My Hustle: A Day In The Life of A Blogger

A Day In The Life of A Blogger

This post was sponsored by vitaminwater. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

If you follow my blog regularly, you know that I’m all about empowering young people to do awesome things.

I think as a generation, Millennials and Gen Y want to make things happen.

We want to make BIG THINGS happen.

We want to make a difference.

We no longer really care for working for someone else and climbing that corporate ladder, but that’s not really news.

As a result of that mindset though, we’re seeing more and more young people pursuing their dreams of being entrepreneurs.

So we’re hustling.

All the time.

Because in order to gain that freedom of self-employment, there’s a lot of work involved, and often, a lot of money.

Which is exactly why I was so happy to learn that earlier this year, Vitamin Water invited aspiring entrepreneurs to submit their projects to for a chance at potential funding.

How great is that?

So when Vitamin Water asked me to be a part of this campaign, I was obviously thrilled to participate.

Because campaigns like this really make a difference.

And because I know how hard it is to work on your hustle.

You know, I often tell people that I”m a blogger, and I get looks like, “Oh, that’s so cute. What a nice little hobby. You write. Good for you…”

But what a lot of people fail to understand is just how much effort is involved in maintaining a blog.

I mean, sure, it’s easy to start one. But to keep it up? Ask any blogger you know…it sure isn’t easy.

Only after three years have I started to see income, and now, more than ever, I’m motivated to keep taking my blog to the next level.

But take today, for example.

Today, I’m on vacation.

I’m visiting Joe in Ft. Walton since he’s here for some work training.

And really, all I want to do is sleep all day and hang out by the pool.

But I can’t, because I’ve got deadlines and posts to write.

Instead, I woke up around 7:45am, grabbed some free continental breakfast, and headed out to the beach.

And yes, I WROTE at the beach. (AND worked on my non-existent tan.)


But even when I’m not on vacation, my life is one giant crazy mess.

I work a full-time job from 8am -4:30pm.

I usually don’t get home till about 5:30pm since I’ve got a pretty long commute (Miami traffic is unbearable).

Then, on some days, I go to CrossFit with Joe (which is where we met, by the way, in case you were wondering.)

And by the time I get home, shower, and eat some food, sometimes it’s not until about 9 or 10pm that I can sit down to work on my blog.

And at that time, I’m mentally and physically exhausted. Like this guy…


But then I catch up on my e-mails and I read the comments that readers have left on my posts, and I remember exactly why I’m doing this.

And that gives me the fuel to keep going.

Because your hustle never stops. Your hustle’s a part of you.

And whether you’re an artist or a writer or have a business that you want to get started, you know what it’s like to have a million ideas in your brain every second of your life.

Yes, it’s hard work, but I hope you all have the strength and the courage to go after what you want.

Technology’s made it so much easier for us to go after our dreams.

You can Google just about anything, learn something new via YouTube, and you’re able to connect to millions of people instantly via social media.

You can chat with professionals in your industry via Twitter.

And now, you can even see what people across the world are doing this very minute via Periscope.

You can have an idea and put it out there for the world to see…

And I don’t know about you, but I think that’s really really awesome.

So if you have a minute, pick up some Vitamin Water and head over to Project Hustle to vote for one of these amazing 10 finalists. If you had a dream like this, wouldn’t you want people helping you out?

Any thoughts on this campaign? Digging it as much as I am? Let me know in the comments below, and tell me… what’s your hustle right now.

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  1. Ashleigh

    July 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Non bloggers have no idea how much time bloggers put into blogging! Thank you for sharing your day!! Have a great weekend!

  2. Ali @ Anything You Want

    July 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Sounds like a cool project! My hustle right now is also my blog. I have been off of work for a few weeks but I’m going back on Monday and I’m so nervous about working and maintaining my blog at the same time! Busy busy busy!

  3. Christine Martin

    July 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    It is crazy how much goes into blogging…way more than I ever thought! And I couldn’t imagine doing it while having a full time job. Although I’m at home full time with my three kids…which is like a full time job! lol! Still…so much work!

  4. Keating

    July 30, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Great post! Blogging really is so much work. I quit my job back in February to finish my education and blog full-time and it really has turned into a full-time job. I’m always doing something blog related: answering emails, creating content, taking photos for my posts and Instagram account, interacting with readers, promoting my content, scheduling everything for the week, managing sponsors, affiliate links, and guest posts, recording income/expenses and analytics. It’s exhausting just typing all of that haha Very busy life! 🙂

  5. Diana

    July 30, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I agree that most people don’t understand how much work goes into blogging!

