Ever wonder what the heck I do all day? Or what a full time bloggers daily life looks like? Well I’m breaking down a typical office day for myself and sharing some details on how I run Louella Reese + some favorite items I use daily.
Happy Friday y’all! Praise it is almost the weekend! With the craziness that was this past week (events Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening) this gal is ready for the weekend. I’m headed somewhere fun (with cooler temps) for the weekend, so be sure to follow along via Instagram. What are you up to this weekend? Comment below and share or DM on Instagram and let’s chat, I would love to hear.
On to today’s post, I’ve gotten a few questions about what a typical day looks like for me. So I thought I would share a break down of how a day in the office goes for me. Obviously, some days are different than others. Like this week, it was bananas! As mentioned above, I had events Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Which meant I had to end office time early, get ready for the events, attend, and then come home and work another hour or two to catch up. Both Tuesday and Thursday I was working until 10pm.
But anyways, you may also be wondering why I have blogger in quotation marks in the title of this post. Did you notice that? The reason behind that is, yes I am a blogger but bigger picture, I am a small business owner. Louella Reese is an LLC, I am the sole proprietor and A LOT goes into owning and running a small business. You have to keep intense track of your income and expenses, save money each month to pay taxes (either quarterly or at the end of the year and y’all small business owners have to pay a very high tax rate), pay yourself and make sure it aligns well with that you are making + what you need to save, and lots of other not so fun money stuff.
Additionally, you are 100% in charge of your own income. Meaning YOU have to come up with the money. YOU have to find the collaborations aka pitch your little heart out! Which takes a lot of time and to be 100% honest is extremely stressful. I can’t count on a my monthly pay check being the exact same every month with me doing the exact same thing every single month. Collaborations and partnerships are different monthly (heck weekly, daily) so there is a lot of work that goes on, being the scenes to secure partnerships and collaborations to come up with my paycheck. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love this and I think the constant change is what keeps me entertained and excited. Also, I 100% love and adore every single brand I work with (minus maybe one or two that left a bad taste in my mouth following the partnership) so I am thrilled to work with them and share them with you! I just wanted to share it isn’t all rainbow and butterflies on the back end.
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But, what you really came here for today haha a break down of what a typical day in the office looks like for me…
6:30-7:30am: Wake up, and read my morning devotional (currently reading). I absolutely love this time to myself, focusing on my faith and slowly getting started with the day.
7:30-8:00am: Click the power button on my computer and head downstairs for my liquids. What I mean by that is a full water bottle (legit obsessed with this cute one} and a hot cup of tea. Normally, I reach for organic green tea but as of late I’ve been drinking a detox tea my mom recommended. I also use this time to catch up on Instagram. Commenting and liking a few photos while also commenting back to everyone that wrote on my post from the previous night.
8:00am: Sit down at my desk and get started! I start the day by pinning my blog post that went live at 6am (I post Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and sharing it across all social media accounts. Next, I read and comment on 8-15 of my favorite blogs. After that, I work on pinning content for my Virtual Assisting clients. Now it is onto sending and answering emails! I have such a tumultuous relationship with my email inbox. If like me you ever feel overloaded with emails, then Mailchimp seems to be the solution everyone is talking about. A lot of my friends use email marketing as a a way of helping their businesses reach more potential customers. If you’ve got more questions take a look at this handy post which includes everything from Mailchimp pricing to social media optimisation.
10:00am: Back downstairs to make a new cup of tea and grab breakfast. Yes, I eat breakfast late (drives Joshua bananas). I started intermittent fasting earlier this year and try to only eat during 10 hours of the day. So I typically fast from 8pm to 10am. Personally, I love it and am not even hungry sometimes when 10am rolls around. (I can share more about this if y’all are interested in an additional post, let me know). Find out what my go to breakfast choices are in the post, what I eat during the week.
10:15am: I bring my breakfast back upstairs and eat while continuing to work. If I have completed responding to all of my emails then I focus on blog content for the next few hours. That means planning out my editorial calendar, brainstorming content for the next few weeks, working on specific blog posts, responding to blog comments, and linking products.
1:00pm: Break for the gym! I was doing the BBG program (loved it) but have put a pause on that. Right now I’m currently doing a program created by one of my high school girl friends called the #JGoGetLifted program. It is an eight week training program that focuses on gaining muscle, losing fat, and finding your strength.
2:00pm: Eat lunch and catch up on Instagram. I usually spend about 30-45 minutes responding to comments on my posts and then liking + commenting on other bloggers photos.
3:00pm: Back to office! I either get back to working on blog content or have meetings. I love to schedule meetings for the later part of the day so I can get as much work done in the morning as possible. Typically, those meetings run from 2:30 or 3:00 until 3:30 or 4:30pm. I also try to schedule meetings towards the later part of the week if possible. Aiming for Wednesday-Friday. Again, that way I can get as much in office work done as possible!
4:30pm: Respond to additional emails I’ve received throughout the day. Finish up any blog posts for the week or following week that need any additional written content or products linked.
6:00pm: Call it a day!
7:00pm: Eat dinner with Joshua!
Between 8:00 and 9:00pm: Add an Instagram photo and engage for the next hour or so.
There you have it, a general idea of what my everyday work week life looks like. Hope this answers some of your questions! If you have additional questions or I missed something, feel free to comment below or DM me via Instagram! Happy almost weekend y’all!