Saturday, July 23, 2016
Blogiversary Guest Post and Giveaway: My Juggling Act by Samantha March, author of A Questionable Friendship
I wear a lot of hats. Like, a lot. Let me count them: in my personal life I’m of course a friend, daughter, sister, aunt and cousin, as well as a wife to my husband of almost three years and a mom to an energetic Vizsla puppy. In my professional life, I am book blogger with Chick Lit Plus, blog tour coordinator with CLP Blog Tours, published author of four novels, owner of the independent publishing company Marching Ink, a freelance editor and book marketer, plus I run a beauty-related Youtube channel.
I get asked a lot how I juggle my schedule. The honest answer – it’s easy for me because I’m doing what I love. Books are my thing, plain and simple. I don’t feel like I’m working when I’m coordinating a tour or plotting my next book. I don’t find it tedious to write 5,000 words in a day or design a marketing plan. I choose to work with books, so I wouldn’t make that decision if I didn’t like what I was doing.
Recently, I have also decided to finally explore another industry that I have always been passionate about, which is beauty. I started a Youtube channel in April 2015 and a corresponding Instagram, and finally feel that after 7 years of my website having the tagline Books, Beauty & All Things Chick, I’m living up to those words.
While I love what I do, it does take a lot of planning and self-motivation to get my work done in the allotted hours that I have. I make a to-do list every week day, and let myself have a bit looser schedule on the weekends, so I don’t get burned out or frustrated with my schedule. I’m lucky to have a supportive husband who encouraged me to leave my day job in June of 2014 when it became the right time to pursue my passions full-time, and that he understands how important my career is to me. I’m busy, but I’m busy doing what I want to do, and that is worth the long nights and hectic days. I think many people are always searching for their “thing,” for what makes them happy in life, and I’m happy and proud to say that I have found it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has four published. In addition to books, Samantha runs a successful beauty-related Youtube channel and enjoys having another creative outlet. When she isn’t reading, writing, blogging or filming, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.
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