How Blogging Became My Job

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Good morning! 😎

Somehow, I slept in until 8:00 this morning. πŸ˜• I actually don’t like sleeping the morning away because I get so much more accomplished in the early hours when my husband and pug are not bothering me sleeping. I guess I should embrace the extra sleep hours because when I leave for New York City tomorrow, I’m not going to sleep at all. Blog trips are so much fun, but I hardly sleep on them because any free time I have is devoted to blogging.


Last night, I had sweet dreams of donut muffins running through my head, so I paired a couple of them with my iced coffee this morning. So delicious! πŸ˜€


A little while later, I made myself a bowl of plain Greek yogurt withΒ Flax Plus Pumpkin Granola Cereal that Nature’s Pride sent me to sample.


The Flax Plus Pumpkin Granola Cereal is GOOD! After I finished eating my yogurt, I ended up munching on a few handfuls straight from the box.


Calculated Decisions

In the past few weeks, I’ve received a number of emails asking me for advice with regard to careers and blogging. As you probably know, I quit my fancy-schmancy, full-time job at Harvard to blog for a living. But, resigning from my job didn’t happen overnight. It took months and months of planning and calculated decisions, which I explain in this post. Basically, I made a list of what was important to me and then came up with game plan to achieve my goal.

If you have questions once you read these various blog posts, feel free to ask them in the comment section. I’ll do a follow-up post this afternoon.

Question of the Day

Have you ever quit a job? If so, what happened?

P.S. Did you know it’s National Sandwich Month? Check out my Red Onion Sandwich recipe on Trust me, it’s a good one! :mrgreen:



  1. I did! I quit my very lucrative HR job to become a nutritionist…I definitely do not make the money I once did but I am 100% happier. And my husband is happier! haha! I just had to decide what was more important to me. Do I sometimes wish I could afford more designer things…sure…but I also realie how lucky I am to be doing something I love. Besides Target is just as good as Pottery Barn and Old Navy works too! πŸ™‚

  2. I just quit my job about a month ago. I was a teacher and I realized that it just doesn’t make me happy. SO… I can’t tell you how it turned out yet, but the mental sanity has definitely improved since making the decision. I want to start my own baking business (which is in its early stages), so we’ll see how it takes off! In the mean time I’m working in the bakery at Whole Foods and I love it πŸ™‚

  3. It’d def. important to have a job you like! πŸ™‚ Last academic year I did research in a lab that wasn’t safe OR friendly and explained to the boss that when summer came around, I wouldn’t be continuing. I did it in a nice manner and had other reasons for it, but it wasn’t a good environment for me. I love my job right now SO much more and will be continuing when classes start.

  4. Carly – that’s me too! I was a math teacher for 3 years and last year returned to school to finish my original accounting degree. And in the meantime, I also work at a bakery! I’m so much happier now, and the mental sanity is a huge perk! Plus I know that I’m working toward something even better. Janna – why do you prefer private accounting? I haven’t decided for sure what I want to do with my accounting degree yet.

  5. I’ve only ever quit casual jobs (quite a cafe to work at a bookstore, quit the bookstore to work at a chiropractors, quit the chiros to go travelling) because I’m yet to have a full-time job. And now I’m doing a PhD, which hopefully I won’t quit! Course, one day I’d love to blog full time, but I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. Blogging in Australia is a few years’ behind America in terms of recognition and support, so I think I’ll have to do a boring job instead. Sigh!

  6. I think it;d be really incredible to blog as an actual career. I’ve only had part time jobs but I did quit one of them (besides leaving because I was going back home for a few weeks) and it was a job at a gym. I wont name which one because I’m sure many many people here go to it..but it was absolutely horrible and I was sooooo happy to leave!

  7. I quit my full-time administrative job a few weeks ago, today is my first official day of unemployment. I’m starting school in September to become a nutritionist, and I’m looking forward to a month of relaxing/working on my blog/housewife-y things. I absolutely know that this was the right decision for me!

  8. I have to be honest. I just graduated with my masters degree and I can’t get a job in my field (music education), because I am now too expensive to hire. It’s very discouraging. I want to work in my field, and I can’t imagine not being a music teacher (I taught a few years before going to grad school full-time). However, I’ve recently expanded my blog and am beginning to see that I love it. And if that’s what makes me happy – even if it’s not in my chosen career field, then I’m okay with blogging. I sure have made great friends along the way too.

