“Currently I’m trying to go hiking every morning, Griffith Park is only a couple minutes away but so far that has only happened a handful of times.“
Sallie is a late riser and aspiring morning-hiker. She resides in Los Angeles and revealed her morning- and nighttime habits to us.
“Our subconscious digs up parts of old memories and feelings, sometimes gives us a peek into what will come.“
What are you doing during the day?
I’m a Visual Designer / Art Director that dabbles in architecture and fashion photography which has a huge influence on my design work and vice versa. Mostly I work with brands and identities, I am now moving more towards the digital- and web side of things.
What time do you usually get up?
I try to get up before 8am but that usually doesn’t happen. Currently I’m trying to go hiking every morning, Griffith Park is only a couple minutes away but so far that has only happened a handful of times.
How does your alarm sound?
I’ve got a couple. A gradual chime one (Sleep Cycle alarm) & then a louder more annoying one if I oversleep (iPhone Bulletin sound).
What are the first things you do in the morning?
Check my cell phone. Make my bed. Look outside. Make some green tea with honey.
Do you like having breakfast? And what do you have?
Normally I just drink lots of tea in the mornings but on weekends I love making egg-eyes in toast with avocados, lime & cilantro.
Any breakfast or brunch places in LA you recommend?
There is this amazing Filipino bakery near me, United Bread. And on Saturdays there is a Farmers Market in the square out front with amazing fruit & produce. I’ve been going there for breakfast / brunch religiously. Some other local favorites are SQIRL (they make their own jam & it’s delicious) & Dinette both in Echo Park.
What time of the day are you most productive or creative?
I can’t really say. It seems to come in spurts or when work just needs to be done! In the past it usually has been at night but I’m trying to change that.
Do you think sleep influences your work?
Yes, most definitely.
Do you think you get enough sleep?
Yes, sometimes maybe too much. Around 9 hours is the sweet spot. I’ve been using this app, Sleep Cycle that monitors your sleep cycles at night and have finally found the right amount of sleep for me. There are infographics and charts, I love it.
Where do you sleep best?
Really anywhere with a good pillow.
Any rituals before going to bed?
A shower, lavender essential oil and reading for a bit.
What do you keep on your nightstand?
Well, my nightstand is just a pile of books. So lots and lots of books. Currently reading Linchpin by Seth Godin.
Do you remember your dreams?
Recently some of my old high school friends have been coming into my dreams regularly. My father had a dream about me before I was born. He told me about it a couple years ago & now parts of that dream have come to fruition! It was also one of the motivating factors that pushed me to move to the West coast from Philadelphia.
What do you wear while sleeping?
Soft T-shirts & leggings usually.
Describe your bed in 3 words.
Blue. Pillows. Massive.
The most memorable spot you’ve ever fallen asleep?
A converted mini school bus in Salinas, CA. I was doing a solo road trip up the West Coast through Big Sur & found this place on AirBnb. It looked a little bit fun & trippy, so I booked it!
What do you think happens when we sleep?
Our subconscious digs up parts of old memories and feelings, sometimes gives us a peek into what will come.
How many sheep do you count?
I’ve given up on sheep and now resort to flying over rolling hills! So I guess 0.
What do you want to dream about tonight?
Asian food or being on the top of a mountain somewhere.
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