Month: October 2018

10 Unusual Things About Me, Lee

10 Unusual Things About Me, Lee

I got tagged by Anne of Forever the Wanderer here and I was so enthusiastic about her “unusual things” that I had to participate like, now. Honestly, some blogger tags can become so stagnant and repetitive but when you’re challenged with one like this, you get to know people so much better! Here’s what I got for you, the juicy stuff right? I hope you enjoy this OLD PICS I pulled from my PC to highlight these unusual little bits of me.

 

A VERY old photo of me and a girl in high school.
A VERY old photo of me and a girl in high school. When I think of my relationship with women, it looks like this to me. I always get THIS stupid old pic in my head.

1 || In person, I’m kind of terrible at having girlfriends. No joke, I grew up one of the guys and it made a lasting impact on my ability to maintain close relationships. I have a few really close, but the rest, unfortunately, get to this invisible line and it becomes really hard to get to know me past that “public” line.

 

2 || What’s really silly is that I’m extremely social and outgoing. People are everything to me. I have a seriously hard time letting people go when they DO get close. So maybe it’s me, and not them. I may never get this figured out ladies.

Me with some of the guys from back in the day (high school)
Me with some of the guys from back in the day (high school)

3 || In my younger days, I spent a lot of time behind a computer screen or a camera lens. If I wasn’t out romping around town with the guys, I was hiding behind my screen making online girlfriends. This is why I feel so much more content having online relationships. The online community really is where I’ve found some amazing friendships with other women. And I’ve gotten really comfortable with this.

 

4 ||I’ll eat almost anything, there’s really not a lot of things I don’t like. The only food I can say I will ALWAYS pick out is PEAS. Like frozen or canned peas are NO good to me. Green beans? Snap peas? We get along fine. It’s just green peas that I really can’t do. Everything else. Literally, I’ll try it and I’ll probably eat it. Even if I’ve never tried it before.

This is actually just an edited photo, I'm not actually doing anything in this photo as it's photoshopped like crazy. That's what I did back then, edit and write online.
This is actually just an edited photo, I’m not actually doing anything in this photo as it’s photoshopped like crazy. That’s what I did back then, edit and write online.

5 || I live in Washington, USA where it’s legal here to smoke mary jane so I do that on a regular basis. That in itself isn’t unusual but I feel that my use of it for ANXIETY is. Most people I know who have anxiety would tell you that marijuana GIVES them anxiety. But to me, it’s a lifesaver. And I’ve never had to take any medications or anything so, I plan to keep that a part of my lifestyle. In fact, it’s not well known to my friends and family that I even HAVE anxiety. But they are the same people that don’t know that I smoke regularly. What gives? I dont care. I know it works for me and my mental health.

 

6 || I can sleep in the dark, and I can sleep in the light. But if there’s a BLINKING light in a dark room. I’m like… [0.O] all night… (Until my hubby gets up and covers it with his shirt.. then I’m like [ -.- ]

 


7 || I got a cat named Miss Kitty when I was in high school. What’s unique here is the fact that she was a Munchkin Cat. So she has short lil‘ mini legs and was the size of about a medium grown cat (tiny). She wasn’t playful, she wasn’t silly. This cat was a shoulder cat who just wanted to chill on someone, constantly. She wasn’t even all that “friendly”. Miss Kitty choose who she liked, and one by one she turned each one of those non-cat-loving friends into her Kitty Pals. No joke.

8 || I spent nearly 2 years homeless and traveling the West Coast in a van full of traveling hippies. I was hippy-napped. It’s a long story. But it changed my life. I came back with dreadlocks and an everlasting smile. Oh, and my husband and I kind of connected in a way that we knew we’d be together forever after that trip. I look back on being homeless as some of the best years of my life. I’ll tell the full story someday…

&& yes, I took the cat. Almost all my traveling photos have her on my shoulder. This is one of the few that doesnt. 🙂

 

I honestly love this photo because its… SO… me. Ha! These are two buddies that I’m taking on BY MY SELF. And they could easily have been winning, but I probably was trying to talk myself into some kind of win. Or they were trying to pull one over on me and I wasn’t having it. I don’t remember. But this… is TYPICAL me. Good old fun and games. (Note my buddies face on the right is smiling, its all good and fun)

 

9 || I don’t really drink alcohol. I never really have enjoyed it all that much. And when I do, I turn into one of those loud obnoxious lovey types on alcohol. Ya know, the type that gets all crazy and jumps you in excitement and ends up landing you in the hospital with a broken shoulder… Oops… (It’s always the shoulder for some reason? Idk what’s wrong with me guys.) So, I try to just smoke instead? I tend to keep my feet on the ground better that way, and so do you apparently. It doesn’t help that I can be pretty uh-uh… confrontational at times. Let’s just say, I stand my grounds!

