Gemma: Healthy Lifestyle Blogger

Name: Gemma

Age: 27

City: Sydney, Australia

Main Hustle: Journalist

I am a radio news journalist turned online digital journalist. I write mainly current affairs and news, but I also freelanced for health/fitness and travel sites while travelling the world for two years.

Side Hustle:
Sunlit Eyes – a healthy lifestyle blog

How did you get started?: My side hustle is my true love. On Sunlit Eyes I write from my heart. It’s healthy lifestyle, but through my eyes.

I don’t see healthy as a diet of kale and having an instagrammable rig 24/7. I had that—it was boring. I am passionate about sharing a manageable form of healthy. For me, a big part of that is travel and lifestyle, not just what you put in your mouth and how you move your body.

The phrase “Sunlit Eyes” was formed, because I want to remind people to always see the positive, to see the sun in everything they do. Be positive, and you’ll attract positive.

I am already a writer and a journalist by trade. Sunlit Eyes started at a turning point in my life. I quit my job, my life, and my current boyfriend and I moved to the other side of the world. I wanted to document my life jump, provide inspiration for others to do the same and focus my then unemployed self toward the things I was passionate about.

When/where do you work on your Side Hustle?: I write on public transport, be it a train or plane.

When I travel, I keep track of cool places I see and visit in the notes section on my phone. I write articles on my lunch break and while I am relaxing on the couch after my day job is done. My mind is full of ideas, it never runs dry, and I fit content creation in where and when I can.

I only recently started my Sunlit Eyes Instagram. I post on my way to Crossfit, on the 6:20 AM bus. It’s become a routine.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: There are so many “healthy” blogs out there. So how do I make mine shine? What makes mine different? Breaking into the industry is hard when you start from nothing. If I had the financial freedom to work on it full time, I am sure I could grow it quicker, but I don’t have the luxury to do that. But I am just going to keep creating content from the heart when and where I can and see where it takes me.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: It’s my therapy. It’s my passions written down.

I have always been an “over-sharer” so by creating this content and having it live somewhere, even if no one is reading it, it makes me happy to get it out there and write it down.

My friends will say to me “Where should I stay in Greece?” or “What was that banana cake you made that time?” Well, I now have somewhere to direct them to.

Who is your greatest supporter?: I can’t pick one. I have three, and they support in different ways.

My parents: subscribe to my site and read everything I do. My parents have never questioned the decisions I make in my life—they just support them.

My boyfriend: lives a very similar, health-focused lifestyle to me, and is more than happy for me to blog, photograph, Instagram our lives and holidays away without a second thought.

My best friend: my travel inspiration. She’s a dreamer, a supporter, and my own personal cheer squad.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: There was a time when I never would have admitted this. But my strength is my greatest inspiration.

I used to care what others thought of me. But I’ve come to realise, someone might “care” for a few minutes or a conversation, and then they go back to their lives. My life is MINE; it’s completely unique to me.

I draw inspiration from my hardships, my successes, my tragedies, my personal motivations, and my learnings from others. I gain such inspiration by observing how they fit into the tetris that is life and everyone else out there in the world.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below: My site has sparked the interest of similar, more accomplished sites along the same vein. I have written content for both Hip and Healthy and Bekibo,  which are both UK based.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: I would love to make it my main hustle one day. I would love nothing more than to make my own rules and stop working on someone else’s dream. I want to work on my own dream.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?: Just keep swimming.

I have by no means “made it yet” with Sunlit Eyes,  and if I wasn’t strong or I cared about what others might say, I might have just packed it in already. But instead of worrying about how many people are reading, or how many followers I have, I am just focusing on making great content I am proud of and having it live somewhere. I am treating “followers and readers” as a bonus.

To learn more about Gemma and her Side Hustle, visit the Sunlit Eyes blog, following along on Instagram, or reach out via email to connect or collaborate!

Caroline: YouTube Blogger, Founder of Online Beauty Business

Name: Caroline

Age: 28

City: Cape Town, South Africa

Side Hustle: I currently have 2 side hustles.

Side Hustle 1: YouTuber

My bread and butter job has always been my Fashion/Wardrobe and Props styling. With that said, I have been surrounded by many international photographers, videographers, hair and makeup artists, and more which catapulted me into the behind-the-scenes life of all things beauty and fashion. I have learned so many tricks to the trade of shopping secrets and beauty hacks that I knew I had to share with the general public. My YouTube channel is always evolving but primarily focuses on Luxury, Fashion, Beauty, Travel, and Lifestyle.

