How to Make Time for a Side Hustle

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you know that I’m the queen of working too many jobs and side hustles. A question I received all.the.time was “How do you have time for that?” and “You’re crazy” – not necessarily in that order. 😉

I’m no expert, but here are a few ways that I think you could add in a side hustle, part-time job or hobby into your life.

How to Make Time for a Side Hustle

  1. Stop Making Excuses
    For serious. Like, just stop. If you don’t *want* a side hustle, to workout more regularly, to work at a gym part-time … then don’t. I’m not going to force you. But if you DO (or, like me, you had to) stop making excuses. Yes, it’s hard to get up at 5 a.m. Yes, sometimes I roll my eyes at my alarm clock and go back to bed. Yes, it sucked working a 50+ hour week, then working 8-hours on social media posts at Starbucks on the weekend. But I did it. I didn’t watch Netflix. I got up a little earlier. I said no to working late if it wasn’t life or death. I made my social life plans a treat if I got done with my work. Drag your man with you to Starbucks to both get some work done (or he’ll drag you – this is what Ben and I do, at least!) You have time if you really want something, trust me.
  2. Do something that you love.
    Are you trying out a side hustle, hobby or something else because you’re not fulfilled in your full-time job? Do you need a second job to pay the bills? Then try to find something you love to fill that space. Now, I know that’s not always possible, but try. I worked three jobs when I lived in Green Bay, but my two part-time jobs were doing something I loved. One was at the front desk of a gym – hello, I’m a gym rat. Free gym membership + cute boys (when I was single …) + fun friends to work with? Makes the 5-hour shift after work more bearable. I found my social media freelance position because I wanted something that challenged my mind. I wasn’t fulfilled at my full-time job and was often bored, so the social media position helped me continue with one of my passions. Now I’m hoping to turn that full-time.
    So you don’t love fitness? Do you like clothes? Work retail – you get a discount. Become a virtual assistant if you don’t want to leave the house after work. Freelance something. You have to be good at something, yes? Or try stuff out – if you’re not good at it or hate it… then stop. 🙂
  3. Network with people. 
    So you know you want to do something outside of work, but you’re not sure how to get into it? Ask people you see doing cool things! I came across Brittney’s blog on Twitter and, after reading a bit more about her, saw that she has started a business similar to what I’d like to do. So … I signed up for all of her newsletters and emailed her telling her she inspired me. And guess what? We scheduled a 45-minute call the next day and she gave me loads of tips on how to get started. Talk to people you know. Go to seminars or conferences if you have time/money. Listen to a webinar at lunch and virtually meet people that way. Email me and we’ll become best friends. JUST TALK / WRITE TO SOMEONE.
  4. Don’t sell yourself short.
    Write down five things you’re good at … right now. I’ll wait……
    Don’t sell yourself short. This is something I struggle with all the time, but it’s true. If you think you’re a good writer, write. If you love working with people, work with people. Be creative. Find what makes you tick. Life is too short to be stuck doing something you hate BUT maybe you don’t have a choice right now. Maybe you have to work that job you hate because it pays the bills. Maybe you have to work nights and weekends because you  need the extra moolah. Girl (or guy), I get it. Fo’ real. But try to find something you love to do to keep you sane. Keep going after that dream of what you’d like to do full time. Write down what your perfect day looks like or perfect life. My coach Amy had me do this and it was LIFE CHANGING. I mean, seriously. Be ridiculous. Mine included making breakfast with my boyfriend and my dog and look at me now – making breakfast with my boyfriend, continuously begging him to get me a dog. It’ll happen. 😉
  5. Plan, plan, plan, plan. Did I say plan?
    I don’t care how you do it. Myself? I have about 19 calendars. Okay. That’s a lie. I have … five. 😀 And Tick Tick which is this amazing app I have where I can click off things when I’m done … sooooooo satisfying.
    Write lists. Make a content calendar. Have a color-coordinated calendar. Write stuff on your hand. Post-its. White boards. Chalk boards. Surfboards. Just plan. I find if I write things down, I’m more apt to do them. I even write down “wash hair” (I don’t wash my hair every day #maneproblems), put up Instagram posts, etc. just so I can feel accomplished getting something done.
  6. Take a break.
    Please don’t go overboard. Find out what is doable for you and your family and do that. Maybe that’s spending 2-3 hours a week on a blog right now that doesn’t make you any money, but you make friends or get to express creativity. Maybe it’s working 10-hours a week at your local gym for a free membership and motivation to get your booty moving. Maybe it’s checking out Craigslist and applying for short-term social media or content creation gigs (Jessie Suzanne, do this RIGHT NOW). But if you need a break, give yourself a break. Take the weekend off. Take a bath. Take a walk. Get a manicure. Cuddle with your man/woman/dog/cat/guinea pig while watching Stranger Things. Recharge your batteries and then get right back out there.