A photo of the baby girl that gave me the best best fever ever, and influenced me to have my own child. She’s still dear to me and I’m sure she and my daughter will grow up CRAZY friends! She’s already obsessed with my little!

10 || I didn’t want any children or a husband growing up. I saw my parents get divorced (suddenly it seemed, overnight it felt like) when I was 10 and I moved from Washington to California for a few years. And it kind of traumatized me. Until I met Bowden, I didn’t think I’d end up getting married and spending my life with someone. I thought I’d just float around forever. But no. We got married, and thought kids, sure someday. Well, we got this roommate who had a baby and I stayed home and babysat her a lot and it has me the WORST baby fever ever! Or the best? Because within like a month and a half of me asking, “Baby, can we have a baby?” We found out we were going to have a baby. Well… That wasn’t hard to do… Ten years of practice together, I guess it paid off!

 

 

I Nominate:

@ElaEliBest 

@oneinspiredmom1 

@AlleyArticle

@StealTheMGaming

@prettymuchkate 

@MsCreativeKerri 

@allthetrinkets

 

 

 

The 4 Stages of Blogging

The 4 Stages of Blogging

A simple guide for understanding the stages of blogging. With some great infographics, you can easily see what stage of blogging you are in and what to do next. 

 

 

Stage 1 of Blogging is Beginning to Blog! Focus on writing content and making good blogging habits. Consistency is key, and that’s where most beginners to astray for a while. Prepare your blog for the long haul as much as you can by creating a create website, design, and brand that will stand up to your reputation as a blogger and writer. Focus on finding your audience by being active on social media as yourself! #beginnerblogging #bloggingbasics #blogging #contentcreation #creativeprocess #luvlifewlee

 

Stage 1 of Blogging is Beginning to Blog (for real)

Focus on writing content and making good blogging habits. Consistency is key, and that’s where most beginners to astray for a while. Prepare your blog for the long haul as much as you can by creating a create website, design, and brand that will stand up to your reputation as a blogger and writer.

Focus on finding your audience by being active on social media as yourself, with a personal profile. Get to know the ins and outs and do your research on each platform a little at a time. Try the methods you learn about first in your personal profile and see what kind of engagement you get from your friends in real life. When you’re ready and know the basics, switch to a business profile or Create a business profile for your blogs social media presence. Begin to gain a following on 1-3 accounts to start. Learn everything you can about blogging, piece by piece and you can do that on Pinterest. I put myself to school as a completely self-taught online entrepreneur just like thousands of others. This is my blogging and business backup story for those who are interested, but there is a lot more important stuff to sort out here.

 

Stage 1 Blogging Goals:

  • You create steady and consistent blog content being published
  • 1-3 social media accounts for your blog,
  • You have established good blogging habits and begin to establish a schedule and routine to your workflow
  • Focused on learning everything you can about blogging and collecting resources

 

What not to do as a blogging beginner:

Expect income and results from inconsistent efforts and procrastination lead content. Ever been to that one gas station in town that never seems to be open during the correct business hours. Or one of the best teriyaki places in town, but they are always “out will return” sign. So, you’d go there more often but most of the time you convince yourself out of the trip to save yourself the inconvenience.

Don’t do that to your readers and your first viewers. If they want to stick around, let them and welcome their return via email newsletter, subscription, and social media.

In Stage 2 of Blogging is Getting Serious - You’ve honed some Blog writing skills and found your voice. You have begun to grow a following, and hopefully an email list too. You’re ready to take the next steps to become a strategic blog marketer. #blogging #networking #makemoney #bloggoals #entreprenuer

 

Stage 2 of Blogging Is Getting Serious (seriously)

At this point, you’re beginning to realize your potential to gain income and begin to think out of the box from what you originally thought you might be doing with your blog. You’ve honed some writing skills and found your voice. You have begun to grow a following, and hopefully an email list too. You’re ready to take the next steps to become a strategic marketer and hopefully you write an editorial calendar ahead of time. Or at least have settled on a workflow for your content creation process. You have grown a deep list of post ideas, and are beginning to shift into better SEO, Domain Authority and Organic Search using some more advanced tools and themes.

Usually an overhaul of your website, brand or graphics can take place here. At this point, your goals should be to begin to plan ahead, for growth and make room for success. Learning and deciding who you’re going to be, represent, and sell.

You have a story. It’s now time to share it with the world. You’re getting somewhere now, and ready to lift the veil for anyone who may not have seen, heard, or supported your blog efforts in the earliest stage.

