Welcome back for another Day in the Life post!
Brianne actually replied back to one of my email newsletters and then I told her I was following her on Instagram and loved her work so we finally decided to have a virtual coffee chat and we hit it off immediately!
I knew she would be perfect for the series, because she shares her successes and her struggles openly and I so admire her for that.
We started our businesses around the same time, so it’s been cool to see how both of our business have grown over the last year.
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Day In The Life Guest Series: Brianne from Brightly & Co
I always go to bed too late. This whole work/life balance thing is either a myth or something I’m not very good at. Ha! When my cat jumps on my head at 6:00 in the morning I never feel prepared for it or ready to wake up (sometimes she gets antsy and it becomes 5:00am). She loves to sprint across the bed and she’s learned that if she steps on something crinkly that always wakes me up. (Little stinker…sometimes cats are too smart for their own good.)
Just over a year ago I was still employed by “the man” or in other words my corporate shared office full of red tape and anxiety at a local Real Estate firm. Back then I was doing the side-hustle thing, which I was completely willing to do because it meant freedom and that was the light at the end of the tunnel.
Since then I have become a full-time Brand Strategist + Photographer. And though I had visions of sitting at my beautiful desk space with music playing in the background, a lot more free time and an exercise schedule I actually kept up with…most of that didn’t happen. 😉
I don’t have kids, besides my fur child, and all I have to do is keep my 750 square foot apartment clean….and somehow that feels incredibly un-doable. I have lots of little piles all over the house and cat toys strewn about. It’s currently just me at my business Brightly & Co. and I LOVE what I do. This month happens to be phenomenally busy, I wish I could hire a VA right now (but c’est la vie – soon though!), and even though I’m busy I still have so many moments of doubt.
Doubt that I’m good enough, doubt that I’ll make it as a business, doubt that all the work I’m putting in will pay off, doubt, doubt, doubt…
If you’re reading this right now, I know you’ve been there too (perhaps you’re doubting right now). I hope you find comfort in knowing that we all feel this way at one time or another, maybe even frequently. You are not alone my friend. Just keep doing what I do; consistently re-evaluate your motives and make sure they’re leading you toward your ultimate goals, discover/learn new things, never stop trying and have faith.
By trade I am a Brand Designer, Strategist, and Photographer, by heart I am a mentor and teacher. I’m discovering that I love working with aspiring business owners and transitioning seasoned business owners more than anything. Which technically means I’m still figuring it all out and you know what? That’s a-okay with me. 🙂
So, let’s jump into some real talk here and dive into a day in my life. I hope this makes you feel right at home knowing you’re probably doing some very similar things throughout your day. Be ready for some #realtalk here, because I’m not going to cover it all up and make it pretty. This isn’t Instagram, we’re deep diving into a real day.
I don’t do normal things when I wake up, like take a shower, put on makeup and clothes. I used to HAVE to do these things when I worked in the corporate world and I think my rebellious side likes to come out in the morning and defy the “norm”. So, I usually just throw on my robe and slippers (turquoise of course), make my tea and feed the cat.
I live in Oregon which means it’s often times cloudy here, so especially during the winter time, I like to sit out on the couch next to my big beautiful window where light can still stream in. All Oregonians have a major vitamin D deficiency, so I always feel like I need as much light as I can get. Plus, I used to work at a shared desk space in a tiny renovated attic with a small window in front of me. Again, my rebellious side says, “You can sit in front of the big window with your robe on and ENJOY that cup of tea…”
However, I do like to get right to work. I accomplish the majority of my hardest tasks in the morning and I always feel the need to get started as soon as possible so I can get as much done as possible. The only problem is, my neverending to-do list always just seems to get longer throughout the day…as I add new things. haha!
So here’s how I like to start my day (not every morning is this lovely, but I do try): Sit down with my cup of tea and look over my agenda for the week and day. If I didn’t already write it out the night before, I take the time to write it in the day of. This is usually handwritten, there’s something about writing by hand that makes it feel more real to me. Then I like to write out at least 3 things I’m thankful for, I’ll often pair that by looking up a verse of the day from the Bible.