Okay, I’m stopping because my motivation / inspiration part of my brain is in overdrive and I’m doing that thing where I ramble for 95-hours and you’re like Jessie shut upppppp. 😉 Let me know what you think. If you ever want help, ideas, a new best friend to push you, a new best friend to tell you you look pretty today, gimme a shout. Anytime. Really. –> jessie@justjessieblog.com

Linking up with Amanda!

Weekend Recap: Sickness + Starbucks

Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. It was 64 in Chicago all weekend and I can’t even contain my excitement, even though I wasn’t able to take advantage of much of it.

I drove out to work on Friday pretty early to get some stuff done for work. I had a small lull around 10:30 so I headed over to the gym to get in my upper body + HIIT workout.

Friday Workout

I got in a few more hours of work before leaving around 12:30 to miss traffic. I got into Chicago around 1:15 and headed straight to Starbucks to continue working.

Starbucks work

Around 3, Ben showed up to work the rest of the afternoon with me. 🙂 We left a little after 5 and headed back to his place to hang out with Teressa.

I was in an amazing mood all day on Friday up until we left Starbucks. I was so hungry because I was trying to “save as many calories as possible” for dinner that night because I knew we were going out. Such a stupid idea. I was so tired, so cranky with Ben and struggled on and off all night with my mood. Grrrr.

Friday Night Fun

Saturday morning Ben woke up to go train around 5 a.m., but he was feeling absolutely awful. He ended up canceling his sessions (which he never does) and went back to bed. We didn’t get up until almost 11, which was crazy. We didn’t get to lift together like we usually do which bummed me out, but it was nice to sit around all day and not do anything. Granted, the weather was AMAZING and we holed ourselves up inside on the couch. We finished Stranger Things (SO GOOD), then watched some Parks & Rec and Dexter for the rest of the night. I wish Ben would’ve been feeling better, but I didn’t mind getting to cuddle up with him all day (and force him to look at funny memes). 🙂

Target Meme

Sunday we slept in a little bit (only until 9 this time) and then ate some breakfast. I went back to my apartment while Ben went to lunch with his family. I had so many dishes to get through, so once I got through cleaning I took my migraine pill (booooo allergy headaches) which made me pass out for a bit.

Later in the afternoon/early evening, Ben and I headed back to Starbucks to get some work done. I had all intentions of figuring out a new theme for my blog this weekend, but that didn’t happen. I got as much done as possible on Sunday and just chalked it up to a relaxing weekend – I don’t really have those very often!

The rest of the night consisted of leftovers from Valentine’s Day (we cooked spaghetti and meatballs together) and Dexter. Pretty chill weekend, but I’m all for that!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie. 

Day in the Life: Work Day

Since I’ve been in Chicago for over a month now, I’ll take you along on a normal day for me! So I’ll take you back to Monday (even though no one wants to do that on a Friday!)

5:35 a.m.: Ben’s first alarm goes off, I pretend it’s lying

5:45 a.m.: Ben tells me it’s 5:45 and I need to get up. I look at him like he’s the devil, then remember I love him and it’s not his fault it’s Monday

5:55 a.m.: Throw on workout clothes, leave Ben’s apartment (I packed a bag) and walk the few blocks to my car

6:45 a.m.: Arrive at work, walk to the gym across the campus (it’s a HUGE company)

7:30 a.m.: Finish first day of Ben’s program, foam roll quads that are still beaten up from squats on Saturday, get ready for work, pick up a diet Mountain Dew (don’t judge me) from the convenience store

8 – 10 a.m.: Get to my desk, make food, log on, check emails, do work, talk to co-workers, bang head against desk, accidentally type in the wrong blog URL for my blog into Chrome and get a security notification that I was blocked from a porn site. Commence panic attack and fear of losing job for typo. Text boyfriend who (as always) puts life into perspective and basically tells me to calm the eff down. Roll eyes at self.