 

Stage 2 Blogging Goals:

  • Well branded and balanced blog and social media
  • You have found your writing voice.
  • You’re feeling comfortable and practiced in sharing your story and have found your audience, and hang out with them there.
  • You have some idea of who the influencers are in your niche, and what they are doing right to gain traffic, engagement, and support.
  • Beginning to get an idea of what you might want to create for a profit yourself.
  • Maybe you have made some goals to begin networking for sponsored posts or guest posting.
  • Maybe you have begun or started some affiliate marketing and are narrowing down your options and interests to begin monetization.
  • You regularly set goals for your blog, viewers, followers, and growth tracking

 

What to do to get to the next stage of blogging: 

You’ve learned a lot about blogging now and have to put in some practice to make a profit. It’s now time to really focus on the quality you are providing to your audience and begin to monetize your continued blogging efforts.

In Stage 3 of Blogging is Realizing That You Know How To Blog - You have established an email list and social media following and are actively engaged and know your audience and what they want. #blogging #howtoblog #business #luvlifewlee

 

Stage 3 of Blogging Is Realizing You Know How To Blog

At this stage, you know a little about everything and are well practiced at things you have tried and succeed at more than once. You have established an email list and social media following and are actively engaged and know your audience and what they want. You know their PAINS AND GAINS, in other words, you know their problems and how to solve them. Which means, you know triggers for buyers and are actively pursuing a profit from your blog.

You probably have a workflow for creating and publishing posts, accomplishing goals, managing tasks, and tracking your campaigns. You know what has worked in the past and actively pursue your audience where they are. You are well branded and have an influence on bloggers in the Beginning Stages.

You have already done some networking and made connections with other blogs in your niche. Which means you are probably thinking and planning your own products and services to sell for the next stage. You are actively producing some income from your blog and investing in ways to delegate tasks you don’t wish to do manually anymore. And you’re trying to free up time to set yourself up for the big full-time switch to professional blogging.

 

Stage 3 Blogging Goals:

  • Have established good blogging connections in your niche
  • You have a significant following on social media
  • You have a credible and valuable email list of subscribers.
  • You actively engage with your audience to find problems and solutions for them.
  • Income has progressed in a way that you can delegate and invest back into your business to help free up time to automate your content, email, and work on products and services of your own.
  • You probably have multiple small streams of income and have some decisions to make about honing in on what you love, what works, what sells, and what captivates. Removing the distractions and things that didn’t fly in the first stages.
  • Keywords & SEO for Organic Search is beginning to make a serious impact in your traffic

 

Bridging the gap from blogger to professional Blogger: 

Most that get to this stage of blogging are realizing how much it takes, but understand how they are going to get there. Making the decision to dedicate to blogging full time and considering this a career choice to support your life. You will need to invest in the best. And find ways to delegate things and create a team, so that you can focus on making money in your business and creating content that will last. Bringing you into your future of diversity and becoming an influencer in your field of reach. 

In Stage 4 of Blogging is Becoming a Business Professional - Your making a full-time income now and are able to really focus on creating evergreen content, a massive email list, engaged social fans, and credible products and services that are actively being marketed and making your net profit. #blogging #business #stagesofblogging #professionalblog #problogger #luvlifewlee

 

Stage 4 of Blogging is Being A Business Professional (…& blogger)

Congrats! Your making a full-time income now and are able to really focus on creating evergreen content, a massive email list, engaged social fans, and credible products and services that are actively being marketed and making your net profit.

At this point, if you haven’t made enough in Stages 2-3 to purchase a business license and starting to think a lot more seriously about the legalities and management of your blog’s business. This is where you get serious and start to focus on the strategies and systems that will make your business run smoothly.

This is where you can really start to take a back seat in your business and delegate all the tasks you don’t want to have to do alone. You spend money that recycles your content, creations, and consistently brings that money back to you tenfold.

You definitely have multiple streams of income and you know what those are to the T. You analyze, track, and get to nerd out and do things like case studies and analyze the data. To figure out what you can do and learn to maximize your profits, ROI, and SEO effectively.

You probably have multiple networking connections both inside and outside of blogging and your niche. You have opportunities that you turn down, and activities that you pursue. You have some serious ideas about future growth and investment for a better turn around.

And ultimately you live a life of freedom. You work from home, make your own schedule, do your very own payroll. And vacation any time you want.

 

What every full time blogger will tell you is the most important part of professional blogging?

They will tell you it took time, planning, and a lot of effort to retain quality service to produce a substantial income. That that this dream job will require you to consistently keep ahead of the curve by continuing to LEARN EVERYTHING YOU CAN ABOUT BLOGGING AND BUSINESS, in order to continue to succeed in this field. 

