Balancing It All: My Personal Blog Journey + tips

Hi guys, happy Monday! I’m currently up thinking about my personal journey as we’re wrapping up the year, and I wanted to share some things with you all. Firstly, while we’re like a month and a half away from 2018 I just want to say this – take out your notebook right now and write down at least 5 things you want to accomplish between now and Jan. 1st, 2018. They don’t have to be huge goals – micro goals are fine! The reason I’ve asked you to do this is because I receive a lot of questions on how to turn blogging into a venture. While I don’t have all of the answers because everyone’s journey is different, what I can say is helping to figure out where blogging landed on my goals list really made me place things into perspective. Keep reading.

When I first started blogging, I was a junior in college (2013). It was the summer before my junior year, and all of my friends had boyfriends/significant others – which meant “girl time” was placed on the back-burner a few times. I vividly remember being at the dining room table with my dad telling him that I wanted to create a website, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted the focus to be. He said, “why don’t you try something related to graphic design”. So there I was starting a website for graphic design, but it didn’t feel right. At the time, I really admired Karen Civil – mostly because she was a young black woman who was really creating a name for herself with her music/culture website. After some thought, it finally came to me. I had so many talented friends who didn’t have a platform to promote themselves and their work…there birth my first baby, herstylemedia.com.

After going in so many directions with my website, I realized I needed to really hone in on what I was truly passionate about – women entrepreneurs who worked to empower aspiring girlbosses. This led to the relaunch of herstylemedia.com in 2014, along with the birth of my new blog – thebritneydiaires.com.

I realized that I wanted HerStyle Media to be MORE than me. I wanted it to be about the women we featured and the stories we told. But after a few months, I also realized that it was hard to manage two blogs at the same time, while managing a team and working a 9-5 full time job. I had to make a decision, and I think it really got real for me when I received over 100 submissions to be a part of the HerStyle Media team. I was like woah – people really like what I’m doing here. So I choose to continue HerStyle Media and placed my personal blog to the back of my mind.

Fast forward 3 years later, I’m in New York and my focus has changed. I’ve now been working on the personal blog way more than HerStyle Media. I’m still finding it challenging to create time for both things.

If you’re struggling between two passions like I am, here are the top 3 things that I tell myself daily to stay motivated and keep the balance:

Rome wasn’t built in a DAY

Nothing worth having is supposed to come easy. There are always going to be obstacles that come in your way. The best thing to do is tackle them one at a time, and just know that things will happen exactly as they are supposed to. Keep pushing, boo!

Do what makes you happy, not what’s trendy

When you’re trying to do things that you know aren’t your passion, it just doesn’t last long. You fall out of love with it very quick, and you even realize that you weren’t even in love with it in the beginning. Sometimes, we get caught up in doing what’s “in” and not doing what our heart is telling us to do. When you’re doing something you love, you never stop fighting for it – even when things are turning out the way you hoped.

Micro goals help you accomplish macro goals

Don’t forget that the small goals matter, too. They’re what brings the huge goals to life. You have to conquer the smaller tasks each day to begin to see the bigger picture. What I started doing was giving myself 2-3 things to do each day. By the time Friday hits, I’ve completed so much of that larger project. Prioritize and get your list together!

I hope this helps you balance your goals and ventures!

xo, Britney

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