Instagram is often a place where you only see the good parts of life. You see people’s successes, cute outfits, perfect vacations, ideal relationships, etc. While this is great, we often don’t see what people are struggling with behind the scenes. I promise to share with you all the good and the bad & ugly so that’s why I decided it would be a good idea to write about how I struggle with my work and life balance.
I’ve been working at a news agency for a little over a year now. My prior jobs have been in marketing, PR, & social media marketing. A news agency is essentially creates all the news you see on sites like NY Post, Yahoo!, Huffington Post and even some ‘blog’ sites like Refinery29 or Bustle. To put it simply- I help get brands into the news. Monday through Friday I’m at work 8am-4pm so it’s difficult to balance content creation, blogging, family, friends, and a relationship. I know a lot of you have full-time jobs and hats off to you! You all amaze me and inspire me. My work life takes up most of my time just because I’m there all the time, so it’s a priority to me. It’s my fixed and main source of income so it has to be my number one.
Now you’re probably wondering how I post every single day with a new photo, location, outfit, collaboration, blah, blah, blah because sometimes I’m surprised I can actually push out all that content. I am SO incredibly blessed to be in a relationship that is so supportive and who also happens to be an amazing photographer. It took almost a year to hit our creative groove and be able to work together, push content out on time, and both create my vision for the photos. A lot of my content creation work has helped us explore together and try new things so I’m blessed to have him want to be a part in this aspect of my life. We usually shoot on weekends and set aside 3 hours to shoot 5 outfits. Together we think of a location and bring all of the looks with us and I just change in the car. See? I told you the content creation life isn’t as glamorous as it seems! On hot days it’s especially hard because you have to change and you’re slipping and sliding all over the place. So normally the photos you see throughout the week are all shot on one day! Also, Brad is so great at actually still wanting to go on dates even though we do get to go to events. Events are fun but they’re work to me so shout out Brad for taking me places and wanting to always make me feel special.
Family and friends play such a big role in my life. I’m Mexican so my family is HUGE. I make sure I’m always there for the important family get togethers. A lot of the time this means not going to an event or having to scrunch in time to shoot but it’s worth it. OK, OK, sometimes I get major FOMO but I think it’s natural. I have very close friends that I’ve had for a long time, over ten years! Usually we talk on the phone as we drive to and from work. I’m lucky to live super close to one so I can walk Penny over to see her.
Most importantly is SELF-CARE. There have been many times where I’ve felt like I’ve stretched myself too thin. I’ve started taking weekends off of my phone to be more present and in the moment. This has really helped me balance work and life. Don’t be afraid to go offline if you feel overwhelmed. Enjoy your life and be in the moment because you deserve it! Self care- that’s hot.
How do you balance work and life? Tell me in the comments!