 


 

How do I learn more about blogging?

Sounds pretty great right? The only trouble is, what to learn about blogging and business? And when? From where?

You could go to college and get a basic Business Degree, take some Graphic Design and Website Development Classes along the way and pay a fortune for an education in any field. (But that’s one of the major beauties of blogging…)

You can get your blogging education by yourself through self-study courses and products online! You don’t have to spend the money, there are SO MANY free resources out there, here’s a few. Okay so some of it is really repetitive, and there are these inconvenient holes of information about blogging sometimes. 

I’ll be honest, I’ve spent the last decade of my life learning everything I can find about blogging, business, and modern marketing.

 


 

4 Stages of Blogging || A simple guide for understanding the stages of blogging. With some great infographics, you can easily see what stage of blogging you are in and what to do next. #infographic #blogging #stagesofblogging

No Matter What Stage of Blogging You’re In Right Now…

No matter where you are in these 4 Stages of Blogging professionally, if you are a blogger then you know that this is a career that will take ongoing effort and education to pursue and succeed in. Only 4% of bloggers make more than $100,000 and all of them have been doing it for more than 4 years, full time. So I’ll be as transparent as possible when I say that this is not for everyone. But for those of you who reread that Stage 4 graphic above, like four times and it made you feel funny inside because THIS IS YOUR DREAM JOB!

 

DONT GIVE UP!

10 Reasons Why I Love Being A Blog Mom

10 Reasons Why I Love Being A Blog Mom

Here’s a top ten list of reasons why I love being a blog mom. A short list, but a meaningful one! As both being a mother and a blogger, are a dream come for me.  I’m REALLY excited about my blogging and recent experiences online lately. SO much going on for me being a blog mom!

 

Why I Love being a blog mom || Here's a top ten list of reasons why I love being a blog mom. A short list, but a meaningful one! As both being a mother and a blogger, are a dream come for me. #blogging #motherhood

1 || The most obvious reason I love being a blogging mom is that I get to stay home with my daughter every day!

2 || I am my own boss!

3 || I choose when I work and when I don’t [when motherhood allows] !

4 || I get to be my baby’s role model, instead of hiring childcare!

5 || I get to share my thoughts, best advice, and helpful knowledge to those who can relate!

6 || I write about loving life, so it constantly reminds me how much I really do love my life!

7 || I get to do all the things I love to do like work on websites, help other bloggers, and write/type!

8 || I’m busy, but the blogging community is awesome to interact with and provides this busy mama some kind of social life!

9 || I get to take pictures and work on graphics and stuff, I dig it!

10 || I’m constantly learning more about blogging and marketing and I love that I can learn so much without having to go to college and spend thousands!!!

 

It’s a short list, I know.

 

 


But this is a really meaningful list!

I have a lot of freedom as a blogger. It’s not a career I need to be ashamed of, in fact, I can actively share my creations with great pride. And I don’t have to feel bad about pushing sales and gaining clients. All I do to gain income is super passive. And the service bloggers like me provide is simply resources to help others. I don’t feel bad about recommending services and products that I love. It feels great!

So this is where I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter and follow the blog. Why?

I want to help you get started in blogging. And to learn how much you can LOVE your LIFE, one day at a time, by blogging about your passion.

 

I want to quickly jump back to that last reason I love blogging,  number 10…

Everything I’ve learned about blogging has been “self-taught”. I’ve spent countless hours, and days of my life, learning about blogging, marketing, social media, management, editorial calendars, SEO, writing skills. And I’ve invested very little money into an education. And there is still SO MUCH to learn. This is an ever-changing world of technology and it all moves SO FAST. Just about the time that I think I get ahead in knowledge and proficiency. A new version of Google, or social media changes, or SEO happen overnight it seems, and there’s a whole new set of rules and guides to follow and learn about.

But I will never have any large college debt. I will never have that level of stress by needing to constantly continue my education by paying a LOT of money for it.

Blogging is something I can do, I can learn. And there’s always going to be something new to get educated about, which is exciting!

And let me just say that the price tag on getting educated about Blogging is REALLY affordable. Sometimes it’s REALLY worthwhile to get that education while you can, at the best price possible.

Guys, I’m so excited to be hitting publish on this post right now. It feels so good! It’s not what I had planned for today. But I can’t help it, I’m really excited about being a blogger. And I feel so responsible to you, in telling you why I love being a blog mom!

 

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Why Blogging Is The Best Job Ever (To Me)

Put simply, I am a stay at home mom blogger and work from home wife. The thing is though, it’s really not so simple at all. That still doesn’t mean it’s not the best job to me though.

