I finally have my girl Dia from All The Things I Do on the Day in the Life series and I’m so excited I can barely contain myself!
Dia was actually one of my very first business buddies that I met via a Twitter chat (yup, for real). From there, we became emailing buddies, offered a webinar together, and eventually met up last month in person.
I always get a little nervous meeting someone in real life after meeting them online because I wonder if they’re actually going to be like they portray themselves online, ya know? But Dia was even more amazing and awesome in person. You would think we’ve been friends forever!
Dia works a full-time job in addition to her side hustle, and I know y’all like to read those types of posts because many of you can relate. I hope you enjoy!
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Day in the Life: Dia Darling of All The Things I Do
You don’t realize how many things you do on a given day until you make a conscious effort to record all of your movements. Currently, I am serving double duty. By day I am a copywriter and website optimization strategist at a digital marketing company and by night I am a blogger, freelancer and time management strategist. I will confess three things before I get into my day of the life:
- I am not a morning person. In my ideal world, I wouldn’t have to interact with another human until after 10:00 am.
- I am pretty sure the last time I made it to bed before 11:30 pm was about six years ago in college after staying out till 3:00 am, drinking too much and then working from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm. I remember this day because I slept from 8:00 pm to 7:30 am when I had to get up from class. It was quite impressive.
- None of my days are exactly the same, but they are all heavily related to looking at a computer all day. That being said my life is pretty fun sometimes.
The alarm goes off. I’ve been up for awhile because of my small bladder but refuse to embrace it. I lay in bed thinking about how I feel. What I have going on today? Just trying to have some shred of mindfulness.
The real alarm goes off. Time to stop wasting time. I grab my phone and play the 2 minute Power Aspirations Track by Carrie Green, the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association to get me excited for the day. Then I turn on my TV and plug in my curling iron. While the curling iron heats, I put together my snack pack for the day. Typically a sparkling water, two pieces of fruit, a lemon, sliced cucumbers and then some other yummy beverage. Today it was a sparkling kombucha tea.
My next alarm goes off to tell me it’s about time to make my way out the door. I grab my things and head to the car. Most days I listen to something on Audible or songs from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend while trying to understand how some people are such horrible drivers.
I always attempt to get to work five minutes early to clock in and catch my breath. The first few minutes of the day my team has a quick huddle to discuss what big things we are all working on that day. After everyone settles down, I grab my first piece of fruit and get to work. This morning the focus is client link building. This is when we look for opportunities to get a customer on some industry bloggers or local directories to improve their domain authority.
I try my hand at a development task. We have a development team, but I like to learn what I can as a blogger and handle anything simple. I get frustrated with a development task I don’t understand and I decided to talk to my boss to clear up how to do it. I still felt furious so I proceeded to listen to “I Hate You So Much Right Now” by Kelils and “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” by Drowning Pool.Check out what a day in the life is like for #Copywriter, #SEO Specialist & Blogger @diadoll! #dayinthelife #ditl Click To Tweet
Switched to another client to create some new website copy.
Decided to take some of the 15-minute break I didn’t use this morning to express some gratitude to try and improve my mood. I sometimes get out my work notebook to write down three things I’m grateful for when I’m dealing with negative feelings.
Go to lunch. I have to go to lunch late because I get super hangry by the end of the work day if I go too early. I run over to my nutritionist to weigh in. I go three days a week; the accountability has helped me lose almost 30 pounds since New Years. Then run to Bill Millers to get a salad and some chicken, while checking some of my side hustle emails.
I head back to work and start to do some social media posts for one of my HVAC clients. Then work on some admin tasks until the end of the day.
Traffic time. I get in the car hoping I make it to the gym in time for class. On the way home I like to listen to uplifting music because everyone looks so miserable during rush hour. How can you be in a bad mood listening to Bruno Mars?
Zumba! I go to an all women’s gym so my gym clothes are what you may call “slob chic”, but it feels good to dance.
Make dinner and watch TV. While I make dinner, I generally watch that day’s episode of the Young and the Restless. Tonight I’m enjoying a hamburger and some stovetop grilled veggies. After I wrap up dinner, clean up and finish the show, it’s time to get to work.
I hit up my scrum board to see what is on deck and get to work on the newest post’s outline. As it often happens, I find myself with a “great” idea and have to write this post that isn’t on my blog post schedule. Sometimes you have to listen to your inner muse.
Take a shower and unwind. Then I hop into a few Facebook groups and try to be helpful and make some new connections. I check any lingering emails and plan for the next day. Each night I try to pick three tasks I want to accomplish the next day.
Gratitude and Goal Journal
The alarm goes off for my gratitude journal. I take a few moments to reflect on the day, any accomplishments and short-term and long-term goals.
I try to shutdown the laptop, but it’s always a difficult thing to do. I turn on the TV to enjoy a little American Dad, while I work on a few more tasks.
Time for lights out. I switch to the YouTube app on my TV and pick a guided sleep meditation to shut down my mind and call it a night.
Each day is a little different. Some days I find myself inadvertently working on a blog post at 7:00 am that I couldn’t sleep without getting out. Other days I eat lunch in my car and share Instagram stories. Other nights I find myself updating sticky notes and working till 1:00 AM. Starting my website and working to build it over the last two years has been a challenging but amazing experience. While sometimes I want to chew my hair and cry, most of the time I love the hustle.
Dia Darling is a copywriter and search engine optimization specialist by day and a blogger/side hustler by night. Check out her blog for tips on balancing your side hustle with real life.
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