Being a full-time natural beauty and lifestyle blogger/writer/influencer, working from home, instead of at an office is a challenge – that I willfully accept and it is in noway associated with someone who is always curled up on the couch or in their beds, or even walking around the house all day in their pajamas or sitting around sipping artisan coffee, or warmth up in front of their computer or laptop.
Most also believe that bloggers like myself is all about enjoying the leisure of the day – fielding away at emails from brands that want to drop free products on them. I do believe that people often times get the wrong idea and perception, that is what a beauty blogger or even a work-at-home blogger does for a living, which to them is easy and a great.
They are the same people who usually say things like, “Damn, I should be a blogger, because it looks like all fun and games and even goes on to say that they would love to make money taking pictures of my home, food and life, etc. While that is the case, once you have honed your crafted and is well-established and known, it is truth to say that been a beauty blogger is a great blessing and enjoyable.
If you are not well-established and well-known by brand owners and public relations companies involved in the beauty industry, it is a struggle and a never-ending grinding hustle and profession. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that no one ever gets to see, and for this, it can be very hard, stressful and overwhelming for persons who only wants to become a blogger for the money and not for the love of the job and have a real passion for beauty blogging.
All that glitters is not gold and it is not all that glamorous either and no one gets served all those beauty products on a silver platter. It is no different from any other job, because I have worked as a General Insurance Underwriter with a Motor Vehicle Insurance Company for over eight years, before quitting to focus all my time and energy into becoming a full-time blogger.
I, like most persons thought it was easier, would enable me to get more me time and I wouldn’t have to work so hard, like get up early, start back late to get a task finish and I will have a lot of free time on my hand to concentrate on other projects and attend to other engagements and events, but was I ever wrong.
Working at home as a full-time blogger is even harder, because my schedule is hectic and having to wear many hats is also a challenge, because being a blogger – is one who is self-employed and operates their own small business. I had to learn fast, because I had to be my own human resource department; information technology department; marketing department; accounting department; research and development department and other departments that makes up a company.
I will admit that despite it been challenging and I have to work more harder than most people and grind more, beat the midnight oil, so to speak; get all my words, grammar right; choose the best photographs and meet deadlines and so much more work – it is also amazing and fun, where I get to be more creative, and work on undisturbed for hours, more so even an entire day, without having my supervisor or other co-workers wanting to interrupt me, in this regard, I have total control and power over my workload and schedule.
I love what I do and I truly enjoy being an entrepreneur, owning my own company, which is like giving birth, it’s my baby, and like all new mothers, we have to feed it, nurture it, speak positive words into being and work hard in order to see it grow, blossom and bring forth great streams of income and be profitable – I totally love that I am in charge of how I plan out my day.
My work is more textual than visual – I can be found writing during the day; as my mind is fresh and the words can flow much easier; this time is also used to answer and reply to emails, comments and feedback. While the evenings are mostly spent on the visual part – editing photos, like I said in my disclaimer, most of the photos are my own, while others I obtain from other reliable sources to troubleshooting all the tech stuff and even try out some beauty, body and bath and hair/skincare products in-between. Whining down, when I put everything together and worked out all the details at nights – I would post them on my blog and share via my other social media networks. The photos with captions are posted on many of my other social media networks.
To go into a typical day in the life of a spa/beauty and lifestyle blogger/writer/influencer working from home, like myself, varies, because no day is the same; but I do work like other people Monday to Saturday, with Sundays off to have some me time all to myself, which helps me to balance out everything.
Like all bloggers, we do get out of the house from time to time, either scout locations and set up photo shoots; meet with public relations representatives and brand owners; go shopping for brands/products and run errands; take the kids to school and all sorts of other stuffs.
For me, I do scout for locations for the beauty and skincare products and even body and bath products and now cosmetics too – which I have purchased or which was sent to me for review, such as backdrops of the beach, botanical gardens, both inside and outside around my house, even at a cafe. Since I am more of a local natural beauty blogger, most of the products I buy are sold at major supermarkets, drugstore/pharmacy or health and beauty stores across Trinidad and Tobago, and even on the Internet. I get to visit spas throughout Trinidad and Tobago, whenever I have the chance too. I am usually online most of the time, which is too much to even put a number on it or even count the time – all I know is that I spend a lot of time working on my laptop, and using my tablet to take my own photos; as I don’t have or own a digital camera. Now I have taken up beauty product photography and I am learning all about product photography as it relates to taking beauty and skincare products using my tablet.
I don’t have any kids, nor am I married – I still live at home with my folks (my mother, stepfather and siblings); so family time is free and I have lots of time to work on my other projects and my blog; as well as spend time with the few friends that I have, who still resides and work on the island of Tobago, the land of my birth. Most of my friends have migrated to the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, and even as far as the Asian continent and Australia to study, work and obtain a better life.
A week In The Life Of A Natural Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger/Writer/Influencer
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Rise & Shine (Wake Up)
I use to wake up at 4:30 a.m., when I was working as a Full-time General Insurance Underwriter with a Motor Vehicle Insurance Company, and get ready to go to work and be at work by 6:30 a.m. Now I wake up/rise at 7:30 a.m., but don’t get out of the bed, until 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Meditation & Exercise
I get out of bed, pull the blinds/curtains away, straighten up my bed, change and go outside in the yard or stay in my room and do some deep meditation and then for the next do a little running up and down my hill or walk through my community, but I love jogging along the seashore and listening to the waves and just enjoying life.
