Ever since I started this little blog of mine, I have looked at it as a passion project. It's been my baby, where I pour my heart and soul to you. Whether it's beauty product reviews, life advice, an outfit here and there, it's just been all over the board.
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This blouse is a beaut, but I like this one, this one or this. Boots are from Tahari, but this alternate pair or this pair are adorable. I also love these and these. Jeans are from Forever 21, but these are my favorite dark pair. Bracelet is from Francesca's, necklace is from Kate Spade and rings are Kendra Scott. Sunglasses are from Raen, but these are badass + there's more options for Raen here.
Recently I had a serious conversation with my boyfriend about my time commitment to this blog and my social media presence. I spend a lot of time (most of my free time not spent working my daytime job or sleeping) on Instagram, Twitter, compiling posts, taking photos for posts, editing photos, editing video content, and so forth. Blogging and YouTubing can be a full time job especially when you're doing it the right way. Great content takes a lot of time, and therefore I have come to the realization that not only am I mega stressed out ALL the time (more on stress coming in a separate post) but I literally cannot do everything on my own when it comes to my blog life.
There's a lot of admin things, like answering emails, exploring new opportunities, scheduling sponsored content, etc etc ETC that needs to be done on an ongoing basis. I've merely been scratching the surface. Not to mention I'm in the middle of a huge redesign of my blog, which is a whole separate project I don't want to even get into. When people tell me bloggers do nothing, I literally want to scream. I spend every waking minute thinking about my full-time job + my other full-time job aka my pieces of the internet. It's become too much, and I keep listening to podcasts and reading articles about how stress leads to everything. Heart attack, cancer, this and that. It's almost like the universe is telling me to cut this shit out, pick a career and just manage my time better.
I'm at the point in my blogging career where I could make the jump and do it full-time. I could do it. It would be hard. I may eat ramen for a year, but I could do it. And trust me, most people I've spoken with have told me JUST DO IT. I simply can't, nor do I want to. I like my clients and what I do as a corporate professional. Plus I've worked my ass off to get where I am in that life. But I also don't want my blogging, YouTubing, social influencing to ever be put in the #2 spot. I also like money, and have a shit ton of loans so I can't compromise the life I've built. At least not at this point. Remember I've been blogging for 3 1/2 years (4 years in January) so it's been a long stretch.
I've decided a couple of things.
1. My boyfriend is going to become a more central part of this project. I'm going to stop being shy and just ask for help when I need it. Sure, he may not want to wake up at 7 AM to get my sunrise shots, but we'll figure it out. We always do.
2. I'm going to commit to less social posting + commenting on other people's posts. I won't be posting 3 times a day on Instagram every single day. Maybe on vacation or maybe some days it'll happen because I have a lot to share, but I can't commit to doing that every. single. day. I've already scaled it back to 2 times a day. I also can't be bothered to post during X and X times because there's more people online then. I'll post when I'm fine and ready to. Sorry if my photos only get 100 likes, hopefully brands aren't too upset about it.
3. I haven't been and I'm not going to keep up with snapchat, Insta stories, or photos of your recent vacation or the most recent 5 year old's birthday party. The stressful thing about Snapchat and Insta stories is they disappear after 24 hours, so I guess I'm going to miss your daily updates.
4. I will hire someone to be a virtual assistant for me in the next few months (referrals appreciated) because I need someone doing admin everyday tasks like commenting on other blogs, returning favors, commenting from my profiles and so forth, to continue my influence and presence on the web.
For those of you full-time moms, corporate professionals, etc AND ALSO bloggers/YouTubers, I'd love to know your best tips and tricks for making this post without losing your shit. Leave me a comment down below letting me know how you manage it all + a link to your blog. I'd love to see your hard work.
Thank you for your support, because I wouldn't be writing this post or having this amazing problem if it wasn't for you!
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