a personal style blog by Lauren Pfieffer

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Transitions


Since leaving my full-time job, I've had a few people ask me if I had plans to transition into a full-time influencer instead of going back to the 9-to-5. Not necessarily have I contemplated becoming an 'influencer,' but I have thought about taking on a combination of self-employed roles like blogging, selling vintage, and offering freelance social media services to smaller businesses grow their social following.



jeans - Target
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For me, I've always worked in fast-paced, busy work environments like being a hostess, a sales associate, a barista, and most recently a social media coordinator. None of my work experience has ever been described as "relaxed," so the thought of working on my own terms as a freelancer was definitely an intriguing possibility.  How nice would it be to work from the comfort of my own bed every day, on my own schedule, creating stuff I love? Sounds like my (anyone's!) kind of dream.

bag - thrifted 
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Over the last three weeks as I've been applying for jobs and interviewing, I've gotten a taste of what freelance work could be like. Most of my days start out in the morning working on my job search, then in the afternoons I work on my blog, Instagram, and budding vintage store on Etsy. Dedicating hours to these things was exciting at first, but now I find myself waking up with less gumption and inspiration. I feel unfulfilled, a bit lost, and sort of like I'm just throwing spaghetti at the wall, hoping it sticks. Freelance is definitely not what I thought.

What influencers do is incredible. I've seen both sides of the job from the brand side, to also working as a micro-influencer myself. There is truly so much behind the scenes work you don't see in what these content creators do. After taking these last few weeks to dive into this and explore what my next stepping stone may be, I'm not sure I could ever trade a full-time job for an influencer/freelance role. I'm fueled by busy days that fly by in a blink of an eye. I need structure to feel a sense of purpose and accomplishment. I miss interacting with co-workers and building bonds with others through teamwork. If you asked me three weeks ago I would have never said this but...I miss that 9-to-5 grind. It makes me feel fulfilled. 

shoes - thrifted
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This transition period of my life has been a very important one. I'm happy I let myself explore options to discover what makes me truly happy. I will always love making content, and it's been an absolute joy to come back to blogging as a creative outlet. I think I want it to remain just that though -- an outlet. I never want doing what I love to turn into something that feels like a chore or something I resent. I can't wait to see what my next chapter holds, whatever it may be.

With much love, Lauren

other outfit details:
blouse thrifted (similar) |  scarf thrifted (similar) | belt thrifted | hat target (similar)

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