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How I make that money, honey!

Well I missed out on Lindsey’s “how I make that money, honey” link up awhile back, but figured since I have gotten some questions recently, I would post for inquiring minds.

After Sadie and I graduated with a degree in Communication, I didn’t really know where to begin, or what I wanted to do. I got a job nannying for a family in Lexington…

Β with FIVE girls.

The babies were four months old when I started working for them, and were quite frankly, the most beautiful children I have ever seen. Still are πŸ˜‰

{their momma, her hubs and me!}

I cannot tell you how much I love this family, they have been a HUGE part of my life for over six years. I still see them all the time πŸ™‚ (Click here for more posts on le babies)

About two years later a ‘big girl’ job came into my path and I decided it was time to take it, and use that ol degree. πŸ˜‰

I now work for a magazine…

1. Get Real. I am clearly kidding, for starters I’m in Lexington, KY people, not exactly the fashion and entertainment capitol of the world… and 2. I am nowhere near stylish or trendy enough to work for the likes, HA! I am pretty damn good at finding out information though, so maybe I could work for People or InTouch? But that is a stretch.

Anyways, I am the Production Manager for a niche association, which produces a monthly magazine. I also handle the sales department’s in house graphic design. I’m a big computer nerd at heart, so I like it.

In a nutshell I make sure the magazine production goes smoothly and according to schedule, I work with our printer daily, I organize all of our ads running for each month, and I design umpteen promos in between.

Plus I get to work (and go out!) with a bunch of young, fun people, like these kids.

{I have blogged about my office space here, and here}

Besides the 9-5, I also do freelance hair and makeupΒ (but you already knew that!) and I babysit my girls when I can.

I tend to stay extremelyΒ busy with work, my side business, babysitting and my social life which seems to be ever filled with weddings, showers, tailgates or weekend getaways.

Oh yeah– and in my SPARE time, I am running this blog.Β Keeps me busy, but I love it and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I keep it all together by staying super organized with my Erin Condren planner (full review here.)

And to keep my sanity,Β I drink copious amounts of wine I like getting up early in the mornings and taking the dogs on a thirty minute walk or so, just to feel like I have time for myself before the craziness begins. It has actually become my favorite part of the day. Sadie’s too.

You college girls out there that are graduating and have no idea what you want to do, just know it is ok. I had no clue either. I hopped around the country, jet setting & nannying for my fav girls for two years. and I LOVED it.

Β It will all fall into place, and you’ll be makin’ that money, honey. πŸ˜‰

Promise πŸ˜‰


  1. MrsMatched says:

    Thanks for posting this! I've always wondered what it is that you do, so I'm glad my nosy side got a little love today! I knew your work involved a computer, graphic design, and a super cute workspace, but I wondered what all else it entailed. Sounds like a great field to be in! And I'm sure InStyle will be ringing you up shortly, m'dear!

  2. Kait says:

    I nannyed for 6 months and I am so happy to hear I wasn't the only one! Love ya PLL!

  3. Alicia Marie says:

    Great advice! I'm 23 and I still don't know what I want to be when I "grow up"…and I think that's ok. As long as you end up happy then it worked out.

  4. -Emily- says:

    Oh wow, nannying for 5 girls!! Ummm….you are pretty much set for life to handle just about anything from now on!! πŸ™‚

  5. What a great post! I'm in the process of starting on that "career" path and this was a big encouragement! Thanks!

  6. Caroline says:

    You are just too cute! πŸ™‚

  7. My ugly jealous side was about to come out when I thought you worked for one of those magazines! But – you totally could! Clearly, you can draw an audience, and have mad graphic design skills. Thanks for sharing with us, Pink!

  8. I always say I want to be like you when I get out of college. Girl, you got a pretty sweet life.

    Glad to see you on le blawg!


  9. Caitlin C. says:

    Thank you for posting this! I just graduated from college and am still searching for my first "real job." It's so much more frustrating than I thought it would be!! But you're right, I know everything will work out πŸ™‚

  10. Rachel says:

    I love this! You are so stinkin' talented at everything- you have the golden touch!
    I am catching up on your videos right now! πŸ™‚

  11. Annabelle says:

    PPL you could most def. work for one of those magazines! You are gorgey and trendy and can rock some awesome hair! Keep on rockin it southern style!