There are two important roles I play in my everyday life that I consider my highest responsibilities right now. And that’s being the best stay at home mom, and the bestwork from home wife I can be. For myself, for my daughter and for my husband.

PERSPECTIVE || Like I wrote about in My Business & Blogging Background Story, I have ALWAYS have worked from home. I spent only a few years working for a local cable company at their call center. But even that was in front of a PC, talking to people all day (and at home part-time). So I really was MEANT to be the work-from-home, be-my-own-boss type. It makes sense that I would be the “stay at home” mom, too. Especially since she is a newborn, our first and probably the only child I will have. And trust me, I DO understand that it is not for everybody.

 

 

JOB #1 || BEING A Stay At Home Mom

 

For the first time, I’m going to write about how I feel about being a stay at home mom. I’ll start by saying that it is indeed a job. There is a lot of change and adjustment that happens when you have a newborn enter your life. And they constantly change, especially this first year of life. Every day they learn how to something new and it shifts your whole world out of place again.

What takes the most effort is keeping the routine, some kind of schedule for the kid so she can function well throughout the day and maintain a level of comfort and happiness. It was REALLY hard to create the right routine because I had to find what my most natural routine was for myself and then add a baby to the mix with her leading the way. I knew I’d feed her about every two hours, but as a stay at home mom, guess what? You get to feed on demand, and that’s what’s best for baby. So there many times throughout the day where I stop what I’m doing and to feed her. I also thought I’d have time to get a break from mom duties when she’s down for a nap. But nap times can be a total chore of its own for being the easiest and most “relaxing” part of the day. Sure. I never know how SHE will react every day, but I do know how I will react. And that’s to try stick to the routine, but be flexible and patience!

The biggest emotional toll that being a stay at home mom takes from me, is the constant mental engagement that children take. You can’t just leave children (especially babies) to fend for themselves. They have to be fed, put to sleep, played with, loved on, cuddled, taught, on and on. That is if you want to have a happy find who finds joy in routine and thus, will learn to respect my role not just as her mother, but her father’s wife and a work from home business owner. It’s a constant give and takes though. She’s a baby so me setting the tone now, I believe will help her develop good time management skills also.

For example, mornings before her first nap, are for quiet time. We get up together and I go outside to let dogs out, pour myself a coffee, and make her a bottle. I lay her down to feed herself and then get to work nearby on the PC. I keep on eye on her of course, but she sits and plays where her toys quietly. I try to keep the noisy ones up and away, and just leave out different toys she can interact with quietly. Most days, I can get a good amount done in the mornings so at least, if the rest of the day I get nothing else done but love the kid, I got some work done.

There are days that nothing goes as planned, I might have to spend an entire week only working at night when the baby is (finally) asleep because of growth spurts, teething, feeling grumpy and out of sorts, sick, whatever the reason is that baby needs my attention ALL DAY. Those are the days that I’m thankful I’m not alone in my life, and that I have a loving husband and family nearby to help give me and baby some extra help.

 


JOB #2 || Being A Work From Home Wife

 

We aren’t lucky enough to live in a world where the money comes easily, and my husband works really hard to keep us floating along financially. As much as I love being a stay at home mom, the baby doesn’t pay well. In fact, she’s quite the expense monthly. So I could work to make barely enough to cover childcare. Or I work really hard for myself, at home.

Being my own boss is no joke.

There isn’t a single part of blogging that isn’t managed by me. I act as the content creator, website designer, sales manager, marketing strategist, you name it I do it. It’s all me.

Although my blog doesn’t bring in much in the way of money, it will eventually as I build this business. Enough so that by the time she should be going to school, my husband can take part in his dream of homeschooling. Something he has always wanted for his children.

This is my end goal honest: For my photography and blog businesses bring in enough of an income that I work full time from home, while my husband is home during the week to homes school. Of course, he could take up side jobs during the weekend too, sure. But in the end, we have about four years of dedication to the businesses growth. The sacrifice of this goal together though, is that it will take time to build the businesses. While he brings in the solid paychecks, for now, our financial life is still in need of a lot of growth and that takes a lot of time.

Apart from being a mom and my own blog boss, I have to also take care of the homestead. Making sure the house is kept, the chores are done, and the bills paid. To say the least, it really is a job all in itself. Especially since our move while is honestly only temporary until we can find a place of our very own. Thankfully I’m not on a serious time crunch living with my mom.

 


Blogging Is The Best Job Ever

 

To say the least I have a complicated job. These roles of being a mother, wife, and housekeeper are hard to balance.

But I love it. There’s nothing else I’d rather do. I’m ultimately living my dream here, right now!

