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Behind the Scenes: A Day in the Life of a Tarot Reader

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A day in the life of THIS tarot reader, at least!

It’s a busy world we live in, and the single biggest complaint I’ve heard is that people don’t have enough time in the day to do everything they want to do. Here’s the thing though: we all have the same amount of time. 24 hours in a day doesn’t seem like much, but when you start to track your day, you realize exactly where you have free time… and where you don’t.

The following is my attempt to track my time over a given weekday, and offer you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what a tarot reader does during the day. Results may vary!


 

⏰ 7 a.m.—wakeup, glass of water, check sleep-stats with the withings app
I decided when writing my post on the breaking of bad habits and the formation of good ones to start tracking my sleep. I am notorious for being a night owl, going to bed way too late, not getting enough sleep, and then having no time to do what I’d like to do in the morning before going to work at my day job as an editor. I had a good night’s sleep last night, thanks to going to bed early to cuddle and care for my sick-with-a-cold husband!

Thanks, Heathmate App from Withings!

Thanks, Heathmate App from Withings!

⏰ 7:15 a.m.—straight to meditation
My meditation practice can vary: I like the 21 day meditation challenge from Oprah and Deepak Chopra, light sourcing from Rebecca Campbell (free on her site!), guided meditations from different books, etc. Most of the time I use one with a mantra to have something to focus on when my mind starts to wander. Meditation is really the number one practice to have to deepening and sharpening your intuition, so this is a must-do, non-negotiable every morning… it also starts my day off right with peace and compassion instead of feeling hectic, rushed, and angry at minor annoyances.

Om, baby. Just om. This morning I chose the light sourcing meditation by Rebecca Campbell... highly recommend it!

Om, baby. Just om. This morning I chose the light sourcing meditation by Rebecca Campbell… highly recommend it!

 

I have found that by doing meditation in the morning, I essentially have a “good day”, and avoid having a super crappy or busy day by starting the day with meditation, and by reminding myself to breathe and think on the morning’s mantra if I start to feel crazed during the day. There are wearable trackers, such as Spire (https://www.spire.io/), that one can use to give reminders to take a deep breath when breathing is quick and shallow throughout the day. I don’t have one, so I try to be very mindful of both my state of mind and my breathing habits. When I feel winded for no reason? That’s when I know I’m not breathing as deeply as I should be!

⏰ 7:30–8 a.m.—card of the day (ideally right after meditation)

My card of the day practice is documented here. If you are learning tarot, pulling a tarot card in the morning, writing a few notes, and coming back to it at the end of the day is a wonderful way to deepen your knowledge. My card of the day I share on social media as a courtesy freebie to those that follow my work online. I also jot a few notes in my personal tarot journal before continuing with my day.

⏰ 8 a.m.: Around this time the second alarm goes off. I wake up my husband (who can get ready quicker than I can), get dressed, and make both of our coffees to go. By the time both of us are ready, it’s around 8:30 a.m.: time to hit the road!

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⏰ 9 a.m.–5 p.m.—office and editing hat

During the day I work as a Senior Copy Editor, doing my thing with red pen in hand.

When you see the headphones in and the red pen in hand, you know I'm in the editing zone.

When you see the headphones in and the red pen in hand, you know I’m in the editing zone.

 

⏰ ~12:30pm, I take a 45-minute lunch with hubby (we work in the same office)

⏰ 5:30 p.m.—close out my office workday by crossing off day on the calendar, turning off desk light, unplugging my headphones, and shutting down my computer—drive home

⏰ 6 p.m.—check emails

⏰ 6–10 p.m.—email readings, phone readings, or scheduled in-person appointments, followed by dinner.

If I happened to NOT meditate in the morning (or even if I have), I will meditate right before doing readings to signal that I am “open for business” to the Universe, aka ready to read.

The home office

The home office

 

Depending on what time I do a reading, I will usually schedule dinner with my husband directly afterward, since eating is a grounding act. It is also a great way to signal the transition between work day and evening unwinding (as in, “Hey, Universe! I’m done working for today!”).

If I don’t have readings scheduled, this is my writing time, when I ruminate on new blog posts, classes, web copy, or offerings/services. No matter how busy the day, I try to carve out at least a half hour of writing time. I also carry around a notebook during the day so I can quickly scribble something down if an idea comes to me when I’m on the go.

Before moving into “unwinding time”, the final thing I do to close out my day is to look at my schedule for the week and list to-dos for the next day (no more than three) so I can come to my evening work the next evening with a solid plan without having to think about it.

⏰ 10 p.m.—unwinding time

How do I unwind? Usually it’s a combination of reading a fiction book (I’m in the home stretch of A Dance with Dragons at present!), playing video games with my hubby, or watching some of my must-see TV that I’ve DVR’d (currently obsessed with The Blacklist and catching up, no spoilers, please!).

Time for bed!

Time for bed!

 

⏰ 11 p.m.—bedtime!

If my mind is still active and racing by this time, I will read a nonfiction book or something that is boring intentionally so that I don’t succumb to “one more chapter” syndrome. If that doesn’t work, I listen to an app that has ocean waves or other kinds of white noise to lull me to sleep, such as the White Noise app (searchable in the iTunes or Google Play store).


That’s what my workday looks like! What does yours look like? Where can you find more time to do the things you’d like to do? What activities do you want to incorporate into your day, and why? I’d love to hear them!

Blessings,

~*~Hilary~*~
www.tarotbyhilary.com

Photo credit: Death to Stock Photography

Join in the discussion: What’s a day in your life look like? If it doesn’t look how you want it to look, what steps can you take to remedy that? Leave your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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