10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Leave work for early lunch (I have a noon meeting). Head to Target to pick up prescriptions, then to Chipotle for lunch

12 -12:30 p.m.: Meeting with partner and creative team on mailer project, write up recap notes, cancel meeting for 3 p.m.

12:30-3 p.m.: Back and forth with partner on questions for content calendar. Watch more training videos while waiting for feedback (I swear, this company has over a million training courses I’m supposed to listen to) This current one? Basically a video game about compliance. Like … why. Emailed back and forth with partner who thought I overheard her talking crap about one of our projects (no offense taken even if I had heard because I agreed with her lollll), noticed that I had three meetings in the afternoon that were all canceled …

3 p.m.: Get an email from our mail room that I received flowers, so my coworker and I walked down to get them. The card wasn’t signed, so I texted everyone I knew that could be the mastermind behind it (AKA my mother or Ben). Mom says no … Ben doesn’t respond … so I make up stories about a random secret admirerrrrrrr…

… and then Ben texts me that it was him. 🙂

4 p.m.: Bang head against desk

5 p.m.: Leave work, drive to Whole Foods to pick up a gift card for Teressa, drive back to the city

6:30 p.m.: Start making dinner and meal prepping before I’m assaulted

Cookie Butter Assault

7:30 p.m.: Thankfully Teressa brought me over some ice, then Ben came to make sure I was okay. The huge egg on my forehead was spectacular, but thankfully no blood!

8 – Midnight: I had all of these intentions to go work on blog stuff at Starbucks, but the almost cookie butter concussion made that impossible. I mostly sat on the couch, icing my forehead all night and hanging out with Ben.

And that’s a typical day in the life with me … including the injury. 😉

What’s a day in the life look like for you?

Being a Risk-Taker

I don’t do risks.

Like, for real. Or so I thought.

Risk-Taker

When my coach called me a risk-taker the other day on our call, I couldn’t help but giggle. Me? A risk-taker? The girl that hates going on roller coasters, wouldn’t sky dive for a bajillion dollars and don’t even get me started on gambling (why would I give you money that I don’t know if I’m going to get it back?)

Of course, after the giggle, she mentioned a few reasons why she considers me a risk-taker. Apparently moving your whole life to a brand new city with a brand new career makes me a risk-taker. A lot of people wouldn’t even dream of doing something like that, in fact I can think of about 10 that tried to talk me OUT of doing it. I guess I am a risk-taker.

  1. I’m willing to do pretty much anything (legally, let’s be real here 😉 to get the life I’ve always wanted. I’ve worked for YEARS, gaining as much experience as possible and working multiple jobs to fulfill my passions since I never seem to get that from my jobs.
  2. I take a risk every day when I write as authentically as possible on here and all of my social medias. I could (and have) get made fun of or maybe even in trouble for some of the things I say, but I still think it’s worth the risk to be as real as possible. I think too many people aren’t their authentic selves online and that’s sad.
  3. Like Amy said, I moved my entire life to a city I knew I felt a connection to, even though there were (and still are) many reasons it could *not* work out.
  4. I’m starting my own business. Side hustle for now, but I’d really love to be able to live the life I dream of and Chicago gives me the push I was looking for. My goal is to be less controlled by location and more focused on having more time to live my life with the people I love doing the things I love. Wish me luck! 🙂

How are you a risk-taker?
Do you consider yourself one?

Linking up with Amanda!

Enough is Enough

Y’all know I love to workout. It’s no secret.

Deadlifts with Ben Fritz Fitness

Fitness has become my passion, has led me to a healthier lifestyle AND even helped me find my wonderful boyfriend.

Yes, I love love love fitness, but I do NOT love dieting. Unfortunately I’m not one of those people that can eat whatever they want with no repercussions. I’m not someone who can just “stop eating” if I’m hungry. I’ve had issues with binge-eating, overeating, under-eating … alllll the eating issues. Tracking macros has been a God-send for me, but it’s still a struggle. I fell off the bandwagon around September last year, jumping back on and off multiple times since then. For the most part I was hovering around a weight I was comfortable with, so I didn’t care as much.

Unfortunately I’ve hit a point where I’m no longer comfortable. My clothes don’t fit as well, I don’t feel as confident and I feel lethargic in my workouts (well, all the time really). I am intending to get my thyroid re-tested soon (I have hypothyroidism which also messes with my weight loss) but a lot of this is just pure laziness and wanting to eat ALL THE THINGS.

Thankfully, I have this wonderful person in my life who I spend a lot of time with who just happens to be a fitness professional.

