A day in the life of a blogger

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February 14, 2020

Alisha Galbraith

What does a day in the life of a blogger look like? I even hesitate to call myself a “blogger” these days…it’s 2020, do people even “blog” anymore?

I think yes, it’s just different now. I’m not one of those bloggers that make 10k a month from ads or sales or anything–I actually don’t make any money blogging right now. And that’s okay. I just like sharing information with people and writing, so blogging is a super easy way for me to do both! Though I do have some courses in the works 🙂

“How do you do it all?”

We often look at other people and wonder how they’re doing all the things and it’s a question or statement I hear often.

I don’t know that I do it all, I just make time for the things I really want to do and then do that.

I’m one of the lucky ones who get to stay home full time for my kids, supported by a husband who is a badass at his career.

Because of that, I’m able to stay home—and for 5-7 hours a day I can “create”…that’s what I call “work”. I’m still in the beginning stages of building a creative online business that generates a living income and I wouldn’t be able to do it without the support that I have.

What a day looks like in the life of a blogger

I wake up at 630 and get ready before the boys wake up at 650/700. I make breakfast (usually waffles or leftover waffles, or cereal). While the 8-year-old makes his lunch, I make the five-year old’s lunch and then they get dressed. I’ll load or unload the dishwasher. Then at 730 we get in the Jeep and I drive them the five minutes to school. I know they could take the bus, but I’m not ready for that yet, and tbh, I don’t think they are either.

Drop off is going smoothly now, but I used to drag our five-year-old screaming into the school and peel him off, then run out to the car and cry. Now I’m able to pull up to the curb and off they go.

This is where most people go to work—their careers that they spent their 20s going to college for and working towards.

Me? I dropped out of college years ago and tried to go back several times, but finally accepted it just isn’t for me. And that’s okay.

So while most 32-year-olds are headed to their corporate jobs, I’m headed back to my house and “office” in bedroom number three.

I get home and turn on an audiobook while I clean for thirty minutes. That’s it. Just thirty minutes, MAYBE an hour if I am feeling like it needs to be done. It’s usually the kitchen and dining room. Then I’ll make coffee and sit while still listening to the audiobook.

Instead of calling what I do “work”, I call it “creation”. It sounds more fun, more inviting, and gives me freedom. I don’t feel stuck in a box to go “typical” work things.

When I’m ready to start creating, I’ll turn on some music and cleanse my space, and put a couple of oils on. I shut myself in my office with my water bottle and get to making.

A typical “work” day starts with 30 minutes of poetic medicine—writing poetry. Some are good, some aren’t, it’s just there for expression. I try and do this every day but it probably ends up being more like 2-3 days a week.

Then I create magic with my to-do list. I usually have 1-2 major things I want to finish each day. I don’t schedule more than that. And I try to spend half of my time standing up to do my work (unless it makes more sense to sit down). This helps me stay focused on what I’m doing and also, it’s good for you so. Win-win.

At 2 pm I check my email—I don’t really check it before and I only spend the next 30 minutes in my email. I don’t need thirty minutes most days, so then I’ll read another book before I go to pick up the boys at 2:40.

I pick the boys up from school, but spend about ten to twenty minutes in the school pick up line so I’ll listen to my audiobook again or a podcast, or just blast my music. It depends on my mood.

When the boys are home from school we immediately go through their folders. They don’t have homework which is awesome, so then they’re free to play or watch a show or something. This gives me an extra hour to finish up work that I may not have finished before I went to pick them up.

Then we will go to the gym when the husband comes home—I need the gym for my brain, especially in winter when I can’t get outside…or when I don’t want to go outside because it’s so cold and humid. Bone-seeping cold.

Anyway, after the gym, we have a quick dinner (we go out to eat once a week). I plan our meals out in advance to make things easier. I don’t really meal prep because I hate it, and I’ve been cooking meals for so long it’s really easy for me to do. Like literally, I started baking and cooking when I was eight.

If it’s a bath night then the boys will take a bath (which is a nightmare, they both hate having their hair washed) and then they’ll go to bed.

I shower if I feel like it, then watch some shows, then go to bed. And before I go to sleep I spend literally two minutes abundance journaling. More on that here.

Things that help me

These are some things that help me stay focused and organized:

  • I plan out my weeks on Sunday nights and I’ve been focused on consistency—following through with what’s actually on my calendar. This includes what we’re eating for the coming week (we will usually do grocery shopping on a Friday night or Saturday evening, so I plan meals out on one of those days…and we eat a lot of the same stuff sooo meal planning takes like ten to twenty minutes.)
  • I also plan out the coming month on the last Sunday of every month. If there isn’t a plan or an outline then that’s a lot of missed opportunities.
  • I even plan out what days I clean which area of my house. These are set up as reminders on my calendar so I get a notification of what I’m supposed to be doing every day. Seriously:

Monday: kitchen + dining (again, I do this pretty much every day, but the deep clean days are Mondays–so today is Friday and the table is a MESS with art stuff and I’m leaving it. My office isn’t clean either because I didn’t stick to my schedule this week with a kiddo who was throwing up from eating too many blueberries and a snow day. Whoops.)

Tuesday: Living room

Wednesday: Bathrooms

Thursday: bedrooms + office (we clean the boy’s room on Saturday’s normally)

Friday: whatever I missed and start laundry

Saturday: Finish laundry and catch up on whatever we missed.

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  • Having a clean space is so important to me. Surroundings can be very distracting, especially if you have a wandering personality like me.
  • Good lighting is a must. If I don’t have natural sunlight because it’s a cloudy day or something, I turn on every damn light I have 😂
  • Taking breaks and moving around—stretching, dancing, helps me stay motivated.
  • I keep a water bottle with me at all times so I’m not leaving my work to go get a drink in the kitchen and getting distracted elsewhere.
  • I have alarms set for everything: when we leave the house for drop off, an alarm to remind me to pick the boys up, and I don’t have an alarm yet for mandatory brain breaks, but about every forty minutes I take a ten to twenty-minute break. In those breaks, I’ll rotate the laundry if it’s laundry day, set a timer for that if I need to, and usually, Nathanael will fold it or we will fold it while watching some shows on Saturday or Sunday.
  • All of my social notifications are turned off except for messages so I don’t get distracted.
  • And I don’t answer my phone when I’m working. Just because I’m home doesn’t mean I’m available.
  • I declutter once a month. If I haven’t used a thing in a while it goes in a pile at the end of the hallway. If I have more than one cooking utensil and we only use one, I donate the other (I currently have a strainer sitting at the end of the hall right now to donate, lol, as well as some clothes that don’t fit anymore.)

Some weeks, some days, and some months are better than others. The last half of November I was in a really bad headspace. I didn’t do hardly anything.

I say no to a lot of things, even things that sound like I “should” do. If they don’t FEEL right in my gut, then I won’t do it.

Freedom, change, and fun/play/happiness are my core values. They’re what I operate on, and for a long time I felt guilty that I wanted to have fun or do things that made me happy all the time—it’s something I was shamed for a lot for growing up. Something that was labeled as selfish. But FUN and HAPPINESS create magnetic, abundant energy. It creates more opportunities for what you want. So no matter what my week is like, no matter how many things go wrong, I make sure I spend a couple of hours on the weekend creating or reflecting (like doing a tarot reading for myself.)

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And lastly, I try to be flexible—like, I wrote this entire post in the notes on my phone because that’s what was available and the words just kept coming. Run with inspiration when it comes!