Don’t Quit your Day Job……OR Your Day Dream

Redefining the Definition of Career Success in Today’s Insta ‘Reality’

Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge

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NYC 4:30am. My alarm rings it’s chimes and to my own surprise I don’t feel completely out of it as I roll out of bed, off of my brother’s Manhattan couch actually, where I had spent the night after getting in the afternoon prior from San Francisco. Five years later and I am still getting excited for that crazy early morning shoot at an epic location.

I am in New York for the National Sales meetings my company is holding. I will be rushing off to the office after my fingers stop feeling frozen but first thing’s first, the Brooklyn bridge at sunrise with Allie Provost who I’ve planned this shoot with for the past two weeks.

As I finish my fishtail braids and put on a dark lip stain, I shake my head and laugh “a red lip before the sun is up. Totally normal!” The weather is on our side, a crisp 33 degrees which a day later when it got down to 5 feels like a lottery win. Allie takes her test shots as I stand in the middle of the Bridge in my full-length puffer coat, waiting until the last possible second to take it off and proceed with my care-free twirl. In this moment, I feel so damn happy. Cold yes, a bit ridiculous sure, as early morning joggers and bicyclists swerve past my layers of tulle. But happy. This was a dream once, a bucket list moment. To watch the sun rise over the Brooklyn bridge, epic dress on, twirling in the cool air.

Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge
Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge
Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge

As Allie and I hugged and said our goodbyes a few hours later, I walked over to a nearby coffee shop. Throwing on my jeans and comfy sweater in the bathroom, before ordering my second coffee of the day and thinking to myself “the ‘after’ is always the best feeling”. That moment when you complete a task or goal which you knew would be a challenge. That quiet moment of “I can take a little rest now” is priceless.

I’m not talking of course about the simple fact of a photoshoot on a bridge. I’m talking about grabbing every little opportunity and moment of success, however small it may feel in the big picture of your overall life and cloning it over and over again until you can step back and see that you’ve been able to sew quite a large and intricate quilt.

“grabbing every little opportunity and moment of success, however small it may feel in the big picture of your overall life and cloning it over and over again”

Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge

Shop this VICI Dress Look:

Dress VICI (c/o) | Earrings BHLDN sold out (similar) (c/o) | Cuff Bracelets Julie Vos (c/o)

Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge
Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge

In my 5 years of blogging I have often mistakenly thought that until I could be a ‘full time blogger’ I did not achieve true success. Like all of us in the insta universe I have spent way too much time comparing myself to other influencers who in my view had climbed the IG mountain quicker and proclaimed their ‘quit your day job and chase your dreams’ mantra at the top.

I lamented the fact that between my 9 to 5 job, my 2 kiddos and the seemingly endless daily list of to-dos I could never fully do everything I would love to do with my blog. But one thing remained. I did not stop.

As I see the next wave of new influencers take their unsure steps and DM questions like ‘where do I start? What do I do to grow?’ I feel it is immensely important to share this single lesson which on the surface seems almost too obvious and simple. Don’t stop! Your success may not look like the cookie from the mold created by the entrepreneurs and influencers before you and that might just be the best part.

Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge

I’ve always kept my 9 to 5 and my blog careers very separate. So separate in fact that I often get confused comments and direct messages saying ‘you work?’ when I post a seldom work event or meeting on my IG stories. I am indeed a corporate gal, working in the wine industry for a champagne house managing Northern California for sales and events. I often joke that I should have named my blog ‘Blogging After Dark’ because most posts are created well after the rest of my fam is fast asleep, but I’ve finally come to the realization that for me at least, it’s the best of both worlds. Yes, I am sleep deprived and constantly feeling like I’ve got way too much on my plate, but I am also endlessly thankful. For all of the incredible opportunities I have been able to have because I live in these two very different worlds.

Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge

I recently read a blog post titled “Bloggers that also have traditional 9-5 jobs” by Dana Mannarino of The Champagne Edit and it put a big smile on my face. Among these was of course one of my favorites Jenn Lake, who is a huge inspiration for me of a woman who manages a big job (SVP at Zapwater Communications) and a BIG blog (Style Charade). Allie made the list too, and I learned that on top of running her photography business and blog, she is also a student. Basically, what I am trying to say to ya’ll is the side hustle is the new full-time job and please stop beating yourself up if you have not been able to turn your passion into your (only) career. In fact, there is almost no woman in my life who is not doing something ‘on the side’ as I often learn over a second or third glass of wine.

“the side hustle is the new full-time job”

Redefining career success featured by top US life and style blog, Lombard and Fifth: image of a professional woman wearing a VICI dress, BHLDN earrings, Julie Vos cuff bracelets and standing on Brooklyn Bridge

The cherry on top of this overly caffeinated cake is that as I look around at my peers both in the blogging community and beyond, I see women who are working damn hard. Who are chasing dreams. Who are supporting their families. Who are grasping every opportunity and not stopping for a second to look back on some standard of how we should be defining our careers.

