It’s no secret that my life’s unconventional – I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my work so I thought I’d write a post on what goes on in a “typical day” rather than answer everyone individually. As many of you know, I wear a lot of different hats so there’s really no such thing as “typical,” but I’ll try my best to give you guys an idea of what my life’s like.
Although I’m not a full-time blogger, I still treat the job as such. I put in a RIDICULOUS amount of effort daily to stay on top of my game, and I meet with photographers every week to shoot outfits in batches. I work with different people in the area so it varies from person to person, but they can last anywhere from 2-9 hours. I shoot with Sung Shin the most, and we’ll usually spend at least 6 hours together. Here’s a rough idea of what shoot days are like:
5-5:45 AM: Wake up and get ready.
5:45-6:15AM: Make breakfast and eat + feed my furbaby.
6:15-7:30AM: Answer emails and work on my blog.
7:30-8:15AM: Pack everything I need for my shoot.
8:15-8:45AM: Drive to Sung so we can carpool to shoot locations.
8:45-3:30PM: Shoot 6-7 looks and grab a late lunch.
3:30-4PM: Drive back home.
4-5:30PM: Walk Daisy for 2 miles and then work out.
5:45-7:30PM: Study or practice piano.
7:30-8:30PM: Have dinner + feed Daisy.
8:30-2AM: Study, practice, work on posts posts, edit photos, answer emails, style outfits, etc.
On teaching days, I work from 8-5PM so that forces me to change my schedule up a bit. It also depends on what’s coming up. If I have a concert, I’ll spend a good 3-5 hours practicing on top of rehearsals (depends on how much I need to learn). I also cover events/restaurants frequently in the DMV so that also changes things as well. Honestly, it’s a lot of adjusting, but I love the variety SO much. It keeps me on my toes, and I’m passionate about everything I do so it’s all really rewarding even if I feel a little fatigued. Luckily, I’m done with classes now, but juggling my class load with everything was definitely a challenge. In addition to getting my DMA in piano performance, I decided to get a second masters in musicology simultaneously so I had to take an extra year of coursework.
People tend to think my life is all fun and games, but it’s quite the contrary. Yes, there are glam aspects to what I do, but you don’t see the grunt work I do behind the scenes. Let me give you guys an example, teaching seems like it’s fairly easy and straightforward, right? Well, it’s not just about giving the private lessons. Music teachers spend hours on lesson plans weekly to cater to individual students on top of masterclasses, student recitals, adjudicating exams & concerts, and etc.
I spend at least 4-5 hours blogging daily on Sensible Stylista alone – that means amplifying posts, responding to readers, talking to sponsors, writing up new content, editing photos, etc. Add piano and the degree to the mix, and my life turns into a total sh*tshow. To be honest, I’m a little worried about the next few months since there’s SO much going on, but I’ll figure it all out. I always manage to make things work.
Here’s what’s on my plate: I have a big duo program to learn for upcoming concerts, a doctoral document to write, a lecture recital, final orals for my DMA, 15 students to teach, two blogs, and omg my head hurts from thinking about it all. I “complain,” but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. People ask me how I deal with 20-21 hour work days, and my answer’s simple. My “work” doesn’t really feel like work. Of course there’s sh*t I don’t want to do, but I always keep my eye on the prize because I know it’s all going to be worth it in the end.
Not everything’s going to be “fun” per se, and that’s ok. No matter HOW much you love something, there’s going to be a point where you’re just pissed the eff off and hate everything. I just try to embrace the pain rather than resent it. Anywho, that’s it for today. A big thanks to everyone who wrote me – I’m more than happy to tackle topics you request so feel free to keep the messages coming. Sending you all love from the DMV!
Photos shot by the amazing Sung Shin and wearing a fab dress from Laila Jayde, pumps from 5/48, vintage Dior sunglasses and an adorable bag from Handbag Heaven. For more office-friendly inspo, make sure to check out my workwear archives,