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I had a lot of time to think while the entire states were holding its breath waiting for that monster storm Hurricane Irma to approach us. The storm did not swipe by our area until midnight on Sunday night. The schools had closed the Thursday and Friday before to house evacuees from the other coast. That meant we had almost 4 days of preparing and waiting. Then on the back end of the storm, while everyone was trying to get back, we had a few more days off. Basically, I was off of work for a week straight. Granted, 95% of that was spent in anguish not knowing what was going to happen to us as well as running around last minute prepping. I tried to stay busy to keep my mind off of things and the best way I know how to do that is with….you guessed it, working. I caught up with all my grading, I even made sure to shoot extra content to have available in case the weather was so bad we won’t have the opportunity to go outside. The only thing left to do was work ahead on my blog work. It got me to really thinking about what if my blogging was a full-time gig?
Here’s the thing. I think a lot of people hear the stories of the top 1%. Those “full-time” bloggers that quit their day jobs to follow their dreams. Can I be 100% honest with you? That is not my dream. Blogging is a business for me but I absolutely love the fact I am not keeping the lights on with it. I have a full-time career already that I worked my butt off to get to. Being a Nurse Practitioner and working in healthcare is a sustainable life career. My husband is self-employed so I have the incredible opportunity to provide health insurance to my family with my job. I have a steady paycheck that pays me twice a month like clockwork. I enjoy my job. It is mentally challenging, I get to take care of the sickest and most vulnerable populations and families. I make a difference in peoples personal lives. Not only am I a full-time Nurse Practitioner but I’m also the manager of the Nurses and Medical Assistants. Therefore, I am always balancing clinic life with managing my clinical support staff. It is a lot of work but I thoroughly enjoy what I do. I have been at my job for 10 years and I still honestly enjoy going into work every day, now how many people can honestly say that?
The other part of why I personally will never be a full-time blogger is because I love the freedom of being able to say no when it comes to this space. I can be picky and only work with brands I truly believe in because I don’t have to say yes to everything to pay my bills. If I was a full-time blogger I probably would have had to say yes to the feminine wipes and body wash campaign that was offered to me a few months ago. I did find it a bit odd that the PR company was willing to pay me almost 3 times my usual amount and then I read the small print. Ummmmmm yeah. I mean the product actually looked pretty legit but I wasn’t going there. If you have noticed I have never worked with any feminine hygiene companies, alcohol distributors, or really any brands that I honestly would not use in my everyday life. I can do that because I am not a full-time blogger. Does that make sense? Also, you are at the mercy of companies to chase them for your money. I’m not going to lie how many times I’ve had to write threatening emails to a company that is a month late of paying me for services rendered. That is just not a good feeling or something I want to have to deal with on a full-time basis.
I love the supplemental income the blog allows me. The ability to work with great companies, being exposed to many new products, experiences, and travel. Blogging is honestly such an amazing experience that I never plan to give up. I am not sitting here trying to bash any full-time bloggers. That is NOT my intention at all. I truly love the doors that blogging opens up and allows women to become entrepreneurs and provide for their families. I’m just telling you why PERSONALLY I will never become a full-time blogger. I also feel like this industry is very volatile. Is it still going to be as popular in a few years? Isn’t it already a little too saturated? I hate having to rely on Instagram and it’s always changing algorithms to make income. You never know what opportunities are going to present themselves. Some months I’m brimming with collaborations and other months its crickets. Sometimes a PR company will reach out to you with the most amazing opportunity and then the fall off the face of the earth. All things that are beyond your control. I know people create e-courses, e-books, coaching, create other lines of steady income etc. I just do not have the time for that, I’m going to be honest.
I really honestly love the fluidity of my blog, that I can spend a ton of energy on it when I have the time or let it not control my life when other things are going on. I love that I can say no to things because it’s not a good fit. I love the stability of my full-time job and that it keeps me grounded when the fluff of the industry becomes very overwhelming. Most of all. I love the connections and friendships that I have built within this community. Nothing makes me happier than getting an email from a reader in the Midwest whom I’ve never met but is an avid barre girl and she just wants to let me know that she’s totally loving the new Onzie leggings I’ve been talking about. Or when I put an answer out into the blogosphere and immediately you all answer me with the best hacks ever. I love being able to grow with all of you. When I first started this blog, I was a single gal living in my condo on my own. I’m now married to the love of my life, in a beautiful new home, with my first baby on the way. I mean how cool is that? Anyways, I hope you all get the meaning behind this post. I always try to be as real as possible and thank you all for the support over the years! xoxoxo