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  • - I do get nervous when I post,

  • not as often as I used to.

  • When you're able to be first

  • out of the gate with a position,

  • it can often inspire other people to come and join along

  • and that can be one of the most

  • impactful things in politics really.

  • Hello, Vanity Fair.

  • This is Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,

  • and this is everything I do in a day.

  • [upbeat music]

  • I am an aspiring morning person.

  • I want to be a morning person.

  • I'll do my best to be a morning person,

  • but I find that I stay up late.

  • I do a lot of my thinking late at night

  • and work late at night,

  • but I wish I was one of those 4:00 a.m., go for a jog,

  • happy as a clam. [chuckling]

  • During COVID, I admit I've become something of a night owl.

  • So I'll get up between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m.

  • Usually my dog is really cozied up [laughing]

  • he's little spoon. [laughing]

  • I'll usually have 5 to 10 text messages waiting for me,

  • sent at all points of the night.

  • I try to trim down on email as much as possible.

  • And so it's usually texts, Slack messages.

  • I can be a little bad when it comes to social media use.

  • Sometimes I'll check it right after I wake up.

  • I've been trying not to do that so much though.

  • If it's alternate side parking in New York City,

  • I put on my pants and some warm clothes

  • and I go move the car.

  • I actually just got a car

  • and I'm really lucky that I have not gotten a parking ticket

  • in the last two weeks.

  • But about two days or maybe the day after I got my car,

  • I did get pulled over for making a right on 23rd Street

  • when I wasn't supposed to, but I got a warning.

  • So that was good.

  • If I'm lucky enough to not need to head outside right away

  • I'll make a cup of coffee in my greca.

  • Breakfast, it's usually toast

  • with a little bit of peanut butter or almond butter on it.

  • Something to get some protein in pretty quickly

  • that or a smoothie.

  • I've been trying to drink less coffee lately.

  • So I switched to matcha tea in the morning

  • and I've had this little ritual.

  • I got a little milk frother.

  • I heat up the milk, I make the matcha.

  • The most important part of my morning routine

  • has been drinking water.

  • I like to put some lemon in my water

  • and I try to drink it pretty slowly and mindfully.

  • I'll look out my window.

  • I'll try to look at the clouds passing by,

  • just really slow down for even a minute,

  • five minutes in the morning.

  • And that's been my little meditative practice recently.

  • I will wash my face, put on some vitamin C,

  • moisturize and throw on some sunscreen.

  • I will go get dressed, read through some news.

  • Safari's my news app.

  • I go to The New York Times.

  • I'll check The Washington Post.

  • I'll look at long form articles in places like The Atlantic.

  • And then I look at some other

  • kind of less mainstream news outlets,

  • New Republic, In These Times, et cetera.

  • I've been trying to stay away from the phone a little bit,

  • but I do pull up my phone

  • and I look at my calendar for the day.

  • And then I'm usually out the door by 9:00,

  • 9:30 in the morning.

  • I love my days in New York.

  • I love my neighborhood.

  • I like my neighbors.

  • It feels, I mean, it's home.

  • New York is home.

  • So, it's definitely more comfortable in New York,

  • but DC is beautiful.

  • And I love seeing my colleagues in person.

  • Here at home, I'll wake up

  • and I may have a press hit that day.

  • I may have things that I have to film

  • or I walk to my office.

  • If I'm in DC, my first order of business

  • is a committee hearing.

  • I'll walk over to the Capitol

  • for an oversight committee hearing

  • or a financial services hearing.

  • A committee hearing that starts at 10:00 a.m.

  • can last till 1:00 p.m. with a break.

  • And then oftentimes after that, Congress will call votes.

  • And so I'll have to prepare.

  • I have to read through my votes

  • and what we're kind of deciding on that day.

  • And then I'll head over and run to the Capitol

  • and cast my first vote of the day.

  • My breaks, if I get them,

  • [laughing]

  • are, kinda rotate throughout the day.

  • So pretty much wherever there's a pocket

  • between maybe an interview and an internal meeting.

  • Sometimes it's 11:00 a.m.

  • Sometimes it's 3:00 p.m.

  • Sometimes I don't get a break at all.

  • Sometimes I have a break

  • and then it ends up getting filled up with a meeting.

  • So, it's really any time between meetings

  • that I can squeeze in a little break.

  • That's when it happens.

  • For me, there's no regular set schedule.

  • Lately it's been Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, and Zoom.

