A DAY IN THE LIFE OF FITNESS INSTRUCTOR AND LIFESTYLE BLOGGER
By Taylor Mikiska, (@taylormikiska)
I’m Taylor- a Midwest transplant to LA, a realistic optimist, and collector of Polish pottery. I teach group fitness (weight training and spin) and run a lifestyle blog (www.taylormikiska.com). I love love love teaching. It brings me so much joy to give people the tools and encouragement to find their own strength. Even though teaching is a huge part of who I am, it isn’t the only thing I am, and I’m a huge believer that everyone is much more than the ways they make money, so that’s where the blog comes in! I love exploring all different parts of “lifestyle” and finding out all the ways people are more connected than they realize. Every day is completely different for me, but here’s what this one was like…
I’m an unbearable early bird. I love mornings and usually wake up between 5 and 5:30 every day. Having time to be alone and to make sure I have everything ready for the day is key to keeping my stress levels low. I start every morning brushing my teeth and washing my face with cold water, which is kind of awful [tbh], but I have rosacea and find the cold water really does help!
Then I’m off to teach! This is David- one of my lovely co-workers. The studio I teach in (The Wall) is currently going through some pretty huge changes! We’ve been in this pop up space for just over a year, but are closing the pop up at the end of this month before our flagship studio opens! It’s going to be HUGE and have tons of classes. We’re set to open in April, but it’s definitely been slower since announcing the flagship. My days may not be jam packed with teaching right now, but the current schedule is giving me tons of time to work on my blog, which I’m really loving.
After class, I grab a juice from Moon Juice. I love the add ins moon juice offers. This particular green concoction is blended with avocado, spirit dust, and CBD oil. The “moon dusts” at Moon Juice are comprised of different herb and mushroom blends and are a super mood boosters. I love that CBD is an option here as well. It always helps me relax after a high intensity class.
Post juice, I go for a grocery run! I’m low on pretty much everything lol. I get lots of veggies, some dates and blackberries, and restock my honey! A bunch of oranges too because I love me some citrus! If I have food at home, I’ll eat at home. I love going out to eat, but it’s definitely not ideal for my wallet. I’m trying to actually use recipes more often, but I mostly graze and just eat whatever’s around throughout the day! I don’t have any specific diet- I’ll literally eat anything, but if I’m eating at home, It’s usually just fruits and veggies, and big breakfasts on my mornings off!
Next, I meet up for some social media planning with one of my favorite bloggers and good friend @sarahcarolincrawford of www.thefluf.com . Sarah and I get together once a week to help each other shoot content for our blogs and social media. It’s made such a huge difference in the consistency of my content and takes away all anxiety of not having anything to post. It’s also just really wonderful to have someone who I know isn’t going to judge me for taking too many pictures or caring about my social presence in the first place. We talk about our grand visions, brands who'd we’d like to work with, and ways we try to navigate the crazy Instagram algorithm. On this day, I knew I needed fitness content! I’m always trying to find new ways to make my fitness posts really me . I think a lot of fitness can come off sort of intimidating, so I always aim to bring some light and color to it. We just shot these around our neighborhood (did I mention we’re neighbors?!) and had a blast doing it.
After hanging with Sarah, I head to Mama Shelter in Hollywood for my last meeting of the day! It’s one of my favorite spots to just hang out and get some work done! Idk why, but hotels make me feel fancy, and I like that. I usually just order fries and bring my laptop! I’ll work on playlists for class, plan content, and answer emails. I have my meeting- a fellow blogger who just moved from Virginia! She’s not launched yet, but I’m so excited for her. I’m always happy to meet with girls I’ve connected with on social media and see if there are things we can work on together. And why not meet up with a new friend in a pretty place and just appreciate that you’re there ya know? So, that’s what we did!
I head home, have dinner with my boyfriend, shower and finally get to finish my book! I have the full review posted on my blog now actually! Also, don’t judge I wear the same PJs for a few days haha. I always try to read before bed instead of looking at my phone. I adored this book- The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Highly recommend! It was about 4 siblings, and I’m the oldest of 4 siblings, so I felt very connected to it.
But that’s all for this day! Like I said, every day is different, but I know each day is mine to make what I can of it and I really love that. Thank you for reading along!