No. 22

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Name: Nathalie
Age-ish: 30
City: New York City
Day: Attorney
Night: Wife, dog mom, work out class aficionado

Morning Ritual

Depending on what time I have to be at work I usually wake up between 5:30 and 6 and head down to the gym in my apartment building for a morning workout for ~45 minutes. I use Aaptiv to provide some structure to my workouts and usually do a mix of treadmill running and strength training. Even if I'm doing a more low key workout, getting up and moving first thing is my favorite way to start the day. I recently started treating myself to Wednesday morning workouts at SLT; one just opened in my neighborhood, and Lucy (@lucsexton) is an incredible instructor, and it works my body in a totally different way. Once I'm back in the apartment, I make sure my husband is awake (he is NOT a morning person) and then one of us will take our dog, Leo, for a walk. Getting a little play time with Leo also provides some excellent endorphins! Then, I'll quickly shower, chug a cup of coffee, throw on a work dress and a little bit of makeup and I'm out the door!

Commute Ritual

I live in Queens and work in Brooklyn, so I take the fabled G train to work. It's not very crowded, so I almost always get a seat and spend my 40-ish minute commute catching up on some work and checking email or listening to podcasts. I usually start by listening to NPR's Up First and also enjoy This American Life, Criminal, Armchair Expert, and Stay Tuned with Preet.

Daytime Ritual

I work for a federal district court judge at the moment, which is very different from my former and future job at a big corporate law firm. I'm usually at work by 8:30. I eat breakfast at work (usually a yogurt parfait creation I make at home the night before or a smoothie if I can get my act together in the morning) and then I spend my days in court with my Judge at hearings, trials, sentencings, or conferences, drafting judicial opinions, researching, writing and just generally chatting with my Judge about upcoming issues. It's quite sedentary, which I don't love, but the work is fascinating and I’m grateful that I get to write so much about interesting legal issues. Not to mention, my boss is one of a kind.I work for a federal district court judge at the moment, which is very different from my former and future job at a big corporate law firm. I'm usually at work by 8:30. I eat breakfast at work (usually a yogurt parfait creation I make at home the night before or a smoothie if I can get my act together in the morning) and then I spend my days either in court with my Judge at hearings, trials, criminal sentencings, or conferences, or in chambers drafting judicial opinions, researching, writing and chatting with my Judge about upcoming issues. I wish the job was a little less sedentary, but the work is fascinating and I’m grateful that I get to research and write so much about interesting legal issues. Not to mention, my boss is one of a kind.

Lunch Ritual

I make lunch the night before and bring it to work. It's usually a giant pile of every vegetable I have on hand at the moment, some nuts or something crunchy, some form of protein / last night's leftovers, all mixed in with olive oil and hot sauce. And probably avocado on top!  I am a sriracha addict and a true native Californian--you can never have too much avocado in my opinion. I'll eat with my Judge and a co-worker almost every day at the little lunch table in our office. I feel very lucky that my boss really values taking an actual lunch break to sit and chat about the day, upcoming cases etc.

Dinner Ritual

Depending on who gets home first and who is in the mood for what, my husband and I trade off between cooking dinner for the two of us or taking Leo for a long evening walk. Personally, I think my husband is a more creative cook, so (as long as the weather is nice!) I prefer to walk Leo. If I'm cooking, it's usually some form of baked or stir fried veggies maybe with some melted cheese and a protein. If my husband is cooking, anything is possible! He's really a great cook. I have a giant sweet tooth so dinner usually ends with some Halo Top ice cream, dark chocolate with almond butter or some other sweet creation.

Night Ritual

Since I have my nights to myself these days (I used to work until 9 or later) sometimes I'll try and grab a drink with a friend after work a night or two a week. Otherwise, after walking Leo and eating dinner I'll make my breakfast/lunch for the next day, watch the news and/or a TV show and call my mom. My parents live in California where I grew up and I'm an only child so keeping in regular communication with them is really important to me. I've been trying to get myself to read more at night rather than glue myself to the TV, but since so much of my day is spent reading and writing sometimes I just want to binge watch reruns of Parks & Rec for the seventeenth time. I try and get myself to bed by 10:30 and use a host of facial products all recommended to me by Heyday beforehand. Once I'm in bed, I'll usually listen to a Calm app sleep meditations. I really think they help me fall asleep and have actually made a difference in my day-to-day life in terms of making me more mindful, remembering to breathe more and not sweating the small stuff quite so much.

Weekend Ritual

Friday nights, my husband and I usually stay in, order food and watch a movie on the couch or do something relaxing in our neighborhood. This is mostly in preparation for our Saturday mornings which almost always begin with a running class at Mile High Run Club.  Then we're usually hopping around the rest of the day either together or on our own going out for meals, seeing friends, running errands etc. Wine is generally involved in some or all of these activities. I also try and take Leo for really long walks on the weekends which I find very relaxing. Sundays I like to do a little less. I usually take a Hot Vinyasa class at The Yoga Room in Long Island City. I didn't used to like yoga but Victor Cotto at The Yoga Room has changed that! Every few weeks I'll get a mani/pedi on Sunday afternoon and once every 4 to 6 weeks I'll get a facial at Heyday. At some point during the weekend I try to make it to Chip in Long Island City for a giant and delicious cookie or the Ice & Vice pop up in Long Island City - their peachy ice cream in a blue corn cone is strangely and unexpectedly incredible! A couple of weeks ago Four Winters opened a few blocks from us, so I've recently added their liquid nitrogen ice cream to my sweets rotation. 

High Brow Ritual

I spend utterly too much money on work out classes (in case you can’t tell from my weekly routine!). Current favorites are SLT, Mile High Run Club, Barry's Bootcamp, The Yoga Room and GRIT Boxing. Getting a good sweat in always puts me in a better mood and I feel more challenged and invigorated in a group workout setting than when I'm working out on my own. For me, and this has definitely changed over the years, working out isn't about weight loss or appearance, but just feeling good and having good energy. Changing that framework for me has been huge for my own mental health, and whether I move my body by taking Leo for a walk, going to a yoga class or taking one of Lucy's crazy intense SLT classes, doing what feels good for me on a day-to-day basis is super important.

Low Brow Ritual

Scrolling through dog rescue and general dog instagram accounts. As you can probably tell, I am a dog fanatic. I want all the dogs. Leo, who is a rescue dog himself, is not a huge fan of other dogs, otherwise he would probably have a gazillion siblings. If you are thinking of getting a dog, please consider rescuing! Favorite accounts include @thedogist, @simonsits, @keepingfinn, @susiesseniordogs, @koreank9rescue, @muddypawsrescuenyc and @thesatoproject

Ritual Fail

Staying in touch with my out-of-town family and friends. Since I'm from the west coast I have a number of extended family members and friends that I rarely get to see in person. And I'm not a great phone person. But I continue to make an effort, and I think I have been improving!

Weekly Ask

As a federal judiciary employee, there are a lot of restrictions on what I can and can't ask for.  Because I think we can all agree that helping people have basic resources is not a political issue, please consider helping those who have recently been affected by Hurricane Dorian.  Charity Navigator is a good place to start!

Repeat Purchases 

Aaptiv (yearly app subscription) | Calm (yearly app subscription) | San Francisco Bay coffee (environmentally friendly K cups!) | Halo Top ice cream (I love oatmeal cookie) | Mara Natha almond butter | Chobani coconut yogurt | Image Vitamin C cleanser | Image Vitamin C mask | Naturopathica hydrating cream | Bare Minerals Tinted Moisturizer | Bobbi Brown Mascara | MM LaFleur work attire (love the jardigans)

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