Side Hustle 2: Founder of my own online beauty business, Nordik Beauty

Hailing from the United States, I knew that I wanted to bring cutting-edge influences to the South African market as there has been a big gap in the beauty market there. Thru Styling and Trend Forecasting, an industry that defines beauty, I am able to tell what clients are looking for and I am able to develop my own brands and bring them into the market.

How did you get started?: I knew that I could never be content in an office job and needed to work for myself. I also travel a LOT, so I knew whatever I was going to do needed to be web-based. I would have to say that my YouTube career started out by documenting my travels Vlog style and putting them together as home movies; and YouTube was a place that I could share them with my friends and family. It continued from there as I got many questions about general beauty and fashion, like “What to Wear to a Wedding?” or “What’s the Best Drugstore Foundation?”

Nordik Beauty started purely as a source for me to get unattainable items that I wanted living in South Africa, and if I couldn’t find it in store or online, I was going to have to develop and import them myself!

When/where do you work?: EVERYWHERE!

Working my main job (styling) makes it difficult in season to stay consistent with my other side hustles. I work whenever I have a free morning or even into the night. I can easily work on my side hustles for hours on end.

YouTube – The beauty of the platform is that I can create content around anything that fits my channel. I film most of my structured videos at home and my vlogs and travel diaries I can do on the go. I always keep my camera and editing equipment with me. I pre-film a lot of videos, so I’ve always got something to edit on a plane or car ride to the next adventure.

Nordik Beauty- When I’m not on a TV commercial or photoshoot styling, I am either at home or out in the shops researching new brands and products to bring in for Nordik Beauty. There is a lot of backend work that goes into importing and developing products, and a lot of Skype convos with suppliers all over the world, so I try to find a quiet place with strong wifi!

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: 1. Finding enough time to dedicate to both side hustles. I have an extremely fluctuating calendar with styling jobs popping on and off my chart nonstop within a days and sometimes hours notice! I always have to be ready to jump on a styling job, so I have to prep and be hyper-organized for my side hustles.

2. With number one being said, I have to make special time for relationships that is uninterrupted time. That means knowing when to put the camera down and enjoy the time with friends and family. Not everyone is as comfortable sharing their entire life like I have become.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Watching my side hustles grow. They both literally started from nothing! Zero subscribers, zero sales, nobody, nothing. Just me. I have created something that I can call my own, and I am damn proud of it. I get heaps of private messages on Facebook and Instagram about my YouTube channel, as it’s publicly displayed, unlike Nordik Beauty. Women and men approach me about how I’ve helped inspire them with my positive and effervescent attitude, or how they enjoy watching my videos every week and it’s an escape for them.

When people buy my Nordik Beauty products I get such a thrill because I hand selected each and every aspect of it. The product, the packaging, everything. It’s so cool to see it all come together. I often bring my products to set and get makeup artists to test out new products, and I love when they give me feedback. It helps me make a better end product.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My boyfriend, Clive, has been there every step of the way thru Nordik Beauty and YouTube. He loves the analytics of it all, so it’s great to have someone take a second look into the tech side of things. Because I invest so much of myself into both of my brands, I can easily get bummed out when a customer gives a scathing review or a viewer on YouTube leaves a nasty comment about my appearance or video. He’s always there to help me stay positive.

Also, my mom, Laura. Living abroad sometimes makes catering to the USA clientele difficult. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve shipped returned items to her house from customers, and she organizes all the logistics of the parcels. Or I’m sending product to her to shoot for a new video, and she’s sending it down to South Africa for me. She shares almost all of my videos online and loves when I show her new products for Nordik beauty.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: I draw inspo from literally everywhere. If you could see my phone camera roll, you would faint. I have over 7,000 images on it at the moment. Mostly screenshots or snapshots of things for inspiration.Pinterest, magazines, window displays, Instagram, products on shelves, color palettes, packaging—I categorize them by album. I sleep with a notepad by my bedside, as I often wake in the middle of the night with an idea for a product or a video to shoot. I am a creative and a thinker, so my brain is always switched on and going down rabbit holes!