So, for my fellow side hustlers. Wherever you are in your journey, whether it is starting a blog, going back to school or venturing out into any unknown, DON’T STOP! Wake up excited, even if it’s at 4:30am. Brave the cold, literal or symbolic. Keep taking the small steps, because eventually you will stand on that bridge, looking out onto a beautiful city before you, thinking “Yes, this is just the beginning!”

Shop this VICI Dress Look:

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20 Comments

  1. Laura
    February 4, 2019 / 8:57 am

    Love love this post, and what an amazing shoot (in 30’ weather no less!). You are so amazing and talented. 💗

    • Veronica Levy
      Author
      February 4, 2019 / 5:08 pm

      I love you best friend!!! Thank you so much for reading and always supporting my crazy dreams!!!

  2. Eric Levy
    February 4, 2019 / 10:26 am

    You are an amazing woman and I am so glad our girls have a mother like you to look up to! We are so lucky!

    • Veronica Levy
      Author
      February 4, 2019 / 5:07 pm

      I love you babe. Always my number 1 supporter hands down.

  3. February 4, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful on the Brooklyn bridge in that dress. I was wondering how you did it when it has been so cold but the 30’s are also super chilly. Thank you for writing a post like this to encourage us not to give up our dreams and that we can work a job, have kids, manage a household and have a side hustle. I think the comparison game is a challenge when we see others growing and ourselves not so much. I must admit that I can see how much time and effort you put into Lombard & Fifth and it shows in your growth and success. I am very happy for you. Once a fan, always a fan. Big kisses to you and your beautiful self.

    • Veronica Levy
      Author
      February 4, 2019 / 5:07 pm

      Karen THANK YOU. The fact that you not only took the time to read the post but to write such a beautiful note truly means the world to me. Let’s keep encouraging each other to keep going!! XO

  4. Bobbie aka Nana
    February 4, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    This was the most well written true from the heart article I have ever read. You have followed your passion and your dream and you definitely work all hours of the day/night.
    The rewards I hope for you will be enormous, as your off to a fabulous beginning.
    XO
    B

    • Veronica Levy
      Author
      February 4, 2019 / 5:05 pm

      Nana!! THANK YOU. This means so much to me and you know I SO appreciate your support! xo

  5. February 4, 2019 / 3:03 pm

    What a post Veronica! Bravo!

    • Veronica Levy
      Author
      February 4, 2019 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you so much Camille!! So happy you checked this out and enjoyed. XO

  6. Susan Presley
    February 4, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    Epic pics and post! Thank you for being so candid and real. Other bloggers followings may grow faster or be bogging full-time but you have so many blessings in your life which makes you the women you are! A real class act whose down to earth, funny and kind. I’ll take quality over quantity and day and you my friend are all Quality!

    • Veronica Levy
      Author
      February 4, 2019 / 5:04 pm

      Wow Susan, thank you SO very much my friend for those kind worlds. You just fueled the next 10 late night blog posts. Thank you for your support!!

  7. Leah
    February 4, 2019 / 4:34 pm

    Beautifully stated. You shared how every working mama feels. Love it! Thank you 🙂

    • Veronica Levy
      Author
      February 4, 2019 / 5:03 pm

      Thanks so much for reading mama!! So happy it resonates with you! XO

  8. Kelly
    February 4, 2019 / 11:48 pm

    Great post V! You’re such an inspiration to us all. Thanks for the uplifting post. Love you!

  9. Valeska
    February 5, 2019 / 12:12 am

    Wow, this is one of THE best things i have read in a while. What a beautiful post ❤️

  10. Audrey Vargas
    February 5, 2019 / 12:46 am

    Yes! Wonderful post & photos!

  11. February 5, 2019 / 7:41 am

    Loved this post! I couldn’t wait until I had a chance to read it, once you posted a snippet on insta. You’re such an inspiration!

    http://www.jessicabroyles.com

  12. Laura
    February 5, 2019 / 12:49 pm

    I loved this post! It deeply resonated with me, where I am in life and also where I am headed. Thank you for sharing your story and your reality and of course being an inspiration. 💕

  13. February 10, 2019 / 4:06 pm

    Hello, friend!
    I just read the post and I loved it! Looks like it was written for me!
    I am a very small and unknown blogger and I dream about the day when I’ll have several followers. But I continue with my real life, which I also consider separate from the “virtual” life.

    Love your style, your photos and your advices soo much! You are my inspiration!
    Kisses, have an amazing week! <3

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