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Two years ago I was lost. After leaving my career behind in 2014, I had no idea what I was going to do or more importantly, what I wanted to do. I was running a couple of small shops and taking on some graphic and web design jobs, but I wasn’t happy. I got a message from one of my Insta-friends, raving about how much she loved blogging. Like a lot of people, I always thought that bloggers were just people who got things for free and wrote reviews. I had no clue that there were people out there who loved photography and writing and were making a living doing those very things. And so, I took the leap and set up my blog, not realizing that I had found what I was meant to do. Today, we celebrate my 2 Year Blogiversary by sharing what I’ve learned and how much this blog has changed our lives.
I Was a Serial Entrepreneur
Aside from the day I married my husband, I’ve never been completely sure of anything in my life. I was, what people would call, a serial entrepreneur. I started so many businesses, I lost count. I would fall in love with each endeavor, work hard and then, well, I’d get bored. I was always looking for the next opportunity. Nothing I did ever felt like home to me. I wasn’t excited about any of my businesses for very long. Until I started blogging.
From the very beginning, blogging was so much fun. I connected with businesses and agencies and found a passion for marketing that I never knew existed. I wanted to learn everything about the industry. I wanted to improve my photography skills. I made a list of topics I knew I wanted to cover and found myself writing all throughout the day. I threw myself into blogging right away, like I had with everything else in my life. But this time, it felt different.
The Day Everything Changed
It was a little over a year after I started blogging when we got the phone call that changed everything. After almost 12 years at the same company, Super Dad was let go. I remember how hopeless we felt. His paycheck was the only steady income we had and we were struggling with that. While I was already making money as a blogger, I wasn’t bringing in enough money to support us. I was terrified. As a parent, you want your kids to have the perfect childhood but how could we give that to them when we wouldn’t have the money to pay the rent, the car payment or even put food on the table?
My anxiety rose to a level that was unimaginable. I was mad, I was upset and I was so scared. I remember crying to my friends on the phone that night. There were so many tears. But in between those tears, something happened. I knew that I had to use the uncertainty I felt as motivation. This setback would change our lives, but it would be for the better. I was going to do everything in my power to make sure our family would be ok.
The following day, I got to work. I applied for more campaigns. I reached out to more companies. I bought myself a planner and I filled it with goals. I decided that I was in control of my family’s future. I stopped feeling sorry about our circumstances and started working toward what I knew we deserved.
It wasn’t easy. I worked a lot of 14-16 hour days (still do). But I did it. I’ve been supporting us for almost a year now. I found a job that I absolutely love. I work for myself and I can still pay the bills. Of course it’s not just money falling from the sky. There are days when I’m completely overwhelmed. We’ve had a number of obstacles that we’ve had to overcome. But at the end of the day, we have a roof over our heads, our kids are happy and healthy and I get to wake up and do what I love. We even get to take a vacation every now and then.
What I Learned
You can do anything you put your mind to if you work hard enough and push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
The support and encouragement of just a few people, will make all the difference. Sometimes, those people are people you’ve never and may never even meet in person.
There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Save more, spend less and be grateful for every dollar that comes in.
It’s ok to celebrate the good months as long as you use the bad months as motivation to do better.
The most important message for me to spread, on my 2 year blogiversary, is this… If your dream is to be a full time blogger, go for it! Never question if it’s possible. I’m living proof that it is. If you need a little help getting started, don’t be afraid to reach out to other bloggers that are successful already. Many will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. Take their advice and learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Follow blogs that inspire you. Show them support by engaging with their posts. Like. Comment. Share. You never know how much that little gesture is helping that family!
We all started in the same place. We all wondered if anyone would read what we had to say. It’s the ones that push through the fear that make it.
What’s Next for Me?
I’m going to continue to build my brand, connect with more bloggers and companies and incorporate even more fun things like recipes and crafts into the blog. I want people to come to The Super Mom Life to laugh, learn and be inspired. I’d even love to write a book one day.
Most of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for visiting my blog, whether this is your first time or you’re a frequent visitor. I want to thank the companies, agencies and PR firms that trust us to promote their brands. Without all of you, I wouldn’t have been able to support my family for the last year. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I look forward to what this year has in store for us.
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