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How I Work from Home


Hi Friends!

I hope you all had a great 4th of July celebration! We celebrated a bit in Asheville and remained Truffy’s comfort on the actual 4th of July.

Well, the weekend is nearly upon us, but I do often think about how to work from home and make the most of it.

Before I talk about today’s topic, I wanted to make sure I had today’s post, as next Friday I will be on vacation. Beach time here I come!

I do want to mention that we went to Asheville this past Tuesday and Wednesday, I got to meet up with Jennie and Shelbee and we had the best time! I will share my blogger meet up with you Monday and some pictures from Asheville we took. It really was fun to meet each other in person, it felt like we had known each other personally for years!

How I work from home

I realize this is not a traditional “job” and I wouldn’t say it is a career of mine, but rather more of a busy hobby with perks!  I would like to make more affiliate income, but I think it may be even more hours spent on the computer! Not everyone may realize, but blogging can and does for me take as much time as a full time 40-hour week job, with photo shoots, writing, editing, promoting through social media etc) but I enjoy it, or I wouldn’t keep doing it!

I have been one to work at home though, for a year, as when I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos in 2008, I had to quit a teaching job as I could no longer do what was required of me.

Along those lines, I did privately teach guitar lessons from home and transitioned to this area well. I missed the kids I taught but knew physically I could not stand and teach and have the necessary energy teaching full time required.

Teaching guitar satisfied my teaching desire, and I worked with adults and kids of varying ages, not to mention I was able to create a schedule I could work.

After becoming more ill with Ehlers-Danlos, and my pain levels not controlled, I had to take time off from this as well. It was all about me being able to function and trying to stabilize myself and reduce the pain. After some time, I was able to do that, and function more than I didn’t the beginning.

Blogging from Home

Later, then in 2014, I decided I needed something to keep my mind off the pain and onto something else. This is where I discovered my interest in blogging. I would look up and research Over 40 bloggers and came to know some of the ladies I still know today. I have always loved fashion, so I thought it would be something I would enjoy, ( as I love writing as well) and it would keep my mind occupied.

Now, 5 years later, I am still writing and styling clothes, reaching into other midlife topics of discussion and working from home.

My hubby works at home mainly, as an IT consultant.

How do I work from home and get things accomplished? 

I suppose some people need discipline and have to be at a “workplace”.

I find that I am disciplined enough and treat each week day as a work day. In the Spring and Summer, it does mean sitting on the deck with my computer working on the blog and social media from 9-1. Here I am writing posts, working on photographs in Lightroom, responding to comments, and promoting on social media. My boy pup, Gibson has me well trained, and almost each day he sits on my lap as I am writing for Elegantly Dressed and Stylish.

After 1 o’clock. – I take a break.

My muscles can easily get overworked and develop trigger points or knots because of my disease, so it is imperative that I take a break at this time. I typically will go take an Epsom Salt bath and read, or just enjoy sitting in the tub. My “shadow” Gibby and I have a game we play where I keep a carrot in my robe pocket, and he has to “find” it. He will keep me company during my bath time.

Other great things to do for an hour break is – read that summer book you’ve wanted. Go to the pool in your HOA.

Taking a break gives your mind a break as well as your shoulders/arms from typing and is necessary for just a “mental time-out”.

Back to work- having a relaxing or calming workplace also makes for a more enjoyable means of working from home. 

I make sure I set myself up somewhere that I won’t be disturbed. We do often work outside on the deck, as it is peaceful. I am more of a quiet morning person though and love to just hear the birds chirp, or see the squirrels after pouring that cup of joe. My husband is different where he likes to hear podcasts early in the morning or listen to TV.  It is best that we have separate workspaces.

Another Break option- 

taking a walk. It is good to get out of your home space from time to time and just clear your head or make a mental note of the day by taking a walk. With the nature trail behind our house, its easy to do so! Just getting out can help with productivity as well.

Get outside of the house – 

Even though I “work from home” I like the flexibility and ability to visit a coffee shop a few times a week. This changes up the atmosphere and gives me a new place without distractions. Not to mention, there are some great coffee roasters around here!

Get Dressed

I’ll be honest with you, ( don’t you love that precursor?) I don’t always do this. There are times when our neighbors don’t venture outside, and I may be typing in my cozy, fuzzy robe, It really depends on my mood for the day. However, I have read, that people will often treat their job more seriously, working from home, if they get dressed and seem as if they are getting ready for the day.

Avoid Distractions

I know it can be easy, at first if you are working from home, to turn on the tv, or watch the news while you are typing away at the blog. Try to avoid that. Distractions are just that. And if you are like me and my mom, we have a tendency to talk ( or yell) at the tv during the news or morning politics, so just go the route of not turning it on! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading how I work from home during the week. This also includes the time necessary we need to travel to our location for photo shoots. Part of the fun is enjoying a lunch away from home and coming back to write. Not bad ?:-)

I would love to hear from those of you that work from home. How do you make it work? What’s your day like?