Pavilion Bar

And someone I’ve convinced him to train me. 😉

Of course I already think Ben’s the best, but after helping him brainstorm for future projects for his business, I started thinking that he’d be a perfect coach for me. Now, we’ll see because he IS my boyfriend first and foremost, but I think this’ll be a great way for me to jump back on the bandwagon.

I started his program on Monday, but I’ll definitely be updating you with how everything’s going, how I’m feeling and what my results are looking like. My goal is to lose close to 10 lbs by June 1. I like having goals, and that’s my current goal. Of course, I want to get stronger too, so it is more about how my body is FEELING, but I definitely want to be feeling my best by summer time. My first summer in  Chicago!

If you’re ever interested in fitness, macros, personal training, online training, finding out secrets about me (what?!), make sure you check out Ben.

Five Things I’m Loving on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Now, I’ve never been one for celebrating a random day in February with or without a boyfriend, BUT I am all about love. So with that, here are five things I’m loving.

5 Things I'm Loving on Valentine's Day

Just Jessie 
Did you know I’ve officially been blogging on here for five years? Crazy! I had a small food + weight loss blog before I started Just Jessie, but I’m so happy I switched over to this one.

I’ve made so many fun connections with new friends and brands in the past five years and I can’t wait to ramp things up this year with making my brand into a business. I’ve decided to finally put my passion and talents to use by providing my own content creation and social media management service. I’m so ready to work hard toward the life that I want!

Chicago
I lovvvvve this city. I love being able to walk to things or get to places easily (I still need to figure out the trains …) I love the energy of the city and how empowered I feel all the time. I mentioned this in my post back in October when I had my solo trip to Chicago, but this city gives me a sense of excitement and the push to go after everything that I want. I still can’t believe I live here and I’m doing it. I’M DOING IT, GUYS!

Warmer Weather
The weather has been sneakily warming up. Granted, it’ll be 50 one day, then 27 the next BUT IT’S STARTING. Everyone keeps telling me that Chicago is amazing in the summer, and I’m ready to see what that’s all about. Plus, dresses without tights?! I do need to do some spring/summer clothing shopping and shoes shopping, but I’m going to wait until I’ve hit a few goals with my fitness journey.

Friends
New and old, I love that I’m able to be around fun people more often. I’ve hung out with more people since I’ve moved to Chicago than I did the entire 2.5 years I lived in De Pere. I’m joking, only sort of. I’m pretty sure it’s close!

Ben
I mean, I can’t do a Valentine’s Day post and NOT mention him, can I? 🙂

After being single for over four years, having someone in my life has been a challenge, but a good one. He’s smart, kind, loving, funny and I didn’t know someone like him even existed. But he does and I’m not sharing. 😛

Plus, he feeds me cake and donuts, but also pushes me in the gym. Best case scenario in my opinion.

What are you loving right now?
Are you doing anything for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day or Single’s Awareness Day OR JUST FEBRUARY 14?

Weekend Recap: Stan’s Donuts

Oh Monday … always coming back even when I don’t want you to. So, instead of focusing on that, let’s time travel back to Friday! 🙂

Work started off pretty slow, which is pretty normal on Fridays. I worked out over lunch …

Shoulders, Biceps and Triceps workout

I left work around 2 p.m. on Friday in order to beat some of the traffic (it normally takes me almost 1.5-2 hours to get home on a Friday …) and then holed myself up at Starbucks. Ben met me there and after a few hours of work, we went back to his place to start a Stranger Things marathon. We didn’t get off the couch the whole night and it.was.amazing.

Saturday started off pretty late for me. Ben got up early to go to work and I slept in until about 10, then stuck around in bed watching YouTube videos for an hour. I ran home, ate some Thai food (mmm) and got ready for the gym. Since I was done early and the weather was NICE for Chicago in February (50 degrees?!) I decided to walk the 25-minutes to Ben’s gym to workout with him.

Chicago, Illinois

We hit heavy deadlifts and squats …

Squats with Ben Fritz Fitness

Deadlifts with Ben Fritz Fitness

I lifted 135# for 4×6 on squats and I’m SO EXCITED plus, it means that I hit another one of my February goals. It helps having someone there to push me.

After our workout, we decided to try a little taco place right down the street from our apartments. Ben loved his steak burrito, but I wasn’t blown away by my barbacoa tacos. I mean, I’d eat there again, but it wasn’t anything to write home about for me.

