The Importance of a Side Hustle
I am a huge advocate of having a side hustle or personal passion project that you utilize your free time for. Personally, I work in Digital Advertising as my 9-5, but I am a straight up hustler and have big dreams for myself. I have a problem with having too much free time and I am constantly thinking of ideas and ways to use my time wisely instead of just wasting away on the couch watching Netflix. I sometimes feel like my day job gets monotonous and I am not being challenged enough mentally. I have also recently discovered I have an entrepreneurial heart and have really wanted to pursue that instead of playing it safe and working for someone else's dream. Even if you're not crazy like me and like your free time or absolutely love your job, it is still very important that you have some type of side hustle for yourself - from something as simple as babysitting to something as big as working on starting your own business. My side hustles and passion projects have allowed me to tap into my creative side and really push me past my comfort zone in so many ways which has made me a more well rounded person. And hey, maybe your side hustle will turn into your full time hustle.
I first started side hustlin' back in 2014. In the past two years prior to that, I had really gotten into fitness and researching and teaching myself how to live a healthy lifestyle from my diet to optimizing my time in the gym and the importance of weight lifting. I had also been doing CrossFit for about 2 years and was well versed in the movements and thought, "Hey, I should become a CrossFit coach!" I really fell in love with CrossFit and wanted to take it to the next level and teach others and hopefully pass on the love for the sport I had. I love motivating people and pushing them past their limits to achieve greatness and through coaching, I could do that. After I researched what it would entail to get my CrossFit Level 1 Certification to be allowed to coach, I spoke with the owner of my gym about my idea. He said that I could start coming in and basically intern and shadow the other coaches. After taking the Level 1 course and passing the exam to receive my certification, I went from Intern to Coach. I have learned so much from coaching these past few years in regards to patience when teaching someone who has never stepped foot into a gym, speaking with authority and getting your point across in a concise manner and how to relate to gym newbies and make them feel comfortable and welcomed. These are just a few of the great personal traits I have taken away from my side hustle that I am able to utilize in other aspects of my life which I think is so valuable.
For my first passion project, which I am the most proud of, came about from a simple conversation with my W&C partner in crime, Jess. We are both huge advocates of #adoptdontshop and have adopted rescue dogs of our own. We would meet up in Williamsburg on the weekends and take our dogs to the dog park to run around and then hit up the dog friendly bars within the area to grab a drink. We were chatting about setting up a date to meet and then the idea came about to combine both our dogs and a bar crawl to raise money for local shelters and rescues. From there, Pups and Pints was born. We used all our free time at work to do research on dog friendly bars in Williamsburg, map out potential bar crawl routes, build up our social media pages to spread the word and fund raise in order to have a respectable amount to donate to our charities of choice. While it did take a lot of work to get Pups and Pints off the ground, it was so much fun and so rewarding. My dogs Bronxie and Daisy have brought so much joy and happiness into my life. Their unconditional love is more than I could ask for and to think that these dogs could have been put to sleep due to the overcrowding issues of kill shelters makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs. But screaming won't solve or alleviate the problem, so that is why I used my time to create my own charity and help dogs in need. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get updates on when our next bar crawl will be!
And of course, the website that you are reading this article on, Winsome & Canny is my newest passion project endeavor. Jess contacted me a few months ago with an idea of creating a Women's Lifestyle blog focused on millennial New Yorkers struggling to make it in the city that never sleeps. We wanted to discuss any and all topics that we hold near and dear to our hearts and empower our fellow females through our words. I really love blog style writing and was eager to jump into this project to get back to writing which I hadn't done in years. Winsome & Canny is such a great outlet for me to express myself and get my feelings onto paper (or the internet technically). While we are still new to the scene, we are hoping to build up our audience and be a go-to site for our fellow NYC women.
Last but not least (I told you I don't like having free time), I am working on starting my own business which I am keeping under wraps for now, but stay tuned ladies! Now get out there, find your passion and get hustlin'!