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the day to day | a day in the life 4 from "the day to day" series...

6:30am | Rise + shine!!  Chris and I are up + out of bed at the same time in the morning.  Right now Chris is on an earlier schedule because he’s working on site all summer.  When he’s in the office our schedule shifts to getting up at 7:30am and bed by 1am.  We’ve always been night owls!

6:30am – 7:30am | Get dressed-ish, let the dogs out, feed the dogs, make coffee, make my breakfast, make Chris’s breakfast, sit down to eat.  I use the words “get dressed” loosely, as it usually means workout clothes, unless I need to leave the house.  I know I’m going to work out later, so why dirty extra clothes?  Chris used to be all about the PB + J when he was in the office.  But now that he has to be on site first thing in the morning, he has to eat at home so there has been a little more variety… toast/eggs/cereal/smoothies/waffles

7:30am – 7:45am | Peruse a few blogs while eating.

7:45am – 9:00am | Work on answering emails and comments and checking in on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

9:00am – 12:00pm | This varies a bit but usually involves making a new recipe and then photographing it.  This block of time may also might involve a trip to the grocery store and prepping a 2nd recipe to photograph later.  Sometimes I’ll plan to make and photograph a recipe later in the day and will use this time to research photography, equipment, write emails, submit freelance work, etc. chocopnut (5 of 5)

12:00pm – 12:30pm | Make + eat lunch.  Chris comes home for lunch now that he is working really close to our house.  I LOVE that he comes home mid-day!  Lunch is typically something pretty quick like a gigantic salad, avocado/strawberry/goat cheese sandwich, eggs + toast with a small salad, or dinner leftovers.  Chris is currently a big fan of tuna melts and avocado toast.  avocadostrawberry (6 of 9)

12:30pm – 1:00pm | Round 2 of replying to emails.  I try to respond to all emails in 0 – 72hrs.  It’s not always possible, as some require quite a bit of time, but I try!

1:00pm – 4:30pm | This time slot also varies a bit.  Some days I’ll photograph the morning’s recipe, make a 2nd recipe and photograph it, or make a 2nd/3rd/4th trial of a failed recipe.  After finishing up taking photos for the day I import them all into Lightroom and weed out the bad photos.  Many days this block is filled purely with photo editing, especially when I have a portrait photos to edit.  A portrait session typically takes around 8-10 hours of my time to fully complete: import photos from the camera, weed out bad photos, edit remaining photos, work on artistic edits in Photoshop, export photos, burn CD’s, and write a blog post. sarah_nick-3

4:30pm – 8:00pm | Break!  This is when I walk the dogs [30min each], workout for about 30min – 1hr, clean the kitchen, clean up the house [I clean a little each day!], make dinner, eat dinner, and sometimes watch a little TV.  During the dog walks I make phone calls to my parents + friends.  I also shower sometime in this block.  I never used to be a clean-the-house-everyday type of person but it seriously keeps me sane.  I can’t stand clutter when working at home and love having the house clean when Chris gets home from work.  Then of course I dirty it again when I make our dinner. photo 4 (12)

8:00pm – 11:00pm | Now I’m back on the computer for the rest of the night.  At this time I’m editing photos, exporting them from LR and into a new blog post.  From there I start writing the post and the recipe.  I read through a few times, publish, then submit photos to Foodgawker + Tastespotting and Pin the post to my “Blog” boardimage

11:00pm – midnight | If there’s time I’ll take a little breather and watch TV or read before bed.  We try to be in bed no later than midnight.  Luckily I’m usually out cold within 5 minutes.  I typically get about 6 hours of sleep and function surprisingly well with that, although 7-8 sounds lovely. Things to vary a bit each day but this is pretty typical.  Once in awhile we head out for a quick dinner at La Luz or 415, or meet up with a few friends for a drink.  About once a week Kelsey + Eric have us over for dinner + vice versa.

I am extremely fortunate to have such a flexible schedule but do end up putting in around 10-11hrs of work each day.  Saturdays are my off day, unless I have a new recipe to photograph.  I try to free myself from the computer as much as possible on the weekends.  On Sundays I typically put in around 4-6 hours of work creating a recipe, photographing, editing, and blogging.  My typical weekly average of time spent working is about 55-60hrs between the blog + my photography site. While there are many pros to working at home there are also many cons.  I’ve been asked the question if this is my full time job and the answer is no, but sort of.   I’ll answer this question, along with pros + cons of working at home in the next day to day post.  While I don’t work in an office setting or have a boss, I definitely work harder than I ever have before doing something I love.  My hope is that the blog will help me reach the next steps in my career. 

