If you are a regular reader and you follow me on social media, you know that blogging is my side-hustle. Yes, I know it seems like I'm always blogging, or hosting a class, taking photos, or attending an event. But y'all, I really have a FULL-TIME corporate job! Many days I have to dress for a 12hr day. I may not get back to my house until 9pm because I've been out networking and blogging. I have to craft looks that can go from night to day, like the look above. Let's get into how I work day & night to achieve my dream:
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First, let's get into dressing professionally as a plus-size woman. It's tough. Actually, for most women it's tough. For one, most women are the same size from top-to-bottom. But, we are taught to buy suits for professional occasions. I say, FORGET THAT!
I'm a fan of separates. Easily, there's a two size difference between my top and bottom. I like to purchase skirts, pants, and blazers that can be easily interchanged with one another. In addition, I'm a big fan of DRESSES in the office. Dresses are easy to wear, usually don't need alot of accessories, and can go from day-to-night. Don't forget to stock up on cami's! Those little tank tops are life savers especially if you live in a warm climate.
I keep my professional looks super simple. I buy pieces in primary colors, and get fancy with the accessories. My professional dress code is all about EASY separates that MATCH each other so I can get out the house and be at the desk on time. My favorite spots to buy work clothes: Macy's, JCPenney, Torrid, and Lane Bryant.
So, why do I do so much blog-adjacent stuff if I have a full-time job? Well, my full-time job is not my passion. At one time I used to love my day job, but no more. So what's my plan to move forward? NETWORKING! I'm networking my way into a new life while making my current life work in my favor. So if that means:
- Dressing for the job I want, not the job I have
- Teaching style workshops at my local church and community centers
- Seeking out FREE networking events on Eventbrite
- Connecting with other bloggers to share posts
- Partnering with companies that share my reader's interests
- Posting engaging content on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat
If you are a blogger, make sure to attend The Blogger Girls 'Listen & Learn - Blogger Meet-Up'! No matter what your blogger genre, you should be at this event. We are discussing the basics of branding, pitching, and networking. I can guarantee you'll leave with some gems that will help you get closer to your dreams.
So, as I am pursuing my dreams, I'm praying for you as you attempt yours. Don't feel bad if each day is a knock-out. Just connect with a creative friend and develop a new technique. I guarantee, you're closer to your dream than you think!
Do you have a side-hustle? How do you balance your days? Let's discuss it in the comments section!