Growing your side hustle – AD with Gaston Luga

Hello everyone. How are you all? Autumn is well and truly upon us and I’m not going to lie to you.

I LOVE IT.

Burnt orange tones, fresh morning air and plenty of tea. Sounds like a warm bowl of crumbly heaven.

My only squander with Mother Nature is I find my productivity levels drop this time of year and that’s obviously someone else’s fault.

Darker nights draw in and cover me like my blanket on the sofa and re runs of Jim and Pam’s love story lure me in.

Not ideal when you’re trying to get your blogging of the ground and trying to further improve your current career at the same time.

It also doesn’t help that Karren Brady is on the TV in October (my favourite business woman) inspiring me to work hard for the life I want but still not quite being able to make it off the chair, away from the biscuits.

Perhaps this year, things will be different.

When I arrive at my current nine till five, the blogger inside me switches off. Little thoughts creep in throughout the day but I write them in my notes and close it down.

Anyone else have a thousand different notes with only one word, destined to never be more because you can’t remember why you wrote it down? Glad it’s not just me…

My job can be quite full on and if I’m worrying about the aesthetics of my website and theirs, my brain just wouldn’t cope so parking it is the best thing I can do to feel fully present for each job.

This year I have managed my time ever so slightly more successfully which has resulted in twice as many of you visiting my blog than you did last year already! YAY.

Spare time’s a gift and I’ve really learnt that this year. Every minute of it is an opportunity, even if that small pocket of time is spent having a glass of wine with a friend or a hair wash that’s so desperately overdue.

One goal of mine is to be working for myself, to my own pace, every day. I treat my blogging just like that, it’s my baby after all!

If I want to snooze my alarm or sit on my bed in a towel for four hours I can, but it’s on me if the works not getting done.

I’m sure other organisational, multitasking queens out there would have increased their blog traffic ten fold in the time it’s taken me to double mine but it doesn’t matter, I don’t feel like writing is a competition or race and you shouldn’t either. Of course get inspired but don’t compare yourself, you’re doing you for a reason.

Finding a nice balance between two careers and a personal life can be challenging but I feel like im starting to hang around in a good space.

Below are a few little tips to try and manage growing one career while keeping another afloat..


Work from anywhere

Treat yourself to a bag that will support you and your work wherever you go.

If you think you’re too old for the shoulder pain you used to get from your year ten school-bag-handbag you’re probably right.

My Gaston Luga backpack is the perfect mix of practical and stylish and I take it to work everyday.

It fits my laptop, diary, lunch, water bottle, book (I mean makeup) and more. It’s black so goes with everything and matches all of my jewellery with it’s gold detailing.

If I’m working before work, I want to look cute.

When I reach the train stop before Salisbury I start writing, connecting with you all or brainstorming. This equates to an extra two and a half hours working on my blog a week, just by restraining myself from people watching in the morning.

My camera comes with me on all adventures, big or small. You never know when a beautiful picture will present itself.

Take your work around with you and don’t be scared to work from somewhere different. It may give you the inspiration you needed!

Organisation

Paper diary? EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK.

Yes, I love my phone and laptop but there’s nothing quite like putting pen to paper. Having everything in one clear, visual space is a life saver for me. I schedule in everything from shoots and writing to a poor attempt at exercise and an argument with Dan (just joking..).

Things don’t always goes to plan and I do miss things but if I’ve shared my time out evenly and written it down I’m much more likely to turn up.

Forgive yourself

Welcome advice and constructive criticism like your bestie but do not be mean to yourself.

You are only human and it’s hard fitting in a job, around a job, around a family (or for me, wine) and unless you’ve got as much energy as Monica Geller it just doesn’t work sometimes.

Put the days that don’t go your way behind you and keep taking baby steps forward, encouraging yourself as you would do others along the way.

Please let me know what you do to try and fit everything in, you guys always have the best advice.

Lots of love,

K x

This post includeds a bag gifted to me from Gaston Luga. I have written this post in collaberation with them but have not been paid. The link is not affiliate. Please enjoy 15% off of their products with the discount code KIRSTIE15. EXP 9th October 19. Complimentary travel bag with every purchase.

 

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4 Comments

  1. September 30, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    I love this post so much!! Definitely finding it hard at the moment to fit everything in but going to try some of your tips!! P.s still obsessed with this bag!💚xxx

    • Kirstiestillpetite
      Author
      September 30, 2019 / 5:54 pm

      Honestly as soon as the leaves turn the laziness is real 😂 thanks babe! It’s gorgeous isn’t it 😍

  2. September 30, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    Omg yesss I am such a pen to paper kinda gal too! Your blogs so fab I really need to get mine off the ground a bit more I think. Do you have set day/times you post? Give me aaaalll the tipssss pwease xxxxx

    • Kirstiestillpetite
      Author
      September 30, 2019 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you so much for reading babe! Oh my god me too that feeling of pen to paper I just the best! Aww thank you babe! I would love to post every Monday and Wednesday but it doesn’t always work out like that but it’s my ideal!! xxx

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