Have you received recognition for your work?: Social media shares and web shoutouts are the new age trophy in my opinion. With 2 web-based businesses, a share can mean a new branch on the tree, introducing my brands to potential customers and viewers.

Everyone helps each other grow, so by giving a shoutout, you’re saying, “Hey, I really like what’s happening here and I trust you will too.”

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: With YouTube the possibilities are endless. A million subscribers, collab with a top fashion or beauty brand, you name it. I would have to say tho that I have a 10-year-old niece here in South Africa, and she talks about her love for YouTube to me often, meaning there are a lot of young girls and boys watching my content.

With a following of 1 million subscribers, you hold a pretty rad power and that’s your voice. I always end my videos by telling people to be kind to one another and I think spreading mass positivity and the message to be yourself is huge!

This is a big year for Nordik Beauty. There are a lot of cool things in the pipeline that I cannot mention yet, but I would love to see it grow into a bigger beauty house internationally and potentially have an in-store deal with a company like Ulta or Nordstroms.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

We are all in this together. Starting your own business or brand is scary, especially if you are financially dependent on it’s success. Just keep putting stuff out there that you are proud of—you can never be ashamed to share something if it is your best work . There are going to be SO many people along the way that question your plans or make comments behind your back about you going off on your own. Take it as a compliment. People are talking about YOUR business that YOU created. You’ve got this!

Check out Caroline’s online beauty business, Nordik Beauty, subscribe to her YouTube channel for tips on all things beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and travel, or reach out to Caroline via email to connect or collaborate!

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Lauren: Beauty Director, Clean Living Consultant, Founder of Detox Me Tuesday

Name: Lauren Breiding

Age: 28

City: Los Angeles

Side Hustle: Clean Living/Beautycounter Consultant

How did you get started?: I jumped into Beautycounter about three and a half years ago because I saw it as a good business opportunity and I wanted to be a part of what the founder, Gregg Renfrew, was doing. Shortly after joining I started learning about the lack of regulation in our everyday products. I could not believe this information! Virtually anything can be put in the products we use everyday, and it doesn’t have to be disclosed. After learning that environmental toxins play such a huge role on our health, I couldn’t go back. I started switching to safer products in the home and documenting them in a Facebook group and on Instagram. I was shocked at the responses! So many questions were sent my way, and people really appreciated the simple education. About two years ago, it seemed like every circle of my life was being affected by cancer, infertility, and other illnesses that had zero hereditary connection, including the death of my father-in-law. That was when I got the passion and drive to share digestible education on how people can switch to safer products in the home. Every single switch helps to lower your toxic load, and if I can be an encouraging voice to help others do this, then I am happy.

When/where do you work?: When I am not doing Switch to Safer events or taking meetings, I work from home normally in the afternoons and on the weekends.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: The main challenge is working with people. While that is one of the greatest rewards, it is hard when people are not on your timeline, don’t grasp the information you are sharing, or simply are not supportive. I have learned to lean into supportive relationships and trust my gut.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Not only is it helpful financially, but I have made so many friendships that I would not have otherwise.

I have learned so much from the community I work with. I cannot imagine my life any other way. I get to help people make safer choices for their own health, for the health of their families, and for future generations! What more could you want?

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband, Greg. We collaborate on a lot of the content I create. He is my video producer, video editor, and content creator. We have so much fun working on these projects together, and he loves to see me light up when I do what I am passionate about.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: Do-it-better brands (as I like to call them) and people. We are in an age where everyone is so hungry for valuable information and education that I get so inspired when I see brands that are stepping up and giving back, creating safer products, educating their clients, etc. I want to connect consumers with these brands by highlighting and collaborating with them. Secondly, I say people, because I think everyone has a story to tell. Whether it is other influencers who I am learning from, people who are willing to ask questions and learn, or people who have a health issue that cannot be explained, these people keep me motivated every day.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below so we can include these details in your profile.: I am a leader in Beautycounter and work with a team of women across the United States. I have been featured and collaborated with a lot of safer brands through my social media platforms.

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: I would like to be a full time clean living consultant meshing both Beautycounter and Detox Me Tuesday together. Through growth, I want to be a positive, trusted voice for anyone on a Switch to Safer journey by utilizing this information in homes and online consulting.

