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By Avery Johnson
Growing up, I had a picture in my mind of what a “real career” looked like: power suits and corner offices, lunch dates with my co-workers, and paid time off. Instead, here I am juggling writing projects, event coordinating, marketing, and even teaching spin class.
True life: my full-time job is actually more like four full-time jobs.
On an normal day, I average 2.5 outfit changes. The trunk of my car holds everything from event fliers to spare notebooks to sandy beach chairs and extra tennis shoes, and I know my coffee shop owner by first and last name.
As career trends continue to evolve and shift due to technology and the economy — side hustles, anyone? — the puzzle-piece workday seems to be the new norm.
And, while some days I’m three-shots-of-espresso jazzed about my projects, on others you’ll find me facedown in front of the couch with The Office
reruns on Netflix as I wonder just what the heck I’ve gotten myself into.Related: Should You Rent Or Buy?
So, for all of my multi-jobbing, entrepreneurial, or freelancing sisters out there, here are a few of the ways I stay balanced and productive as I try to manage it all.