 

I have the man of my dreams.
The most amazing daughter.
Great loving and protective dogs.
A wonderful and supportive family.
Silly but fabulously loyal friends.
The Blogging Community is fantastic.
I live in this beautiful Evergreen State.

 


Why Blogging Is The Best Job Ever

Summary

 

I really do have every reason in the world to be living a loving life. And to have made my job to share it with the world and help others like me, parents and bloggers. It’s my passion and my purpose. To share love, connect others, and be of help to the human race.

So yes, although it is difficult to balance and especially to manage. And at times I miss my own deadlines or have to skip an entire week of blogging or go months without a photo shoot. But I’m just doing better and better at it all because I’m doing it. Practice. I’m no noob or amateur here. Although I’m not a pro at anything (yet) either. I’ll get there though.

I’m going to live this out like I’m already there.

Because I am. This is why I have the best job in the world. A mother, wife, and blogger.

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Why to Blog Like It’s A Business

We need to talk about blogging as a business because that is truly not the mindset that many new bloggers have. And this, my new friends, is what is going to bring you out on top. Plan your blog like you’d plan a business and you will go somewhere on the internet, and you will achieve an income doing so. A profit, steady growth, and hard earned cash can be accomplished in your blogging efforts. If you are going to create the content anyways, why not branch out and grow? Into a business.

After reading this post, be sure to check out the Blog Buddy Program website, the first post there has a Free Download, Blog Business Plan! 

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My Business & Blogging Background Story

I’m going to explain a little bit of my blogging background and how it relates to my small business, marketing, and social media background story. I want to begin to share how my life has led me to create my online blogging business your reading from today. 

 

I'm going to explain a little bit of my background in small business, marketing, and social media. Then I want to begin to share how this leads me to create my online blogging business your reading from.
This is post is part of a month-long blog series. Find out the details & announcements about this Blogtober Series by clicking the image.

 


My Business Background Story

The Early Years of My Business & Marketing Experience

In my early high school years, my only experience working was in my grandparents home office for their carpet cleaning business. They had just one truck and one technician. They still had a paper trail of my grandmother’s work notes, scheduling notebooks, and invoice printouts.

My father took more of a role when my Papa passed away, to try to help her. Together Dad and I tried to take on some new changes in the business, to grow and improve the company. Together my dad and I went to marketing classes together and began to research modern marketing.

I got the business on track with a website and accurate online brand, and reputable presence. Offering better support and a move away from the paper trail and onto invoicing with Quickbooks. Finally, I got a business plan together and started tracking our growth progress.

 

I Could Have Been A Business Owner Before Turning 21

All this took years though and it came time for Grandma to move on and sell out. Finally retire at 80+!  I practically ran the business at this point. Everything from answering phones, scheduling jobs, marketing, and managing. I was offered the business! But, I ended up declining their offer.

I didn’t want to be a carpet cleaning business owner.

I wanted to be a Business Owner. I wanted to work from home!

But not for carpet cleaning, and I’m not sorry.

 

I Started My Photography Business in 2016

It took me a few years but I opened a really small local photography business, L. Y. Photos, with my best friend. We began to build our photo portfolio (view our Instagram @LYphotospub). This is more of a hobby business than an income for me though. (We need an equipment upgrade before we can take the next steps in our businesses future.) This year (2018) I’ve started to work with another best friend, Ryver and I’m really excited about what she can offer LYP!

 


My Blogging Journey Now

I Started This Blog In April 2018

So here I am promoting and building my reputation as a helpful blogger that loves other people. Just like that. In September I was nominated twice for the Blogger Recognition Award. So that sparked this Blogtober Series (1 week) you’re reading today.

To be fair, I admit that I do fully intend to collect a substantial income from my entrepreneurial efforts as an online blogger and become an optimistic influencer. But we’ll cover that more soon as I prepare to unveil what bloggers really do, or CAN do.

As I begin to build my blog business plans and strategies, I realize how many other new bloggers are out there. And completely lost, they struggle to fit all the pieces together. I sit on a Pinterest and can swim past most of the “beginners posts” because I know something about running a business from home already.

