Fail & Try Again: Balancing Your 9-5 & Your Side Hustle

 

Let me start by saying I am NO EXPERT! I’m still trying to get the hang of balancing both (still fail at times). I too listen and read about many millennials who are working full time, making their dreams become reality on the side, and glamorize the blitz of it all.

Trying to work my full-time while also making time for hobbies and endeavors that I’m passionate about has been a test of my skills and dedication. Knowing that one day I want to become a full-time entrepreneur and own my own business, the journey and work ethic starts NOW. If you want the freedom and opportunities that come with owning your own, there are practices you must learn now rather than later. The great thing about my journey has been that I’ve learned a few things along the way. You probably know what they are already, but just read! They still hold true.

Stay Motivated & End Inconsistency

This is probably my biggest challenge. At times I would be inspired and come up with tons of topics on the spot and begin to write the posts at that moment. I felt amazing, productive, and proactive! But with the highs come the lows. There would be moments when I didn’t feel like writing or blogging at all.I blame a lot of that by looking at social media. Comparing myself to those of my peers left me feeling depressed, disappointed that I wasn’t where I thought I would be, and wanting to throw in the towel. The trick to overcoming inconsistency and procrastination is to stay motivated!

Be consistent with all aspects of your business whether they be: creating images, sending emails, reading articles, listening to podcast, etc. For me, I may not post everyday, but best believe each day I’m working on something towards my business. Realize what you are doing IS FOR YOU, not for the approval of others. Aim for authenticity and value rather than mediocrity. Even though it’s been awhile since my last blog post, it’s encouraging to hear others mention that I have inspired them. That alone gives me the motivation I need to stay consistent and see my dreams become reality.

Schedule/Manage Your Time

The concept of time and how I value and view it has changed drastically over these past seven months. Social media, television shows, events will always be there. Use that time wisely on more valuable tasks. If you haven’t mastered the art of time management… well for one, you’re not alone. The goal is to master this skill now before you decide to add more onto your plate. For example, my lunch is the only guaranteed break I get at work for myself. I use that time to read books, read articles, follow-up on emails, check into my social media, etc.

The great advancement of today’s technology is that everything can be (almost) automated. Using your resources like your calendar, Buffer, Trello, etc can help you stay organized with the tasks at hand. Lists keep me up to date & on top of all my tasks; but I would rather have them on paper in my planner than on my phone. Whether it’s using an app like Trello or keeping a planner,  find a method that works for you.

 

Take a Break, Don’t Force It

I started this post by saying you needed to end your inconsistency and stay motivated, but there comes a time where you need to leave everything as it is, and step away. In the mist of blogging and attending events, my 9-5 had me on THREE BUSY SEASON clients back to back. Working from 9-12 or later in a room with no windows and 5 or more people for seven days straight is no joke! What I failed to realize was, instead of worrying about getting three posts out a month, my self-care is way more important. I was BURNOUT and mentally checked out!

Stepping away from work, social media, and your environment allows you to clear your head space. And no, it’s not a bad thing to take a break! You aren’t slacking if you do. You are taking the opportunity to gather new ideas and inspiration. You are removing yourself from the over-thinking, over-planning, and over-doubting mindset we tend to get stuck in. 

If there was a manual on how to juggle my day job and my passion, my accomplishments would be endless; however since that’s not the reality, I surely have to discover new ways to manage. The driving force behind it all, is passion. Be passionate about your business, be passionate about the lifestyle you aim to have, be authentic with your passion and let that shine through you when you speak. Hopefully these tips help.

 

Leave a comment below on how you balance your lifestyles, even your personal one! I still don’t have one & need all the help I can get!.

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Meaningful Fashion For A New Era

In the middle of July, I attended my first TedWorldUSA event. This fashion trade show brings designers in one place to connect with fabric suppliers from across the world, showcase some of their collections, and chat/meetup to discuss how to start a fashion brand, how to zoom in on your brand identity, and much more.

During the second half of my agenda filled day, my attention was directed to the “Meaningful Fashion For A New Era” seminar. Sharon Graubard from MintModa, a consulting agency that forecasts fashion trends, led the session addressing what makes fashion, clothing, and brands more desirable for the upcoming sessions. Ultimately, it’s about the sense of emotional connection and values that make fashion meaningful and will continue for the future of fashion.

