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Have you ever thought, “I should start a blog?” and then think “ahh scrap it! It will never work anyway.” I know that I did.
I had read a ton of articles and watched a bunch of videos on YouTube of how people were making it blogging and loving life. To be honest it made me kind of jealous.
Follow along for a quick read about my story and how blogging changed my life for the better. As well as why you should start a blog too. If reading my life story is too boring, feel free to skip ahead.
Beth and I were living in Heber City, Utah. Heber truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth. There we had bought our first home and had just started our family.
Providing for 2 of us was manageable but when Thomas came along things got a bit more stressful.
I was working a dead-end 9-5 job, well 7-4 but you get the picture. I wasn’t getting paid what I wanted and really just didn’t enjoy the work that I was doing.
Each month was just trying to get by. And I was doing it by the hair on my chinny chin chin. Whatever money came in from work or the random side jobs that I had would just disappear.
I wasn’t able to save up for anything and we couldn’t even afford to go out to the movies or go to the zoo for a simple date night.
Beth and I had thought about starting a million businesses.
- Everything from subscription boxes
- Selling on Amazon
- Making and selling custom signs
- Buying existing businesses,
- And the list went on and on
While it seems that we had thought of everything, nothing was working out. Either we didn’t have the time, the means, the understanding, or the ability to make something work.
So… What changed?
Ever since Beth and I got married we shared the vision of raising our family on a farm, working hard, playing hard, and loving every bit of each other and life.
Through the years our vision never changed but the reality of getting what we wanted seemed to get further and further away. Something needed to change.
Heber City, Utah is a very expensive place to live. It seemed like salaries were not keeping up with the cost of living in the area.
While we loved the area, we just couldn’t afford to live there anymore.
We decided to remodel, update our home, and then put it on the market for sale.
Within a month we sold our home. That put us in the position of, what should we do now? We had one month to figure things out and get our move on.
We knew where we wanted to move but needed to find a job first…
Our big break
With the sale of our house, we were able to pocket quite a bit of money. Originally the plan was put what we made from the sale of our house into some property and build our dream farmhouse.
Somehow that plan changed… go figure.
Instead of me getting a 9-5 job right away, we decided to start a blog… say what? We decided to live on savings while we got things up and running.
While we had NO experience with blogging we decided to give it a go. We had some very helpful tools to help us get started but to be honest,
We had to learn everything from scratch.
It was NOT EASY. Neither was it FAST. But it was SO WORTH IT. Here’s why!
Spend more time with family:
As a dad that used to work a 9-5, I would be at work all day, come home, flat out exhausted, and just want to do nothing.
This may sound familiar to many women…
That 9-5 stuff is hard work. But not as much work as being at home with the kids. As I soon found out.
My respect for mothers increased 100 fold once I was the one at home.
Working a normal day job kept me from my family both while I was at work and once I got home, as I was always worrying about the next days’ work schedule and what I had to get done. I was kind of checked out of life and it was exhausting.
Blogging has given me the wonderful opportunity to reconnect with my family and my wife. Working together as a team with my wife has been so rewarding.
Instead of being at work, I get to be at home and experience my child growing up.
No longer do I have to live my child’s growing up through text messages and pictures, because I actually get to see it every day.
Starting a blog gives freedom of schedule:
When we thought that we would start a blog I had no idea of how liberating it would be, to be able to do what we wanted when we wanted.
I was so used to the monotonous day doing the same thing over and over again with my 9-5 that I had forgotten how to enjoy life.
Blogging, while it is a ton of work, allows you to schedule out your day the way that you want.
If I want to stop in the middle of what I am doing and go fish for an afternoon, I can. If I want to hang out with the family and do a sweet activity, I can.
Oh, and did I mention that I can take a day off any day of the week?
No longer do I have to wait and pray for the weekend to come. I can make any day the weekend and take time off as needed without needing to use paid time off (PTO). When you blog, you are your own boss which is awesome!
While we have so much freedom in terms of schedule, it also means that we have to be very organized with the time that we have.
Being productive and organized helps us to accomplish what we need to for the week. Beth has written an awesome article on how to be productive as a stay at home mom. Check it out! I even apply many of the main points that she suggests.
We can work from wherever we want:
Because blogging is internet based we can work wherever there is a wifi connection. This means that we can live where we want and don’t have to worry about the distance to work, the gas money needed to get there, or commute times.
Well… That 30 second commute that I have to make to the home office can be a chore sometimes!
Another reason why you should start a blog is so that you don’t have to commute!
Starting a blog is challenging:
You’re probably thinking, “All I need in my life now, is one more challenging thing to do.” (sarcastically speaking of course)
Blogging is challenging. I don’t want to give you the wrong impression that it’s not. It’s not easy (to begin with). It’s not fast (as some may make it sound). And it’s most likely not something that you are going to get rich quick at.
It is challenging but in a good way. When I quit my day job I needed something that was still going to keep my mind active and challenge it a bit.
Never a million years did I see myself (a manly man who likes to fish and be outdoors all the time) helping my wife with a mom blog.
“Blogging isn’t hard.” I would think to myself. “It’s not going to challenge me at all.”
Boy was I wrong. I soon learned that blogging will definitely put your brain to the test.
I still had to think like a business person, I had to be very organized and scheduled, but, I was able to use the creative side of my brain. There was no one or no procedure that told me how to think or how to do a certain task.
I had to learn so many new things. And, to be honest, it was very overwhelming at first. It seemed like there were a million things to do and no time to do them.
TIP: Being consistent (by posting new posts) and having and sticking to a schedule it crucial! This is what helped us grow our blog.
Luckily we had taken a couple of courses that definitely pointed us in the right direction. If it wasn’t for Alex and Laurens Create and Go courses
or for Carly Campbells Pinteresting Strategies course, we would have been dead in the water. Definitely check them out if you are need of some blogging motivation or some additional help.
Those courses helped me to keep blogging fun and inspiring. Challenging not frustrating… too frustrating that is. Remember that it’s not easy.
Live the lifestyle you want:
Beth and I always have wanted to have a small farm (maybe a big one, one day…).
When we finally decided to start a blog, that put in motion the beginning of our dreams becoming reality. Blogging allowed us to have the time and energy to work on creating the lifestyle that we wanted.
We now have that small farm (1 acre) our horse, cow, goats, bunnies, chickens, and a dog. It may not be much to some but it is what we want!
Now, having a farm may not be appealing to you but that’s ok. Blogging allows you to take one step closer to quitting that 9-5 and living your dream.
Even if you don’t currently work or are a stay at home mom blogging can help you to achieve the freedom that you want.
Should you start a blog?
So all of this blogging talk hopefully has you pumped about starting a blog. Some you may have some doubts though. I know that I did at first.
Heck, after telling my boss that I was quitting to start a mom blog, I know that I had some doubts… Serious doubts. Not to mention the crazy looks and comments that I got when I told friends and family.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.
The best thing that you can do is to ignore the haters and just do it! Start a blog and see where you go! Blogs win and they lose but if you never try you’ll never know. It could just be the best thing that has ever happened to you. Just start.
Starting a blog has been so good for me. How has starting a blog changed your life? What have you learned and how have you grown as a person? I’d love to hear.
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