8:00 am - Sila wakes us up and wants to go outside. Danny usually lets her out. (so nice of Danny! I get to stay warm in bed.)
8:20 am - Sila rejoins me in bed and snuggles like crazy. Danny heads downstairs to read.
9:00 am - I lay in bed and read a chapter or so on Kindle. (Currently reading Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, founder of Positive Psychology.)
9:30 am - Sila licks me and stands over my head to say, "Get up. Get up. Let's play." She is very ready for me to start the day. We both do our stretching rituals.
9:45 am - I do my bathroom routine. Sila patiently waits.
10:00 am - Sila is ready to PLAY. So that means playing tug-of-war and "chase" with her three adored stuffed animals: Piggy, Panda, and Puppy. Danny makes green juice (thank you, Danny!!!)
10:30 am - We all head out to the porch to sit in the sun (in bathing suits) for 15 minutes to get some Vitamin D. I drink a second glass of green juice and read another chapter on Kindle. I wear a huge straw hat to protect my face. I'm sure our neighbor must wonder what in the heck we are doing.
11:00 am - Sila is extremely ready for her walk to the park. It's her favorite thing on earth. We all go as a family.
11:45 am - Work begins. I write something new. Or take a look at old posts I'm working on. I tackle my to do list (on TeuxDeux). I play meditative music. I plan out what our next steps are going to be.
12:30 am - Lunch prep begins. Usually Danny makes lunch and I continue to work.
1:00 pm - Eat lunch (on this day it was red pepper / tomato soup.)
1:30 until 6:00 pm - I work on the blog, research upcoming travel, work on planning the next retreat possibilities, and...work on launching our next venture: Skype/phone mentoring. Stay tuned. It should launch next week. :) :)
6:00 pm - We do a yoga class from Youtube and project it on our big screen. It always kicks our butts, but we never regret doing it and feel so good after.
7:00 pm - Make dinner. Most recently I made a homemade gluten free pizza crust. Danny made homemade sauce and sautéed vegetables for toppings. Though Danny usually makes all of our meals. Sometimes I help or continue to work. Sometimes we play a podcast during dinner prep. And on a good day (which happens maybe 3 times a week), I will work on a Spanish lesson (I'm using Fluenz and I've been happy with it.)
8:00 pm - Eat dinner completely smiling and amazed by the flavors (Danny is seriously a good cook!)
9:00 pm - We continue to work on our blog or retreats or emails. Sometimes Danny starts up a movie or documentary to watch. Sometimes we light a fire. Latest movie we watched (& loved): Tig. Tig is a stand-up comedian who got cancer. She nails authenticity and it's so very raw and inspiring.
11:00 pm - We prepare for bed.
Danny + Mara time = Shower time. Sexy time. Meditation time. Snuggle time. Love & Gratitude time.
Do you ever think about how you could improve your day? I'm thinking of it all the time. Some of my recent improvements over the last year: Reading! Spanish! Green juice! Yoga! If I could add some extra things, it would be a more dedicated time for meditation and a second walk with Sila.
What things have you succeeded at accomplishing lately in your day? And what things do you want to add to your day?
P.S. That's our house here in Cuenca!
-The bed was handmade with Laurel wood by our neighbor across the street.
-Striped blanket purchased in Agato, Ecuador at Miguel Andrango's weaving studio. It's made of Alpaca & Llama wool.
-Bed side tables and couch side table handmade by another neighbor, a metalsmith. We purchased the tiles from a man in Cuenca who hand paints them for $1.00 each!
-Couch is Italian, but purchased in Cuenca at Colineal. I blog right there on that couch!
-Artwork of the Cajas Mountains by Gustavo Moreno Lopez, an artist in Cuenca.
-Yellow chair, vintage (32 years old). We saw it at a real estate listing and asked if we could buy it.
-Black and white alpaca blanket from the Otavalo Market.
-Lamps are from Ikea ($11, I think). We brought them in our luggage.
-Couch pillows from Ikea.