I never sleep in. I’m up and at ‘em before my husband even begins to stir. The quiet time in the morning is essential for me. I use this time to get my brain – and day – in order.
I rarely need an alarm because I’ve trained myself to wake up around 6AM. Once my eyes are open, the day is started.
My day begins with brushing my teeth. I am a compulsive tooth brusher and like to brush ‘em throughout the day. I like the minty-fresh breath thing. Next up, a big glass of water. Water is important because we become dehydrated in the night. A fresh glass gets everything in my system refreshed.
Now it’s time for meditation and movement. I need to move my body in order to get the blood pumping. That might be with weights, yoga, or with energy work. Whatever I can get in. A little meditation stills my mind, which preps me for starting my work.
Every morning, I post a tarot “Card for the Day” post on social media. Once that’s done, I check my emails and put out any fires there. Then, I sneak in a little writing. It might be my blog post for the day or the new book I’m working on. Or maybe something else. Morning is my favorite time to write because I know I won’t be disturbed.
After a bit, it’s time to get to these cats. They are bugging me by now. I feed them and then grab a bite to eat. I’m not a big breakfast person so it’s usually a bowl of organic oatmeal, Greek yogurt with berries, or a bagel. Copious amounts of green tea follow. I’m not a coffee person at all. The only way I can do coffee is in a Frappacino – which, as my son so sagely noted, isn’t really coffee – it’s dessert!
I take my breakfast at my desk and then write some more. If it’s a blogging day, I’ll post that morning and put links on social media. Otherwise, it may be some other project I’m jamming away on.
Then, it’s time to hit the showers! I love a blistering hot shower. Like, mega-steaming to the point where my skin is red when I’m done. I know it’s probably bad for my skin but it makes me feel purged and alive!
Once I’m outta there, I love to slather my skin with body lotions and potions before getting dressed and getting my face on for the day. It takes me about five minutes to put on my makeup most days. I always say: if it takes you more than ten minutes to put on your face, you’re wearing too much. Most days, it’s just a little tinted moisturizer, a swipe of eyeshadow and my signature black eyeliner with a little gloss. I don’t even bother with blush or mascara. I don’t have time to bother.
I will do a check in with social media and emails – then it’s time to run errands with my husband, who is by now awake but bleary-eyed. He’s a night person so I have to nag him awake.
Our mornings together are my favorite. We get in a walk and discuss whatever needs discussing. It might be talking about our day, the latest news, or some project we’re working on. We’re both workaholics so you can guess that most of our conversations center around that. Post office, banking, Starbucks, and groceries are next – usually in that order. I buy fresh groceries almost every day because I cook every night. It’s my way of winding down plus fresh food is important to me.
Once we’re back home, it’s time to begin client work.
That starts off with email readings. I used to do a lot of them but they are extremely time consuming so I’ve been limiting myself to a few a day – and no weekends. I spend about two hours doing these – no more. Remember, I’ve already been writing for most of the morning. A few hours of email readings on top of all that and my arthritis is kicking in! Gotta save those paws so they must be used very mindfully.
Next up, it’s time for readings. Meaning, phone sessions with clients. I make sure to have time between each reading to grab tea and get off my chair. I NEED to move as much as possible because this is sedentary work and I’m a believer that the chair is the devil. LOL I find excuses to keep on moving as much as I can. In fact, the tea maker is on the third floor which means I have to take the stairs to refill my mug. Believe me, I get in plenty of stairs every day.
My office closes promptly at 7PM on Tuesdays but then I’m hitting the computer for #TarotRap, my weekly Twitter chat about tarot. I’ve only been doing this a few months but it’s a great way to connect with fellow tarot fanatics and talk about all things tarot! I’ve been having so much fun – and the best part: I’ve even been learning a few new things. You CAN teach an old tarot dog new tricks! We’ve got some amazing people showing up every week – both newbies and old pros. I am not sure how long I will be doing this but for now, it’s been great fun.
Once #TarotRap is finished, it is time to cook a meal, grab a glass of wine and relax with my husband and the cats. We’ve been watching InkMaster on Tuesdays but often, it’s more likely just quiet time and reading books, side by side, with one of the cats jammed in between us.
I am usually in bed no later than 11PM. As you can probably guess, when my head hits the pillow, I’m out like a light.
My days are long and challenging but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love my work and my life. It’s engineered to suit my workaholic nature and introvert tendencies.
About the Author: Theresa Reed
Theresa Reed (aka “The Tarot Lady”) has been a full-time Tarot card reader for close to 30 years. She is the author of The Tarot Coloring Book (release date: Nov 1, 2016), an illustrated tour through the world of Tarot with coloring sheets for every card in the deck.
In addition to doing private Tarot readings, teaching Tarot classes, and speaking at Tarot conferences, Theresa also runs a popular website—TheTarotLady.com—where she dishes out advice, inspiration and tips for Tarot lovers of all experience levels.