*Disclaimer: These shots were taken 30 mins before I had to go into work. Don’t worry, I didn’t wear this to the office. I wore THIS*
I mentioned in my IG stories a while back that I now work full time. While I am super grateful for the opportunity, initially, I felt a little apprehensive about entering the work force again. A little part of me felt that I was “giving up on my dream”. At a point, I thought that all I would be doing is blogging, and that would sustain me for the rest of my days. But what I’ve realized is that, I’m at a point in my life where I do need a full time job. I have a whole lot of responsibilities (hello student loans and credit card debt) that have been knocking on my door for quite some time now. So you get my drift. I don’t doubt that blogging may become my sole source of income, but until then, I’ll gladly work to support my sister and I.
I work in paid social media management. Which I describe as the brainier version of being an influencer haha. It allows me to use my analytical side to problem solve different issues that comes up with advertising across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It’s one of those jobs that I feel is helping me in own personal pursuits, because now I have some background information into how these platforms operate when it comes to sharing content, more specifically, ad content.
Don’t let anyone convince you that you aren’t working hard enough, or that you are giving up. I somehow thought that working full time meant that I was no longer a full time blogger. I’m here to tell you that I still am! It just looks different from other’s full time blogging. I still dedicate days to shooting content, writing out each posts, planning outfits, and attending blogger events.
I knew that working full time would require me a lot of energy out of me. Energy in making sure I was getting tasks done at work, while also having enough energy to shoot looks, edit posts, and curate my feed. I shot this particular look 30 mins before I went into work, btw. Here are a couple of ways I maintain a sense of calm and peace both at work and while blogging:
Whether you’re a blogger, influencer, a combination of both, or you have a “side gig” that you do outside of your “9-5”, I recommend implementing the steps above (and obviously, tweaking where necessary). As artists (yes, I consider myself an artist of sorts), there are some days we feel very inspired. And then there are others where we just can’t be bothered. Give yourself time, but also a schedule, where you are still able to get it done. Time is of the essence. But so is peace of mind. And if you are jumbled and in a disarray, that will most definitely show in your work.
Until next time…
All Photography by Kristen Ashley
“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding” 2 Corinthians 10:12