Anatomy of an Outfit | The Daily Grind



It’s easy to imagine that the bloggers and other creative entrepreneurs are constantly living fabulous lives 100% of the time. There is no daily grind. Only fantasy and glamour.

For example, it’s easy to imagine that Liz is always kneading dough for homemade pasta and making bitters from scratch with herbs from her garden. I imagine her boyfriend only takes breaks from making out with her to grill up some grass-fed steak for the two of them. It’s hard to imagine her running errands in congested traffic to buy toilet paper that she accidentally ran out of in the middle of the day.

Or, it’s easy to imagine Kelli making rad illustrations all day with a happy toddler playing with wooden toys by her side. It’s hard to imagine her staring at a wall, or doing dishes that have been sitting in the sink just a little too long, or mindlessly watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

And me? You might imagine that I live my life against a chalkboard backdrop and on top of curated textiles. It might be hard to imagine that my desk is a total pit, cluttered in paper and batteries and half full glasses of water (which it is).

I love that as bloggers we can pick the best stuff to share – I truly believe it makes our lives a little more memorable and a little more interesting. But at the same time I’m fascinated by schedules, rough sketches, to-do lists, and the contents of other people’s refrigerators. I love indulging in the fantasy but I’m just as curious about the reality. I want to know what the daily grind looks like.

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So I thought I might share the details of my own daily grind – here’s what yesterday looked like for me:

6:38AM – Our quiet alarm goes off. It’s already light outside and Jeremy gets up to go pee – Mister Boots follows him into the bathroom. I lay in bed and wonder if it’s possible that it is actually Saturday instead of Tuesday.
6:51AM – I crawl out of bed and throw on my robe. I make my way to the kitchen but not without slamming my thigh into the dining room table for the 5th time this week.
6:54AM – Jeremy has the tea kettle going and my morning chants on Spotify playing. I make sweet potato hash browns with fried eggs.
7:10AM – We eat breakfast and each browse our own laptops. I alternate between my RSS feed and Pinterest.
7:55AM – Jeremy leaves for work. I put on some Lululemon and go for a morning walk.
8:45AM – I get home from my walk, drink a glass of water, and check my email at the breakfast nook table.
9:00AM – Tara and Kristin show up for work. I’m still in my walking outfit. I go to the bathroom and quickly put on some makeup and straighten my bangs – which always feels a little silly considering I have a head full of dreads.
9:30AM – Tara and I have a meeting with a local Braid Method client (an established and respected expert who drives a Mercedes) in her cozy home. It’s good to get a sense of who this client really is in her own space. Towards the end of the meeting I become distracted by how badly I have to pee. I try to decide whether I should hold it or not. I ultimately decide on holding it.
11:32AM – Tara drops me off at my house before running to pick up our quarterly tax receipts to mail in. I run inside to pee. I make a quick lunch consisting of greek yogurt, almond butter, a dash of honey, sliced banana and strawberries. I check my email and send out reminders to my coaching clients for our upcoming sessions.
12:00PM – I spend the next 1.5 hours teleconferencing in on my Martha Beck life coach training. I start out in the breakfast nook but end up on the couch with all my notes and laptop surrounding me.
1:42PM – The Martha Beck call is running long. I hang up just before it wraps up. I go make myself another bowl of greek yogurt and strawberries (I’m addicted). I check my email and respond to a few requests for quotes.
2:00PM – I have a Life Coaching for Creatives session with a crazy-talented and sweet gal in New York. I was tired going into the call but towards the end felt energized by it all.
2:55PM – I check my email and write a quick Braid ECourse procedures and policies email to Emily Thompson, who is now managing all of our ESales. I touch base with Tara who is working from her house for the afternoon regarding the Braid blog post on dream customer catching today. Then I write my tax checks – one to the IRS and one to the State of Oklahoma. I feel very grown up.
3:32PM – I take a few Anatomy of an Outfit photos and edit images for this blog post today.
4:00PM – I have a another coaching session via Skype with a creative in Dallas. I definitely blurted out something along the lines of “We’re all going to die. You should launch that website.” I tried not to get caught up in how embarrassed I was that I said that out loud and recognized that I have a lot to learn when it comes to coaching.
4:55PM – I get off that session and check my Twitter and Instagram. I’m surprised that Jeremy isn’t home yet and remember that he had a haircut after work. I text him to say hello and that I’ll be going to the gym and that we’ll have leftovers for dinner.
5:05PM – I change back into my Lululemon gear and head out to the YMCA for a BodyPump class. I wish it had a different name than BodyPump.
6:30PM – I’m starving on my way home. I start thinking about eating leftovers (tilapia, veggies, eggs, avocado, and more greek yogurt). But I come home and see a package on the breakfast nook table. It’s a machete I ordered for Claire.
6:40PM – I wrap the machete in tissue paper and twine and deliver it to Claire (she lives just around the corner). We take silly photos with the machete and play with her new kitty, Chai.
7:30PM – We make our way back home. I heat up dinner on the stove and we eat it while watching an old Daily Show with John Oliver hosting. I get distracted thinking about how much cat hair has collected on my couch. I think about a Martha Stewart interview I read on a plane about how she has 8 dogs but is sure to never let dog hair find its way on her furniture or guests.
7:50PM – We grab some dark chocolate and watch the first episode of the new season of True Blood. It’s a total circus. I consider giving up on this show.
8:50PM – After True Blood I play a few games of Bejeweled Blitz on my phone. And by a few games I mean 30 minutes. I’m addicted. I get up to wash my face and brush my teeth. As I’m flossing I notice some significant pain in my back molars but I can’t tell if it’s my gums or my teeth. I take a shower – Jeremy joins. But it’s not super sexy like – instead I make him examine my molars. I dry off, crawl in bed, and Google “gum pain vs. tooth pain” on my phone. Everything I’m finding is telling me that no matter what I’m going to need a root canal. I play more Bejeweled Blitz next to Jeremy who is now also playing Bejeweled Blitz on his phone. I decide we need some more quality time together.
10:20PM – Lights out for a night of dreaming about RVs and teenage gorillas with dreads hitting on me.

