Outfit: Off to the Races

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If you’ve been following Mox and Socks for a while, you’ve heard this a million times already, but I have a hard time balancing my life and this blog.  In fact, the two are often combined, and it was starting to get to an unmanageable point.

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I have a full-time job, a boyfriend, friends, and family, and I’d been a little neglectful to all of them.  I’d check my phone at work every 30 minutes or so to respond to Instagram comments (and yeah, keep tabs on my follower count).  I’d sit at my kitchen table writing posts while my boyfriend started dinner for us.  Friends would call and I’d always have to tell them I’d call back later when I had time.  I’d miss out on family dinners and chats just to edit photos.

And for what?  While I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to get a little more blogging popularity, the fact is that I just plain love this and want to do it full-time.  I dream about quitting my job and spending all my work time taking pictures, conjuring up ideas for shoots, learning more and more about the business of blogging.  And I believed that if I kept working super super hard and spending all my time outside of work on Mox and Socks, I could do that.

But that’s not realistic.

I’m not saying that turning this into a full-time job isn’t realistic, mind you.  What I mean is that my whole process is all wrong.  I don’t need to be obsessed with Instagram or get five posts up a week.  Work smarter, not harder–that’s the saying, right?

Over the weekend, I had a lot of time to myself.  And you know what I did?  I chilled the eff out.  I hung out with my dog and read and ran.  It was amazing, and when I got into work on Tuesday, my mind was overflowing with ideas for Mox and Socks.  All day, I kept scribbling things down as they came to me, so by 4 o’clock, my purse was just full of notes from my scratch pad.

I don’t think this would have happened if I had just kept pushing along, past my endurance.  I was burning out, and it started to mess up the rest of my life. So in the future, I’ll be cutting down on the number of shoots and posts I do each week and will instead focus that time and energy on the rest of my life.  Now that I know the keys to getting rejuvenated (read, run, ruff!), I’m ready to tackle the next chapter of Mox and Socks.

 

Hat: French Connection (I cut off part of the brim, and now it looks right!)

Necklace: old, Forever 21

Dress: old, ModCloth

Shoes: thrifted

Bag: old, Gap

 

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7 thoughts on “Outfit: Off to the Races

  1. Finding balance in life is hard! I am glad you took time this past weekend to relax and find ways to help keep you rejuvenated! Reading also helps keep me relaxed!

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  2. So good! I am right there with you with hoping to build up my blog, and it’s so hard to balance life while trying to build some momentum. I feel like I’m glued to my laptop and phone a lot of the time, but I’m trying to balance everything better. It helps me to work on several things at a time and schedule them ahead of time so that I’m not stressed. Anyway, love this outfit, especially the hat!
    -Lauren
    http://www.chic-ethique.com/

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  3. You are totally right! Regularity is key, and you have the right trajectory, but don’t destroy yourself trying to achieve your goal too quickly. One blog post per week is enough for you to learn and grow and reflect and get better. You actually need to time to reflect and learn from the posts you are doing. When you’re doing 5 posts a week and they’re good posts it takes it out of you. If you have a more achievable number, you’ll find you’ll get better and faster at all the parts of the process and then naturally when the time is right, you’ll pick up the pace and do more. You’re content is great! You’ll get to your goal if you don’t quit or burn out xoxox

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  4. I’m so glad that you decided this before you hit burnout point — it’s hard when your work process starts to interfere with your love of the work itself. (Speaking from experience: I adjuncted till I totally, perhaps irrevocably, burned out on academia.) I totally understand the temptation to check IG all the time, to work obsessively on the blog, and so on, because I do that too! But it’s so important to hang on to your other hobbies, so that you appreciate blogging more when you sit down to do it!

    All of this is another way of saying ‘I hope you’re out having a blast right now!!’

    <3!!!

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  5. Soooo in love with this dress! I love the little hole with the tie! The pattern is so cute too! I have a hard time balancing life and blogging too. Now that I have my new blog, I only blog on weekends and it is so much easier.

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