El Jardin Tacos

After our super late lunch, I walked home (I love that we live so close) to shower and do a few things around my place. PLUS, I had my newest package sitting on my doorstep (found here on Etsy)!

You Better Have Tacos Door Mat

I walked back to Ben’s apartment and we ended up going to Starbucks to get a couple hours of work done. After some productiveness, we headed BACK to Ben’s apartment (I love being able to walk everywhere) to figure out dinner. The night turned into watching more Stranger Things (I’m hooked!), drinking wine and doing laundry. Party animals!

Sunday started off late for me again – Ben got up early, but I just couldn’t pull myself out of bed until 9:30. I’ve been so tired lately! Anyways, thankfully we were both moving slow so we didn’t get out of the apartment until 10, but we had a special destination …

Stan's Donuts

Stan’s Donuts!

I wanted a donut and I’ve been complaining to Ben all week. In my defense, it’s his fault because he got me one on Wednesday when I was sick so now that’s all I’ve wanted. Well, Ben decided we needed a dozen …

Stan's Donuts

We decided to try them all … I had a piece of almost a dozen donuts (I gave up…)

Stan's Donuts

After the sugar coma, we walked over to Starbucks (imagine that!) and Ben worked on his business stuff while I worked on blog stuff. I’m looking to either buy a full new design for my blog or just purchase a template. Hmmmmmm…..

3+ hours later, we both went to our own apartments, ate an extremely late lunch (those donuts killed my appetite) and then headed out to the suburbs to IKEA. I found two things I needed for my apartment storage. We were in and out of there in one hour!

We headed to Ben’s parents’ house for a quick dinner and then off to his hockey game. They won 8-4, I believe. Ben was *only* in the penalty box twice (hahaha).

Ben's Hockey League Game

The game let out around 9:15, so we headed back to the city to get ready for the next day. And that was my weekend!

How was your weekend?

A birthday in transition …

Good morning! It’s officially NOT my birthday (unlike yesterday) and we’re back to “real life” – aka I’m not getting a bunch of sweet texts about my birthday anymore. 😉

If I’m being completely honest, yesterday was hard for me. This month has been all over the place for me emotionally (and physically, let’s be real) so I’ve been up and down for a few weeks. Starting a new job, living out of a suitcase for 3+ weeks (still currently living out of a suitcase, really), figuring out traffic, getting used to living with my boyfriend, then having to move out. Parallel parking … 😉

I’m usually a complete birthday diva, putting together a party with as many of my friends as possible. Last year I went to Chicago with my friend Julie (how funny that I am living here now …) and the years prior I always had parties with as many of my friends as possible. I’m an extrovert, so I love having people around me, ESPECIALLY on my birthday. This month I just couldn’t seem to be excited for the day, though. Not so much because of the age, but more because I feel very unsettled. With the move and trying to get my feet planted here, it’s been a struggle. With that said, it was still a pretty great 29th birthday!

The morning started off rough – I have not been sleeping enough basically since I moved to Chicago, so I was pretty sleepy plus super crabby that I had to work. Work was okay – a pretty slow day and I don’t know many people. I took myself to Chipotle lunch, then got through my afternoon of meetings. After work, I made a quick Target run and then drove back to the city. I chatted with my friend Lindsay for a good hour, so that definitely helped brighten up my mood PLUS seeing all of the texts, FB and Instagram messages.

Ben ended up getting done with work early and made me promise not to go to my apartment without him, so my mind was racing. If you remember, I basically closed the door on Saturday night with everything thrown all over the place in my apartment and haven’t touched it since. We walked over there last night and he had organized the boxes the best he could, plus put together my bed frame and my whole living room. I cried.

Living Room

Ben’s got a weird schedule because of training (usually early mornings, then late nights with afternoons off) so he spent his day putting together my apartment. Like … I can’t. And then he decided that wasn’t enough and got me a bag I’ve been eyeing for MONTHS and showed him in Charleson, but refused to buy it for myself because of the price.

Lululemon Bag

I literally laid down on my bed and stopped talking because I couldn’t handle all the emotions I was feeling. Poor guy. 😉

After I got over my love paralysis (eew, I know, who am I), we went back to his place and then watched Dexter and Parks & Rec. No better way to end my 29th birthday, in my opinion.