More coming soon about the career I'm trying to create.


Reader Comments (19)

Thank you so much for sharing! Time management is something of a conundrum for me and I always question what "normal" is. It's very interesting and personally helpful to see what someone elses day looks like.
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiberty
A good post of daily life. 6 hours for sleep!? It's hard for me. :) Great stamina and time management you have! Keep going. You're one of my inspiration sources. :-)
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia
interesting to see different blogger's schedules. You work hard and it shows!
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
This is a great post, I loved learning more about your schedule!
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee
So you use both Lightroom and Photoshop? Is Lightroom simply for just organizing them if you're going to bring them into Photoshop? Just curious.

Ashley--> Yes! I use LR for the main editing and Photoshop to apply filters and actions. I typically only use PS for my portrait photos when I'm applying more artistic edits. My daily food photos are less edited. LR is really great for organization though!
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee
This was my favorite day-to-day post by far, as I really have been interested in seeing a little glimpse of "a day in the life of a blogger" - I hope you don't mind that I call you that. You put a lot of work into your writing, recipes and photos and it shows. :) I can't wait to hear about the career you are creating for yourself. Maybe after all these posts you can give us a quick explanation of lightroom? I also want to know what it is and am starting to get into photography, I am shopping cameras (and saving) now.

Ashley--> Thank you, Sonya! I'm not sure I'll be giving any LR tutorials, as it is an extremely complex program that I am still trying to grasp myself. Maybe one day! :) Have fun camera shopping!
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonya
Phew! That is a long day! But it all sounds so fun! Other than the whole cleaning part. ;)
I just love these posts. It's so interesting to see how others spend their day!
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
Wow - it's great to see this all summed up - you really do work a lot!
Hi Ashley - wondering about your photo storage - where do you store them safely without overloading a drive? Looking for some new options myself. Thanks in advance.

Ashley--> Hi Josephine! I have an external hard drive where I store my photos but I also have a mirroring hard drive set up on our network. I store all of the original files [not food..but for my people photography] there and then all of the edits once I'm done. I store my edited food photos there, but not all of the originals since there are so many and I know I won't need them once I edit the photos I like. Hope this helps!
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosephineTomato
I love that I've been to your house, seen your kitchen, seen your office, played with your pups, and can imagine you doing this here little schedule. Basically I just love you.

Ashley--> And I love youuuuu!
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Great post, thanks for sharing! It's always fun to see what someone's day to day is like and you sound like you work really hard and it definitely shows! I feel motivated

Ashley--> Thanks, Megan! That means so much!
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
I love day in the life's. Yours was packed! I'm on a similar schedule except I break from 10-12 for my workout and earlier in the evenings after blogging :)
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKath
Loving seeing your day, you work long hours like we do!! Though we still work a lot on the computer on the weekends, which we are trying to get better at. As we want to enjoy life a little more ;) hugs
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpurelylori
love the post. it's obvious you put a lot of work into the blog, but i never knew how much you do outside the blog. it definetly deepends my perspective on you as a blogger. thank you for the glimpse in your life like that :) it also gives me hope that I can do something similar. being a blogger and writer/painter.... i don't want to do an office job all my life. i can't wait to hear more about the career.

Ashley--> You're so welcome. Thanks for being interested! :) Best of luck to you as well!
June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia the Mexigarian
Great post, thanks for sharing! I'm an aspiring photographer, so it's nice to hear your perspective. I'm also impressed you can function on 6 hours of sleep!

Ashley--> It must have been all those years in college with only 4! haha
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline
This was really interesting to read. I always like to hear about the work days of people in "nontraditional" job roles. I had no idea how much time is taken up by your work. Can't wait to read the next part.
June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
What a great post! So interesting to 'see' how much work goes into what you do... seriously no joke! Thank you for doing what you do so well, as it's such a huge commitment to keep taking it to the next level and challenging yourself to do more :)

Ashley--> Thanks for your support, Christa!
oh, it WILL get you there! keep on, keeping on my lady :)

Ashley--> Thank you!! I'm looking to you as inspiration!
June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterholly

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