Celebrating 2 Years as a Full Time Blogger

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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I'm so honored that you've found us! I'm Heather, a Mom of 3 who blogs about parenting, food, occasional travel and how I overcame my daily struggle with anxiety. I miss sleeping and rely on coffee and laughter to get me through the day. I hope you enjoy and visit often!

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  1. Congratulations on reaching such a fantastic milestone! Well done on all you have achieved and I know you will go on to achieve so much more too!

  2. I absolutely love that you have chosen to see the positive in this. Congrats on making it to your two year mark & I hope you have many more years ahead!

  3. Congrats on 2 years of blogging! I just finished my first year so I totally get the struggle! I don’t think people realize how much it takes to do this job. You inspired me to keep going!

  4. Happy 2 years of blogging! That was an awesome journey. I have been doing tbis for so many years thats why I am glad seeing other making it this way.

  5. Congratulations on your milestone! Being a blogger is not an easy. Glad that you were able to do make it this far.

  6. Congrats on your second year of Blogging and I am so impressed with the result you have made so far. It is certainly an inspirational story for me.

  7. Happy Bloggy Birthday! I am currently building my brand and I can’t wait to be celebrating my success with you!

  8. Blogging can be such a challenge! Congrats on your two year anniversary; looks like all your hard work has paid off!

  9. We have similar experiences. I used to work a corporate job but the stress pushed me to quit. I did not have any plan B in place but just followed my passion. I started blogging! Although it is not a steady income for me right now, it still brings in some money to help with the family expenses.

  10. Congratulations on such a fantastic milestone. I am so glad you are living your dream of being a full time blogger.

  11. Congrats on your two years of blogging, I know is a challenging task to establish yourself as a blogger online. Keep up the good work!

  12. Congratulations on your first 2 years! I’ll be coming up on 3 soon, and it’s always an amazing experience full of learning and growing.

  13. This post is so powerful and inspirational. I felt your stress and pain when Super Dad was let go, but I am glad that you to stick it out and live the life of your dreams. I also agree that blogging community is a great community full of wonderful and supportive people. Keep it up!

  14. That’s quite an accomplishment! Blogging is hard work and you have definitely succeeded at developing your brand! Congratulations!

  15. This post is so inspiring! I am glad you found your calling; and you are really good at it too! Congratulations!

  16. Happy Anniversary! You deserve all the recognition today! Great job sticking it out and doing what you set your mind to. Sounds like you overcame a lot of adversity and are prevailing! You have a beautiful family also.

  17. I so love this, your daughters are all adorable helping you celebrate. I have been blogging for 10 years.

  18. Wow, happy blog anniversary to you! I have been blogging for two years as well and I couldn’t agree more on you! Cheers to more years ahead!

  19. Amazing job! It is so exciting to be able to support your family while pursuing your dream. I love blogging but I am not sure that I will ever take it to full time status. So happy for you and your family on your 2 year blogiversary!

  20. Blogging is hard at times but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I was single parent for so long so I understand struggle. Congratulations on your 2 years!

  21. That was so nice to hear. Many people really don’t know what they really want in their lives. And so good for you that you finally found your passion.

  22. Congratulations!! Really inspirational. Wishing you even more continued success in year 3 and beyond.

  23. Congratulations on 2 years! Wish you all the best in the ups and downs of this industry. It is SO worth it.

  24. Congratulations on your amazing achievement! All of your hard work has paid off. It must be such a great feeling to be able to support your family while doing something you love!

  25. Wow, this is such a huge accomplishment to be a full time blogger! To have done this in such a short time is so impressive! You should be so proud of yourself, how far you have come and how you took a set back like a job loss and turned it into opportunity for your family. Congratulations!

  26. Congratulations. Keep it up. We have been blogging for the past 2 years….looking forward to making it a fulltime sustainable business. You are our inspiration.

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  27. People don’t realize it, but blogging is hard work. You have put in so much effort and it really shows! Congrats on two years as a full time blogger.

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  28. Congratulations! I think I have been with you for most of your journey. I am so glad that the outlook seems bright. I cannot wait to see what else you will do.

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  29. Very proud of you Heather. So glad we connected through social media and made the transition to friends IRL too! Thank you for being a mentor and always inspiring me!

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      You were brought into my life for a reason. I’m a believer in that. Thank you for always being there! I can’t wait to see you grow your blog!

  30. Congrats on two years of writing awesome blogs. So happy for you!!! What a great experience this must have been.

  31. Congratulations on your milestone! I love that you mention both the positive and negative aspects of starting and running a blog. It has its pros and cons for sure.

  32. Congrats on two years! I know there were times in the beginning, I wanted to throw in the towel, and hang it up. So glad you’re still going strong! The perks are tremendous!

  33. Congrats on two years! You’ve done so well. I know I always enjoy looking at your photos. They are always incredible!

  34. Good for you on making something happen when hard times hit. I love the confetti picture btw, just precious!

  35. Congratulations on your second year of blogging!! I have been blogging since 2009 and I love seeing others discover their love for blogging

  36. Congratulations for completing two years as a blogger. And I am into my eighth month & like you very happy too. By the way I love reading your blogs.

  37. That’s amazing! Congrats on making it work out and support your family! Losing a job like that is quite scary.

  38. Congratulations on your two year anniversary of blogging. It becomes addictive and meet some of the nicest people.

  39. Congratulations on your blogiversary! What a lovely, encouraging story you have! Hope everything continues to go as well for you and you family! Here’s to many more years! ?

  40. Once you dive into the world of blogging, you’ll find all sorts of niches. Happy two-year anniversary to you and your blog! Our community is always one to lend a hand or advice to newcomers!

  41. Happy 2nd blogaversary! I don’t think people realize how much work blogging is, but it is definitely rewarding!

  42. Congrats on two years in the blogging game! It’s a big deal. Not everyone makes it that far. Here’s to even more years ahead of you doing what you love!

  43. Happy Blogger Anniversary! Best wishes with your future endeavors with your blog. Love the content you create and your photography skills are amazing.

  44. SOOOO insanely happy for you! THIS IS A HUGE FEAT and doesn’t it feel ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL?! Well, I mean, obviously you think so considering your celebrating, haha! I have been a full-time blogger for I think maybe 5 years or so? I could never see myself doing anything else at this point. An actual 9-5 job sounds worse than getting surgery without any drugs! hahaahhaa!

  45. Happy 2nd year of blogging! I’ve been doing this for six years and I don’t think people realize the long hours we work but blogging is so rewarding. Congrats to you and good luck with your future plans.