How to juggle real life and blog life #FVBloggingTips

How to juggle real life and blog life #FVBloggingTips

View More: More: More: More: More: More: More: 2018 everyone! I hope you had an amazing New Year. John and I spent NYE in my favorite city (besides Paris of course), San Francisco! While I did get some work done, I also had plenty of time to really enjoy myself, relax and spend quality time with my family. Something I always had trouble doing in the past. In an effort to continue to write posts that use my experience as a blogger to help you build your own successful blogging business, I want to share with you what I have learned about separating blogging life from your real life. It’s important to figure out how to be a great blogger and to know how and when to turn that switch off. You have to be able to enjoy all those amazing moments your life has to offer! Staying present is key because you can easily get lost in this blogging world.
Last year was a year of major growth for me and Frank Vinyl. After years of blogging one thing I have finally been able to master is the art of juggling work and play. My relationship at home with John is so important for me. Especially since it’s my first year being married. I want to make sure we get enough quality time together and I don’t ever want him to feel he comes second. Blogging however, is a full time gig. I am always instagramming, snapping, editing, emailing, responding to sponsors / readers questions and putting together content for the future posts. Frank Vinyl is my baby and I love what I do! It can be easy to just work work work and forget about play, or even worse… blend them together in a sloppy way! In which case, you wont be fully present in one or the other. In the end, it really is about quality over quantity. Both in work and your real life.
Things I do now to help me stay present, enjoy my time with friends and family, and bust out quality blog content all at the same time.

  • I always set time apart for blogging and set an hour where I disconnect completely. I used to sometimes be on duty all day long. I mean 9 AM until 12 AM. No time for myself or even the family. Now I manage to work my two jobs (the blog and my photography company) and have also mastered being off my computer by 8 PM (ok.. sometimes 9 #guilty) on my work days so I can hang out with the hubby. It’s all about being strict with yourself knowing that it’s better in the long run. It’s so easy to keep working when you are on a roll but your brain needs to reset so it can have room to grow creatively and to gather juice to make your work even better when you start up again the next day.
  • I Schedule everything. I’ve gone over this before but this one is key. If you schedule everything (especially time to hang with friends, and days off), then you will be so much more focused because your brain is free from trying to remember what you might be missing. Everything is already scheduled. All you have to do is look down at that schedule to be on track. Being flexible with the schedule is also very important because sometimes things don’t work out how you want it to and you have to move things around. Totally cool… we’ve got this.
  • I go out of my way to shoot #ootd or #coffeenclothes type shots during my “work hours”. This way, when I am actually eating with the hubs, I don’t have to interrupt what we are doing to get the perfect shot. Sometimes I even shoot more than one outfit in a day just so I don’t have to be running around every day of the week shooting. It can be so time consuming!
  • If I go on vacation, I spend extra time gearing up content to post while I’m gone. This way most of my stuff is ready to go and I am not taking time away from the vacation. If I want some cool pictures while on vacay, I google places ahead of time so that I know exactly where I want to shoot and when. I remember years ago I would just shoot all over the place if I was somewhere pretty hoping to have a lot of cool shots to share with you all! Over time I have learned that if I set time apart to shoot and really put my all into it, then I can just sit back and relax the rest of the time. I keep posting to a minimum so I can really take it all in and save a lot of photos for content to post when I’m back in my boring city (jk I love my city) sitting in front of my computer.

