How I Quit My Job and Started Blogging Full Time in Less Than a Year

If you would have asked me 4 years ago what I wanted to do with my career I would have told you “I want to work for myself.” I’ve always been a person who finds it hard to work for other companies or the corporate world unless I’m extremely passinate about the company or their mission. That’s hard to find in the corporate world. Trust me.. I’ve tried many times.

Job after job, year after year I found myself overworked, underpaid and basically miserable. About 4 years ago I decided to start a blog. I saw that my sister Lee Anne was starting to do well with hers and I thought “Well maybe I can too..” Heres the thing though.. 4 years ago I wasn’t in a headspace to take my blog full time. I was in a relationship that wasn’t a very healthy one, I wasn’t confident in myselt and I didn’t fully believe I could do it to be totally honest. It was like there was an angel on one shoulder saying ” You can do this!” and a devil on the other saying ” You will never be able to do this, you’ll never be good enough.” I was listening to that devil for way too long.

Fast forward to 3 years later ( which is 11 months ago today) I was and still am now in a healthy supportive relationship, I believe in myself and I truly felt I was ready. The biggest difference from the day I started my blog and 11 months ago was that I finally started listening to the angel on my shoulder more than the devil. So here is what I did the past 11 months to make it happen:

Made a Schedule and Stuck with It

This one is huge. When I started to get serious about my blog 11 months ago I made a schedule for Instagram and my blog. I made sure to post 1-2 times a day on Instagram, to post 1-2 blog post per week and to get on my Instagram stories daily. I also made sure to check sales daily and to post the best deals on my Liketoknowit app every single day.

Yes, it was a lot of work- especially with a full time job but I stuck with it. I would go to work and then go home and work again. Some days were harder than others but every time I would get in my car and sit in traffic on the way to work I was reminded why I was working so hard. My last job wasn’t a bad one at all. It actually was with a great real estate company and I worked with a lot of kind people. It’s just that my heart wasn’t in it. I realized a year ago my heart would never be in any position where I’m working for someone elses dream. I needed to work for myself… for my own dreams.


Manifestation is basically something that is put into your physical word from your thoughts, feelings and beliefs. I remember 11 months ago on March 1st 2019 I looked in the mirror and told myself “I will be blogging full time by this time next year March 2020.” I believed it for the first time. I didn’t just tell myselt this in the mirror almost every day but I told everyone around me. My boyfriend, friends, family and even other bloggers at blogging events. I would say “2020 is my year!” The daily positive affirmations helpd me to turn my feelings and thoughts into my reality. It also helped get rid of my negative thought and started to replace them with positve ones. What we say to ourselves is super powerful. I started to be kind to myself.

Affiliate Programs + Paid Sponsorships

I signed up with an affiliate program with Reward Style ( The Liketoknowit app) plus I became an Amazon Influencer where I have my own Amazon Storefront. Reward Style is an affiliate marketing company that teams up with several brands so influencers can share their affiliate links and make comission off of what their followers buy. I also started reaching out to companies to gain paid sponsorships and eventually they even started reaching out to me! There’s a TON that goes into this part of blogging and if you guys want I may do a series all about blogging tips and tricks. Let me know in the comments below if that would be helpful to you.

Networking with Other Bloggers & Stopped Comparing Myself to Them

This was a tough one for me 4 years ago. I went to a blogging event in Austin, TX and felt so insecure and awkward that I left about 30 minutes after I arrived. I remember I cried in my Uber on the way back to my aparment thinking I will never be good enugh. I truly felt that way at the time. I was really at rock bottom. I remember thinking all of the bloggers seemed stuck up or closed off but looking back that was my own insecurities and the devil on my shoulder speaking. I remember scrolling on Instagram for hours thinking ” I will never be tan enough, skinny enough, pretty enough, have a big enough house, have the picture perfect family” …. the list goes on and on.

Fast forward to 11 months ago when I shifted my mindset I started to love blogging events. I went to an Amarylis event in Dallas with some top bloggers who I’ve followed for years. Instead of walking in feeling insecure and less than I walked in knowing everyone there is human. We’re all in this together ( like High School Musical says) and I told myself that I was worthy. I had SO much fun. I met so many wonderful hard working boss babes who truly inspired me and motivated me to keep going. It was during that trip I realied this entire time I was the ONY thing that was holdng me back this entire time.

I Shifted My Mindset

This sums it up. I simply shifted my mindset from listening to the devil on my shoulder and telling myself I couln’t and started listening to the angel and told my self I COULD.  It’s crazy how much self doubt can mess with you.

If there is something you truly want to do, what are you waiting for? Tell that little devil to buzz off and tell yourself you CAN and if you keep telling yourself this and you truly believe it.. you WILL! Afterall you’re the only one in your way.