You can respond in the comments section and I will get back to you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jess xx

  • Lisa
    Posted at 12:47h, 27 July Reply

    I worked from home for a number of years and loved it. I now work in an office again but ten minutes from my house so now too bad. I have started to read your blog as I found you through Tania at 50 is not old and I have to say you have inspired me. I have read the majority of your posts from when you started your blog. I am 5ft 11 so very tall so a lot of what you wear is perfect for me also. The biggest impact though is how you style flat shoes. I always thought to look stylish I had to wear heels but you have shown me how to wear flats with every outfit. As a result I have donated all my killer heels to charity as they caused me a lot of pain when wearing them and I am now building up my low heel collection.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:40h, 27 July Reply

      Hi Lisa!
      Good to meet you! Oh thats nice that you are close by your work, it really makes a difference!Oh, so happy to hear you are enjoying my blog and met through Tania. You are a tall lady! I know how sometimes finding long pants can drive me nuts, it must be the same! Yes, I have a medical condition, so my shoes have to be comfortable! Flats or shoes with memory foam are wonderful and keep your feet comfortable throughout the day. I have donated alot as well, and think it is going to a good cause. Sounds like a good way to build your new shoe collection.
      Jess xx

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 08:54h, 10 July Reply

    Your blog is an inspiration, and I am so happy to have found you! I hope one day, I will be able to quit my day job, and blog and design full time – it is hard to get those numbers high enough to get there. PS I taught many trombone lessons. Music is a beautiful thing!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:19h, 10 July Reply

      Thank you so much! I know what you mean about numbers! When i first started blogging, IG wasn’t around and companies were more interested in your blog and content. Great you can play trombone! Not an easy instrument! xx

  • voguefauxreal
    Posted at 13:32h, 07 July Reply

    You have an extra challenge when it comes to holding down a job, whether it be a work-at-home one or going out to an office. You certainly have to be extra cognizant of your diet and your movement and when your symptoms are telling you that a change is needed (my daughter is battling MS but she’s got a great handle on it without taking the meds). Then there are all of the other challenges like getting distracted (“oh, I need to start a load of laundry” or “maybe this kitchen floor needs to be scrubbed”). Fortunately, when you do work at home, you can do those things in 10 or 15 minutes of break time. I loved working at home and miss it all the time (thought I don’t miss the lack of group health coverage and paid time off). You’re so right, though – you really need to set a schedule for work and act as though you’re going out to an office. It helps take it more seriously. Great points here!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:25h, 08 July Reply

      Hi Ruth.
      Yes, so true. Breaks are very important. I am sorry to hear your daughter has MS but that is wonderful she is doing well without meds. Glad you enjoyed my post. Distractions don’t help, but I take some breaks so that typing doesn’t kill my arms or shoulders too, so that breaks up the day. I know what you mean about health care! Thank you for stopping!

  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 09:08h, 07 July Reply

    It’s always interesting to hear about other bloggers’ journeys. It really is soooo much work, but it’s interesting and creative too.
    x, Julie

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:33h, 07 July Reply

      Hi Julie, glad you enjoyed reading. Yes, I like to hear how people work blogging around their day, especially if they work. xx

  • Amy Ann Arnold
    Posted at 13:59h, 06 July Reply

    Smart of you to treat it like a work day. I try to do the same on the two days my daughter goes to mother’s day out.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 10:53h, 06 July Reply

    I love hearing how people manage working from home. Discipline is important. Since I have essentially two jobs I do from home I spend A LOT of time online! It’s exhausting and at night I’m ready to be done. Taking breaks is key too!
    Can’t wait to read Monday’s post about your blogger meet up!!!

  • Biki
    Posted at 05:46h, 06 July Reply

    It’s inspiring to read how you multi-task and what you are doing to live with the pain. Due to my health, I suffer severe pain more often than I’d like and it is a constant daily battle to carry on, find the joys in life etc….
    Have a lovely vacation! ( :

  • HelloIm50ish
    Posted at 16:25h, 05 July Reply

    Thank you for sharing how you work at home as a blogger.
    It’s definitely working and I bet you enjoy having your husband home with you!
    I split my week into days devoted to interior design, my blog, and the Influencers of Midlife.
    I would love to schedule my blog more but it has to share my time with the other 2 businesses.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  • Neti*
    Posted at 14:10h, 05 July Reply

    I enjoy coming to your blog and know that blogging is work. Kudos to those who earn a living from it! I’m retired, my blog is my therapy and I enjoy creating posts. I have not generated any income from it and maybe one day I may. Enjoy the Beach. . .

  • mtait4
    Posted at 12:57h, 05 July Reply

    I would give a lot of the same advice, since we are in similar situations. I’ve found that taking breaks helps, as well as ensuring good seating and posture (I work from home as an independent contractor). I’ve also found that I (since I work part time) usually like to do my work in the later morning, but mostly the afternoon. I organize my schedule around when I have the best bursts of energy and the nature of the work I have to do.

  • Marta
    Posted at 09:51h, 05 July Reply

    I now have a part-time job so I don’t have as much time for blogging but our schedules are pretty similar. I feel like the more I work, the more stressed I get so taking breaks to wind down is very helpful instead of working hours on end and end up getting so stressed out I almost have an anxiety attack (it has happened before).

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:08h, 05 July Reply

      Hi Marta! I know it would be tough working and blogging, especially if we do it on a regular basis. It sounds like it is very important for you to take breaks and get into a new environment ( talk a walk etc). I have anxiety in my life, and understand it isn’t fun. Have a great weekend! xx

  • dianneslucasbellsouthD
    Posted at 07:40h, 05 July Reply

    I love your blog and enjoy reading this one today. Its interesting how and what you do each day to work from home. I am thinking about starting a blog but I think I may be a little to old for that but you never know someone older might help others in my age bracket.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:06h, 05 July Reply

      Hello Dianne! Thank you so much. I never think anyone is too old to do what they want! If you are interested, my suggestion may be to read other blogs and get a sense of it. I say go for it, if you love writing and would get fulfillment out of blogging. Best wishes! I am happy to have you as a reader too!

  • Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    Posted at 01:45h, 05 July Reply

    Although we have different diseases, we pretty much have the same scedule and attitude towards our blogging fun! I wouldn t know what my life would have looked like now without blogging! A lot less interresting that s for sure!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:04h, 05 July Reply

      HI Nancy! So true. I wonder how people blog and where people who work FT fit it into their schedule. We had a great meetup! xx

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