Over the past year and a half I’ve learned to juggle both working full-time and continuing to grow my blog. It’s essentially turned into 2 full-time jobs which I feel entirely grateful for but the process hasn’t been easy. Here are some ways I try to keep myself sane while balancing both parts of my life.
Use Blogging As “ME” Time
Blogging, for me, is a hobby. I never started out planning to make money or move into the biz full time. I enjoy fashion and love talking about simple beauty hacks and my NYC adventures. This is my way of documenting my passions. When I meet up with friends to shoot looks or sit down to write a post, it’s somewhat therapeutic for me. Time I spend blogging should always be fun!
Put the full-time job above everything else
At the end of the day, my full-time job is what supports me, gives me a great learning experience for my future career and creates life long relationships all over the country. I love my job in the tech industry and wouldn’t trade it for anything else right now. When I blog, I’m working for myself. I can set my own hours, my own deadlines and my own expectations. When I’m working my 9-5 in the tech industry, I’m working for someone else who has their own expectations that I have to meet. Sure, there’s more freedom when I work for myself but I also love the guidance of working for others.
Schedule, Schedule, Schedule
Creating a schedule when you’re working full-time and blogging is SO important. When I’m not at my full-time job, I can easily get distracted by friends, chores, or let’s be honest…Netflix. It’s really important to stay on top of posting consistently and writing posts when I’m not busy. I like to take advantage of weekends and nights watching TV to write blog posts. Since I’m such a morning person, sometimes I’ll even write posts before going into work! For taking pictures, I was very lucky to have met my blogging friend Nico. (Check out her blog here…Michenn) We work pretty close to each other so we’ll meet up in Madison Square Park about once a week for a quick photo shoot. We’ll take a few pictures around 8:15am and I’m into the office by 8:45. So easy.
Blogging and working full-time has made my life a little crazier but I love every second of it. I THRIVE when I’m insanely busy so I wouldn’t change any aspect of it. It’s all about finding a balance that works for you and only you. Everyone is different!