Breaking Your Routine

I am a creature of routine which is something I am very quick to admit. I could tell you my day-to-day routine, or at least, what it is like on a normal week.

Monday through Friday I wake up at 5:30 a.m. PST, do blog work for an hour or so, go for a run/go to SoulCycle/go to yoga/do some at-home workout, get ready, eat breakfast, go to work, come home, eat dinner, do more blog work, go to bed.

Saturdays I would wake up early, eat banana and peanut butter toast, do my long run, maybe go get my nails done, walk around the city, meet up with friends. Sunday I would lounge around in the morning, go to the Farmers Market or go to SoulCycle or yoga, probably hang out with friends, go to Whole Foods, meal prep for the week ahead. Throw in some more writing in one of those days somewhere.

This fall, my routine was shaken up when I was #Funemployed for a month or so. I stopped setting an alarm. I worked out when I felt like it. I watched way too much TV and moped on the couch because I was in this weird place in between my old life in Pittsburgh and my new life in San Francisco and my friends were all at work. I shopped every day because what else was I supposed to do? It took a few weeks but once I got settled in in SF, my routine was back to normal.

This past week, my routine was broken. I stopped bothering to pack my lunch every night because I was just eating a Kind bar at some point in the afternoon. I didn’t wake up early to blog because I didn’t have the motivation to write and truthfully, sleeping felt better than running. Thursday I realized I needed to go surfing this past weekend to get back to feeling like myself. To me, I never feel more like myself or like anything is so clear as when I’m out in the water. I decided to skip my long run and if I really felt like devoting three hours of my day to running 18 miles I would do it on Sunday (until I looked at my training calendar and realized I had a 10 mile tempo run this morning).

breaking your routine almost getting it together

Wetsuit selfie.

I drove down to Santa Cruz, about an hour and a half south of SF, and surfed for a couple hours with an instructor (because it’s not safe to go surfing by yourself, kiddos). As soon as I got into the water, I felt like myself again. I remembered that I’m strong and capable and that I was in the water while I would normally be drinking a protein shake and foam rolling. The one time I probably take zero things for granted is when I’m in the water. It humbles you. It reminds you where you’ve came from and where you’re going – and can go.

Long story short, I was stuck in a rut, didn’t feel like myself and I broke my routine. Sometimes you have to revisit things that you think aren’t working. Next weekend will I run 20 miles and get my nails done and hang out with all my friends in the city? Sure. But this weekend I did something else I loved and made time to spend time with other people I love.

Chat with me:
What is your daily routine like? Do you ever break your routine? What do you do when you need to get out of your head?

27 comments on “Breaking Your Routine

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Chris on March 16, 2015 9:53 am

Aw Cassie, I feel ya on this one. Sometimes I feel like my whole life is a rut. I haven’t discovered how to break out of mine yet and I’ve never gone surfing… maybe I need to surf? Ha, but really, even routine can make us fall into a rut, because we can’t always be creatures of habit. Whatever your body/mind/soul was craving, looks like you satisfied it, and now you’re back. I think I need to find whatever I am craving and devour it for real.
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:13 am

Haha maybe you should come out to Cali and surf… I’ve heard cross-fit is a real good primer for it :)

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on March 16, 2015 10:31 am

i love you
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Ang @ Nutty for Life on March 16, 2015 10:32 am

and to add to that, I feel like breaking out of your norm was just what you needed. but you already knew that. xo

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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:12 am

love you more.

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Kristine on March 16, 2015 2:00 pm

Absolutely loved this post. I am a TOTAL creature of habit and stick to my routine the same way (Wake up, Bar Method, Get Ready, Breakfast, Work, Cook Dinner, Relax, Sleep, Repeat). Glad you’re feeling more like yourself!
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:12 am

Thanks girlie!! We need to Bar/Soul/run/wine sometime soon… maybe next week or next weekend?? I’ll text ya soon!! xo

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Jo @ Living Mint Green on March 16, 2015 3:55 pm

Ah, routine. Our best friend and worst enemy. It’s so important to switch things up now and then. When I lived in the city, I did the same things with the same people ALL THE TIME I find that with running, if I’m too rigid with my schedule, I end up kinda hating it. And I don’t want that to happen.
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ganeeban on March 16, 2015 7:44 pm

