair and then get dressed. I like to pick my outfit out the night before that way I have less decision making to do so early in the morning. It’s going to be a long day ahead so I make sure my purse, lunch bag and yoga bag are packed. Sunday evenings I meal prep my lunches and only need to add a few snacks into my lunch bag before heading out the door.
Leaving the house at seven saves me time because the traffic isn’t as bad. I work along the coast and unfortunately the radio signal drops the moment I hit pacific coast highway so I usually listen to Pandora or to Whatsapp messages from my family and friends. This morning I listened to a message from one of my childhood friends, and sent her a message as well updating her on what has been going on in my life.
Made it to work and found a good parking spot! Looks like a good start to the day.
Before starting work I like to give myself a few minutes to settle in, grab my second cup of coffee for the day and check in with my coworkers. This morning I am getting ready a set of drawings that will be submitted into the city for zoning review. Before construction can begin on a project the planning committee has to review the design to make sure it complies with city codes. Once the project is reviewed and approved construction can begin.
Now that most of the drawings are done I transition into reviewing corrections we received from the city for another project. We submitted the drawings for this project a few weeks ago and have received notes back. When we submit our drawings we don’t have to present them, we simply turn them in at city hall and a planner will go through them. They may have a few questions about the design so they leave us notes. Before I got started on tackling the notes I brewed some tea to drink while I work.
The corrections took the rest of the morning and by lunch time I was starving. Our office is very close to the beach and I have been wanting to go to the lookout spot nearby to have lunch. It was such a beautiful day that I just had to go check it out and wow what a view! It was so clear that you could see Catalina Island out in the distance. I soaked in the sun and took my time enjoying my salad. I pack my lunch every day, usually some sort of salad combination.
Back in the office I feel refreshed after sitting outside by the ocean. I pour myself my third cup of coffee and finish wrapping up the zoning submittal corrections.
Corrections are done and I shift back to completing the submittal pack for the project I mentioned earlier in the morning. When submitting for zoning in the city of Laguna Beach you have to calculate the area of the spaces in the building that are existing, proposed, demoed, or remodeled. I draw little boxes in each space and calculate their area, because this house is at an angle there are a few weird shapes that I had to account for. It was a tedious job but it was finally done. In Chicago we did not have to do area calculations of each space but instead only specify the area of the entire existing house and proposed. The reason Laguna Beach asks for the calculations of each space is because in the past many people have lied about the amount of work they are doing in the project. The more you change and add the higher your tax goes up and property value increase so the city needs to know exactly what is being changed.
All calculations are done and the drawings are sent out to be printed. Tomorrow morning we will go to city hall to submit the drawings for review. I leave work feeling accomplished for the day and excited to head to yoga teacher training.
I make it to the yoga studio only to realize I forgot my towel at home. I drop my things off and tell my friend to save me a spot. I quickly drive home to pick up my towel and get back to the studio in time for our class. Clearly I didn’t have everything packed like I thought.
Class starts. Every Monday we take the class that is offered to everyone before our training because this is the class we are learning to teach. It’s an hour long class, vinyasa style but the room is heated. Not as heated as Bikram classes but you definitely work up a sweat.
Class is over and we all make a run for the shower. Thankfully I had time to get my towel and I could dry off because I definitely have to shower after sweating for an hour.
Our group gathers around to talk about the class we just took and we continue to learn the poses we will be tested on. Today we get to the balancing series of the flow which was quite hard after just having taken a class. We learn the poses step by step, learning each breath and movement cue. Then we split into groups of two to practice teaching on each other. Most of us were exhausted at this point because it’s been a long day. On Sundays we meet from noon until 4pm, this is the second day in a row for us that we are at the training. Many of the wonderful ladies in the class have children, work or long commutes and having the training on top can be a lot to balance. But it’s been incredible at how supportive everyone is.
Our teachers cut class a few minutes short because they see how tired we are. We close out our training each time in a group circle with someone saying something positive to end the class.
By the time I get home I can’t wait to shower and get in bed. I make my lunch for the next day and get my things ready for the morning.
I am out for the night.
While I have my yoga training this will be a typical Monday for me. It was fun but challenging tracking my day, I remembered to take photos more throughout the morning and by the afternoon I would forget. It definitely is my longest day of the week and I even thought about sharing a Friday or Saturday which are more low key days. I know I haven’t posted much about my architecture career on the blog so if you would like to know more about the profession let me know, I would love to do a post about it. Next time I will try to pick a day where I have a lot more going on at work, zoning submittal drawings are the less glamourous part of being an architect. I had a lot of fun putting together this post and I love sharing with you my many passions: architecture, yoga and coffee. But don’t worry I will have travel adventures coming soon, I just finished purchasing all of my flights =o)
x the Adventurer
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