Salon 615: J.R. Ward
J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and The Fallen Angels series. A graduate of Smith College, she worked as a lawyer
NL: You’re a busy woman these days—when do you take time for yourself?
Niki: I have four kids so I get up early, at 5 a.m. every day, so I can get my workout in, grab a protein shake and do a devotion. That’s my window.
NL: What’s your advice for women, moms especially, for finding that time?
Niki: I want to encourage moms everywhere to make a commitment to their health every day. You just need that 30 to 45 minute window to check in with yourself. So many moms feel guilty doing that but I’m here to say, don’t feel guilty! If you take care of yourself, you’ll take better care of everyone else.
NL: Why is now a good time of year to re-center yourself?
Niki: My husband and I always laugh about resolutions. We always break them. But after the holidays and the craziness when things quiet down, it really is a good time to get focused. The most important thing is to be in the moment and enjoy it right now.
NL: Give us a few of your beauty secrets for taking care of ourselves in the New Year.
Niki: I drink Nature’s Bounty protein shakes every day—they have one for every age and they’re made especially for women. I take it for energy. Drink plenty of water, of course. But I’ve also got to have my coffee! Also, I always have plenty of lotion in my bag this time of year. I love Mario Dabescu’s face creams.
NL: How about for home organization?
Niki: I’m a big believer in schedules and staying in your routine. And Dave Ramsey’s e-mails.com are really helpful for easy meals—they give you recipes, a budget, tell you what you need to buy. Oh, and my big crockpot cooker. If I know it’s going to be a busy day, I can turn it on and know dinner will be ready and waiting.