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How To Balance Business, Relationships and Travel

I fully believe that travel is one of the few things you can buy yourself that will make you richer. And, I’ve been beyond blessed this year (and last!) with all of the amazing travel opportunities that have come my way! But traveling once or twice a month has taught me the importance of balance and discipline. I’m constantly looking for insight on how to balance business, relationships and travel, and I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned this year.

Plus, I get asked a lot about how much I travel without Jordan. It’s especially hard for me to visit all of these amazing destinations and not share it with him – not to mention being away from home so often. S0, I’m talking about how we are making it work in today’s full post.

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Balancing Business

Finding balance has always been a priority of mine – previously it was finding balance between my full-time job and my blog. Going full-time with APOL has given me a completely different set of priorities to think about. Just like any job, my blog comes with deadlines, timely email correspondence, draft approvals, social media scheduling and more. All of things can become really difficult to stay on top of when traveling. (And with spotty wifi it can be impossible as I recently experienced!)

To stay on top of content and posting commitments, I will schedule out certain posts a few weeks – and sometimes months – ahead of time! I have multiple calendars and planners and a digital task management system. Using planning apps for social media has become a must as well. I use Hootsuite for Twitter, the scheduling option for Facebook, and Planoly for my Instagram feed. For my emails, I have about 20+ different email response templates already typed up to customize depending on the subject/sender/inquiry.

Let me know if you guys want a more in-depth post on scheduling!

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Balancing Life + Marriage

Having a job with creative freedom and the ability to travel is like a dream, but it does have it’s downsides. One drawback is not being able to share the experience with Jordan or my friends/family. I mean seeing so many beautiful sunsets with Haute Off the Rack is nice and all, but you do wish your hubs was alongside too! The other is being away from home for long periods of time. I quickly realized that traveling mid-week was the best solution for still ensuring a bit of quality time at home.

Traveling mid-week means getting home in time to spend the weekends with Jordan. And usually that means being up for whatever he wants to do like watching baseball games, staying in and grilling at home. I’ve even gotten up at 6 am the morning after flying home to run a 10k with him… One trip overlapped an important fundraising event that he was a part of, so I decided to fly home early for it. I try to make weekends with him the most important priority to make up for missing out on time together during the week.

Having my weekends back also means I can attend dinners, brunches and other invitations with friends and family. But I will admit, doing nothing on weekends after a trip can be pretty nice too!

Lastly, I always try to keep Jordan involved in my blog to help him feel like “a part” of what I’m doing. This includes traveling when he’s available. Planning trips specifically for the two of us to look forward to – like our recent trip to Italy – is a big priority. On trips with Jordan, I’ll try to minimize the time that I work so that it doesn’t impact the experience. For example, having Lainey with us in Italy was a big help so that I didn’t have to ask him to take photos!

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy or perfect. We are still figuring out how to make the best of both worlds as we go! Continuing to put an emphasis on quality time together is my main priority, and I’d love to hear if you guys have any tips or suggestions on finding balance with career, travel and relationships!

Let me know what you think in the comments or shoot me an email!

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Do you guys have tips or feedback on how to balance business, relationships and travel? Spill it in the comments!

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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Scheduling is definitely the way for balancing and planning out everything. I find it works well for business, relationships AND travel! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    June 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Ashley barber

    I would love for you to go more in depth with how you schedule and posting. I just started a blog several days ago, and any insight like that would help! Also with my husband in the Navy, balance is something that’s going to take effort everyday. I think the biggest thing that helped us, is having one night a week where we don’t talk about work, or our phones and we spend quality time together.

    June 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Ashley Landry

    I work a full-time job and do family photography on the side for the last two years. This last year I got engaged, and planning a wedding took more of my time of than I originally thought it would (not complaining at all, it was a blast to plan!). But, it changed the way I prioritized my time. Staying away from distractions while I worked was key for me to stay focused and complete the tasks I needed to complete. Planning head with content for social media and blogging was so helpful (even if it was once/twice a week). Also, adding a day or a weekend where I had nothing to do and just relax kept me sane. When work was fun and interesting and you love it, it is hard to remember to relax and take time for yourself.

    I’m so glad you shared your take on balance, and I would love to hear more. For me, balance is something I am continually learning about and how it fits in my life. The more advice, the better! Beautiful photographs by the way – your Italy trip looked amazing!

    June 21, 2017 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Cristina

    You look simply stunning in this. I’m currently running a blog and working full time. I give major props to those who did this for years. It’s only been a few months since I’ve decided to make my blog a major commitment in my life.

    More posts on work/life balance, and how you make blogging a priority during really busy times are always appreciated.

    June 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Nyisha

    I don’t think there is ever a way to perfectly balance anything. You wake up in the morning, you pray that God leads you to make the right decisions throughout the day and you do your best. I own a preschool, run a Facebook page (website coming soon), starting a blog January 1st (website being worked on), hubby is on a 30 day work trip, etc. There is no right answer

    June 21, 2017 at 6:28 pm
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