  12. I used to work for a publication here in Charleston as a graphic designer as well. It ended up being too much for me! Of course I worked with people that were not like me at all, so maybe that had something to do with it and working for hours and hours never knowing when I would be allowed to go home – it just felt like a prison! I'm glad you love your job! I wish I could get back in graphic design… I just feel so removed from it now. Still trying to find what it is I want to do with my life and I'm almost 29! ahh!

  13. Arielle says:

    love this! I am graduating in May with a Communications degree and have NO idea what I'm doing yet! I nanny in college:) Know of any awesome nanny jobs in that part of the world?? Ha:)

  14. Amber says:

    I am glad you posted this. I also graduated with a Communication degree. I had a job that I loved while in college but then my husband {fiance at the time) got a job nearly 4 hours away which ended up meaning I was moving after I graduated. – I was fortunate enough to snag a job just a few weeks after getting settled in my new "home" however I will not want this to be my long term career choice by any means. Until then I will be looking for other jobs hoping to find something I truly enjoy

  15. Anonymous A says:

    Thanks for sharing PLL! I always love hearing more about people's 'real' jobs. Giggle!

  16. Sophie P says:

    You look so happy and content with your work life, it's clear you are a whizz with technology-the blog is beautiful!! XXX
    P.S. ADORE that sparkly silver number you're wearing with your nanny family XXXX

  17. Kenzie Smith says:

    Dang girl you sound like you are super busy! I have no clue how you have time to blog between everything else. That's awesome that you are so happy though πŸ˜€ I totally was hoping you worked for Cosmopolitan though, haha!

  18. Sarah says:

    For a minute you had me there! I really thought you worked for one of those magazines! πŸ˜‰ I'm glad you took the time to nanny those sweet girls. Sometimes people (I'm sure unintentionally) make me feel like I don't have a "real" job because I've always babysat/nannied. Sometimes that discourages me a little and makes me feel like I should be doing more,but I'm doing what I love! πŸ™‚

  19. Megan G. says:

    First off — yay for ADPi!! <>

    Second, nannying sounds like so much fun! I jumped right into a big girl job but I think it's also great to do some fun things while you're young. Glad the precious babies are still in your life!

    Your life is so busy but it sounds like so much fun and so full of happiness. Sounds like your life is a great time!

  20. TexanCouture says:

    Dang!I admire you for being able to do it all and your job sounds so fun! Magazine production seems interesting and who know maybe one day you will get to work for those big publications!

  21. morilisa says:

    Has anyone ever told you that you favor Carrie Underwood? (P.S. You know I'm obsessed with Carrie Underwood right?) Lol.

    One word for this post: AMAZING.

    I'm a firm believer in pursuing your passion. I actually did that. I left working in Corporate America for over six years as a trainer to pursue a career in music! Craziest thing I've ever done in my life, but hey, I can't help what I love. πŸ™‚

    I posted about it here in case you're interested in my story:

    But I love what you did for those girls! Sweetest thing ever! And hats off for juggling so many different projects. Get it boo! #hustler πŸ™‚

  22. Whitney says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I graduated in 2010 and have yet to find a job that I love. I'm now married and expecting, but I still feel a bit unfulfilled career wise. I'm not sure how I will feel once our baby is here. Sounds like you have a wonderful job and I will definitely take a cue from you and have some patience! Love your blog!

  23. The most important part of this post is… where can I get that top/dress you're wearing with your coworkers?!? Adorbs!

  24. What a cute post! I, too, did the nannying thing . . . never full time, but as a supplement to my income since I chose to move to one of the two most expensive cities in the U.S., San Francisco! I still babysit for my beloved family one day a week, and I wouldn't have it any other way. πŸ™‚ I work full time for a nonprofit book series, and taking care of the little guys is a perfect complement to that. πŸ™‚ Life is overwhelming when you first get out of college!!!

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