Since it’s still January and I’m officially in my 29th year, I figured what better time than to voice a few goals and reflections:

  1. Get back into a routine with working out, meal prep, laundry … just life. I think I’ll feel a lot more settled that way.
  2. Find a way daily to work on me. Being in a new relationship tends to bring out many old demons. Strengthening my confidence in myself, my worth in myself and knowing what I deserve is something I need to work on.
  3. Save some moola. These $5.50 SB drinks stop today (mostly because I’ll be setting up my coffee pot tonight – YUSSSSS)
  4. Make connections in the city. Expanding my professional network is important for my future goals.
  5. Focus on things I’m passionate about. I love blogging. Love YouTube. Guess what I haven’t been doing lately? Either of those things. I need to start to focus on the things that make me tick.
  6. Strengthen friendships. I have a lot of friends/acquaintances in the city which is a big reason I moved here. I want to continue to grow those friendships, since I’ve missed that the last few years living in Green Bay.
  7. Find a way to make travel more of a priority. Travel is not only fun, it awakens my mind and my heart. While this doesn’t go along with #3 so much, I want to be sure I make this a priority.

There’s probably more, but we’ll go with those for now. Birthdays always bring a feeling of a fresh start for me and I’m excited to see what this year has in store for me. I mean, I’m not quite sure how these last few months of my 28th year could be topped, but you never know!

Are you a birthday person or do you prefer low-key?

Weekend Recap: Moving + A Birthday

Hi, hi, hi – it’s my birthday and I’m sitting in a cubicle. Super happy about it. But at least I have a job, right? Right. #perspective 😉 Let’s talk about the weekend!

On Friday, I worked from home until about 11 a.m. before Ben and I jumped on the train to Milwaukee. My sister was nice enough to drive the two hours to pick us up, then two back to Green Bay. We got a quick dinner at Chili’s (which left something to be desired …) and then back to my apartment in Green Bay to pack everything up. Ben was super patient and helpful all weekend – I honestly couldn’t have done it without him.

Saturday morning we woke up early, took my sister to work, got the U-haul and came back to my apartment just in time for my parents to get there. After a fiasco with the U-haul (it looked like I got one that was way too small but somehow Ben and my dad played the best game of Tetris), we packed up all of my things and took off for lunch. We had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Green Bay, Vintage Cantina.

Vintage Cantina

Tacos and margaritas it is! (okay, I’m the only one that drank but #necessary)

Vintage Cantina

I should also mention that Saturday was the first time Ben met my parents. They like him (it’s hard not to like him) and everything went smoothly. Especially the moving part. Ben has this weird calming effect on me so there were no tears OR panic, which is normally an all day fiasco with me on a moving day.

After lunch, we headed back to my GB apartment, said good bye to the parents and the cats 🙁 and took off in the U-haul. AKA Ben drove the truck, I talked his ear off for 3.5 hours. He didn’t seem to mind … I think he was just happy I wasn’t having a panic attack.

Moving to Chicago

Once we got to Chicago, I went into crazy mode. I was DONE with moving, so I wanted to get the stuff unloaded from the truck ASAP. Ben, Teressa and I unpacked the thing in less than an hour, then we took the U-haul to a drop-off location. Teressa went out with some friends and Ben and I basically collapsed onto the couch at 6:30. Of course, he put up the sweetest Instagram post which I havvvvve to show you so you all throw up.

I may strongly dislike their football team (sorry @jessiedeschane 😬 …but not really 😝) BUT I was able to find some delicious tacos in Green Bay 😍🌮 — I helped move the girlfriend from Green Bay to Chicago today. For any of y’all that have moved before, you know that it is one of life’s most stressful experiences 😓 However, we made it out alive and didn’t kill each other 🙏🏼 — This is quite the accomplishment 👏🏼🏅That said, I am very grateful for finding someone with such a kind heart and someone that values me as much as I value them. This is a reminder ☝🏼NEVER SETTLE FOR LESS THAN YOU DESERVE. Know your worth and find somebody that realizes it too 👊🏼 — Why am I sharing this? 🤔 Because fitness is a small (while very important) part of a happy life and I want to share these things as well. If you don’t like it, then just don’t read 😬 I’ll keep posting enough food porn to keep you occupied 😉

A photo posted by Ben Fritz (@benfritzfit) on

Oh that boy …

Sunday we slept in (AKA I did not get out of bed until almost noon) but Ben forced me up with pancakes. We ate, chatted with Teressa and went right back to bed where we sad around for a few hours looking for places to go for dinner. After searching, Ben and I got up to go to my apartment to unpack buttttt then he had the brilliant idea to go and get bloody marys down the street and both Teressa and I were easily swayed.

