| Books ‘n’ Bloggin’ – How to juggle the student life and a hectic blogger lifestyle, all from the girl who has mastered the busiest of lifestyles.
She’s an award-winning Scottish blogger, part-time student, writer, Fashion Manager at Scottish Design Exchange, and STILL has time for some side hustle in the shape of social media freelancing. Unless she has developed cloning, I am super interested to hear how Ruth MacGilp does it all! So of course, she was right at the top of my list to find out exactly what goes into a day in the life of the boss behind The Urbanity blog.
Tell us a little bit about what you do?
I am a part-time fashion blogger at Urbanity Blog, part-time fashion communication student at Heriot Watt, part-time fashion manager at The Scottish Design Exchange and part-time writing and social media freelancer.
How did you get into this business?
I’ve always loved fashion, but since moving to Scotland I’ve fallen head over heels for the local industry, and become more and more interested in the ethical fashion movement. I’ve been blogging and working at the design exchange for nearly 2 years now and it inspires me every day. University takes more of a back seat for me most of the time, but I really enjoy academia and always learning something new and different.
Take us through a typical day
I really don’t have typical days, but at the moment I’m on study leave from uni so my days are filled with writing blog posts and updating social media for myself and other companies, running all over Edinburgh for meetings and events, hanging out with my man or my gals, and revising for exams (ew). On weekends you’ll find me at the SDX shop in Leith running digital marketing, fashion and textiles.
What time do you get up at?
On a uni day, around 5:30 am shudder, and for work about 8. But on my freelance days its anything from 7 to 10 or 11.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Shout very loudly at my alarm. How dare it interrupt my beauty sleep?
Then check instagram, twitter, pinterest, facebook, gmail, EVERYTHING. Then make coffee; lots of it.
What do you have for breakfast?
A very strong pot of coffee with lots of sugar and sometimes a banana or some toast or cereal on the go. Lately I’ve been trying to eat vegan and be much healthier, so who knows, maybe I’ll become a smoothie bowl and avocado on toast kinda person!
How do you keep yourself organised?
I’m totally obsessed with to-do lists. Seriously, my bedroom walls are covered in lists and planners and post it notes from floor to ceiling. My mind is such a scramble that I just have to get things down on paper. Going digital doesn’t work for me- I love stationary too much!
Tell us how you structure your day…
To be honest, I really have no structure at all! Each day is totally different, but if I’m totally free and freelancing, I’ll try and wake up early, go to the gym, then go to a coffee shop and study, go to meetings, come home and blog, then go to an event in the evening and any time I have a free minute I’ll be on my phone instagramming or responding to emails!
What time do you finish work?
That really depends as I feel like I have a million different jobs! For my job-job, its a simple 9-5 day, but on uni or blog days it can be well into the night!
How do you wind down?
I love going out and dancing with my best friends, going to gigs, eating brunch with old pals and hanging out with cute cats. I’m also a Netflix addict so any time I can get an afternoon off you know it will be spent watching documentaries and dramas.
What’s your bed time?
God knows-whenever all my work is done/I’ve finished an episode of Grace and Frankie/I’ve eaten all the food. I should really get more sleep but I’m much more of a night owl- for me nothing productive gets done before midday, whereas I get my best ideas at 3am!
Any advice for someone who would like to follow in your footsteps?
Say yes to every opportunity. You never know where it might lead.