Within the presentation, Sharon made mention on future trends for the upcoming seasons and what to expect from future designers and brands. Can you believe the direction of fashion is moving towards more practical clothing? This means the long textured coats, the variety within wear-it-to-work dresses, and the detailed work shirts are all taking shape and the new must haves.

You’re probably wondering “Britt, what does this have to do with what I wear to work or what does this have anything to do with my 9-5 job ? Get to the point.” Well it means more variety and options for us to wear during our regular 9-5! This is exciting to me because that means the creative aspect for getting dressed for work, and my attire truly being an expression of myself may get easier… maybe not, but hey it just confirmed that it’s the perfect opportunity to take a stab at designing if it keeps progressing like this.

Besides the style of dressing changing, the way pieces are constructed, produced, distributed and marketed are changing the fashion game as well. Sustainable fashion seems to be making headway in many conversations. To read more about sustainable fashion, click the link here.

Changing the industry to be more sustainable will be an adjustment because fashion at the end of the day is a business, but I believe we’ll continue to see a push for sustainable fashion and its influence in the years to come. The concept is not just about the textiles like synthetic and eco-fibers being used and the reduction of wastes on the environment, but also the treatment and ethical practices towards employees and the connection made between brands and potential customers.

We as consumers continue to demand for a higher quality product and the opportunity to build genuine connections with brands. Companies are transforming the strategies they use to do business. Many brands are choosing to be more transparent with the information they disclose that will benefit their potential customers and persuade their decision to make a purchase.

Being the second largest influence in the world, fashion thrives off of the emotion and expression of feelings. As always, the future of design lies in the hands of its consumer. I see the industry/brands transitioning from the traditional ways of production into new strategies of producing high-quality pieces from qualifiable materials.

During and after the seminar, I was jumping out of my sit in excitement for what’s to come with the industry. Being a blogger, I get to write and express my thoughts on ways of workplace/office attire; but designing allows my creative juices to take flight! As we watch the steadfast trends and fads of fashion constantly change, I ask that you take witness to my new journey as a designer and follow my creative process.

*This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader

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Philly Fashion Week Experience 2017

Continuing in it’s 11th year of operation, the city of Brotherly Love showcases national & international designers in an effort to strengthen the influence and success of designers in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Founders Kevin Parker & Kerry Scott have created a platform that has reached over 5,000 people annually, building Philadelphia’s fashion community, featuring and supporting local, national and international retailers and independent fashion designers, and highlight a platform for amazing eclectic and diverse talent in & out of Philadelphia.

Philly Fashion Week Experience 2017

In efforts to embody Carrie Bradshaw, I had the pleasure of attending two of the events: The Business of Fashion Panel: Fashion through the Ages and the RUNWAY II show. Panelist Elizabeth Wellington, Mickey Boardman, Fern Mallis, Clare Sauro, and Heather Crowell (respectively shown below), shared their insight, perspectives, and experience to us bloggers and designers during the discussion. Their advice can be useful to various career occupations:

  • Define your Voice

  • Stay your Course

  • Be Committed 

  • Be Resourceful (use the internet to your advantage)

  • Be Yourself 

The RUNWAY II show was the highlight of my day. Sitting front row (in the press section of course), I felt like a true fashionista in her glory as I got to critic and be in awe over the collections that hit the runway. I couldn’t pick just one photo, so check out my experience down below:

Burning Guitars

Dajon J

Burning Guitars

Some of the featured designers were (Click the name to view their personal instagrams)

Dajon J

Olivers Zavi

DLeaks Bowties 

Alyssa Mapp

Thomas Lavone

These Pink Lips 

Jessie Zhao 

English Clientele

Burning Guitars 

Mah-Jing Wong

Conrad Booker

Clarence Black 

J. Pratt

Llewellyn Homme 

The objective is to get Philadelphia as a destination point for fashion. There’s surely talent and opportunity.

Best believe I’m preparing for FALL 2017. See any designers you like? Comment below!

For more details, check out PFW | Philly Fashion Week.

 

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