If you have a hard time sticking to a structured schedule in your business, yet you’re constantly being told that your way is wrong, today’s episode is for you. Photographer and educator Quianna Marie joins us to share a behind the scenes look at her daily life, which is the perfect fit for her creative, right brained personality. Every day looks a little different for Quianna, especially in this season of pivoting, but that doesn’t keep for from thriving or prioritizing herself every day.
Welcome to this Behind the Scenes series on So, Here’s the Thing Podcast! In this series, we’re exploring the lives of successful entrepreneurs and business owners to find out what it takes to keep a business running!
Quianna Marie is a traveling photographer who has been in a transition of breaking into education through her mentoring, online shop, and podcast. Currently, she’s focused on helping people shine online in every scenario they could be in.
You can check out episode 3 with Quianna to learn more about how to make the most out of the conferences and workshops you attend.
A Day in the Life; Photographer and Content Generator / Going Behind the Scenes
While every day looks a little different for Quianna during this transition, there are a few things she’s prioritize in her routines, especially with a new puppy, Faith, in the house. Quianna had been waiting for years to bring hoe a dog due to her crazy schedule with weddings and travel—now with her pivot in business, she found that she finally had time to adopt her puppy.
Creating Consistency with Morning Routines
As of this interview, Faith is a 5-month-old German Shephard, who helps start Quianna’s mornings at 5AM with a potty break. Quianna officially kicks off her days around 6AM with coffee and pulling an affirmation card. This simply, yet consistent morning routine is so important for her, because every single day looks different. Her morning routine provides a consistency in her life to help get her moving and motivated each day.
Prioritizing Self-Care & Personal Life on the Daily
With the pivots her business is taking, every single day involves different tasks and it’s pretty rare that Quianna is working on the same things week after week. Whether she’s focused on a new project or product, catching up on emails, or out on a shoot, she’s doing something that most entrepreneurs aren’t—prioritizing self-care and personal life.
She’s not created a perfect schedule or routine, but that’s because she truly believes that you can be successful even while riding shoot gun on the hot mess express! Her brain doesn’t work in the refined structure that many experts tell you that you need—she’s a creative person with a creative brain.
Rather than creating a structure that she knows won’t work for her, she likes to brain dump her tasks in the morning during her journaling time, but prioritize her personal life and self-care. In her business, she works best in seasons—during the busy season, she’s working 8+ hours a day; during the slower seasons, she’s working 2-3 hours a day.
This could look like grabbing coffee with a friend before getting her work day started or jumping on a podcast interview with an industry friend or even heading out to a networking event. in Quianna’s days, she’s prioritizing breaks, food, and herself.
Practicing Gratitude & Attracting Similar Vibes
Quianna is very intentional about practicing gratitude and prioritizing things that fill her cup. For her, this includes camping in the mountains, enjoying the sunrise, pulling affirmation cards, and more. By sharing about these things and expressing the gratitude that she has, Quianna is attracting a community of people who has similar vibes, personalities, and values—creating a more inviting business for herself.
As you’re listening to this series or you’re watching trendy, aesthetically pleasing videos on TikTok that highlight a day in the life, you may be thinking, I just can’t do that or I’ll never be able to accomplish that in my routines. Quianna’s encouragement is to just try it. Find what works for you, whether it’s a small dance party with yourself, a slow walk outdoors, etc. Try everything and see what works for you, then make your day in the life routines as simple or complex as you want.
End of Day Routine
Most of Quianna’s work days will wrap up around 3-4PM, then she’ll look at grabbing dinner with friends, spending time with family, or even just making a dinner by herself to wind down. At the end of her day, she can evaluate her day and productivity, along with any ideas that came to her mind.
Quianna’s Unpopular Opinion
As you’re trying to figure out your perfect day in the life routine, remember this quote: “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
It’s totally okay to lead with your intuition and your heart—you don’t have to follow the guidance of others in every aspect of your business, because it may not work for you.