  • [laughing]

  • But I will also be heading team meetings internally,

  • preparing and doing research for upcoming hearings,

  • talking through and workshopping legislation

  • that we're trying to roll out

  • and also talking to other candidates for office

  • and see how we can support other progressive folks

  • to be able to run for office and be successful.

  • A lot of what I and how I prioritize

  • has to do with what my community is prioritizing

  • and asking for in a given moment.

  • That also requires a lot of flexibility

  • and sometimes I will have to move things around

  • in order to address an issue,

  • whether it's police brutality

  • or whether it's taking out a stance on climate change,

  • so much of it and my job is responsive to what the public

  • and what our communities and people need.

  • Work never really stops.

  • As a member of Congress, you have to be on call 24/7,

  • especially for rapid response in breaking news,

  • you have to kind of set hard rules for yourself,

  • even though there's no off.

  • So I try to be done with work by 6:00 p.m.,

  • knowing that there'll be plenty of times

  • that I'll be working till 7:00, 8:00, 10:00 at night.

  • And so really the key to that kind of a demanding schedule,

  • I think, is flexibility.

  • I do my own tweets.

  • I do my own Instagram.

  • But we do have a team that helps with Facebook.

  • That's a little bit more writing intensive.

  • Sometimes my day is so busy

  • that I don't get a chance to look at things

  • until the end of the day.

  • And I'll look through and try to catch up on a few things.

  • I'll generally just kind of intersperse and see

  • if there's anything that we either need to respond to,

  • or that we should be speaking about.

  • Very often narratives, whether it's around social justice,

  • healthcare, raising the minimum wage,

  • acting on climate change,

  • policy will advance in news cycles

  • and there'll be very responsive to the moment.

  • And so it's really important to be on call

  • to help define the narrative and the message of that moment.

  • I do get nervous when I post,

  • not as often as I used to,

  • but especially if I know that I'm vocalizing a position

  • that has not been vocalized before

  • or vocalizing a position

  • that I may be the first out of the gate with

  • it's really nerve wracking.

  • But, the thing that is really special about it

  • is that when you're able to be first

  • out of the gate with a position,

  • it can often inspire other people to come and join along

  • and that can be one of the most

  • impactful things in politics really.

  • So if it's a light night and I'm lucky and I'm done by six,

  • maybe I'll be able to go out to dinner with my partner

  • or with some friends.

  • I'll take Deco, my dog, out for a nice long walk

  • in the community and we'll come back.

  • Later in the evening,

  • as I kind of do my whole self care routine,

  • I'll wash my face again,

  • I'll get ready for the evening.

  • I've been developing a habit of really awful

  • reality television to just totally unplug at night.

  • It's been actually pretty successful

  • in helping me forget about everything that's going on.

  • I've been watching, "Selling Sunset"

  • [laughing] lately.

  • Around 10:00 p.m. I'll check

  • if there's any other breaking news that has kind of hit,

  • if there's anything that I need to kind of brace

  • during the day.

  • Because very often,

  • if I walk out in the Capitol in the morning,

  • there'll be reporters asking me about a development

  • that may have happened at 1:00 a.m.

  • or midnight the night before.

  • You kind of have to intermittently check.

  • And so I'll check around 10 o'clock at night

  • or sometimes a development will happen late at night

  • and I'll kind of check in,

  • make sure if it needs to be responded to right now,

  • or if it can wait until the morning.

  • We try to have our phone off before getting into bed.

  • I'm a little more successful in DC

  • where I have a separate alarm clock.

  • In New York, I have to get another alarm clock.

  • And so, I have found that when we're able

  • to put away our phones before bed,

  • it's a lot more relaxing.

  • You're able to help yourself a lot more,

  • but I've definitely been caught

  • in some late night news cycles.

  • And that's just, it is what it is.

  • I'll brush my teeth, I'll change my Invisalign.

  • I'll wash my face put on like an inactive

  • and then I will moisturize my face and go to bed.

  • I hate going to bed early.

  • It's the right thing to do.

  • It's the responsible thing to do, but I'm just a night owl.

  • I feel like I'm getting FOMO by going to sleep early.

  • So my ideal bedtime is probably like 11:30 or midnight.

  • I'm a pretty good sleeper.

  • When I'm out, I'm done and I am asleep

  • until I wake up in the morning.

  • Thank you so much, Vanity Fair.

  • That's everything I do in a day.

- I do get nervous when I post,

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