  9. I did! I quit my job as a teacher to go back to school and follow my passion. I had always wanted to work in higher education, but didn’t figure it out until I was almost done with my degree in Elementary Education. I realized after teaching for two years it was not the job for me and I didn’t want to take a spot from someone who really truly wanted to be an elementary school teacher. It was tough, but I’m so glad I decided to make the change!

  10. I’m still at my first job out of college, I love it, but would definitely consider leaving if the perfect opportunity arose! I’d love to one day get to the point where I can blog for a living — not sure if that’s in the cards for me, though πŸ˜‰

  11. I have only quit one job in my life without having plans to jump into another job, but it was a summer job…so to me it doesn’t count: I wasn’t on a career path, I was a deckhand on a ferry for pete’s sake!

    I do, however, want to quit my current job. I am an administrative assistant at a college. I’ve been here for two years staring at a computer screen and not having much challenging work to do. I’m enrolled in a course to become a holistic health counselor, and the course the very vocationally oriented, so I’m hoping to transition out of my admin job and into owning my own counseling business in the Boston area (and beyond!). It just a question of WHEN…WHEN will I have enough clients and feel comfortable leaving a cushy desk job (that I dislike intensely)?

  12. I quit my job at a very high end, high stress PR agency in NYC to move to Maine. Super risky, but I don’t regret my decision at all! My quality of life is at an all time high and I love my work now as a marketing manager. Sometimes you have to just take that jump!

  13. I’m planning on quitting mine in a few months and moving down south. Eeeeek, it’s scary but I have faith everythign will work out.

  14. Quitting was one of the best decisions I ever made (after being miserable in my job and grad school), but I also planned for MONTHS before feeling confident enough to actually do it. I think planning is key when making a huge life changing decision. =)

  15. Weird! I rarely eat sandwiches, but I DID pack one for lunch today! And that was before I read your post! πŸ™‚ That recipes looks like a winner! Enjoy the donuts…I mean muffins!

  16. I did quit an old job that I hated: I was a debt collector. It was so stressful and most days I cried the entire drive home. It was awful. I finally just walked to my supervisor one day and said I can’t do this anymore, I’m leaving. It happened all the time there, so they weren’t too surprised. I felt great walking out that door.

    I love my job now, but sometimes I wonder if there is something else I should be doing. I’m working on it, and when I figure it out, I’ll do it!

  17. It’s been so helpful reading your story, how it all progressed, and how you made decisions. In the midst of being unsure about what exactly I want to go to graduate school for and what direction I want my life to take, blogging and reading other blogs has helped me tremendously. I never knew all that blogging could be and that it could develop into a career. What I’ve learned from other people (and myself) from the blog world has been so valuable, and it’s definitely helping me to clarify what I really love and given me the courage to explore that more.

  18. I just quit my job a few months ago (in May) and it was the scariest yet most liberating thing I’ve ever done!! Like you said, before I made the decision, I spent months planning (and maybe agonizing a bit) over everything, to make sure I could support myself. I had some freelance work I was doing on the side, so finally made the decision to leave — even though I didn’t have another full time position to take it’s place. Now I’m working in a job that I love, but if I hadn’t quit and given myself that time to breath and pursue other opportunities, I never would have found this position.

  19. Yep, I’ve quit two jobs!

    I loved my first job out of college, but quit for a “high-powered career” in the big city. I thought that’s what I wanted. Two years later found me miserable. I’m back in a small town and back in the newsroom. And haven’t been happier! πŸ™‚

  20. Tina

    Been following you quitely over sometime to try to lose some weight.Have roughly lost about 5-7 pounds out of 150 and cant seem to read more of your diet tips etc on that page.

    Would love to read more any posts you ahve made about your diet with pics during your 1800-2200 cal diet?

    Love your posts

  21. I love your blog and I’m so happy to hear about everything that goes on in your life – you really inspire people to do what makes them happy, amen sister πŸ˜€

    Gonna go check out that awesome sandwich recipe now !!

