How I (Attempt to) Balance Blogging & High School

Welcome to My Office!

This comfy spot right here on my bed is where most of my blog things happen. We save homework for the kitchen table or my desk when it isn’t covered in piles of college advertisements and receipts.

Here is where I write blog posts, take my flatlays, other pictures like this one, plan out what is next to come in my planner, and jot down ideas or poems in my notebook. So technically, this is where it all happens.

I guess this spot being my office kind of helps me balance. Most of the time I’m up ridiculously late working on procrastinated homework, but some nights I find that inspiration strikes and so I get out my laptop and begin working on a new post for whatever concept has suddenly popped in my head before I go to sleep.

I have so many things I want to write about. There is an endless number of things I want to share and explain, but all these ideas usually come to me in one sitting, with not nearly enough time to complete them all. So this is how I have so many drafts in the works.

Currently, I have 45 drafts. 45 posts, or starts of posts, some of which I eventually want to finish and publish. Some of them I might never finish because I just don’t feel like they really work for what I want this blog to be anymore, but most of them I probably will.

Who knows, I might even be able to save the drafts I’m not sure I want to publish and turn them into something new, something that fits who I am now. Only time will tell.

All I can say is: It’s not easy. The desire to be creative and to do the things I can to push myself toward whatever future it is that I want while also being given busy work at school about things I really don’t care about all that much

is hard.

I know the things I learn about in school are important, at least for me to further my education in college. Because y’all know that blogging doesn’t require precalc or chemistry otherwise ya girl wouldn’t be here.

I really enjoy this. I love having this platform to talk about things I’m passionate about and sometimes I find new things I’m passionate about in history, psychology or english class, which then reminds me why I kind of do enjoy school. Because then I can talk about those new things that interest me here: This place that is like a diary that everyone can read and has the possibility to learn from.

On this blog, I want to continue my advocacy for people with disabilities and to share more about Emily, push myself to create more fashion-related content, dabble in digital art and other art forms, and continue to candidly share more about my personal life, interests, and experiences.

I will continue to do this, but it is extremely hard sometimes. I don’t always feel like I have the time, and when I do, I lack the motivation it takes to get stuff done because I am exhausted.

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I slept in for the first time in months this week. The first day I slept until 11:30, the second until about noon. I typically hate sleeping in anymore because I always feel groggy and like I can never really wake up. So then I waste the rest of my day lazing about doing nothing, maybe even sleeping more.

It was Winter Break back in December, that was the last time I really slept in. I have been working every weekend since then, and obviously, school just has to start at 7:35 every morning so I don’t have the opportunity to sleep in then either. It just hasn’t happened for me.

Which is okay, I don’t mind, but I didn’t realize how tired I was. Those two days I slept in this week didn’t affect me like they normally do. I felt refreshed and was more awake. I know you can’t ever catch up on sleep, but those two days of sleeping in told me exactly how sleep deprived I was because I could tell my body really needed it.

So I guess you could also say I’m juggling sleep too.

But so goes the creative lifestyle, right? Living the creative dream, choosing writing over sleep, photography over time management, and choosing to embrace new literature whenever possible instead of getting caught up on that psychology project that is due next week, all while trying to make it out of high school alive and with a diploma in hand.

It is without a doubt a struggle, but a struggle I don’t mind continuing. Things will eventually get easier as I become more experienced, and I will hopefully have less schoolwork (if I’m very lucky).

So in conclusion, it is possible to balance high school and blogging, but there are probably a lot of people out there doing it a whole lot better than I am, but I promise I’m going to make it, somehow.

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12 thoughts on “How I (Attempt to) Balance Blogging & High School

    1. Thank you so much! You are absolutely right, and I don’t even do this as much as I would like to!! I feel like I almost have 3 jobs right now because I’m a student, working part-time to meet the financial needs to keep my blog going (and ya know, to survive life, go to college and such), and then this creative dream job! It’s crazy, but I love it 🙂 Your blog is lovely and your Instagram is so bright! Best wishes!

  1. That is a LOT of posts you have lined up 😀
    I’m still in high school now, trying to get into the habit of blogging because in a few months, I’ll (hopefully) be blogging in college! 😀

    1. Thanks for commenting! Haha, it’s super crazy! I just kept starting new ones and didn’t even realize how many I had unfinished until now! Congrats on being so close to finishing high school (I’m super jealous! I’ve got one more year ugh…)! All I can say is try to prioritize as best you can, even though I am definitely no expert on time management! Make time for the things you love! Best wishes for finishing school and moving on to college!

    1. Omg yes! Target is the best place fo pajamas and pretty much anything else! They are super comfy and currently the only cute pajamas I have for blog posts so these will show up a lot 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting!

    1. Thank you so much! So glad I was able to provide some kind of insight 🙂 My best advice is to try your hardest not to procrastinate! You’ll have a lot more time for your blog if you prioritize. I mean, I’m a junior in high school and I know that’s what I should do, but I still can’t stick with it! Maybe you can learn from my struggles! Best wishes in all that you do!

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