I  also have an edge as I grew up in this technology age, with the passion for learning on the internet at a young age. I know something about HTML, web design, branding, photo editing and photography, file management, accounting… I know about marketing and running social media too. I’ve spent countless days as a teenager stuck online, let’s be honest, it all started with Livejournal and Myspace (among other things like YIM… did you know BBP has a Discord Chatroom you can join right now? Here’s the info on our live chatroom of bloggers). ANYWAYS… That grew into the family based business, which started in early high school years when I moved back to live with my Dad in Washington. Until, I walked, and I decided to go solo when I was 21 with my boyfriend (now husband) and traveled the country for a while. Taking a break from the world wide web for about two whole years. (10 Unusual Things About Me tag)

NOWADAYS || Occasionally, I check an Incredible Income Report to find them discussing the ease of earning money online. And that’s the thing it is and it isn’t, easy to make money blogging.  And I still haven’t managed to dedicate to a business plan. Not like this blog. This, this is something new and exciting guys. I’m employing MYSELF to work for YOU. And I believe it’s going to make a dent your life, and so many other new blogging buddies (Join our Blogging Buddies Group on Facebook here.)

 

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What Am I Doing Online?

Personally, I’m trying to build relationships, make connections, and share love and support to other parents, partners, and bloggers.

There simply is not enough transparency offered by most bloggers though. So as much as this is a blog about loving life and other people. It is also my life with blogging and business! Which I have yet to share with you on the blog.

My success and my failures will be openly displayed here for all to see! So thanks for reading, sharing, and connecting with me. I’ve met some amazing people so far.

 

Ways I’m Helping Others Through Social Media

|| I’m supporting other parents by being an active member in a number of Facebook Groups

|| I’m offering bloggers the change to connect with another blogger for free here: Blog Buddy Program

|| I’m offering connections on Twitter constantly and providing a solid feed of information, related retweets, and to feature tweets by joining the chat this month below. Catch me #luvdaily

|| I’m committed to following and commenting on blogs through Bloglovin’ and blogs that use Disqus. As well as my Twitter #luvdaily comment threads

 

The theme here is engagement. I’m really trying hard to reach out and get to know other people and their blogs.

Here are a few ideas I have to further engagement with you:

|| I finally have a newsletter fellow humans! AHA! Super stoked to start the journey with you, fellow parents and bloggers!

|| I’ll write a review of your blog privately if you buy me a coffee! Go here: Ko-fi.com/Luvlifewlee 

|| Every Friday between 8-10AM I am Reviewing Blogs Live, like the page (new window).

 

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Post Summary

I hope that I can be of help to you now. And other new bloggers out there, to find their way to their own success stories. In their parenthood, blog life and romantic partnerships.

It starts by taking your blog seriously and treating it like a business. So that’s what I’m doing. Right here, right now. Check. Click. Publish. Promote. Connect, with you. And it worked, you’re here.

 

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5 Apps That Run My Life As A Blog Mom

Today I want to highlight some technology since it’s Tuesday (inspired by #techtuesday). As a busy blog mom, I have a lot going on to say the very least. I’m going to review my top five favorite apps that help me to run my entire life. From house chores to organizing blog posts to getting ALL of my daily tasks DONE on time.

 

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GETTING TO KNOW ME || I struggle to keep organized and clean. By nature, I not a very detail oriented person. I think big picture. I have found that starting big and working my way in works well for me. Keeping this in mind then, if makes sense that I like to make lists. It forces me to break life into pieces and then put them back to fit into an ultimately larger goal. I regularly make to-do lists and project plans of action to help me navigate through my life. These five apps help me live a better, more productive life every day, every week, every year.

 

 


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Habitica

Habitica Website || Download from Google Play or iOS Stores for Free || Wiki

App Description ||

This is a role-playing task to do list, habit tracker and reward system. You can connect with friends and make a team, or go solo. Honestly this app is so huge and it’s wiki is intense. I just enjoy the basics.

 

Function & Features ||

Use “Habits”, “Dailies” and “Tasks” to earn coins, health and ultimately rewards for your cute avatar. Find eggs for animals, mounts, equipment and more along the way. Eventually, you get to choose a class and use some powers to boost your character (so if you miss a day, you don’t lose all your health or eventually all your coins)!

 

App Uses ||

When I got pregnant I started to go through some major changes in my life. I knew I needed to be a more organized person. There were days when I did the laundry, just to earn some coins for a new sword or shield. No joke. But it kept me motivated! Soon enough I was opening and clicking off everything I got done that day with a smile on.

Now, I have removed much of my chore list and have used it to focus more on good blogging habits! And it’s working! It’s keeping this blog on track every day now that I have a schedule. Not that I don’t do the house chores anymore, they have just moved to “habits” now and I’m not rewarded as good as the “daily” or “task” sections that I have reserved for new blogging habits.

 

Application to my life ||

It helps motivate me to get things done on an everyday basis. One day at a time right?

 

Extra Credit || 

You can add friends and build a team. I’d be interested to team up on Habitica to support each other and building good habits. Contact me personally on FB, OK?

