How We Do, Part 6

by Roo on April 1, 2014

in how we do

How We Do is a new series featuring cool/smart people and how they work/live. Harder/better/faster/stronger explanation here.

How We Do || Neon FreshMeet Gina Harney, new pal (we met IRL last month!) and entrepreneurial beast. She’s got a killer healthy living blog, a fitness DVD out, and a book hitting shelves later this year.

1) What do you do? I write over at The Fitnessista and am a military wife, personal trainer/group fitness instructor and mama to a 2-year-old daughter, Olivia.

2) More about you, please. When I’m not chasing around with Liv, I love to teach fitness classes, practice yoga, cook, hang out with friends, or read. Every night, I have a glass of wine after dinner. It’s like a high-five for making it through the day ;)

Gina of The Fitnessista || How We Do || NEON FRESH

3) What’s your work setup like? My “office” is at the table in our breakfast nook. I write as much as possible while Liv is sleeping, either late at night, early in the morning, or during nap time. She goes to preschool twice a week for three hours, which is when I blast through recipe testing and photographs. I used to think three hours wasn’t a lot of time, but now I’m surprised that I can crank through a lot of work when I have a solid block (instead of tiny bits and pieces throughout the day).

4) What’s one aspect of your work where you’re like “I’m killing it right now?” Scheduling my posts and writing in advance. I usually try to have at least one post in my drafts, ready to go, at all times. This way, if something happens and I don’t get the chance to write that day, I can just publish whatever is ready and waiting.

5) What’s one aspect of your work where you’re like “Uhhhhhh noooooo ahhhhhh whyyyy”? My inbox. It’s out of control. From this Gmail account, I have 43,000 emails. Halp me. [OOH GIRL, do you know about send + archive? Lifesaver.]

6) What’s your favorite tip for working smarter, not harder? I realized that by trying to multitask, I was hindering myself. Instead of truly multitasking, I was half-completing a bunch of different jobs and never felt like I was truly succeeding at anything. Now, I focus on one thing at a time. Not only do I accomplish more, but I feel less scatterbrained! I also try to do the task I’m dreading the most first, since it’s easier to do the more enjoyable tasks afterwards.

7) What are the biggest perks and biggest drawbacks to your current setup? I‘m always thankful that I’m able to work wherever we move. As a military family, it’s more challenging for the spouse to have a traditional career, especially if you aren’t a teacher or a nurse. I love that I’m able to fit in work during the day when time allows, and also enjoy spending time at home with Liv.

Gina Harney || How We Do

8) How do you balance work/life/home/self? I don’t think I’ll ever feel truly “balanced,” but rather that I’ve learned to wear different hats at different times depending on the situation. When Liv is awake, I’ve got my “mom hat” on, but the second she goes to sleep or to preschool, it’s the work hat. I try not to let the responsibilities overlap too much. One day each week, I keep the computer closed and my phone off. Social media is so much fun, but can also be draining, so it nice to recharge and feel rejuvenated for the next week.

9) What’s one product you cannot live without? Coconut oil! I put it on my face, my hair, my lips, my food, and my baby. :) Thanks so much for reading and to Roo for including me! Please stop by the blog and holla anytime- we’d love to have you.

Got a question for Gina? Ask below!

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That’s how she doooo. You can follow Gina on Twitter + Instagram. Check out previous installments of How We Do right here: Titania Jordan || John Petersik || Sara Record || Charlie Capen || Kathy Bouska

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Titania Jordan April 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

Coconut oil! Thank you for that fabulous reminder…going to get some now. So excited to start following you Gina. Thanks Roo!

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gina (fitnessista) April 1, 2014 at 6:32 pm

thank you so much, titania! (<– gorgeous name, btw) :)

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Nicole April 1, 2014 at 11:34 am

psssst – The first blog link under “Blog” doesn’t go to the same place as the link under The Fitnessista
:) :) :)

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Roo April 1, 2014 at 11:47 am

Fixed it! Thanks, Nicole!

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Nicole April 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

No prob. And thanks for this interview – I signed up for her newsletter as I’m always interested in food and exercise tips. Thanks for doing what you do, Roo!

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gina (fitnessista) April 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

nice to *meet* you, nicole! :) xo

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Amber Schumann April 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Been following Gina’s blog for over a year now–truly an inspiration!! And a lifesaver at times with some of her awesome advice in the toddler/fitness/kitchen areas.

P.S. The bit about learning to focus and NOT muti-task… I just discovered that recently too. For so long it’s been a trait we felt we HAD to learn to do to succeed in life. Oh how wrong we’ve been. It’s time to start a movement…an ANTI-MULTI-TASK MOVEMENT. Hahaha!

P.S.S. Hey Gina: Ironic that you’re now moving to CA from AZ…Hubby and I have started discussion that his job may take him to AZ (we live in Northern California, born and raised). I’m terrified. I’ve never lived away from family/friends/beach/mountains. And we have an almost-2-year-old. I have to admit that I’ve been thinking of you during our discussions–it’s quite inspirational that you have done this so many times. You stay so positive and supportive. “People move away for their jobs all the time”. Dear any-god-out-there….please help!

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gina (fitnessista) April 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm

hi amber! so fun to see you over here :) thank you so much for reading the blog!
don’t be afraid of moving to az- i think you’ll love it. it’s a great place to raise a family and lots of fun/new things to do. you’ll do great :)
xoxo

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Alex @ Kenzie Life April 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm

I love Gina and her blog so much. She has this amazingly approachable style, I love that she’s so modest (but also kicking ass in life–not to mention she’s gorgeous), and I love the simplicity of her tips for healthy living but that they are also really powerful. It was actually through her blog that I found out about you, Roo! Now I’m addicted your “This is How I Feel” series and when things happen in my life I wonder what gif I could use. It’s kind of a great addiction..I think… ;)

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gina (fitnessista) April 1, 2014 at 6:31 pm

thank you so much for the sweet words and for reading, alex! :)

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Roo April 1, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Hi Alex! So happy that Gina unknowingly introduced us. Glad you’re digging TIHIF. ;)

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kimberly April 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Aw yay! I’m a new reader of your’s, Roo and the fitnessista is one of my fave blogs. I came to your blog from hers actually after the whole Miranda Kerr thing. You both are so so so amazing!! :)

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gina (fitnessista) April 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm

<3! thank you, kimberly!

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Roo April 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Hi Kimberly! Thanks for finding me, and thanks for your kind words! The Miranda Kerr thing was super fun. :)

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Leah April 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I have been following GIna for over two years now and I love reading her blog daily. My hometown is La Jolla but unfortunately my husbands job has me living with my two little girls in the New York area away from family so I am so jealous that Gina will be moving to my hometown and I know how hard it is to leave family but you will have an amazing experience there I know it! Xoxo

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Roo April 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

She has a fantastic blog! I’m only sad that I just found it. :)

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Leah April 1, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Roo, just stalked your blog and Instagram you are pretty amazing too xo

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gina (fitnessista) April 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm

thank you so much for reading, leah! i will live up la jolla (and say hi to the seals) for you. it’s definitely hard to be away from family <3 sending love to you!

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