Since I’ve grown my blog, I’ve had a lot of people assume I do it as my full time job. As much as that would be just peachy, that is far from the truth. I do run a full time blog, so I can totally see how some people could make that assumption. But I’m also a bit of a perfectionist which probably makes it appear I blog 24/7, which simply isn’t the case. So while I do write, produce, edit, design (etc.) a full time blog, it’s all done after hours and it’s not as glamorous as it might seem.
So what is my full time job? Well, I work as a web developer and graphic designer for a government agency. I work in a tiny cubical where everybody who walks down our hall can see everything I do. There are some days where I don’t see the outdoors for 8 hours. Sure, I escape to Starbucks every now and then, but during most of my day, I’m not leading the glamorous lifestyle some people might assume I live. I realized this outsiders perspective the other day when I had someone message me about my blog and business. They were saying how cool is it that I’m doing so many fun things while she(the person writing me) is at her job stuck in a cubical. I thought… wait! I’m stuck in a cubical too! I hated that I somehow might have accidentally made it appear that my life is glamorous or more exciting in any way than some one else’s. Yes I love my life and what I’ve created for myself, but it’s not always exciting and perfect like it may appear.
So here is my life laid out: get up in the morning, get dressed, and go to work for 8 hours. After my “real job” is over, I go home and work my side business as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. It’s overwhelming most days and a lot of the time I feel like I simply can’t do it all. I have my freak out moments when I get overwhelmed, but for the most part, I try to balance out my clients as much as I can and get their projects done while at the same time try to give myself some “me” time. I also take on interior design projects for friends and family, but that has become few and far between as my time is very limited.
Speaking of “me” time, that’s where my blog comes in. My blog is my hobby and the one thing that involves everything I love; interior design, diy, fashion, photography etc. It bundles everything that interests me and I love that I can share those passions with you all. It’s what keeps me sane, which is good when your juggling a lot! I’m also about to start blogging and doing a weekly online design show with a local Fort Worth company soon, so that happens during the week after my “real job” as well. I mean at this point, what’s another thing to add to the list, right?
So now the question comes in – How do you do it all? Well my first answer is the simple fact that I don’t have kids. I literally use every single hour in my day working, creating, cooking, cleaning, spending time with the hubby and blogging. I might take a 30 minute break to watch some tv, but normally I don’t have time to just sit back and relax. But honestly, I don’t like to sit still anyways (minus vacation of course). I hate being bored and will always find something to do if I happen to be bored. Sure, it would be nice to cut a few items out of the to-do list, but eh, what can ya do? One day when Graham and I have kids, things will change, but I hope to build my blog big enough for that to be my actual job or a big part of whatever my actual job is. Until then, I will just work my butt off and see where it leads me. I always say, I have a plan, I just don’t know what it is yet. And man, that is SO true.
I guess my point here is I don’t want anyone to compare their lives with what they see here on my blog OR any other blog for that matter. Although it might appear us bloggers “have it all,” we all have something we wish were different. No I’m not working my dream job right now, but I’m healthy, happy and in an amazing marriage with my best friend. I guess I can’t really complain!