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

Just start and be your authentic self! You never know what will work until you begin. Stay true to who you are. No one can speak to the the world the way YOU can.

Want to learn more about how you can Switch to Safer? Check out Lauren’s website, Detox Me Tuesday, reach out via email, or follow Lauren on Instagram. To learn more about safe beauty products available at Beautycounter, visit Lauren’s consultant page here!


Fran: Health & Wellness Blogger, Social Media Manager

Name: Fran Archila

Age: 29

City: Mt Pleasant, South Carolina

Side Hustle: I’m passionate about health & wellness. I want to spread the word about nutrition and emphasize eating foods with real & natural ingredients. I’m not about calorie counting, macro tracking, or “fad diets” but believe that our population does not receive enough knowledge or education on what nutrition is and should be. I have a holistic approach to eating, as well as my lifestyle, and want to show others how we can feel our best through eating real, mostly plant-based foods and incorporate movement into our everyday lives. Although I do cook, I’m not in love with cooking, and most of my meals are made in 20 minutes or less, emphasizing eating good food doesn’t require hours of labor.

How did you get started?: Friends and coworkers have always sought me out for nutrition advice. After years of being told “I should start a blog,” I finally decided to create my own nutrition focused Instagram account January of 2017, as I embarked on my first Whole 30. From there, everything grew, as well as my interest in health. In my free time I listen to TONS of health & wellness podcasts, work out in the local community, work part time at HYLO Fitness — a boutique exercise studio based here in Mt. Pleasant– and constantly search for healthy options in our restaurant community.

When/where do you work?: I work full time at Snag as a Quality Engineer. I’ve been working in the tech industry for over 5 years now and hope to eventually switch gears into health & fitness. I also work part time for HYLO Fitness in operations and social media. (P.S. if you’re local to Charleston, you have got to check them out: free week included for new members!) Outside of that I try to keep up with my Instagram / website, as well as maintain my active social life.

What are the challenges of your Side Hustle?: Staying consistent. Between two jobs, my dog, marriage, sleep, and being social, sometimes it’s really hard to want to post a picture of what I’m eating everyday. On top of that, people like pretty images, so editing and staging your photos requires time, and sometimes you just wanna eat your food and be done! It’s also really hard to not compare yourself to other people, especially in terms of growth. At the end of the day, I want to help spread knowledge, so whether or not I have 2K followers or 200K, as long as I’m helping someone, that makes me happy. Being consistent is key.

What are the rewards of your Side Hustle?: Connecting to people with similar interests. I’ve made a ton of Instagram “friends” throughout this journey, both local to Charleston and not. I’ve also connected with tons of studios, restaurants, and other “influencers” in Charleston, and that has been amazing! It’s crazy how much connection a technology platform can bring to your life.

Who is your greatest supporter?: My husband, and one of my best friends, Daniella. They encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing. Daniella especially applauds me for being real and relatable and always gives me suggestions. She also helped design my website! I’ll also say my mother. Although she is not really active on Instagram, all my healthy habits stemmed from her beliefs.

Who/what is your greatest source of inspiration?: Helen Hall, founder of hushupandhustle is pretty inspiring. She is my next door neighbor & close friend, and I’ve watched her take her passion and build it into a successful business in a matter of months. I also admire another Instagram influencer, Austin Kitchen (rvafitfoodie), because she manages a full time job, part-time job spinning, and her Instagram that has exponentially grown, with such success and consistency.

Have you received recognition for your work? If so, please toot your horn below so we can include these details in your profile.: – Part of Charleston’s #tastemakers club
– Part of Verde’s (local salad chain in CHS), promotional team
– Asked to work part-time for HYLO Fitness
– Featured on other healthy instagram accounts in the area

What is your dream for your Side Hustle?: To have it continue to grow and be recognized as a place for healthy advice without forcing people to eat or live a certain way. I’m honestly still figuring out what direction I’d like to take with it, but for now it’s a hobby, informative, and fun!

Do you have any advice for others working on a Side Hustle?:

Be consistent, and do it with purpose! Don’t compare yourself to others because we all have something unique to contribute.


Want to learn more about Fran’s health and wellness tips? Check out her website here or follow here on Instagram here. And if you’re in the Charleston area, click here to learn more about HYLO!

Featured Image: Jennings King Photography


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