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So that was my day – and it’s pretty typical of what most of my days look like. It’s not 100% super fabulous or art directed. But there were some pretty great moments in there – moments I could distill and bottle up and even blog about if I wanted to.

  1. First off with the tooth/gum pain. Keep an eye on it but I get that from time to time when flossing and it usually goes away. I think sometimes I just floss too hard back there. [Trust me I’m a worry wart when it comes to my gums, I had to get deep tissue cleaning done years ago due to years of neglect (I didn’t realize in my youth flossing meant everyday, not when you feel like it). ANYhoo…

    Your days sound super packed but very rewarding! I love that.

    True Blood – you described it perfectly, it was a freaking circus. I almost gave up too. I am giving it this season to get on track, otherwise I’m done.

    • I missed my last cleaning due to vacation but I’m calling to reschedule in the morning. Mouth pain is fretful!

      I think I’ll give True Blood 2 more episodes to get good. Otherwise, I’m done. Unless there is nothing else to watch. Ha.

  2. Man, you get a lot done in one day! I also like hearing that we’re all just bustling along together…holding our pee and finding time to play games on our phones. 🙂

    Speaking of which…back to grading papers! Hope you’re having a great day!

    • It’s funny because this felt like one of my more chill days (leftovers, no Braid deadlines, etc.).

  3. Erin

    I wish more bloggers would do posts like this. I like seeing the weird little nuances of the day to day. My internal monologue is so bizarre sometimes that I wonder if everyone is like that. Seeing things like this reminds me that we’re all a little quirky. Especially creatives. =)

    • I’m glad you like it! I was beginning to feel like nobody would care about a minute-by-minute replay of my day (and the bizarre thought-process that follows).

  4. Eileen

    I loved this! Thank you!

  5. I love this. It’s the blog equivalent of peeking into someone’s medicine cabinet, I think. It truly is so easy to imagine that you spend your entire life looking wistful in front of a chalkboard wall or gallivanting in Mexico. Your day still sounds pretty lovely, but much more real!

    • Haha, I know, right?! I could even give an accurate picture of some of the less-than-stellar days in Mexico but I’d rather remember the good stuff.

  6. What?! Liz doesn’t spend her days kneading dough and sipping cocktails made from her own herb garden?! Preposterous.

    More seriously, I love seeing this, so thanks for sharing your day. Since I was a teen, whenever I think about a job or career possibility, I always ask myself “But what does (s)he DO all day??” This question still rings in my head whenever I look at job postings. More than “skills required” I care about what a typical day looks like. That matters as much as what I’m working toward; misery in the pursuit of the greater good is just as ill-fitting for me as comfortable, engaging days in the pursuit of higher profits alone.

    And really “we’re all going to die someday” is probably the same kind of advice I’d give people. Don’t worry about it- sometimes tough love works fine, too!

    • Tara and I are constantly asking our Braid clients:
      What do you actually want to be DOING all day?

      It often brings up HUGE disconnects between what we think we want to be doing and the reality of the situation or kind of work that would go into it.

      In fact… it’s something I ask of myself ALL the time.

  7. Liz

    Dang – my life sounds AWESOME.

    Also, I have major anxiety about running out of toilet paper, especially since I usually don’t keep other paper products (napkins, paper towels – anything that might be a comfortable Plan B) around. I think about poop scenarios like that a LOT. Usually while I’m kneading pasta dough.

    • Th bf must be grillin some grass-fed steaks, otherwise I can’t imagine how you’d be able to see the computer screen with his face in yours- ha!

      Also- despite how this annoys me on a daily basis, thanks to the proximity of toilet to tub in our house, I think my emergency plan would just be a shower. (American bidet ftw) In case that helps with your emergency poop scenarios.

