There we were, my husband and me, and a newborn baby and a toddler. Both with full-time jobs, still living paycheck to paycheck and going deeper into debt each passing month. I knew we had to change-- and fast!
Are you a blogger struggling to get traffic to your site? So was I.Pretty recently, in fact. On April 26th, my blog had ten visitors. TEN! The next day, April 27th, I had 952! When I say my traffic exploded overnight, I mean it! Find out how I did it.
When I first started blogging, I made several mistakes. Many of them kept me from being successful early on. Now that I know better, let me tell you what I wish I had done differently as a new blogger, so you can learn from my mistakes.
If only I could lose weight… If only we lived somewhere else... If only my kids would listen more… If only we could make a little more money… If only I could get this business off the ground... If only, if only, if only. Are you guilty saying things like this too?
“Mommy, can I sit with you?” I hear those words from my 5-year-old constantly. She always wants to sit with me. She has ever since she was big enough to have an opinion. Sometimes it’s not convenient. Sometimes I have writing to do or other work to finish. Sometimes I just want a little space. Sometimes I just want to be comfortable and sit alone for a few minutes.
When you’re a mom, sometimes working seems like a lose-lose situation. You lose time with your kids and you lose money from your paycheck to childcare. And if you have more than one child, forget it. Daycare costs force many otherwise career-driven women to stay home because it doesn’t feel like it’s worth it to work. But what if we have goals like getting out of debt or saving money for our kids’ college? It can be hard to reach financial goals on a single income or even on two incomes while paying for childcare. Or what if some of us want to be stay-at-home moms but are already living…
It’s hard to imagine that we live in a world where innocent children are so often abused, but unfortunately, we do. Most of us can’t comprehend how anyone could want to hurt a child. I know I can’t. Recently, I started learning more about child sex abuse. Although I’ve never written on this subject, I feel called to be a voice in this area. I believe that we all have an obligation to be advocates for children. After all, children can’t protect themselves. They depend on us for that. So, we all have a responsibility to learn the facts about child abuse and start doing what we can to save…
Have you heard about coffee naps? I promise that I didn’t make this up, it’s a real thing. A coffee nap is as simple as it sounds— you drink a cup of coffee and then take a quick power nap (15-20 minutes is ideal but no longer than 30). When I first heard about this, I was confused. Coffee and naps are two of my favorite things, but aren’t you supposed to choose one or the other? Coffee to wake you up or a nap to give you a quick rest? Nope— scientists have found that these two things actually work better when they’re together. People feel more rested and…
I love what my phone is capable of. From the comfort of my couch, I am able to work, talk to friends, and even grocery shop. But with this powerful tool comes a serious potential danger—overuse. While our cellphones have the ability to connect us, they also have the power to leave us feeling deeply disconnected. We can all break free from the addictive hold of our phones and get back to living. Here are some tips to help you (and me) break our cell phone addiction:
There’s a lot of naysaying around New Year’s resolutions. After all, some 90% of people don’t see their plans through. Maybe you’ve personally set some goals in the past that you haven’t accomplished. I don’t care about what the statistics say, what you’ve done in the past, or what obstacles you face—you can be successful if you make up your mind to be. Here are some tips on how to succeed with your New Year’s resolution or your any-time-of-the-year goals…for real this time!