Quitting My Career As A Physical Therapist to Become A Full Time Fashion Blogger (My Story)

Hi Friends! I thought I would do a little life update because I still get questions on whether or not I’m still working as a physical therapist, so I thought I’d address it here and chat about how it’s been transitioning to a full-time fashion blogger.

Becoming A Full-Time Fashion Blogger

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Quitting My Career As A Physical Therapist to Become A Full-Time Fashion Blogger

Honestly, I never planned to take my blog full-time because I didn’t think it would be possible for me to be successful in this industry. I also didn’t understand how making money from a blog even worked. I started Strawberry Chic during PT school because I was looking for a creative distraction and thought it looked fun. I kept it up through the years because I enjoyed connecting with others and sharing my take on fashion. I also realized I love the creativity behind graphic design, photography, and marketing.

Once I started working as a therapist, I was burdened by $1,000/month student loan payments. I was like HOLD UP…you mean to tell me I spent three years in graduate school to get a doctorate degree, and now I work to pay over half my paycheck back to the government in taxes in student loans?? I wanted a way out as fast as possible.

I’m not super patient, so when I decide something I want it ASAP and I will go full force until it’s done 🙂 Paying off my student loans was the initial motivation I needed to start dedicating more of my time to it, and it just sort of snowballed from there.

Becoming A Full-Time Fashion Blogger

I knew people made money from blogging, I just didn’t know HOW. So I started by actually putting time into it and pretending it was already a business. I gave my blog a much-needed makeover and signed up for a conference to connect with others in the industry. That was the first time I put money into my blog, and I think that helps to motivate you to want a return on your investment. I dedicated every weekend and hours before/after work creating and planning content, editing, and learning. I decided to start a youtube channel, so I also spent a lot of time watching videos on how to do youtube and use iMovie to edit videos.

I’m not going to lie, it takes dedication to build a blog business while working full time.

I could probably count on one hand how many free weekends I had between 2018 and when I went full-time in Sept 2019. I’m not going to sugarcoat it and say it was easy.

As things started taking off in 2019, I knew I could eventually go full-time but I’m not going to lie, I felt guilty giving up physical therapy. I spent 7 years in school and 60K worth of debt to become a physical therapist. It was a career that truly helps people in ways no other career can do. Yet, I was contemplating quitting that to blog? Sure, most people won’t ever understand how it’s a real job, but that’s kinda what makes it so special 😉 Even my own parents took over a year of convincing, ha!

Becoming A Full-Time Fashion Blogger

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I officially paid off my student loans in June 2019 and by September, I switched from being a full-time employee to a PRN therapist. This switch in roles allowed me to have a more flexible schedule, and I reduced my hours from working 5 days/week to 2days/week. I mentioned this transition in one of my Five on Friday Q&A’s I do weekly on Instagram, but for the most part, I didn’t really want to make it a big deal with an announcement.

When COVID-19 hit us all back in March, I stopped working PRN because my company didn’t need additional coverage. Once things started picking back up this summer, I felt it was time to fully transition to a full-time blogger. Although blogging is a steady career for me right now, it’s nice to know I can fall back onto another career.

Now that I’m officially a full-time fashion blogger, I have zero doubt I did the right thing.

I haven’t felt any Sunday scaries, my stress levels are much more manageable, and I have never been happier. It truly doesn’t feel like work, even though I work way harder and way more hours now. But that’s a story for another day 🙂 Let me know if you want to hear more about my schedule as a full-time blogger!

With all that being said, I hope you know how much your support means to me. Without you, I wouldn’t be doing this full time! I love connecting with women and helping them feel more confident through building a wardrobe they love. Even though I help people in a different way now, I’m thankful for my journey and how it lead me here today.

If you’re wanting to connect with others who are starting or in their blogging journey, join me in my private Facebook group here where we support and encourage each other along the way!

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36 Comments

  1. Jenna wrote:

    I love to hear your story – it is inspiring that you followed your passion! I have been working on my blog since college as well, and who knows maybe I will eventually become a full time blogger as well 🙂 Great post!
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

    Posted 8.6.20 Reply
    • Girl you got this! As long as you’re in it for the right reasons and don’t give up, you will be successful! xoxo

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  2. Ashley wrote:

    Congratulations on the full-time switch! That is so wonderful!! 🙂

    Make Life Marvelous

    Posted 8.6.20 Reply
  3. A Greene wrote:

    Awesome story! Congratulations on your decision and switch to your wonderful blog. Love all of your inspiration, keep it coming!

    Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    You are not alone. Where I focused my education, my parent’s college money, and my younger goals is in a career I never professionally visited. I am, however, HAPPY, and that’s what counts.

    Posted 8.8.20 Reply
    • YES! Life is too short to not do what you love! xoxo

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  5. Madison wrote:

    I’d love to hear more about your schedule as a full time do you think it’s still possible for someone new to make a spot in the industry?

    Posted 8.8.20 Reply
    • Absolutely! If I can do it, you can too! Join me in my facebook group where we’ll be supporting eachother! xoxo

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  6. Betty wrote:

    I love hearing your stories! You are beautiful inside and out! You are a great blogger! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  7. Karla wrote:

    Love it!! And keep going and keep inspiring me!!

    Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  8. Carol Manlove wrote:

    I LOVE your website & am so happy that you were able to leave your PT career!!

    Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  9. Margot k wrote:

    Congrats on your success, you have earned it!!

    Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  10. Vaishnavi Ransubhe wrote:

    To be very honest, you were my inspiration to seriously think about starting my own fashion & lifestyle blog, and fun fact – I am coding it myself I will launch it soon. Hearing your journey, I believe I can do it too! Congratulations on your journey ❤

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • That’s amazing! I hope you enjoy your blogging journey xoxo

      Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  11. Lisa Pierce wrote:

    This is so great! I’m one of your middle age+ followers. Even though my style is… less feminine(?) I still love your content- I found you on YouTube maybe during a past N Sale? Congratulations on your success and your future! You worked hard for this (and still are)! xx from Oregon, Lisa P

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
  12. Jeannine Montana wrote:

    I absolutely love all your blogs and especially your you tube videos. My whole wardrobe has changed for the better because of you. My friends watch your videos together.. we love you lots of luck on your new path. I know you will be successful for a long time. Thank you..

    Posted 8.10.20 Reply
    • I am SO happy to hear that! Thank you!

      Posted 8.16.20 Reply
  13. Barbara wrote:

    Congratulations on becoming a full-time blogger. I want to try and make my blog better and you are my inspiration.

    Posted 8.13.20 Reply
  14. Marissa wrote:

    This is such an inspiring story, I love it! You are amazing at what you do and I’m so happy for you!

    Posted 8.13.20 Reply
  15. Kristin Dallos wrote:

    So happy for Amanda! So inspiring to step out of something comfortable and challenge yourself like that! I have loved being along for the journey as your channel and blog have grown!

    Posted 8.14.20 Reply
  16. Hey! I found you through a comment you posted in the PIP group!

    As someone who also dreams of taking their blogging and content creation journey full-time (and has $30k in student loan debt), I am so incredibly inspired by your story and this post! I see so many girls who make it big with fashion blogging in 1-2 years and I see it took you 7. I’m about to be 3 years in and I’m not FT with it yet. It’s just nice to see someone who also made it, but it took them longer. It encourages me and gives me hope that just because I didn’t go FT in 1-2 years, it doesn’t mean I’ll never be able to get my business to that point. Thanks for sharing this! xx

    Key
    https://storiesbysuddreth.com/

    Posted 8.23.20 Reply
    • I’m so glad you connected with my story! Everyone has a different journey, but the ones who don’t give up will find success! You got this! xoxo

      Posted 8.25.20 Reply
  17. Britni wrote:

    This was so inspiring! I’m also a PT I graduated Dec 2018 from a DPT program in Florida. Tons of student loans and I wanted to do something fun, that I could enjoy to make money to help pay back loans. I’ve been working for about a year and a half and started my blog one month ago. My goal is to in one year be able to work part time and have majority of my income coming from my blog!

    Posted 8.29.20 Reply
    • Girl, you are in the right place! I hope you join me in my Facebook group, I want to see this happen for you! xoxo

      Posted 8.29.20 Reply
  18. Such inspiration. I’m also working on transitioning out of my job and, you’re right, it’s a ton of work when you have to divide your time with other priorities. Congratulations!

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  19. Maureen wrote:

    Congratulations Amanda! Well deserved accomplishment and true inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story and it’s great knowing that dreams do come true!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    Posted 9.5.20 Reply