How I manage being a full-time mom and blogger

How I manage being a full-time mom and blogger

Today’s post is quite personal as I will be sharing how exactly I manage being a full-time mom and publisher. I’ve received quite a few requests on this topic so, I decided to share with you, how I manage to be a full-time mom to King + Jax, and also find the time to publish regularly on my blog and social media. I will be honest with you, it ain’t easy (social media can be very deceiving!) but it’s so worth it, trust me!

The Beginning

I started my blog 3 years ago. I needed an outlet from my corporate job, a hobby so to speak, that didn’t involve my work and/or mom duties. Yes, I could’ve just picked up a Yoga class—but instead I did something way better: I started blogging. Little did I know that 1.5 years later I’d quit my full-time corporate job to purse blogging full-time. It was a tough decision to make since my husband and I are parents but with a leap of faith it actually all worked out! I’ve now been blogging full-time for almost 2 years and I’ve never looked back to my corporate years. Ever.

…and now to the main question:

How do I manage to be a full-time mom and blogger?

First and foremost, if you want to become a successful blogger, i.e. publisher and you are a full-time mama then you need to make time for blogging even if that means that you will need to give up even more sleep! Yes, as mother’s we’re already sleep deprived but believe me, if you are serious about blogging you gotta take every minute to prepare for new content on your blog and social media.

Own a social calendar

Create content in advance, if possible. This helps me tremendously, I swear. Not only am I being super organized this way but it also helps scheduling my time wisely, especially since I work from home. For instance, I own a social calendar that has all of my projects due and publishing dates listed.

…last but not least:

Have fun

Trust me, I have two kids, a 5 year old and an infant so if I can do this—so can YOU!

As always, thanks much for reading and don’t forget to leave a comment below!  If you’re a full-time mom and/or blogger please, share with us how you manage it all!

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58 Comments

  1. July 12, 2017 / 3:00 AM

    It’s amazing how you keep it all together! A social calendar is so important and having those routines! I also don’t sleep much juggling my full-time job and blogging as I’m writing this comment to you at 1am hehehe

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  2. July 12, 2017 / 5:28 AM

    What an achievement!

  3. July 12, 2017 / 5:30 AM

    Love you to pieces Vanessa and so proud of you!! You are the BEST mama and an AMAZING Blogger!!! A true inspiration!

  4. July 12, 2017 / 6:11 AM

    Thanks for sharing your advice Vanessa on motherhood and blogging. My kids were much older when I started so that helped tremendously. I get a lot of work done in the morning when they are asleep and when they are in school. Soon as they get back in the afternoon, I don’t touch my computer very much because I try to focus on them even though they drive my crazy sometimes. Lol!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  5. July 12, 2017 / 6:54 AM

    Happy Wednesday V! This is such a great post and you are such a wonderful mom+blogger! Truly admire you! I wish I can do the same thing as you, giving up my current job so I can become a full time blogger/mom hahaha..but I guess I need to learn a LOT in order to take this step..Anyway, hope you are having a lovely week so far! Please send my regards to your cutie boys, King & Jax! xo, Vivian

    http://www.viviantse.net

  6. July 12, 2017 / 7:13 AM

    Sounds great, Vanessa! I feel you, bring a mama and a full time blogger is really challenging but it’s worth it at the end of the day. Have fun!

    Xoxo
    Jhem | JhemSays.com

  7. July 12, 2017 / 7:36 AM

    Thanks for sharing Vanessa & I agree with a social media calendar-super helpful.
    LOL Your IG Story was so funny yesterday with the ‘Instagram Husbands’ videos…hahah

    Happy Mid-Week!–Katelyn/www.theyellowspectacles.com

  8. July 12, 2017 / 9:54 AM

    You’re so good V! Hands down to you for doing it all and daring to pursue your dreams of going full-time even though you had family. Love the content you produce and dose of inspo your blog gives, so keep up the good work hun! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  9. July 12, 2017 / 10:46 AM

    Women can do it all. We are stronger than we think we are! And social media can be deceiving sometimes for sure. It only shows the highlight!

    PS: is this the shoot that your husband found too weird? lol!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  10. July 12, 2017 / 11:01 AM

    You are super mom, Vanessa! I’m not sure how you manage to literally do it all — you’re a girl boss, awesome mom, wonderful wife and you always look amazing and so put together!
    Wondering the same as Tamara…is this the location that hubs made a face about. LOL!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  11. July 12, 2017 / 12:41 PM

    I’m actually interning at corporate right now, and I find it EXTREMELY hard to balance work and a blog. The peak time to be engaging with other bloggers is during the day while I’m at work. So, I use my lunch break to catchup with the blog world. I feel like my life is never slowing down. I’m always busy lol
    Kate || KATE KOUTURES

  12. July 12, 2017 / 1:00 PM

    Wow, good for you for being able to juggle so much! You’re doing an amazing job at multitasking 🙂

