A Day in the Life: Raejean Johnson
Name: Raejean Johnson
Program: Second-year student in the online Master of Global Engineering Leadership program
From: Lexington, OH
Raejean Johnson knows a thing or two about keeping busy. This energetic mom of three balances a full plate of courses, a career and actively participates in her children's extracurricular activities in Boy Scouts of America, dance, sports and more.
"The toughest thing about juggling all that I do is probably finding time for me. I have learned that I cannot take care of everyone else if I do not take care of myself first," she said. "I read a lot and try to build myself from within as well as keeping myself healthy. Balance is the key."
Organization, scheduling and prioritizing tasks factors into her success. Check out a typical day in her life.
I get up early to get in a yoga practice or catch up on school work. Then, I get myself ready for the day. I take my daily vitamins, run the coffeemaker and get my gym bag ready in case I can squeeze in a kettlebell class after work.
I wake up the kids and do my daughter's hair. Then I confirm the evening schedule with my stepdad who lives with us, he usually handles dinner. Then I am out the door, wishing everyone a great day!
Around this time is when I arrive at work, I’ve finished my coffee and start to plan out my day and prioritize my tasks.
Mid-morning would be the time I step aside and take care of my home management. Many times, I will have to call and set up appointments for the kids and activities with other Scout moms or coaches for the day.
It's my lunch break. Most of the time, I am either doing my school work or walking uptown to the Scout store or the bank to minimize stops after work.
The work day is over, but it's only getting started for me! If I get out of work in enough time, I'll hit the gym for a kettlebell class on my way home. I try to make sure I get there at least three days a week.
As I head toward home, I pick up my oldest from band, drop him off and grab the youngest two kids for extracurricular activities.
Depending on the day, I can be at Scouts, football or soccer practices, robotics with my oldest, dance class for my daughter or home football games to cheer on the marching band.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Everything usually buttons up between 7:30 and 8:00, and we head home. As we drive, I like to spark crazy conversations with my kids with wild questions that require the use of their imaginations.
It’s time for me to get the kids ready for bed. I get the kids washed up. During this time, I check their homework, lay out their vitamins and pack their lunches. I make sure they have everything they need for the next day.
I tuck in the kids, we say what we're thankful for and I wish them sweet dreams. This is when I can get the house cleaned up, read a little or watch a Netflix episode with my oldest before he heads to bed.
10:30 - 11:00 p.m.
It’s finally time for me to wrap my day up and prepare for the next day. I typically pack lunch and set the coffee pot. Ready to do it all over again in the morning!
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