  22. @SMk: I eat 1800 – 2200 calories almost everyday, so just check out some of my old posts. I usually post breakfast, lunch, a snack, and dinner.

  23. I would love to quit my job as it just pays the bills. It’s okay, but I don’t love it. The thing is, I don’t really want to do anything. I don’t know what I’m good at, what my passion is or even how to figure it out. Basically, I’m a blob.
    I find it very inspiring that you went after your dream. When I figure out what my dream is, I know that it’s possible to reach it.

  24. You are a total inspiration. Took guts and determination, but nothing lucky about your move!

    I think the older you get the more your priorities shift to take care of yourself. It’s a bold decision but everyone’s pros and cons are different.

  25. I quite paralegal to teach yoga. Like you it didn’t happen overnight and required two years of working both jobs (so exhausting) but in the end my life is so much better now (even if I have a little less money – you change your lifestyle to accommodate it!)

  26. I quit my PR job just when the market crashed. I was working in the consumer industry for a popular chain restaurant and an athletic brand and didn’t find either accounts satisfying. Unfortunately I thought it would be easy to get back into health but no one was hiring. My life went to hell in a handbag. I was out of work for two months, with no income and debt, living with my boyfriend of only 4 months and was miserable. I finally got a job but things had become so bad in my relationship that my BF kicked me out. Amazingly we are still together today, but it took lots of time and lots of growth before we worked through it all.

  27. I’ve never quit a job with nothing else lined up, if that makes sense. πŸ™‚ I always need that security – so if I’m unhappy at a job, I’ll tough it out ’til I find another. If I had the financial stability though, I’d quit my job and post recipes all day long. πŸ™‚

    If you don’t mind me asking – do you earn money primarily off website ads? Writing articles for NuVal? Or are there other tricks to the trade?

  28. i have quit jobs before because i didn’t feel that the way the company was run was in line with my ideals and goals. and every time (all 2 times) it’s been a better move! i can’t wait until the day that i can quit my job now…not that it’s horrible, but there’s really no room for growth for me…and write, photograph, and encourage as my full-time career πŸ™‚

  29. I quit the first job I had after college, but I waited until I had another job lined up. I had been there three years and wasn’t learning anything new. I felt like it was just time to move on so I got a new job then quit. What you did takes real guts and I wish I could do that.

  30. About 4 years ago I quit a job that I was so miserable at, I went home crying everyday. I didn’t have another job lined up but was extremely fortunate to find a job in a similar field and a boss who was willing to take a chance on me. It was the best decision I have ever made. If you are not happy doing what you’re doing, you won’t be happy in life. Do what you love or at least what you can live with!

  31. Before completing my masters degree in public administration, I quit my job interning for a city. I accepted a full-time job at a private firm to do consulting work for local governments. I’m still with the private firm, even though my goal is still to become a city manager. It was one of the toughest decisions I made, and I’m not always sure it was the right one. Sometimes I feel like this was a 3.5 year deviation from my goal path, but when I focused on what I learned just in working for different people through the job transitions, I always feel ahead.

    Job decisions are tough because as much as you think you have a plan, life can get in the way πŸ™‚

  32. I just put my two weeks notice in at a part time job to go to school full time! I’m scared because i feel like i should have a steady income. I think its great though that you chose to do what makes you happy!

  33. Quitting my job was so stressful because I loved the people I worked with/for and loved being a health coach… but I was ready to do it on my own! And I did… now I still do, but am also dreaming bigger dreams and working on bigger ideas in the health field… it’s scary and exciting!

  34. Last year, I quit my job as an elementary school teacher in a low income community because it made me crazy. I was successful at it, but the success was due to me working 100 percent of the time. I kept thinking about who and what these kids went home to, and I just couldn’t turn off and make time for myself or my boyfriend. So I quit, and now I’m a desk monkey at a university. I’ve been able to focus on me more, which I’ve needed. I have higher aspirations in Higher Ed, though. You’ve gotta do what’s right for you! πŸ™‚

  35. I’ve actually left several jobs over the years always in pursuit of something different. For me it is all about the challenge of learning new things but then boredom sets in and once again I get restless for something new. I just did not find my passion of health, fitness and writing until recently and not sure at this stage in my life what to do about it.

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