Life With Yuna:
11 Month Update -
Life Balance, Blog, and Instagram Plan

It’s crazy to think I had arrived here just one year ago, ready to begin my adult life. And since it’s my one year Seattle anniversary, this also means that I’ve already had Yuna for a whopping 11 months.

August 1st, 2019

I look out the window and the brilliant summer sun is just about to fade over Seattle. It’s another Monday evening–July 29th as I write this. The date reminds me that I’m soon rounding out one full year in Seattle.

A dog smiles widely under the brilliant Seattle sky.

It’s crazy to think I had arrived here just one year ago, ready to begin my adult life.

And since it’s my one year Seattle anniversary, this also means that I’ve already had Yuna for a whopping 11 months.

At every turn of the month, I’ve gotten used to sitting down and cranking out this reflective monthly update.

However, I have to say, this time around, I’m drawing a pretty big blank.

It’s not that the past month was uneventful. Really, it was anything but.

Yuna got to experience the Seattle ferry for the first time, after all.

A dog riding a ferry, with the wind blowing her ears.

We survived the Fourth of July Fireworks.

A dog wearing a patriotic American flag themed bowtie.

The summer also brought on multiple opportunities for Yuna to go for a swim.

A wet dog gallops through a gravel path.

This month we also moved buildings at my workplace. Those of you that follow Yuna on Instagram probably have noticed the change in scenery.

And it is exactly that, when I look back on July 2019, which stands out the most to me. Work.

My Day Job

To those of you new here, first of all, hi! Thanks for stumbling upon a random article about my dog and my life on the Internet.

Second of all, let me tell you a bit about my day job. I work as a software engineer at Amazon. This is my first gig out of college.

Work has picked up in intensity ever since the move. And I anticipate it will probably continue to stay that way for at least a couple more weeks, well into August.

So far in 2019 I think I’ve been able to achieve a pretty good balance working my day job as an engineer and pursuing Yuna’s blog and Instagram page on the side.

A typical weekday would see me clock in my 8 hours of work, go home, and spend a good 3 to 4 hours working on content.

I’d get a good amount of sleep too. 7 to 8 hours was the norm.

July just hasn’t been the same.

Since I picked up a new project from work, I’ve lost all sense of the word balance.

I’d be at the office by 7AM, work until 6 or 7PM, go home, be way too burned out to do anything but binge YouTube content, and slack off on everything I wanted to achieve with the blog and Instagram.

I’d go to bed pretty early because I knew I had to wake up early just to do the same thing again the next day. Starting 7AM.

At least one of the two days in the weekend I pour in another full day’s worth of work in as well.

By the time this post goes live, I will have spent 3 weeks living this way.

Now, I am fortunate to not be someone who dreads their day job. In fact, most of my time as a software engineer is very enriching and fulfilling, and I am grateful for a job that challenges me in a good way.

Obviously, there are some days on the job where I just want to tear my hair out, but in general, I’ve got a pretty great gig.

I mean, a big part of it is that I get to bring Yuna. That’s a crazy benefit that most companies just can’t match.

It pays well too–my salary definitely takes really good care of Yuna and me. I don’t get overtime pay for all these extra hours, but money isn’t the issue here.

No matter how good I think my job is, consistently working 10-12 hour days, and tossing in a weekend day to work on top of that is ultimately unsustainable.

Especially when what I really want to devote my time into is this blog and this Instagram.

A dog sitting on a comfortable looking chair in a home theater.
What are we watching today, dad?!

There are so many things on my to-do list here. So many articles to write, pages to redesign, posts to optimize via SEO, and marketing strategies to consider and implement…

There just isn’t time for it all.

Some days, I can come back after a 12 hour day (like today!) and still manage to put in a couple hours on a blog post.

But on the whole, software engineering is a pretty mentally demanding task for me. After spending the whole day thinking about complicated things, you tend to just want to come home and just… not think.

So I have been “indulging” in my free time of late, due to this lack of balance.

As frustrated as I am with this current situation, I do realize that my day job is at a pretty critical phase right now.

After all, I have decided to pour in this extra effort on that front. I would not do this if I didn’t think it was important for my career and my team’s goals.

So, it’s not that July was uneventful.

It was just so… busy.

And because of all this, I’ve decided to make a couple changes to the blog and Instagram moving forward.

A contemplative looking out of a hotel window.

So, now that I’m done blabbering about my daily life, I’d like to dedicate the rest of this update to those changes.

Sorry there is very little Yuna content this time around, but next month is the one year update. I anticipate that’ll be a big one. Stay tuned.

Blog and Instagram Content

The blog will be business as usual. The past couple of months have seen a dip in my productivity. However, I’ll aim to get this back up to 4 posts per month, while continuing to revamp older posts.

You can expect a healthy mix of dog care tips, dog facts, product reviews, and anything special that happens that we can’t resist sharing.

The main change will probably be these monthly updates.

Starting next month, we’ll be lessening the frequency of monthly updates to once every three months.

It just gives me more content and pictures to work with. And instead of letting a monthly update take up one article per month, I can instead devote that time to working on a useful dog tip article for everyone to benefit from.

A dog cringes in front of a "Please Pick up after your dog!" sign.
Reminder to everyone: SCOOP THE POOP!!

For our Instagram page, the main change will be the Lab Reports.

No, they are not going away. Phew!

However, we will also be lessening their frequency.

Up until now, we’ve been posting a new Lab Report every other day in 2019.

Not only has my current work schedule made that unsustainable, but sometimes, there isn’t much on my mind when trying to produce a new Lab Report, and I often find myself scrambling for content.

This, I think, results in lower quality Lab Reports that I would like.

I really want to make sure the Lab Reports are useful. As such, I’m going to make one Lab Report every 5 days or so.

With the extra time, I’ll be able to produce higher quality Lab Reports and spend some more time interacting with you all to figure out what it is you want to see in them. Just let us know what you want to see, and if there’s enough interest in a topic I’m sure to cover it!

All in all, I know that time will only get more scarce going forward. That’s why even during times of apparent abundance, It’ll be even more important to work smarter, not harder.

I want to devote my time to the projects that are most impactful to my audience and to what I think will help develop this blog and Instagram page the fastest.

That means making changes every once in a while in response to changing times.

With all the changes going on at work, I feel like this will be the right step forward to take.

My promise for high quality articles and Lab Reports remains. We thank you all so much for the support through these 11 months with Yuna.

A dog looks up and sniffs a red flower.

Be sure to follow Yuna’s Instagram as we roll out these new changes! You don’t want to miss her daily updates and new Lab Reports!