Thanks for reading and your support means the world to me!

**I also want to give a huge shout out to my boyfriend, Layne who has been my biggest supporter. He has never judged me for what I do like guys I’ve dated in the past. He is encouraging, kind and always keeps me calm. Also my sister, Lee Anne is my biggest inspiration. She guides me every day and helps lead me to success. I’m so thankful for her and wouldn’t be where I was without her. Also my mom is soo encouraging and basically my blogging business partner! We talk on the phone every day encouraging each other. She also has a blog, Coastal Cheryl and I love how she’s always there for me when I need her support on the good and the bad days.. because trust me some days are tough and having this wonderful support system means the world to me.**

Love you guys!








  1. Cheryl on February 12, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Absolutely love this. So heartfelt and full of great information!

    • Scarlett on February 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks so much, love you mom!!

  2. Allyce on February 12, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Your such an inspiration and I hope to start my blog soon! Thank you for this! And would definitely love the tips and tricks blog!

    • Scarlett on February 12, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Allyce, thanks so so much! that’s so kind of you and you will have to let me know when you start your blog so I can follow along! XO

  3. Tess on February 12, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I love this! I’ve always felt kind of this way about blogging. I’d definitely love to hear more about how you got followers to then be able to link things to your insta. You’ve accomplished so much in under a year!!

    • Scarlett on February 12, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Tess!! I really appreciate it!! I think I will start a blogging tips series so be on the look out for that as well! XO

  4. Erin on February 12, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Yes!! Mindset is everything in life. You’re doing great. Keep it up! 💪

    • Scarlett on February 12, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks SO much, Erin!! That’s so kind of you! XO

  5. Westislandfootcare on February 12, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks for being so open and honest….I’m sure lots of people think being an influencer is so easy, but it’s incredible to hear about all the hard work and challenges that come with the territory. Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us!! Wishing so Much success to you !!

    • Scarlett on February 12, 2020 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks so much!! I really appreciate it!AND YES!! so much work goes into it! I have to start sharing more behind the scenes stuff with you guys!! XO

  6. Kaytlyn on February 12, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Love this so inspiring and raw!! You’re so real and down to earth by far one of my favorites to follow!!

    • Scarlett on February 12, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much Kaytln! This is SO kind of you to say and I really apprecaite it!! XOXO

  7. rebecca dowden on February 12, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Sooooo happy for you !! Love following you!

    • Scarlett on February 13, 2020 at 12:00 am

      Thanks SO much!!! I love that you’re here!! XOXO

  8. Heather on February 12, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    This is awesome!!! Love that you decided to do this. Keep up with the great, inspiring words. You will help so many women, especially younger women who lack confidence. You are a true inspiration and my daughter and I both love what you do!!!

    • Scarlett on February 13, 2020 at 12:01 am

      This is SO nice to hear!! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this lovely comment!! Please say hi to your daughter too and so glad ya’ll are here!! XO

  9. Dennise on February 13, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Loved this blog! It’s so nice to hear your story. I follow many IG/LTKIT bloggers and I gotta say, you’re one of my faves and I look forward to seeing your IG stories! I love how you’re so real and down to earth! Keep up the great work! 🙌🏼🙌🏼

    • Scarlett on February 14, 2020 at 10:02 am

      Thank you SO much!! This is so so kind and great to hear!! I’ll see you on stories!XO

  10. Jessica Miller on February 13, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Girl, thank you for this!! You are truly inspirational. You give me so much encouragement to proceed with my blog. I would love to hear your tips and tricks!

    • Scarlett on February 14, 2020 at 10:02 am

      Thanks so much!! This makes me happy to know I’m helping others!! So glad you’re here!!

  11. -Whitmor on February 13, 2020 at 10:44 am

    So heartfelt! Thank you for being vulnerable. Love this and love working without <3

    • Scarlett on February 14, 2020 at 10:01 am

      Thank you SO much! This is so kind of you and love working with you too!! XO

  12. Laurie on February 14, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Congrats Scarlett! I’ve been following you for awhile, and in recent months have noticed your content has been elevated – loving what you are doing lately! You have always seemed like one of the most ‘normal’ people blogging and that is appreciated. Wishing you the best of success!

    • Scarlett on February 16, 2020 at 10:41 am

      Thanks SO much!! This is so kind of you and I’m so glad you’re here!! XO

  13. Brett on February 21, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    “The biggest difference from the day I started my blog and 11 months ago was that I finally started listening to the angel on my shoulder more than the devil.” This says it all! Mindfulness, positive self talk, not comparing yourself to others and removing self judgement are so huge for changing your life! This is soo inspiring Scarlett, keep crushing it!

    • Scarlett on February 24, 2020 at 11:50 am

      Thanks SO much, Brett!!!

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