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.

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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?

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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.

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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!



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Thank you for stopping by The Blissful Bee! I'm Amy and I'm the writer and designer behind the blog. I have a passion for interior design, fashion and simply living a stylish life. I hope you enjoy your "stay"!

17 Comments

  1. I appreciate reading this after the blogging, mommy, wife and worker bee week I have had. I’m new to blogging and have had my WTH moments. I ask myself everyday “how do people do this” while working, being a parent, etc etc…
    You have given me motivation to keep on going with my passion. Thanks for sharing!

  2. You are happy, and that’s the most important thing. I’m divorced and now living in a rented patio apartment. I was married to a doctor and could have much of what I wanted. But I wasn’t at all happy. I am happier here with my two pupsters and my patio garden. My wishes are few, I am thrifty and frugal. And I’ve been blogging for 6 years. I wish I could say it was my sole income, but it is not. But. It is a very important aspect of my life. And. I am happy.
    Brenda

  3. I am so glad you wrote this. I am relatively new to the blogging world and I LOVE doing it so much. I have learned a lot from all you veterans and really want to grow my blog. I do work and have kids too so there is not much free time, but I have really enjoyed blogging and want to do all I can to grow it. It was refreshing to read your post and know you have a “normal” life too! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Finding the balance is so hard! I struggle to find a balance where I’m giving my husband and daughter what they need, but also giving myself what I need. Working full-time, being a mom and wife, and blogging is NOT easy. That being said, it has given me some of the most satisfying and exciting moments I’ve ever had, and it’s brought me closer to people who have similar ambitions and dreams {like you}! So keep on keepin’ on, keep doing your thing. You are amazing at it. 😉

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I’m impressed by your ability to keep active, and how your blog is a reprieve for you. There are many times I wonder how worth it all the work is, but your post has reminded me that I just need to keep moving. 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  6. I feel the same way, Amy! I work like a dog the second the kids go to bed to get things off to clients and keep up with the blog. It’s exhausting. Blog readers often thing I have this perfectly clean house with perfect kids and at all times it’s perfectly decorated. Not so. 🙂

  7. I always find something to do too. I’m never bored.

    And when people ask me how I do it all, I have to say that I don’t.. It might just appear that way sometimes.
    Loved this post Amy

  8. I love this post! It is easy to think that bloggers lives are perfect because we show pretty pictures of fun stuff! But, I’m like you, I work, I’m a single mom and doing projects and blogging is really crammed into the corners of free time which are usually late nights and early mornings! I love that you put this out there! Thanks!

  9. Amy, i love the quote-
    “i’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, i’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” Is it yours?

  10. I’m so glad I came across your blog. Specifically this post! I’m new to blogging, work full time and run an online jewelry boutique. Not to mention I have a hubby, three kids, a dog and two cat’s so needless to say, days are hectic. Some days I don’t feel like writing because I feel like no one is going o read it anyway.Your post inspired me to keep writing. Thank you!

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