#SeyiSpeaks: Balancing Work and Blogging

*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*

HAVING A FULL TIME JOB AND BLOG

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.

SO WHAT DO I DO??

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.

HOW DO I FIND BALANCE?

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:

  1. I take daily walks around the neighborhood at job | At least 2 times I day, I stop whatever it is I’m working on and take a step outside and just walk. It’s so calming to just feel the breeze (although the heat wave these past couple of days has made any type of breeze non-existent) and breathe. This is my moment to not think about what assignments I need to complete. I’m just enjoying of fresh air. It’s honestly so refreshing. I come back to my desk feeling a bit more relaxed, which helps me in getting things done.
  2. Leave work at work | I have set hours that I work, and that is when I get my work done. Once I come home, I am off the clock. There are times when I do check my work email, but I don’t respond to anything. I leave it for the next day. I’m not the type of person to “bring work home”. If I need to stay a little later at the office to get things done, then so be it. But once I’m home, that is ME time. 
  3. Only write when I feel inspired | This has helped me so much when it comes to putting out good content that I would want to read. It’s always noticeable when a post feels forced. I have been super guilty of that in the past. Now, I make sure that I’m in a headspace where I feel comfortable enough to let my thoughts flow onto a screen. I have had major writer’s block and in those moments, I step away from my laptop instead of racking my brain for the right words to say. This helps me to keep my content true to me.
  4. I edit posts days before they go live | You’d be surprised how much I use to edit posts the day of, and then be stressed because I wasn’t done editing at the time I originally planned. Doing this helps me plan ahead. I may want to change up the wording. Or change up the flow of posts. This also helps me to dedicate enough time to editing my pics a certain way (my photographer does most of my edits, but those with additional wording and graphics are all my own doing).
  5. I only attend blogger events that fit with my schedule | Getting invited to these blogger events are great. They are perfect networking opportunities, and you also get the chance to meet some amazing people in the blogging space. But to be honest, not every event requires my attendance. When I first started getting these invites, I was like “I must go to every single one!” But now, even in this stage of my blogging career, I’m learning when it’s ok to decline an invite.

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…


ShopAkira Wrap Dress | Ego Official OTK Boots | Zara Hat (sold out) | Thrifted Denim Jacket

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

9 COMMENTS

  1. Winnie | 21st Oct 17

    Great post. I must say that blogging and having a full time job is not easy, speaking from experience. So kudos! to all bloggers with a full time job!

  2. Nella Juma | 17th Sep 17

    I have loved watching your journey, I commend you for your vulnerability and keeping it so classy through it all. I’m trying to figure out my way and the job hunt has ensured that I do some much needed self reflection. Best wishes and your media kit is beautiful.

    • infashionitrust | 20th Sep 17

      awwwww Nella thank you so much for sharing this journey with me! It really means a lot and encourages me to keep on pushing! I hope all is well with you :)

  3. Giselle Santos | 15th Sep 17

    Great post. I’ve been doing the full time work and blogging for a while and it can get crazy! I love all of your suggestions, especially editing a post way ahead of time. It helps to keep my anxiety at bay lol

  4. tarahsaint | 14th Sep 17

    You’re so beautiful, girl! I too started a new job along the same lines of digital marketing and it can be so overwhelming. I also recently started grad school. #Lawdhelp. Those walks, taking deep breaths and prayer help for sure. You got this!

    • infashionitrust | 14th Sep 17

      Wow!!! Girl you are doing the damn thing!!! Yessss!! And yes to prayer too!

    • infashionitrust | 14th Sep 17

      Thanks so much for reading too! ❤️

  5. Oroma R. R. | 14th Sep 17

    These are great tips, thanks for sharing!

    / ORRBLOG

    • infashionitrust | 14th Sep 17

      Thanks so much reading love!

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