What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I have a pretty consistent morning routine, which helps me to stay focused and efficient every day. I wake up and do a 15 minute meditation. It’s hard for me to stay still for too long, but I commit to 15 minutes each day to breathe and to clear my mind. Sometimes, when it’s hard for me to only focus on breathing, I think about everything I’m grateful for. Starting my day like this makes all the difference. Then, I take my dogs for a walk or run in central park. Last but not least, I always have an iced coffee from Sant Ambroeus on the Upper East Side.
What are your favorite things to do for yourself on the weekends?
On the weekends, I find it rejuvenating to spend quality time with friends and family. My husband is the CEO of Bandier, so I see him in the office every day. On the weekends, I look forward to hanging out with him, going for a walk, visiting stores, museums, and places in the city that inspire us. We normally have a big family dinner at my parents house on Saturday night, which is a special tradition.
How do you deal when you’re away for the weekend?
We often go to our home in Southampton on weekends. Since we spend so much time there, I have a pretty consistent routine while away from home. If I’m traveling outside of New York, I make sure to incorporate a workout each day. Sticking to that routine helps boost my energy levels while traveling, so I can accomplish more overall. Traveling to new locations on the weekend is a great source of inspiration. I look forward to exploring new cities and getting to know different neighborhoods.
What are the activities or errands on your “must-accomplish list” every weekend?
Sometimes it’s difficult to workout during the week, so I commit to a gym session on Saturday and Sunday. I normally have a list of errands that accumulate throughout the week, so I make sure to get those done and out of the way on Saturday. I also aim to try something new each weekend, whether that’s trying a new workout, visiting a store that I haven’t been to yet, stopping at a coffee shop or vegan restaurant downtown that I haven’t tried, or going to a new exhibit at the museum.
What do you do on Sundays to prepare for the week ahead?
I have found that setting aside as little as one hour to work on Sundays is invaluable. I always make time to catch up on e-mails and to create a to-do list for the week ahead. This way, I’m able to start the week with a game plan. I always carve out some time to relax by myself on Sundays—even if it’s just an hour or two to read, watch TV, workout, or get a massage. I find that spending that time with yourself is a game-changer for your overall mood and productivity.