We love learning about our instructors lives outside the studios -- Next up is ride instructor, Virginia! A Go Mommy at heart, Virginia's day revolves around her daughter, husband and our loyal Go Mommies -- not to mention a little "me" time too. Read on for all she packs into 24 hours... 6:15am: Though I have never been a morning person that all changed (like it or not) when I had my daughter. Wake up during the week is always 6:15am so she can catch the school bus by 7:10am. Breakfast, packing her lunch, coffee for me and getting her dressed and out the door is crammed into 55 short minutes. We usually take a couple of those precious ticks to check out the sunrise from our living room window. I have lived in Hoboken for a long time and never thought it really mattered, but having an NYC view is a great way to start the day!
7:15am - 8:30am: After drop off I head back home to finish up my breakfast and coffee. I usually put on the TV to watch a little Today Show and catch up on my emails. If I am teaching, I double check my playlists and make sure I have everything I need for the morning at WiO. Every day I like to walk a slightly different route to the gym. It is amazing how often you can see something new if you take a few minutes to look around...even in familiar places!
9:00am - 1:00pm: On days I am teaching you will find me at the Willow studio (and now at River as well) doing what I love! Go Mommy is where I started as a client at WiO and it is a special feeling to be leading one of those classes. If I am not teaching, I am likely in the studio taking a class. (This bracelet is a gift the other Go Mommies gave me after I become an instructor.)
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Most days I use this time to run errands, eat lunch and get an early start on cooking dinner. We eat very early in our house (usually by 5:30pm) so I like to get a jump on the evening meal.
3:00pm - 5:00pm: My husband usually picks our daughter up from school and we use after school for homework and heading out to the park (we are SO lucky to live right across the street from a beautiful city park...it is better than a front yard). Even in the winter we try to get outside and run around for a bit.
5:00pm - 7:00pm: Finishing up homework, dinner and winding down the day for my daughter and husband. My husband works for a network morning show and goes to work between 1-2:00am, so he has to be in bed early. After dinner we all may watch a show together (we love American Ninja Warrior!), play a game or read. Whatever we do we begin to quiet down and ease into the evening.
7:00pm - 8:00pm: After my husband goes to bed my daughter and I usually have a little solo time before she heads off to sleep herself. Sometimes we do an art project together or sneak in one last TV show. Everyone asks me how we stay quiet so we don't wake my husband. No need...he is asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow! On evenings I am teaching I usually send my daughter off to bed and head right out to the studio. I have one night a week I teach an early evening class and my husband stays up a little later so I can make it in time. I know it is not the easiest thing in the world for him to sacrifice sleep, and I really appreciate the fact he does so I can go do something I love!
8:00pm - Midnight: Nights are mine to work on playlists, work on my paintings or just unwind and do nothing (or watch a Law and Order marathon...my "not so secret" vice). I tend to stay up late...sometimes I am even awake when my husband wakes up to go to work. That is a little surreal, but we are used to him having a crazy schedule. If I am teaching I am usually finishing up my playlists just in time to tell him "Good night/Good Morning" and head to bed myself. Then it is off to bed to wake up and start again tomorrow!