It’s only been three weeks since I started focusing 100% on this blog, but I’m so happy with the decision I made and some tweaks I’ve added to my new routine. Keep on reading to find out about my experience and maybe learn some tricks that might help you too!
Since I moved to Tarija in Bolivia following my boyfriend, I worked for a local magazine. Even though I was grateful for the professional opportunity, I didn’t enjoy the toxic work environment and quickly started to think about finding another job as explained in my previous post.
Only a few weeks into the New Year 2020, I took the courage to leave my part-time job. I have no clue whether my dream of actually living from this blog will materialize but hey, I needed to take the risk and give it a REAL try. I realize it was (and still is) a leap of faith but sometimes you just need to go for it.
Here are a few thoughts that have come to mind since I’ve started to work on this blog full time.
Adjusting to becoming your own boss
I don’t know about you but I’ve always enjoyed independence. I’ve worked for other people in the past and did great, but I’m now happy to work at my own pace, set my own objectives and dream big. It can be weird reporting to yourself, but at the end of the day, I think oneself can be the harshest critic.
Find a routine that works for you and stick to it
I work from home now and I guess for some people it can be challenging. In my case, I love it and don’t feel the urge to go see what’s in the fridge or sneak in to watch TV. For me, it all comes to passion and discipline.
I LOVE what I’m doing, which is writing about my trips, food and anything in between that comes to mind. For the first time since I started my professional career 9 years ago, I’m fully enjoying what I’m doing. Of course there’s still a lot to do in terms of improving my blog and taking it to the next level, but I feel I’m now exactly where I want to be and I’m ready to take on that challenge.
When it comes to discipline, I realize I’m luckily someone who loves routine and sticking to it. I wake up at 7am, just as I used to do when I worked part-time, I have breakfast with my boyfriend, I do a quick 10-min workout (see below), get dressed and I’m ready to start working! In the morning I usually write pending posts and in the afternoon I focus on my Instagram account (responding to comments, doing some hashtag follow-up and preparing the upcoming posts that will go on the platform).
A side note on getting dressed. I believe this point is really important because everyone of us who works from home has thought of staying in his comfy pyjamas. I know, I’ve been there! However, if you put your clothes and even make up on, first of all, you’ll like what you see in the mirror. Secondly, it will put you into the ‘work’ mindset (just as if you were going to the office, but only a few steps away!). And thirdly, it will be easier for you to go to the ‘outside world’ in case you need to run an errand or meet someone. Trust me on this one!
3. More workout
I’ve never been crazy about going to the gym but since I started working from home Monday to Friday, I realized I would need more fresh air. That is why I decided to work out more. In addition to my quick 10 minute morning workout at home, I now enjoy my evening walk to the gym in order to take my Pilates or aqua gym class. Not only is this a healthy habit, but it is a socializing one too since the only ones I interact with during the day are my boyfriend and my computer!
4. Remember to take breaks
The beauty of being your own boss, I believe, is managing your time. Whenever I’m writing and need some inspiration, I might walk around our sunny terrace, eat a snack or take a quick dip in the swimming pool. Another habit I’ve recently started implementing is not working on the blog during the weekend. I might do other related tasks such as sorting out pictures, reading interesting travel materials and so on, but I try to avoid turning my computer on.
5. Healthy food
It’s not a surprise that what you put in your body is of vital importance for your well-being. Since I moved to Tarija, we’re eating many more fresh veggies and fruits and cutting down on meat. We’re not planning to become vegans because we love our jamón and chorizo too much, but we believe this a healthy option both for us and for the environment.
Surprisingly, my mind has become more creative in the last few weeks. I believe it’s due to those lovely evening gym walks and to the fact that I’m enjoying what I’m doing, so I’m grateful for that!
7. Believe in yourself
I can’t stress this enough. Since I started working on my blog full time, I’ve already had several of my beloved ones ask whether I would look for a ‘traditional job’ or be able to live from blogging. Although I understand where they’re coming from, I’m 100% sure I want to pursue my real passion and I’m not planning to give up despite the downs that might be awaiting during this journey. Don’t let others disappoint you and just follow your gut feeling! Whatever your dream is, GO FOR IT!
What did you think of these tips? Did they resonate with you? Were they helpful? I’m curious to know so feel free to leave me a comment below!