After bloodies and nachos (MMMMM), Ben and I got all dressed up and went out to Harry Caray’s to try their Restaurant Week specials. SO MUCH FOOD. No pictures because it was a special date for my birthday, but I did take this sneaky one …

Benjamin

I can’t help it. That cake was super handsome. 😉

After dinner, we headed back to his apartment and watched Happy Endings with Teressa. Pretty great Sunday if you ask me.

And now it’s Monday … my 29th birthday! I almost always take my birthday off, but since I only had a half day of vacation (since I just started my job a couple weeks ago) I took it on Friday so we could get a head start on moving. I will be honest – I’m a little sad today. I miss Brooke, my closest friend back in Green Bay. I miss a lot of my friends and let’s be honest, I’d much rather be sitting on the couch than at work BUT at least I’m lucky enough to have a good job, so I’m happy about that.

29th Birthday

Okay, speaking of work, I’m going to be a good employee and see if anyone needs anything from me (my job is still ramping up). Hope you all have a wonderful Monday! Tell me about your weekend in the comments. OR your favorite way to treat yourself for your birthday. 

Linking up with Katie.

Random Jobs I’ve Had

I had a reader ask me months ago to either do a video or blog post about the jobs that I had and how I got them. Well, I was so busy having three jobs, that I never got around to doing it. I figured now would be fun to talk about a few of the (MANY) jobs I’ve had and how they came about…

First Job (besides babysitting like everyone else): McDonalds (~3 years)
MCDs was the place to be in high school – at least we thought so. I was in cheerleading, volleyball and dance team + academic clubs in HS and they were in the only employer in my tiny, tiny town that worked around my schedule.

How did I get the job?  I got the job because a friend’s mom was a manager there and she brought me on board.

College Jobs: Waitressing + Internships
I put this all in one category because I had multiple jobs (Me? Multiple Jobs? Imagine that!) throughout my four years at college. On campus I worked in Facilities (for a very short period of time), Career Services (my fave) and Housing (on-campus internship). Off campus I waitressed at two different restaurants (not at the same time) and had an internship with a healthcare company in Green Bay, which is where I found my love for marketing and events. Don’t get me wrong, college was great … but I figured out what I wanted to do because of that internship, so I’m very grateful for it. Oh, and I worked one Black Friday at Charlotte Russe before quitting and swearing off retail (or so I thought). I had at least two jobs almost all four years of college.

How did I get the job?  Normal applications

In Between: Waitressing + Retail
It took me a good six months to find a real job out of college, so I worked at Express (hated it) and a restaurant in Milwaukee until I found my full-time job.

How did I get the job?  Waitressing job – Twitter. Seriously. I reached out to the restaurant via Twitter and they replied asking me to come in. Retail job – through a friend that worked there.

First “Big Girl” Job: Marketing Internship turned Marketing Specialist (~1 year)
My first job out of college was a full-time marketing internship with a marketing research group in Milwaukee. About a month in, I was promoted to Marketing Specialist. I wrote sales proposals, made binders, worked in our CRM program, etc. Basically anything our account executives needed. It was a good job right out of college and I met some really fun people (plus I got to work with my friend Gina for a couple months) but really, I was bored out of my mind. Most days I would sit almost the whole day with nothing to do and it drove me crazy! I’m a very efficient and hard worker, so that’s just not the way I work.

How did I get the job?  Online job search.

First Agency Job: Public Relations Account Assistant (~6 months)
And then I landed my first agency job … two miles from my other job! 😉 I actually was offered two different jobs at the same time – one in Milwaukee and one in Madison. My boyfriend at the time was living in MKE and I wanted to stay near him, so I picked up this job. I had no intention of only staying at this job for a short amount of time, but another opportunity came around.

How did I get the job? Online job search.

Second Agency Job: Account Coordinator –> Assistant Account Executive (~2.5 years)
I learned SO much from this job plus met my best friend Saige, so although it was one of the most high stress jobs I’ve ever had, I did like it a lot. Mainly I worked on project/client management and social media. I actually miss quite a few parts from that job!

