If you would’ve asked me ten years ago where I thought I’d be now, my answer would’ve described something vastly different than what my current season of life looks like. I was gearing up to go to college, planning to study engineering at Purdue.
What did I end up doing? Not that…
Looking back, I don’t think I really knew what I wanted out of life, so it’s no surprise that the path to where I am now took a number of twists and turns along the way. (I changed my major in college five times! It was only by the grace of God that I graduated in four years…)
As I was finishing high school, most of my decisions were influenced by my perfectionist tendencies. I had a really distorted view of what “success” means, and striving towards those ideals paradoxically interfered with my ability to be truly successful in life, as I believe myself to be striving towards, now. I used to think that in order to be successful, I needed a 9-5 job, a gym membership, and a diet plan that never included dessert. Not surprisingly, my days don’t look anything like that, and I’ve never been happier! Today, my definition of “success” is this:
the progressive state of cultivating contentment in God’s call to use your gifts for His glory
In full disclosure, I don’t believe I’m doing this perfectly. Realistically, I don’t think it’s possible to do this perfectly — but that’s where grace comes in. As long as we keep pursuing the one who created our lives and wrote our stories, we’re on the right track.
Keeping true to the title of this post, here’s a little summary of what a “successful” day looks like for me, in this season of my life:
Hint: it’s not a “normal” 9-5…
6:30 am: wake up, make coffee + read my bible. This morning was Proverbs Chapter 12 and Romans chapters 5+6.
7:30 am: Pour some more coffee, grab some vanilla yogurt + a fig bar for breakfast, kiss my husband and head out the door.
8:00 am: Rehab lab. Today we reviewed movement screens to identify and correct dysfunctional patterns. In other words, figuring out the root cause of a patient’s pain.
9:00 am: Saw a patient in the clinic. Interesting case about autoimmune hyperthyroidism.
10:00 am: Had a snack (Larabar) then headed to the fitness lab to walk while I worked on a writing project and prepped for appointments later in the afternoon.
12:00 pm: Nutra-Intuition client appointment + charting
1:00 pm: Business planning seminar with a panel of doctors sharing about their private practices, followed by a Q+A session. Ate my lunch during this time (cheddar + jalapeno sausage, quinoa and broccoli)
2-3:30 pm: Work on social media for @nutraintuition and draft blog posts
3:30 pm: Nutra-Intuition client appointment + charting
4:30 pm: Review chest x-rays for tomorrow’s lab
5:00 pm: Drive home, do the dishes, relax. My husband got home shortly after me, and we hung out until bible study.
6:45 pm: Dinner + discussion at bible study. Someone brought ingredients for a chicken cobb salad + bread + the most delicious Jalapeno chips ever. We read the book of Titus out loud together, talked about its meaning and application, then spent time praying for each other.
9:30 pm: Went out for ice cream with my husband. He ordered moose tracks. I ordered one scoop of chocolate peanut butter and one scoop of cappuccino chip. Satisfied.
10:30 pm: Home, prepped lunches for the next day, showered and went to bed.
Rinse + repeat!
What’s your daily routine?
[For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! My name is Alexandra. I’m a medical student and nutrition consultant in the Chicagoland area. In my private nutrition practice, Nutra-Intuition, I provide 1-on-1 support for individuals struggling in their relationship with food. If you’re interested in learning more about working with me, click here.]