I feel so much happier now that I’ve realized the importance of completely separating the two parts of my life. I feel my content has gotten better because I am focusing more instead of trying to multi task all the time. I hope this helps some of you especially if you find this is something difficult for you. What do you guys do to help you stay present and separate work and play? Did you find this post helpful? Let me know in the comments below!
Also, you get to see a tiny sneak peak into my house πŸ˜‰ It’s mostly a mess but it’s a mess filled with love! This year will be moving out of this cute little home, so thought I would share some pics of me and john in our favorite place before I run out of time! Much Love! xx F
Photos by Brogen Jessup

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  1. Jenn Hanft on January 6, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Aw I loved this post! Finding a balance between blogging and life is really a struggle and a trial and error process! I definitely found that separating the two is a must so that you have a happy balance. I remember when I used to be on my phone way too often and I actually hurt my SO’s feelings because I wasn’t paying attention to the moment and actually living. I came up with a rule to be off my phone during times I spent with him and family. I came to terms with devoting specific periods of the day to focusing on my accounts and that has drastically changed my life in the fact that I find myself more happy and less stressed! Thanks for sharing your pointers! I definitely need to schedule more things instead of work in the moment hehe.
    XO Jenn

    • Francesca Felix on January 7, 2017 at 10:37 am

      It really is a struggle at first to find that perfect balance. There’s always an adjusting period and remembering to disconnect often is key! I’m glad you were able to figure it out though somewhat though! It’s so important πŸ˜‰

  2. Samantha Mariko on January 6, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    each of these tips are so true to have time to enjoy your off hours! I’m actually really guilty of not have a certain time during the day to completely shut off from work, so maybe I should try to do that πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tips and good luck to you!

  3. Samantha Mariko on January 6, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I really enjoyed reading these tips, as I feel like it could relate to many bloggers out there trying to juggle their blogging, other work if they are not full time bloggers, and their private life. thanks for sharing these!

  4. gracie on January 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Blogging and real life is such a hard juggle. Only other bloggers know & can relate to how much time this job actually takes. Love how you schedule time for everything in your life. It’s a great example for all of us !

    • Francesca Felix on January 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

      It really is something only bloggers know! People think blogging is all just fun and taking pictures but there is so much more behind the scenes!

  5. Christine Kong on January 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I love this post because it really has been a challenge for me to balance my time as a blogger and family time. I think everything you say is so true and while I find it so difficult to unplug and not constantly be on the phone, it’s crucial for the benefit of my family and my own sanity. I definitely am going to take some of these tips to heart and try to unplug, plan ahead, schedule most everything so I can make the time for the people in my life. Thank you! Xoxo, Christine

    • Francesca Felix on January 7, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Im glad you liked it! I know, it’s so hard to detach and turn the “blog life” off but it’s so necessary! It’s a muscle though. The more you do it the easier it gets. xx

  6. Jordan Chapman on January 6, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I really love how you’ve figured it all out!! You’re one of the only people to actually do this and I’ve had to learn this as well being in school! Good for you figuring out how to strike a healthy balance and I can’t wait to see how it keeps paying off!
    Jordan xx

  7. Helen Chik on January 7, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I think having a balance is so important and focusing on your marriage is definitely something to prioritise!
    Helen xx

  8. Lucy Hernandez on January 7, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    First of all these images are gorgeous of you and the hubs! Secondly I need this like no other, balance in my life is barely existent. I’ve committed to focus on this in 2017, thanks for the tips!
    Ps Frankie, you’re a great writer, loved hearing your voice and how insightful it was ?

  9. Alisha Ricki on January 7, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    These are some awesome tips!! I’m currently struggling with separating blog life and real life.. I find that whenever I do stop to spend time with family, that i experience major FOMO – thinking I need to work work work… I’m definitely going to try to be off by 9pm from now on. As you said, time for other things is really important.

  10. Deddeh Howard on January 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    What a great post! I’m glad you were able to separate the two, it’s sometime very hard to do. Thanks for sharing beautiful. I love the images.

  11. Jessi Malay on January 8, 2017 at 1:05 am

    This is an amazing post babe! There are so many great tips in here that really can apply to all bloggers out there πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for sharing love!
    Would LOVE for you to check out my new music video!
    Xo Jessi,

  12. Jo on January 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I still find it hard for me to juggle blogging and time for myself! I think my biggest hurdle is feeling guilty if I’m not working on my blog, which reason tells me is so unreasonable because everyone deserves time off! It’s still a struggle for me to unplug, but you’re so right it is a must to reset our brains. Thanks for your fab tips!
    xo, Jo

  13. Linh Dao on January 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I love how you wrote this blog and how your shared your thoughts because I seem to always be struggling over balancing it! It is so much better once I’ve realized what is important in my life and what is my priority! Thanks for the reminder babe!

