Working a full-time job and blogging is a complete juggling act. I’ll be 100% honest, sometimes it’s exhausting and overwhelming. I need and crave balance in my life so trying to find that in the midst of everything is hard sometimes.
If you don’t know, I work as a family law attorney. On an average day, I work between 9-10 hours. I’m a fairly new attorney so I am still learning the practical aspects of the law which can be demanding and time consuming. I seriously love the work I do though, and I can’t really imagine doing anything else. I enjoy talking people through their challenges and trying to find the best resolution for them. I worked extremely hard to become an attorney and feel like it’s part of who I am.
I started Diamonds on Her Soul during my last semester of law school. Most people thought I was a little crazy because it was kind of an “inopportune” time to start because I was graduating, preparing for the Bar exam, and taking the Bar exam. Luckily, I had the support of my husband, family and close friends. There were periods in the early days where posts just didn’t happen because I had to focus on my end goal of becoming an attorney. That’s hard for a girl who is a little (okay a lot) Type A. I want to be a great wife, friend, blogger, attorney, dog mama, and everything in between but sometimes you have to prioritize what matters most.
Typically, I post on Diamonds on Her Soul twice a week. I post Tuesdays and Fridays. Normally I shoot my content on the weekends unless weather interferes. This is especially crucial right now with the time change because it’s pretty dark by the time I make it home from work. On Sundays, I write my content for the post. Evan is my photographer but he also helps edit photos for the blog each week. I am so thankful for his support in this process. When I started blogging, we knew nothing about shooting but we learned along the way and are still continuing to learn. My goal every week is to have my post completed by Sunday so that I don’t have to stress after work when I’m already tired. During the week, I begin contemplating new posts for the following weeks. I mentally prepare what I want to shoot and where I want to shoot. I also will check Instagram/Facebook/Twitter for about 20-30 minutes per night unless something else demands my time. Many bloggers have the luxury to interact on social media throughout the day but that just isn’t feasible with working as an attorney. As much as I would love to do it, I just can’t. I usually take the afternoon and nights to see what’s happening on social media. I also answer/check emails every other day or so unless there is a deadline.
When I take vacations, I take the vacation. I don’t post any blog posts on DOHS. I will post photos on Instagram but that’s about it. I try really hard to truly enjoy any vacation I have. It’s something I’m working on more and more. In the beginning, I wasn’t so good at this and I burned myself out a little bit. I’m taking a vacation to spend time with my family and relax. If I do take photos on vacation, I prefer to take them earlier in the day so I can spend the rest of the day doing whatever I want!
During the week, I like to spend my afternoons with my dogs and husband. Lately, we hang out with our dogs and catch up on our favorite shows each night. I try to limit my time on social media and the blog but again I am Type A so it’s something I am currently working on. My love language is quality time and gifts so I obviously care about quality time. Saturdays tend to be our day to do something fun, get outside, etc. I normally take Saturdays off from blog life all together just so I can spend the time with my family.
A few little tips + tricks I have for keeping balance in your life while blogging and working. I use my car ride home as a time to decompress from work. I’m either jamming out to my favorite music from my iPod (Yes, I still have an iPod-Evan thinks I live in 2005) or I listen to my favorite podcasts. Driving in traffic in Charlotte is never enjoyable but I try to make it a time where I do something I enjoy and love. It breaks up your day from work to home life so you don’t carry it all home with you. I also use my planner to plan out what I need to do each work including work, blog, and personal things. If I didn’t have my planner I would never be able to keep up with anything. You can see how I organize my planner on my blog post about my favorite planner. Juggling a full-time job and blogging makes me the ultimate planner because I am always thinking ahead. Finally, I highly recommend surrounding yourself with people who support your dreams and try to help you along the way. My family and friends have been a huge support to my blog and career as an attorney. They all try to help me have balance and realize what’s important in life. Realizing you are human and will never be able to do it all helps put it in perspective. No one’s life is perfect no matter how many cute Instagram shoots they have on their feed.
Juggling a full-time job and blogging is hard-not going to lie. It’s comparable to working full time and a part time job. The longer I do this, I learn more and more about how to juggle so I have balance in my life. I love being an attorney and I love sharing my life and style through Diamonds on Her Soul. Thank you ALL for supporting my blog and law career. I appreciate your interest in this topic and glad you wanted to hear about how I juggle it all! Have a great week!