  6. Leslie Wilkie

    July 30, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    The life of a blogger is a full time job. It’s a ton of fun but also a lot of work. Thanks for sharing this amazing post. I’ll be checking out Project Hustle!

  7. laci

    July 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    You rock !! And sound like my daily routine twin.. I also work a 9-5 and then have to get my kids settled and head and played with and so on… So I definitely know how it is to get blog time in late @ night. And I love how u said easy to start a blog but hard to keep up so right but I do love it 🙂

  8. Mistle

    July 30, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Blogging takes a lot of time and planning. Before I started blogging and was thinking about starting, I never truly realized how much time it takes. Lately I’ve been trying to learn new things to improve my blog. Great post!

  9. Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    July 30, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks so much for all the information you provide!

  10. Iyanna

    July 30, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    You live a very full life. Can I just say that I think that I know you?! I have been reading your blog for little while now and I am inspired by your growth and really appreciate the incite that you give new bloggers! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Lindsay

    July 30, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Trying to juggle it all and find balance is SO hard. I leave anywhere from 615 am-645 work 745-345. Gym on lunch breaks, always. Get home at 530/6. Cook, feed dogs, and blogging and so many other things, it’s hard. But you find the motivation. 🙂

  12. Lexi

    July 31, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I couldn’t agree more with reading comments from readers and that gives you the motivation to keep going. This is so well wrote and I can completely relate to it!

  13. Heather @ The Deans List Blog

    July 31, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I really like this, Kayla! That’s my word lately; Hustle. Working full time + Working full time on my blog + Keeping a Tidy house, happy husband, and all of those other things just require a whole bunch of Hustle. I think this campaign is really cool!

    PS. Where is your to-do list from? I think I need it.

  14. P&F

    August 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Hi, I really really love your blog and find it so helpful and inspiring. Thank you for putting up all these cool posts.
    I just went on the hustle project website – I absolutely loved it! So smart and inspiring!

  15. Fiona

    August 7, 2015 at 10:07 am

    I’m looking into starting a blog and this post really opened my eyes to how much work it can be! I love writing and would love to transform it into a career, waking up and doing what you love is fantastic, but it’s true that when you’re self-employed you have to work all the time sometimes (like on vacation)!
    Putting your ideas out there for the world IS awesome. People feel like they are heard and especially when you have a successful blog like this one-you really are heard.
    Keep up the good work, your blog is great!!

  16. MsCrookedHalo

    August 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Since my Leapforce contract ended, I have been hustling extra hard to make my blogs more successful and income producing. I don’t have a real back-up like a spouse or another well-paying gig and brick and morter jobs are tight here in VA. It is definitely sink or swim time!

  17. Kristine

    August 21, 2015 at 2:45 am

    OMG. This post is dead on. I feel like I’ve said everything you said! LOL Literally, sounds like my life. I didn’t know that other people like me existed! The hustle is 24/7 non-stop, every damn day, but honestly it’s worth it— it’ll be worth it. I feel like I’m around so many people who don’t have that drive we share. I’m the “not normal one” because I’m passionate about other things than making money. Don’t get me wrong. I like money and to pay my bills, but it’s not what drives me. It’s nice to know I’m not alone! Cheers to keep going and doing what we love!

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  19. Krystin

    December 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    This is an amazing post! Such an inspiring read and very relatable as I too work full time Monday-Friday and have to find time to blog at night. Thanks for this post, a great read for the new year 🙂 Keep up the awesome work!


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  21. Ying-NavigatingAdulthood

    June 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    This is such a relatable post, keep up the great work!

    1. Kayla Cruz

      July 19, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks so much! Really appreciate you stopping by! xoxox, Kayla

  22. Cyndrel

    August 29, 2017 at 7:01 am

    It’s always nice to find like-minded people on the Internet. Stumbled across your blog by accident and seems like I found a treasure! I work in the afternoon until evening, so, basically I could use my morning to work on my blog (, however, I always find myself binge-watching when I get home from work. It’s pretty tough to get up in the morning but I am trying my best to cut off the binge-watching as much as possible. Indeed, it is tough to have a full time job AND run a blog! I’m proud of everyone out there who can pull this off! 🙂

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