The Journey From Stay At Home Mom to Work At Home Mom
My Blogging Journey
I recently started reading She Means Business by Carrie Green. It’s an amazing and inspiring book about turning your dreams into a reality and becoming a successful entrepreneur. One topic Carrie Green discusses in her book is to write down your dreams so that you’re more likely to accomplish them. One of my dreams and goals has been to write a book. It’s a very big dream and seemed like an overwhelming task. After putting some thought into it I decided to break it down into a series blog posts. The decision to break up the daunting task of writing a book into easily achievable parts was what I needed to start my blogging goals. I want to share my journey to becoming a stay at home mom blogger. I’m not a professional blogger and I’m not generating a huge income yet; however, I hope that by sharing my story it may inspire other stay at home moms to chase their dreams – no matter how big.
Let’s start with a little history. I grew up in a very loving home. My parents always encouraged my brother, and I, to be creative and think outside the box. We never went to Disney World, or places like that. Instead we grew up camping, and going to historical locations. Our imaginations were used everyday: whether it was building forts, doing crafts with my mom, or wandering around the woods exploring. When I was in high school I was determined that I wanted to be a career women. I planned to go to college to do cardiac rehabilitation, which I eventually did. My freshman year I met my future husband. We dated off and on for six years then finally decided to get married. I quit college with only one year left to go, and followed my new military husband from Michigan to Fort Polk, Louisiana. Wow, what a culture difference. I was no longer living near my parents or any family for that matter. I had to make all new friends, and spent tons of time alone since my husband was in the field training three weeks out of every month. After six months of marriage I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I began my life as a stay at home mom.
The next twelve years we have moved thirteen times, and had two more children (all girls). I felt as though I had lost my identity. I was at home taking care of the kids and house everyday while my husband was pursuing his military career, deploying, and also going to college. I loved being a stay at home mom, but I wanted more. I needed something for me – something that could use my creative background.
During one of my husband’s many deployments, I decided to start a crochet business. I put tons of time into crocheting baby photo props. I had a banner and business cards made and did three craft fairs. I always loved crocheting, but found that the amount of hours I was spending crocheting for my business was not paying off, and I was getting burnt out. I decided to donate all the things that I had left from my crochet business and call it quits. Next, I tried being a Beachbody Coach, but that wasn’t for me either. I didn’t feel comfortable selling something that I didn’t completely feel passionate about. I had no idea what I wanted to do. I searched “make money from home” on Pinterest, and I found information about blogging.
The first step I took was I signed up for hosting through Bluehost, and bought my domain name ArmyWifeWithDaughters. I struggled with getting my site set up, and ended up starting a free WordPress site. After publishing five blog posts I quit. I wasn’t seeing any growth. It wasn’t until almost five months later that I decided I would really give it a try. With the help of some wonderful bloggers I was able to set up my self-hosted site through Bluehost. This time I did tons of research and understood that I wasn’t going to see growth right away. I knew I had to be patient, and put in the effort.
These last three months blogging have been the most rewarding. I can honestly say that I’ve learned so much and come across so many amazing mom blogs. My blogging growth might be slow, but it is consistent. When I started back blogging I decided that I would set short-term and long-term goals. My long term goal is to finish my first book within four years from now. Until then I’m learning as much as I can, and working extremely hard to create better content and grow my social media following.
If you’d like to see how I made my blog grow, and what I learned in my first month check back for Part Two of my Blogging Journey or subscribe to get it automatically delivered to your inbox.