Raise your hand if you have big, amazing dreams for your family. (I mean, I think we all do, right?!)
We all want to have a safe home for our kids, enough money to give them a good childhood, and enough hours in the day to have a moment to ourselves to pursue some of our own personal dreams, whether it’s going back to school, reading for pleasure again, or getting back into shape.
I feel like we all spend a lot of time talking about dreams, but rarely do we talk about action.
It’s one thing to dream. It’s another thing to make the dream a reality.
My Journey to Fulfill My Dreams
If you’re new to my site today, welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by! To give a quick recap for all the new peeps out there, here’s a little bit about me:
I used to be a broke graduate student when I first started this blog six years ago.
And by broke I mean really really broke — like, get two cards declined in Wal-Mart and can’t pay for groceries broke.
It was bad and embarrassing and hard, but I’ve always had a good work ethic and so I was determined to find a way out of it. That’s what led me to find frugality and personal finance blogs and I started one of my own. My blog was my haven, my happy place, and it still is.
Turning A Blog into a Writing Business
My blog led to other opportunities, such as writing for other blogs. I used to be paid $10/post to write for other bloggers, and just this week I turned down an $850 post offer because the project was not right for me – ah!
For the record it feels super weird to say that, and I don’t write it to brag, only to show you that someone who was completely broke and without a solid career a few years ago can build a strong business from scratch.
After working hard on my blog, gaining new writing clients, and raising my rates, I was able to become self employed, and I’ve been that way for 2.5 years now. About two years ago, I also gave birth to twins, and now I’m able to take care of them during the day and run my business at the same time. It’s a win/win situation that I didn’t even know was possible a few years ago!
My Writing Course
Over the years, I got so many questions from other writers who wanted to do what I did – stay home with their families, quit their jobs, and make a decent income all on their own – so I set out to make a course to tell them how. It took a long time to create the course, but it’s something I’m so extremely proud of!
My course, Get Paid to Write for Blogs, teaches you everything you need to know about starting a writing business online, whether you currently have a blog or not. It’s great for both newbies and experienced bloggers.
We have three different levels of the course to accomodate all budgets, and also new this year is an option to split up the payments of the master level into 10 payments so the cost is more affordable and accessible to everyone.
Back to You: How to Achieve Your Dreams
So, now that I’ve gone on and on about my dreams and my biz, let’s talk about YOU! I know you have dreams, dreams of paying off debt or working for yourself or making a better income or just being a better you.
Here is my advice for taking action on those dreams and making sure this is the year they come true:
1. Define Your Dreams
In order to reach your goals and fulfill your dreams for your family, you really need to define them. I would advise choosing just a few to work on this year. If you have 10 things you want to do better, you’re more likely than not going to fail at one of them. Just focus on two to three things, and work on them every single day.
2. Take Care of Yourself
I learned some pretty big lessons in 2015 about taking care of myself. I suffered from pretty severe – and for a long time, undiagnosed – postpartum depression. It made it hard for me to work, hard for me to do the smallest task like wash the dishes. I thought I was just overwhelmed from raising twins and running a business, but I realized a bit too late that it was much more than that.
I took some strong steps towards the end of 2015 to better my health, and I’m proud to say, I’m feeling better than I ever have! I realized my family suffers if I am not well. My work suffers if I am not well. And of course, I suffer – sometimes silently – if I’m not well.
I can’t accomplish my dreams or do anything well if I am not at 100% so if you are sitting there reading this with a ton of goals you want to accomplish, make sure you take care of you because I can tell you from experience, the better you feel the more you can accomplish.
3. Have an Accountability Partner
If you have a big, audacious goal like paying off a ton of debt, losing significant weight, or raising your income a huge amount, let someone know what you’re trying to do. I have a friend who is not married so she hired a budgeting coach to help keep her accountable with her finances. I have friends who are bloggers who treat their audience as a huge amount of accountability partners. I personally use my husband as my accountability partner especially when it comes to heath and finances.
Be vulnerable and tell someone what you want to achieve for you and your family! Shout it from the rooftops, baby! Or, post it on Facebook if you have to. 😉 It’s important to share your goals because you’re more likely to achieve them.
You can start by sharing your big, audacious goal in the comment section today and we’ll cheer you on! Let’s do this together and make all of our dreams for our families, and ourselves, come true.
P.S. Remember, if you are interested in working from home and building a writing business, consider signing up for my course, Get Paid to Write for Blogs, today. 🙂