  14. Stephanie on January 9, 2017 at 7:02 am

    This was a seriously necessary post for me to read! My boyfriend is the most supportive person when it comes to my blog and business, but I know there are times when he wishes I would just close the laptop and turn off the phone for a moment to spend time just the two of us. It can be really hard when the job doesn’t require you leaving the house to go sit at a desk and then you can come home and disconnect. With blogging, you literally bring your work everywhere with you because it can all be on your phone, and it’s hard to not get distracted. Prioritizing and scheduling out time for work and for home life is so important, and these tips will seriously be coming in handy! Thank you!
    Stephanie //

    • Francesca Felix on January 9, 2017 at 10:35 am

      it’s so true! It’s hard exactly because you work from home. Scheduling your own hours is so much harder. People don’t realize that about freelance jobs! Glad it could help you!

  15. Candace on January 9, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I definitely need to learn to schedule more! I find myself overworked at times because I have so much to do in so little time. I will definitely be implementing these tips for myself. Thank you πŸ™‚

  16. marcy on January 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

    LOVE this post babe believe or not this is one o the hardest time now days for many of us. Looking and having the balance is a struggle always but your tips are so great!!

  17. Yasmin on January 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    These are such cute shots of the two of you. I agree it’s important to switch off blogger mode so that you can be fully present. Sometimes I just don’t feel like taking pictures. But I will add things to Insta stories since it’s so quick and easy. Congrats on 1 year!
    xx Yasmin

  18. Amy on January 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    You have a gorgeous home!! Congrats on the success of Frank Vinyl and your photography business. It’s been a blast watching you evolve and grow. Wishing you the best in 2017!! Can’t wait to see what the year brings.
    xx, Amy

  19. Sharon Wu on January 9, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    These are great tips babe! I actually practice a lot of these as well to keep my schedule organized and to allow myself some time away from Instagram/my phone in order to “live in the moment” haha πŸ™‚ xo, sharon

  20. Josie on January 10, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I really love these kind of posts! These tips are so good! number 1 is such a huge point! I think it’s essential to have time for blogging and time for your family/hubby. I really have to work on this because my husband complains too often that I’m always on my phone!
    Btw, your place is lovely! love your couch!
    Bisous, Josie

  21. Thomas Falkenstedt on January 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Finally a sneak peak of your house! πŸ˜€
    But I do agree about the importance of separating blogging from real life. Right now I’m in a situation where I have a day job and blog and do my social media during nights, weekends and everywhere in between and my social life is seriously being damaged, but soon I’ll go to full time blogging and will finally be able to have some free time and your tips (or rather musts) will be a great help for that! πŸ™‚

  22. Atsuna Matsui on January 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Separating real life and blogging time can be challenging since blogging is about us documenting what we wear and what we do in our daily lives. I think all of the tips you listed are great for bloggers to keep in mind to separate irl experiences and what’s intended for the gram. I definitely need to learn to work on my time management skills as a blogger.

  23. camille on January 11, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I’m glad someone else experiences this struggle!! Maintaining a regular life and blogging life is completely HARDβ€”sometimes I have to wake up at 7am to get blog pictures done before work at 10am. Oh well, at least its worth it πŸ™‚

  24. Miki on January 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Great post! I love your tips and it’s definitely a great way to separate your life from blogging. I definitely need to put my phone down more around my husband and think it’s awesome that you found the right balance of juggling blog and life. The only time I rarely touch my phone and computer is when I’m with friends having a meal, or when I travel. I actually rarely use my phone or laptop. I use my phone to pull up maps and try to connect to the laptop 2 hrs a day or every other day for work. If it’s travelling for work, I’m for sure connected way more than that and need more balance. >.<

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