I use Asana for all my tasks to keep track and be able to brain dump when necessary. I also use my amazing new planner “Conquer Your Year” from the adorable Natalie MacNeil. This planner helps you break down big goals into 90-day increments and I’m loving it so far.
I double check Asana to make sure I didn’t miss anything that should be on my agenda for the day (I always go by high priority, what needs to be done first).Check out what a day in the life is like for brand strategist & photographer @BrightlyAndCo! Click To Tweet
Instead of jumping straight into email, I tackle my to-do list first. Which often requires sending out emails, writing (lots of writing – blog posts or my weekly Brightly Bulletin, social media posts and sales pages, you name it…), client work & social media. I save reading emails until mid-morning or early afternoon. I do this on purpose so that I’m only tied to my schedule and not someone else’s. It helps me accomplish more, plus I used to have to be tied to my email every hour of the day when I worked at that corporate job, so it feels very freeing to have that weight lifted.
Limiting my time on social media is also really important to me. I’ve realized that this can be a huge time suck for me and if I don’t keep it in check hours will just disappear from my day. So I check social media and engage in the morning, right after lunch and then again after dinner. I’ve included this into my meal times because I find it more relaxing and it helps me watch my time easier. 😉
Each day can totally vary. Some days I’ll have meetings in the morning, usually video meetings, but these sometimes happen in the afternoons as well.
During the Spring and Summer months, I’m often up and ready for a photo session that morning or headed out late afternoon to catch that delightful magic hour light all photographers talk about. 😉
After lunch (which is often right around noon, depending on the meetings and appointments I have that day), I’m usually checking email and working on design work or editing photos. During this time, I often have the TV on…editing photos for me is fairly easy and mindless, so I like to consider this a good time to allow the TV to be on and catch up on my favorite shows. This is how I multi-task. 😉 By editing photos and watching Kimmy Schmidt.
Around 5pm I stop to eat dinner, I like to take at least an hour or sometimes two to relax during dinner. But then I’ll pop back on the computer for another couple of hours to get organized, plan my social media posts or finish up editing or design work.
#truthmoment – I always stay on the computer far longer than I should and go to bed late… hence repeating the cycle of the start of this post. 😉
#realtalk – I don’t like working out so I rarely do. However, when the sun is out I often feel more motivated to do so. I’m a work in progress.
#confessionsofaworkaholic – I don’t take very many breaks. I always try to take on too much work throughout the day and end up feeling exhausted by the end of it.
My goals are to drink more water, exercise more and take more breaks. Being self-employed comes with its own new set of problems. Like feeling guilty for taking breaks, because you could be working on something…hands raised if you’ve ever felt like this.
My day can be a total wreck where I feel like I got nothing accomplished all the way to the opposite where I’m running around town and feeling all kinds of accomplishment.
Don’t let me feel alone here, comment below and tell me if you can relate to any of the things I mention above. Is my day similar to what a day in your life looks like?
Brianne has been helping entrepreneurs cultivate intentional and authentic brands since 2015. She founded Brightly & Co. back in September 2015 and has created a Brightly community dedicated to inspiring, encouraging and teaching others how to grow a successful Brand. When she’s not designing, coaching or taking photos for clients she likes to share her expertise via LIVE video (Facebook, Periscope, Instagram and Webinars). Her main topics are usually on personal development, brand development and marketing.
Her heart’s mission: To help entrepreneurs feel confident and equipped with the knowledge they need to share their ideas and grow their business. Brianne wants everyone she works with to feel encouraged, supported and inspired to do greater things than they previously imagined.
Based in Portland, Oregon Brianne spends her free time watching sarcastic comedies (or Disney movies) while snuggled with her sweet kitty or trying out fancy cheese plates at every restaurant and exploring new cities with her hunky boyfriend.
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