Inspiration Tuesday #5

Welcome to Week #5 of Inspiration Tuesday!

Last week, we talked about what makes you weird, because honestly, that’s probably what you’re best at!  I challenged both myself and you all to go out and pursue what you’re weird at.  To put aside your fear, or nervousness about what people will think and just go for it!  Don’t you want to go where no one has gone, and be fantastic at it?

So tell me – how did it go?  What did you do that makes you weird?

Leave me a comment and let me know what you were amazing at!

Now, on to this week’s Inspiration! [Read More…]

Travel Hack: Timeshares for Cheap!

Guess what?

It’s almost summer!

With summer coming up really fast, and our family desperately needing a vacation, I’ve been searching for ways to take an awesome vacation on the cheap.  You may remember that last September we took a vacation to Branson, Missouri, to Big Cedar, the Bass Pro Shops Resort.  The resort also happens to be a timeshare, but we really didn’t want to buy an entire timeshare (Read: $28,000) to take a single vacation there.

So, last summer, we participated in a promotion Bass Pro was doing where you attend a timeshare presentation, and in exchange you essentially get a 4-day vacation for free after gift cards!  We actually found that it was really easy to make it through the timeshare presentation, and we really, really enjoyed our time there.  What’s more, all of the units at Big Cedar have a full kitchen, so we spent very little eating out!

So much so, that we want to go back this summer, but we’re on a budget! [Read More…]

How To Turn Your Blog To Business (even if it’s not that big) – Blogging Business

Blogging is a never-ending thing.

Seriously!  When you’re first starting your blog, you’re thrilled when you start averaging 50 page views a day, when you make your first affiliate sale, and when you’re featured by another blogger.

Then, you hit your next milestone: averaging 100, 500, or even 1,000 page views a day and you’re generating a steady, albeit small, monthly income with your blog.

Then you plateau.

You start researching blogging business methods, tapping into your blogger network for new ideas, and you start putting an ungodly amount of hours into making your blog the next big thing.

Most of us know all too well how overwhelming it can feel to juggle the day-to-day demands of writing a blog with the big-picture strategy of creating a profitable business. Have you ever wished someone could guide you through the process of a successful blog and show you step-by- step, exactly how to grow your traffic and generate a sustainable income?

That is exactly what Elite Blog Academy was designed to do. A few months ago I decided to take a chance and enroll in the first-ever Elite Blog Academy course. I wasn’t sure I would learn anything new, but I was willing to take the chance.

I wrote a post about Elite Blog Academy earlier, but what I wanted to share with you today is the impact that it has had on my blog above and beyond JUST my blog. (Oh, an if you hang with me, Elite Blog Academy is giving away free stuff to everyone!)

Maybe it will inspire you to take your blog to the next level, with Elite Blog Academy or without , or maybe my story will help you achieve better work/life balance.  Whatever you get out of all of the changes happening in my life because of Elite Blog Academy, I hope that it is positive!

5 months ago, I started earning a regular income from this blog.

To the tune of $1,200 – $1,500 a month.  Not fantastic, but not terrible either!  I was working too many hours at a job I hated, missing out on precious time with my family, and this blog was my only relief from the drudgery of feeling like my family didn’t see enough of me.

I desperately wanted to be able to strike a better balance between work/family/side hustle, and even though I didn’t want to admit it to myself, I wanted to be able to work from home.  I wanted to be able to watch my little girl grow up, actually spend some time out in the sunshine, and have the time to cook from-scratch meals while still working on my career from home. [Read More…]

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