I really enjoyed the honesty in your post. I’m glad you know where your happy place is. Although I’m obsessed with the beach and would love to go there to get away, I’m just too lazy. When I need to get away, I walk to a local coffee shop, bring my book, and drink as many coffees as taste good. That’s one of my fave ways to unplug. If it’s not that, then it’s working out. Surfing is hard, but I loved the feeling when I could finally stand up! Hope you’re back to feeling like yourself and good luck on the 20 miles! xoxo, ganeeban
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:11 am

I’m definitely trying to read more to unplug as well!!! Good tips!!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on March 17, 2015 7:28 am

Routines are markers for what is and what isn’t working for us. I have a routine that is very similar to yours, but I don’t hang on to it for dear life–rather it just fits my life and lifestyle. But have been times when I really needed to bust out of what I was doing–when my routine was not healthy and productive, but was actually keeping me stagnant. I hope that you are turned over to a new leaf!
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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on March 17, 2015 7:45 am

I’m such a creature of habit! If I’m not in my routine I feel like I am really unproductive.
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:10 am

I feel so guilty when I’m unproductive haha.

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Sarah @pickyrunner on March 17, 2015 11:27 am

I’m such a creature of habit. I eat the same things at pretty much every meal. I run the same route the same days of the week. I leave for work at the same time, I do the same thing every night after work. I used to freak out whenever that routine got messed up. Then I met my boyfriend and he really put a lot of effort into breaking that routine. I stopped eating the same things at night, I stopped running every day. I started running different routes. I gave up working every weekend at the store and now just work when we are in town. I still love my routines and generally stick to them during the week, but every so often breaking them is SO important for our mental health. Love this post!
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:10 am

Thanks girlie!! I agree… boys can definitely help break our routines in a good way!

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Kelsey Yoki on March 17, 2015 12:05 pm

I’m in a rut/lost point in my life, and honestly…changing my routine might help! I think if stop planning and just live, it might break up that time so I can get myself out. With a 9-5pm job, it is almost impossible to NOT get stuck in routine. And really, I don’t mind it that much! I love going to CrossFit in the morning before work (sets my day up better) and having the same morning routine. But maybe it wouldn’t hurt to change it up either!

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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:10 am

I’m glad I read this comment (two weeks later, sorry haha) today. It made me realize maybe I’ll go running after work tomorrow instead in the am if I’m still feeling sore. Thanks for the reminder to switch things up!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 17, 2015 12:24 pm

It’s SO good to bust out of a routine every once in a while. And you surfed? That’s awesome! I’ve never tried before and would love to. Happy St. Patty’s Day, Cassie!
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:09 am

You should definitely go! I have a feeling you’d be amazing at it!

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on March 17, 2015 3:36 pm

You are now my personal surfing instructor… k thanks :) Love this idea that we all need to break up our routine once and awhile and feel humbled/at peace. I can only imagine how relaxing that day was! Glad I could spend time with you and (hopefully) lift you up a bit! xo
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:08 am

You definitely did help lift me up! And Noah, too! And we can definitely go surfing when you move here… right???

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Georgie on March 18, 2015 10:20 pm

Love this! I definitely get stuck in ruts and I’m such a creature of habit and routine. It feels amazing to break free and come back stronger. I love exploring new parts of wherever I’m living (currently Boston) – just getting out of my element makes me so much more aware of my surroundings

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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:04 am

I’m working on that in SF – exploring new parts of the city to get out of my neighborhood/element!

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Anna on March 20, 2015 2:56 pm

When I’m feeling in a rut, I find that changing my routine and/or atmosphere is the best solution. Usually a weekend trip, or even a day trip, to be active in a different way, see something new, and just breathe is what I need to refresh myself and start with a clean slate. Surfing is amazing and I can see how a few hours of it has the power to bring you back and out of a rut. Hiking is a big one for me too. Anything that involves a lot of nature. :)
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:04 am

I agree – getting back to nature gets you out of your head and back in the present :)

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on March 24, 2015 12:09 am

I like having somewhat of a routine, but I also like mixing it up and breaking it… I think it just keeps things more interesting and fun. Sometimes I workout in the morning, sometimes at night, sometimes I’ll do a lunchtime power hour… it all depends on my mood and my workload. Sometimes I crave a routine, but I also don’t like to feel like I’m on autopilot, ya know?
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Cassie on March 31, 2015 1:04 am

YES! Definitely agree. That autopilot feeling is not a good one.

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