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D.C. blogger styles the Free People Stella Graphic Print Minidress Vince Camuto Sendra Bootie and Tory Burch Fleming Bag

Kendra Scott Sophee Drop Earrings in Gold

Black Printed Minidress

Tory Burch Fleming Bag, Vince Camuto Sendra Boot

Jacket: Free People (old) | Dress: Free People | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bag: Tory Burch | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Necklace: Taudrey

Do you know what I realized this weekend? I really need to have an “off” switch when it comes to blogging.

Blogging is an interesting job because I don’t have an office. I don’t have designated hours. And since I have a 9-5, I spend my lunch breaks, metro rides, nights and evenings working on all things blogging. No wonder why I periodically started getting burned out!

I went down to Austin this past weekend, and I spent my entire Friday furiously trying to answer blog emails. Not going to lie, I felt a little depressed after the election, and the day afterwards was probably my least productive day I’ve had in a long time. I was playing catch up, even though I was technically on a vacation.

There came a moment when I knew I just needed to shut down my laptop and not check my blog email for a day or so. I needed to relax. Chill. Actually not work 24/7, which is a very novel concept. This is why I’m starting to implement “blog office hours,” for my sanity. I’m going to take one whole day a week to power off and do my own thing. I also am giving myself a few hours a day when I completely decompress: no blog events, no day job, no blogging, a few hours just to myself. Whether I use that time to go to the gym, or watch TV, it’s just a few hours of “me” time!

Cheers to a little more balance, right?

Photos by: Brandon Hill

17 Comments

  1. Courtney wrote:

    I love your dress! The metallic jacket is perfect with it 🙂

    http://www.champagneandcitylights.com

    Posted 11.17.16
  2. Around Colours wrote:

    It’s really important to find balance when we don’t have someone telling us what to do, like a boss or just someone in a higher position that us. That’s the thing about being self-employed… It can be so hard to step out of ourselves and be like “wait, I need to pause for a bit”. I’ve actually known many bloggers that do that one day off thing and it works great for them so I believe it’ll work great for you too. And I think your dress is really pretty!

    Marta – http://aroundcolours.blogspot.pt/

    Posted 11.17.16
  3. Joules wrote:

    I feel the same way. I spend almost all of my time either blogging or planning for my blog. It’s hard to put it down, but you definitely have to sometimes!

    And I feel you about the election. It’s going to be a rough (hopefully just) 4 years.

    Style by Joules

    Posted 11.17.16
  4. Carolyna Bauer wrote:

    OMG yes a balanced life!! So important. Love your jacket SO MUCH!! Carolyna
    http://www.carolynabauer.com

    Posted 11.17.16
  5. That dress looks so great on you! Love it paired with the jacket 🙂

    http://www.diaryofatorontogirl.com

    Posted 11.17.16
  6. Lacey Anne wrote:

    Loving this look GF! That backdrop also couldn’t be more perfect!

    Xo,

    Lacey
    http://www.theglittergospelblog.com

    Posted 11.17.16
  7. Ashley wrote:

    Alicia! You are a total babe! This is such a cute fall date night look! I LOVE that dress!

    xo Ashley

    Posted 11.17.16
  8. Kasey wrote:

    I totally hear you on the burnout! It’s so rough going from a 9-5 then 4+ hours of blog work at night! But we love it, so what are you gonna do?

    Posted 11.17.16
  9. lexi wrote:

    That dress is SO pretty on you! Love Free People. <3
    xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

    Posted 11.17.16
  10. Stunning! Just too cute, i love your hair, the color is pretty similar to mine. 🙂 Killin’ it in that free people dress, the design going up and down is super slenderizing. That jacket though!! Yay for balance, it’s challenging to find some days!

    Posted 11.17.16
  11. candicestubblefield wrote:

    What a perfect outfit girl! So comfortable, yet stylish! You look so fab.!

    XOX
    Candice

    http://www.candicestubblefield.com

    Posted 11.18.16
  12. Loving the print on this dress! Killing it with the outfit girlfriend! XO

    Posted 11.18.16
  13. TheHeSaidSheSaidExp wrote:

    Recovery from the disappointment of the election was definitely rough.

    Posted 11.18.16
  14. I love love love that print! So cute!

    Posted 11.18.16
  15. So smart to do blog office hours… it’s so hard, I feel like we’re just always on and hyper connected… it’s refreshing to take a break and disconnect every now and then.

    Posted 11.18.16
  16. This dress is stunning!!! I also love your hair colour – so fab 🙂

    Posted 11.18.16
  17. Liz Joy wrote:

    so cute, and I have those boots in blush and they are my fave!!!

    Posted 11.18.16

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