Saige and I

How did I get the job? This job I also got from Twitter. I was following a lady and she tweeted that her company was hiring. I messaged back and forth with her and she put in a good word. It helped that she was best friends with my boss-to-be. 😉

At the same time …: Leasing Agent (~2 years)
After breaking up with my boyfriend, moving out of our apartment and moving to downtown Milwaukee on my own, I picked up a job at the apartment building I was living in. Lots of perks (no free rent … but I did get a break!) and I only worked every other weekend. It was a pretty easy job and I really enjoyed it. I always thought I’d be good at real estate, so I’m happy I tried it out. I do miss that job and still wonder if I should try out real estate someday, but who knows!

How did I get the job? Facebook post. I was following my apartment’s FB page and they mentioned they were looking for someone. I called them literally 2 minutes after they put the post up. #desperate

Event Planning Job: Assistant Director of Alumni Communities (~2.5 years)
This was a major career shift for me. I had done event planning in internships and helped with events at all of my agency jobs, but this was a chance to do events full time. I loved this job at first, working for my alma mater, but soon after I started I realized it wasn’t right for me. The planning part was amazing and I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world. Plus, I met one of the best people in the world there (Brooke), so that’s worth it, too. But my manager was not trustworthy and I always felt like I was going to get stabbed in the back at any moment. I was bored 95% of the days and then would have to work long night and weekends with no time off work. Also, seeing my alma mater from this light just wasn’t the best for me. I loved going to school there, but working there was a different story. And honestly, I was bored AF in Green Bay and missed the (real) city. And I was paid an unlivable wage (even in Green Bay, where cost of living is smaller) so I had to work two part-time jobs as well. Sounds like a lot of bad things … but I really did love planning events, traveling and meeting fellow alumni. I’ll never forget that job!

Move-in week is over

How did I get the job? I was at an alumni event with two friends in Milwaukee and they mentioned they were hiring an event planner. I applied the next day and after a lonnnnnng process, was offered the job.

Part Time Jobs: Front Desk Rep and Social Media Manager (~2 years and 6 months, respectively) 
While working at the college, I waitressed for a hot minute (literally a month) before getting a job at the gym. Not only did I get a paycheck there and make some friends, that’s where I truly found my love and passion for fitness. That part-time job means so much to me and I miss the gym more than anything right now!

I also worked as a social media manager for a small agency outside of Milwaukee.  I liked this job, but it didn’t really make sense. I wrote content and found pictures for about 13-15 clients ranging from funeral homes (WHO TOLD A FUNERAL HOME THEY SHOULD HAVE AN INSTAGRAM PAGE) to denture offices to car dealerships to health clubs. I liked this job a lot (I love to write social media) but I had no contact with the clients and no input on social media strategy. Call it my ego, but that bugged me. I’d like to get back into freelance social media once I have my bearings straight here, but maybe I should just work one job for awhile? 😉

Work

How did I get the job? Waitressing – I worked there in college so they just gave the job back to me. Gym – My friend Brooke was a spin instructor there and sent in my application for me. Social Media Manager – I found this job on Big Shoes Network (highly recommend if you’re in the Midwest or South) and they gave me the job almost immediately.

CURRENT JOB!!: Social Media Account Manager 
First time working corporate – woot woot! I’ve only been here about 2.5 weeks, but so far so good. This company is GIGANTIC and my commute is LONG, but I love being in Chicago. I love being challenged. I love (and hate) wondering every day if I know what the hell I’m doing. I miss that! I am in charge of a new social media program for one of our partners and I work with a small team (two designers, one writer) to do all of their social media and “special projects”. I’m still getting into the swing of things, but I think I’m going to like this. I’m good at working with people, being organized and I get a little bit of social media time, even though it’s not writing. I do miss planning events, but you never know what the future holds. For now, this was a wonderful choice for me AND (at almost 29) the first job I’ve had that’s paid me well. Perks of working at a well-established big corporation, I suppose. And, HELLO I’M LIVING IN CHICAGO!

chicago NYE

How did I get the job? LinkedIn. I applied for the job on LI and the recruiter called me almost immediately because, so I’m told, I was a “unicorn candidate” meaning I had everything they were looking for. I had a phone interview a few days later, then a 3-hour interview the following Monday. I completed the interview at 10 a.m. and around 1 p.m. (I was still driving back to GB) they called and offered me the job. It was INSANE.

Did you get through this whole post? If you did, you deserve a piece of candy or something. Hope you found this interesting or maybe it’ll give you some insight on how to find a job if you’re looking since social media has helped me in a lot of ways. Heck, I’ve met my wonderful BF on social too (story coming soon, I promise. He wants to help me write it – how cute is that?!)

Linking up with Amanda!