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Take A Bath & Make A Healthy Breakfast
After all that running or walking, and well, yes, sometimes, I do take a dip in the sea, once the waters is okay and not too rough, then come home rinse off and take a good shower; by that time, my mother would have already made breakfast for both herself and my stepfather, both of them are retired and over sixty years old – my step-father (retired prison officer) and my mother (retired bank worker). I do get to make my own breakfast, because I don’t necessarily eat everything that she makes for her and my step-father.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Sit Down To Work (Writing and Responding to Emails)
I don’t have a home office, just a small space in my bedroom, where I have placed a desk and a chair in a corner of the room next to my bed and I store the stack of beauty products, which I reviews in on a box next to the desk – because I don’t have my own dream blogging room/home office, as yet. I try to use this time more productively by writing blog post, researching blog post and shooting a blog post. If I know what topic that I will be posting on for the day, I would start writing up several articles and posts about the topic and also about the products in my journal or my notebooks – most of my blog posts take me a full day to finish. I would also use that time to check and sorting through my social media feeds and respond to all my emails and reader comments. I am guilty of talking to myself, when I am writing, but I have found it to be great. If I don’t have much to write about, I usually get dressed up and head out to either Scarborough, Crown Point or anywhere else on the island of Tobago.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Visiting Spas (or) Beauty Buys
This time is spent either visiting a spa, which I blog about on my other blog, which I must admit that I have neglected for the past two months – but I plan to start visiting spas and blogging again, when I get the chance too. I love all things natural and organic, well beauty/hair-care/skincare and bath products which are locally grown and sourced by local brand owners; as well as visiting these brand owner stores/shops and purchasing a few products, which I believe suits my blog and my readership/audience. Please Note: If all my beauty and skincare products which I have in my possession are all reviewed, I go out and purchase more, or my friends and other family members would purchase and sent for me to review or the brand owners and PR companies sends me more.
4:00 p.m. – Lunch time
I am not much of a food lover. I am more a chocolate lover and junkie, so I don’t eat at 12:00 noon, I work right through until 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., because by this time, my stomach is acting up and grumbling by this point. If I am still out, I go purchase either fried chicken and chips or roti; but if I am home, I hate cooking – which I am glad that I still have my mom, and she loves the kitchen and to cook, so I am totally happy that she is still around.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Back to Work (Writing and Posting On My Blog)
Back to my blog – I am writing, proofreading, or publishing. I schedule my blog posts, schedule my social media posts, answer more emails, download photos from my tablet (I don’t own a digital camera, so I use my tablet as my camera and it is also my photo album/gallery) or I get photographs for my blog from stock photography and other places on the internet. I do not post anything as yet, until I get everything right and it looks great.
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Edit photos and troubleshoot tech stuffs
By this point, I can’t seem to find the energy and fulfillment to write anymore – so I spend this time editing, tagging, and flagging photos for my present and future blog posts. I am now seeking to purchase various apps which will help me with the photography part of my work. I have also taken up beauty product photography and I am learning on my own how to take better beauty product photos using my tablet.
10:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Dinner
Fix myself dinner or a quick snack, then continue editing photos, develop new content for the blog, do another round of social media; or eat dinner in front of the TV or YouTube (Hallmark movies or Maverick Movies). Sunday nights are the only time I do and revisit my to-do list for the week.
12:00 p.m. – till late. – Take a shower and back to work
I take a quick shower, then it is back to work, where I post all the articles, reviews and even a photos on my blog and share them via my other social media networks, before I turn in for the night. I have feel asleep with my laptop still on, but I was able to get all my posts in and shared. I always put my tablet on soothing music, so that I can sleep comfortable, otherwise, I can just lie in my bed with my eyes open, or even go for a day without sleeping, due to my sleep insomnia, which I have been able to get under control, with the use of lavender oil and soothing music.
This is generally the breakdown of my week. Sundays is all to myself, where I do anything and everything on this day, which I call “My Self-love Sundays.” The evening I usually get my to-do list for the week ready and even prep what other topics, brands and products, that I plan to review – that I will be working on for the week and post on the blog and my other social media networks.
Presently, I have taken up beauty product photography and learning how to take better natural and organic beauty/skincare/hair-care/bath and even cosmetic product photos using my tablet; as well as on how to become a better and successful beauty product photographer and even natural beauty and lifestyle blogger/writer/influencer.
I do not work with natural/organic brand owners or spa owners as yet, because I am still learning and honing my craft and building my blog which is relatively new (May 2018), but I do want to be able to work with brands and spa owners – especially natural beauty brand owners and public relations companies not just here in Trinidad and Tobago, but also with other natural beauty brand owners from each island across the Caribbean.
Being a full-time blogger, entrepreneur and owning my own business, working on my grind and trying to build my business – I am on the grind, working from morning to night with barely any break in between; but I love what I do.