    Enclothed Cognition

  13. July 12, 2017 / 1:37 PM

    I am not sure I would be able to give up on yet more sleep if I was a mom, so you guys are really an inspiration (and possibly have super powers!) – Love visiting your blog for a feel good vibe and your photos are always so stunning. What tool do you use for your social calendar, if I may ask?
    Thanks for sharing your tips, they are clearly working wonders for you!! ♥

    Saida | She talks Glam

  14. July 12, 2017 / 4:04 PM

    These are all such good tips!! Calendars are such a big help! I love queuing things in advance but not more than a few days; otherwise I feel like I’m blogging from the past and writing for the future and that’s no fun.

    xx Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  15. July 12, 2017 / 5:23 PM

    I’m not even a mom and I’m struggling so hard to keep up with the blog and insta lol
    But let’s count my office job and university clases and projects as my two babies hahahah thanks for the tips babe, you’re doing great! <3

    http://www.pamelayaquelin.com

  16. July 12, 2017 / 5:51 PM

    Honestly you make it look easy babe, but as a full time blogger I know its super hard at times… I am not a mom yet but I will be one day and I will still have my blog and my social media marketing business and yes try juggle it all lol. What I find is the fact that because I do EVERYTHING on my own, when personal family matters arise like divorce or a death or illness I really struggle to focus and lose track of my working and social media routine, That is one thing i have to change, but that also explains why I have been on and off line for a few weeks… I will be doing a Huge life update on my blog soon as I have decided to let my readers know whats been going on because I know I am not the only one going through all of this now..Lots of love mwah xx

  17. marta
    July 12, 2017 / 6:21 PM

    You are an amazing multi-tasker Vanessa!! Thanks for sharing this helpful post, becoming a full-time blogger is such an accomplishment, you work so hard and it shows! Keep up the excellent work, you are an inspiration my friend and so glad we connected through blogging! xoxo
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

  18. July 12, 2017 / 10:47 PM

    You know, yesterday I met a fellow blogger and we were discussing how can moms be full time bloggers and ever successful ones. We know this takes a lot of time and effort and we totally have a total respect for you.
    http://www.easys-tyle.com/

  19. July 13, 2017 / 12:00 AM

    You are such an inspiration babe. I Would love to be able to blog full-time one day and be home with my family. Definitely the ultimate dream <3

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
    http://www.andshedressed.com

  20. July 13, 2017 / 3:43 AM

    Would probably need to bookmark this page!
    I absolutely love your writing style and how perfectly you lay your thoughts out! The shots are just perfect touch to captivate readers like myself!!!
    You are right, social media can be deceiving, some don’t even know how much work goes on in the background and effort and motivation that is needed. But truly you are one amazing super stylish and strong mom!

    Wish you had BLOGLOVIN
    Would love to follow you there!

    X❤X❤,
    Dimito Michiyo

    http://dimitomichiyo.blogspot.sg/

  21. July 13, 2017 / 5:25 AM

    You truly are a super women. I know it takes a lots of guts to leave a full time job and become a full time blogger and that too when you have kids. As a blogger + mom you need to work non stop for many hours. You are such an inspiration. 🙂 Keep it up.
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

  22. July 13, 2017 / 8:06 AM

    Yeah it can be hard juggling both, especially when your blog is full time like ours are. As long as you love it, it works out!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  23. Cora
    July 13, 2017 / 8:38 AM

    Your such a intelligent and strong woman…Keep up the good works…I love all your post…We can learn from you…

  24. July 13, 2017 / 9:33 AM

    It’s hard to explain to non-bloggers just how much time blogging takes if you want to really commit to it. Great post. You are inspiring as always!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  25. July 13, 2017 / 8:50 PM

    I love reading this – as a full time blogger and mom, I can totally relate. It is not an easy job so kudos to you as well!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  26. July 13, 2017 / 9:44 PM

    Vanessa, your are truly a super mom. I have no idea how you do it and stay so organized. It really is amazing and I know it’s not easy. Thanks for sharing your tips with us. Hope you’re having a great week so far.

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

  27. July 14, 2017 / 12:50 AM

    No human children here, but between my 9 fur-kid’os & constant kitten fosters, I know it can be difficult at times. Bravo for you always putting out so great content so frequently! PS Loveeee your hair in that gorgeous photo!

    http://www.thekaragon.com

  28. sweatshirtsanddresses1
    July 15, 2017 / 5:53 AM

    Vanessa you’re such an inspiration and your blog is always informative with great content. I definitely think planning ahead is important. I have a month before a new job so I’m using this time to plan lots of new content so it’s all ready to go. Keep doing what you’re doing xx
    http://sweatshirtsanddresses.com/we-have-some-exciting-news/

  29. July 16, 2017 / 2:39 AM

    absolutely gorgeous dress, i love how colourful it is. Dealman

  30. July 20, 2017 / 9:28 AM

    Great tips! Blogging full time with two little ones is certainly very, very challenging. All the “behind-the-scenes” work takes so much time…

    I hope you are having a great summer!

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