    • Your life IS awesome!

      I vote the hanging eucalyptus in your shower as a plan B.

  8. Aesophia

    I love knowing how people actually spend their minutes and hours over the course of a day. Especially my favourite bloggers – blogging always seems like such an idealised, utopian way of life, but I know everyone has to go to the toilet and worries about their teeth/gums… I love how you keep making it real Kathleen, thanks!

    And Liz, you DO lead a fabulous life, full of food and beer and whiskey/whisky (sorry, I’m not one of those who can tell the difference)… You should totally do one of these day in the life of posts!

    • Confession: I still have to Google Whiskey vs. Whisky. I’m not quite that kind of “bad girl” yet.

      Also! I’m totally going to the dentist today for some emergency tooth work! I think it’s gotten pretty serious. Definitely NOT glamorous.

  9. Kim

    1) Love the new look of your blog…beautiful.
    2)PLay-by-plays/day-in-the-life are why I love blogs
    3) Lately I just wash my hair every three days or so and straighten my bangs on the other days…this is huge for me because for the first time in almost 20 (!) years, I have long hair. I don’t even know how to french braid or anything because I had a pixie cut forever.

    • I’m so glad you like it Kim! I felt a little silly posting this play-by-play. I’m glad it resonates.

      Ooohh, you should challenge yourself to a new ‘do a day with your long hair. Have fun with it!

  10. Thanks for sharing Kathleen. I had to pin that outfit because it’s so comfy/summer/perfect.

    Can you tell us what chants you’re listening to on Spotify in the mornings?

  11. Claire

    Oh my god I’m dying laughing with the image of you two in the shower examining your molar, then laying in bed googling it to fall asleep. Oh naked honesty, I love you. xoxo thanks for the badass machete (and sharing the hours leading up to receiving it!).

  12. I love this Kathleen! just recently discovered your blog and I’m really enjoying reading it. Thanks for sharing in such a real way, I feel like you’re a very true person – to yourself and to the world.
    what a fascinating little glimpse into another’s life! would love to see more bloggers do this!

  13. Jeremy

    Mmmm… boobies.

  14. Well, this is just about my favorite ‘day in the life’ post I’ve ever read. 🙂 The honesty! The humor!

    Also, good on ya for working out twice in one day. 😉

    • Oh no… I don’t think I consider my morning walk a workout. It’s a super leisure stroll just to get my mind right before I go into my work day. XOXO

  15. Laura

    You make me laugh too, even though I’m reading this a few days late :D. Um but Jeremy’s comment, which I just saw, made me actually laugh out loud. Which is great, because I havent been having the best day 🙂

    Even though its not glamourous it still sounds pretty great, which may or may not add flame to the fire under my butt to make some kind of change. Its too soon to say, but your blog and what you two do at braid are SO fun and inspiring! Thanks and please keep sharing 100% you 😀

    • HA! I almost deemed his comment “inappropriate!” until I decided that it was 100% appropriate for my man to admire my boobies. XO

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  17. Bre

    LOVED this. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Laughed out loud a couple times. I may have to do this sometime.

  18. Carly

    I love this. I love peeks into peoples day to day lives…and of course by people I mean bloggers. I recently stopped blogging as I just don’t have the passion for it that I once did. I also decided to stop reading blogs, but then I realized that it wasn’t all blogs I was bored of, so I narrowed down my feed to a select few, and yours was one that I just couldn’t, and didn’t want to, stop reading.

    Your blog has always been amazing. I’ve loved watching you grow and become a new and different person. Your life inspires me to make my life grow and change, and for that I thank you. As long as you’re typing, I don’t think I can ever stop reading.

    • Wow, Carly! This may be the first time a comment has made me tear up a little. Your words here are the sweetest. Thank you, thank you. I’m so grateful.

      I’ll keep sharing as long as you’re reading. XOXO

      (It’s funny to think that we met so long ago through Flickr, right?)

  19. I can’t really explain why hearing about the minutiae of a (virtual?) stranger’s day is so fascinating, but it TOTALLY is. I’ve been working on something similar for my own blog and now I feel a little braver about the possibility of posting it. Thanks, Kathleen.

    ps. Ha, my mum used to go to BodyPump classes when I was a kid and I remember thinking ‘ick’ every time she mentioned it.

  20. Emily Duncan

    This post was so entertaining and I really enjoyed reading. Thank you for sharing and most importantly, sharing your inner monologue. I really did LOL…no seriously, out loud! What brand of greek yogurt you buy? I just went to the OSU/OKC farmers market yesterday and bought some local greek yogurt and it’s delicious! check out their website…
    I like it because there’s no sugar added and it has live cultures.

    • That’s exactly the greek yogurt I buy! It’s my favorite. I insist on the full fat and can practically taste the grass in the grass-fed cow’s milk. I would love to find a local sheep yogurt too.

  21. I think it’s those ties between all of our unremarkable moments that makes blogging and the community it creates so special 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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