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.
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
Bag: old, Gap