Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day to all of you hard-workers tuning in! We hope this blog post finds you extra rested, drinking coffee in peace, enjoying your day off with some of your favorite people. You deserve it.

In true Labor Day fashion (no pun intended), we are also taking the day OFF from all things DIY to chat a little bit about our day jobs and that burning question we hear most often — “how do you do it?!”professionalsCasey works as a TV producer & host, and Bridget works as a high school teacher & coach. Working full-time and running the blog definitely keeps us on our toes and forces us to use our time very wisely. Having each other to lean on, vent to, or just work with throughout this process makes the time commitment, the logistics, and the overall experience of blogging a lot more manageable (and fun!). And let’s be honest, we LOVE what we do and would never change the crazy schedules and overloaded to-do list for a thing.

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bridgetBut guess what? We know we’re not the only busy ones around here. EVERYONE is BUSY! While many people ask us, “How do you do it?” “How do you find time to blog?!”, we are looking at them thinking the same thing! How do YOU do it?!?rookies

But let’s get to the question at hand here & be perfectly honest. We’re not perfect & we don’t do it ALL. We would never want to give you a false impression that we work full-time, run a blog full-time, and live this perfect, stress-free life in a picture-perfect home. For example…

  1. Neither of us cook dinner… pretty much ever. This gives us some extra time to tackle some computer work while our amazing men take care of dinner.
  2. We are always “plugged in” on the blog or using social media, which is fun for us because we truly love all things DIY/blog but isn’t so great for our +1’s. We have to make a conscious effort to “unplug for love” in order to make time to concentrate what is important in our lives.
  3. Our fitness schedules suffer. Casey fits in a workout far more than Bridget does, but we both  sacrifice working out more than we should with our blog schedules. This is one thing both of us want to focus on more, but it’s a piece of the puzzle that doesn’t always make the cut (not that we’re complaining or making  excuses – it’s just the facts… unfortunately).
  4. We blog on the weekends, we blog before work, we blog after work, and we blog when we should be sleeping… see the trend here? If we have free time – we’re probably blogging!
  5. Our homes don’t always look “Picture Perfect”. This just in: our homes get messy, disorganized (gasp!), and really dusty. We acquire overflowing laundry bins, piles of bills on the counters, and even an unmade bed here and there. The pretty pictures here on the DIY Playbook are designed to inspire and motivate our readers (isn’t that what blogs are all about?) and NEVER, ever designed to make them feel inferior or discouraged.
  6. We mostly talk “business” together – Yes, we’re best friends FIRST and business partners SECOND but business tends to dominate our conversations these days. Sometimes we’ll even set a timer right when we get together and until that timer rings, we canNOT talk blog… only old fashion girl talk. haha what losers we are…
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  7. This is our hobby, so we love to spending as much time as we can doing it… even if the stuff we do reflects “work”. Checking our email to find new opportunities or feedback from readers is actually FUN for us. Some people have a hobby of running and devote hours a day running & training for a marathon… that’s their fun, so of course they MAKE time to enjoy it as much as possible. We get that.
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  8. We LOVE this blog like it’s our first-born. You laugh, but we’re serious… we truly feel like we will do anything we can to watch our little baby flourish. We are proud parents of our “little baby” and want to continue to nourish it and see it grow and mature.

    So bottom line — we aren’t perfect, but because we love what we do and have an amazing support system, we put priority on blogging and make it work regardless of what we have to sacrifice. A big thank YOU for making it all worth it, for tuning in everyday, and for cheering us on along the way. We know that you are CRAZY BUSY too, so the fact that you take precious time out of your day to come here…. we truly can’t thank you enough.

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On that note, let’s all go enjoy our day off in honor of Labor Day (or at least try to until the next email pops up!)… we all deserve a mini break!

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  • Shannon

    Happy Labor Day! I am so glad you posted about having to live 2 (sometimes 3) different lives. I am a full time teacher by day, and a business owner on nights/weekends. My biggest difference is that I am single, and I am running my business alone. In fact this whole weekend has been devoted to prepping my website for my business, which will be launched later this week *fingers crosses* EEEEKKKK! It is definitely not easy to balance 2 full time jobs (one of which hasn’t even started bringing in any money yet), as well as attempt a social life. You girls are so lucky to have each other to work on the business together! I am always bouncing ideas off my own friends, but I am sure they are sick of it! Anyways, thanks for posting how real life can get when you run a business and work a full time job. The hard worker in me saw a three day weekend as an opportunity to work, rather than relax. Just you like you mentioned, my business has been my baby since the business planning stages, and I will do just about anything to see it flourish!

    • Shannon, we’re so happy you liked today’s post. Some people think we’re crazy for spending so much time on the blog, but when you love something it’s totally worth it! Wow, congrats on the up and coming business. Good luck to you and can’t wait to see the new website. Enjoy your day “off”…yeah right, haha!

  • Britney

    Too cute!!! Enjoy your day off BUT I’m dying to see what you ladies put on the blog for Fall….my favorite season!

    • hahaha, in that case…it’s time for us to get to work!

      We totally agree Britney, fall is the best! Stay tuned for some fun fall projects and plenty of eye candy.

  • cassie {hi sugarplum}

    You two are adorable…thanks for a peek behind the scenes! xo

    • Awww…as always you are too sweet Cassie! Hope you had a nice holiday

      xo,
      B & C

  • Natalie Weber

    Thanks for the insight into what your days/nights/weekends look like! I also loved what you said about having piles of laundry and dust on your shelves – I know I sometimes I get discouraged and feel like there is no way I can be as creative and “together” as you are! I am always inspired by your awesome posts – keep going, the blog is great!

    • Natalie,
      Thanks for taking a moment to write such a sweet comment. Dust, crumbs, laundry…that’s a part of both of our everyday lives! Oh add neglected husbands on that list too..ha! We certainly don’t have it together at all. So it’s nice to share a look into our real, non-blog-worthy lives every once in a while.
      xoxo,
      B & C