 


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Evernote

Evernote Website || Sign Up

Description ||

This is an open notebook program that allows you to take notes and add categories via “notebooks” in which your notes are kept. It’s basically an online spiral notebook, available on every device. Scratch that EVERY SINGLE spiral notebook and all of your notes EVER.

 

Function & Features ||

Notebooks

I use many notebooks for every aspect of my life. My blog, finances, receipts, coupons/deals, meal planning, diary entries, inspiration, quotes and more. It’s all in one place and I can access it anywhere.

 

Uses ||

Some of the most important notebooks that help me as a blogger are:

Draft 1, 2, and 3 Notebooks || I draw up post outlines and my original thoughts for posts into the Draft 1 notebook. Once I have completely finished the idea and have a real post going on, it moves to Draft 2 notebook. This is where I really get into editing my grammar and finish writing the post. When I’m ready I copy & paste it to my WordPress Posts and when I’m totally done with the post and ready to publish, the originally drafted note now moves to Draft 3 which is reserved for finished posts. So I have an ongoing list of posts I’ve done recently.

Current Blog Series Notebook || The exception to the above way of drafting posts is when I’m running some kind of post series in which I have very related content to write in a short amount of time. Like, Blogtober for example. This allows me to go to the series and work on those posts easily and when they are done, they will also join the Draft 3 notebook (only after I’ve published the series). Freeing up this empty notebook for the next series I may write later on.

Clipboard Notebook || I don’t know about you but I hate typing the same phrase over and over and in blogging, that happens a lot. So I have a selection of notes in this notebook that I use a lot. This includes all of my post’s links, original and shortened so that I don’t have to return to my own blog to search for a specific post. I just go to the list and copy and paste the short description if needed, the link, I’m done. Another example is the longtail Youtube Channel description I use for every video to include links to my other social networks. A final example is

 

Application to my life ||

It’s where I keep every thought, every idea, every rant, and every detail of my many, many plans and projects throughout the course of my entire life. I’d say it’s everything but…

 

Extra Credit || 

To use Evernote for free click here. There are upgrades available as a Premium service for business services and larger storage (although I have never seen a need to upgrade myself). It’s my favorite, more details about why at the bottom of this post

 

 


My life is to Google everything.

I even have a board on Pinterest called Google Everything, just for this very reason. Why do I love Google? Because it’s everything I need and I can have multiple accounts. I have an email address for everything. Each business (photos & blog), super personal, for my devices (hard drives, media, apps). Which means that sometimes, I have multiple choices when it comes to where something gets put (and occasionally I lose it in the mass of Google somewhere, but not too often). Because it allows me to actually be extremely organized with my time management, event planning, and managing apps, interests, and media. By exclusively using Google for all of my personal and business needs, it’s all in one place on any device in the world. I constantly use my PC, tablet, and mobile android phone equally throughout my day. I can work anywhere at any time, with the internet and Google alone.

 

 


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My Blog’s Google Calendar Screenshot from 9/26/18, September.

 

Google Calander

 

Description ||

The beauty of current “smart” technology is with multiple mobile devices and multiple accounts to sign into and use… All you have to do is pick your account and all your work and progress and plans are there. I have recently started a routine lifestyle with my daughter and schedule my days and weeks in advance. I’m now learning how to plan months in advance with the help of Google Calendar. It’s really easy to add, edit, and repeat events. Ultimately, to make a schedule

 

App Uses ||

Let me start by saying I have like 10 different Gmail accounts. Why? Because I am my own boss so I have a lot going on here. I am a person so I have my personal email (that I use very little and is very old, so it has much important information linked to the world honestly). I also have an account for my devices that hold and sync all my contacts and media from them. I tend to upload the content appropriately, but it’s my default to log into on mobile devices only and has many games and apps signed up under it.

I run two businesses, the first is my photography business, Love You Photos with my best friends. This blog is also a job for me, I work really hard and spend as many hours working online as my husband does as an electrician. Would you expect me to run an entire online work project on my personal email account? Why would I do that? Of COURSE, I have a separate email account for the blog. (Go ahead, send me an email to lovinglifewithlee at Gmail, I’d love to hear from you!)

This also allows me to have many separate drives for storing bits of information under each, and to make separate calendars. Mobile devices allow you to have many accounts and information saved so that it makes logging into any account very easily. I can even see all my calendars at once. Or select just a few. Syncing my life together into its many pieces and parts.

 

Application to my life ||

I schedule chores with my personal account, photo shoots with its account, and my blog schedule and editorial calendar all separately. With Google Calendars thought, I can see them all together and have a nice arrangement via current technology.

 

This is why I can honestly say, “Google runs my life.”

 

 


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Google Keep

 

Description ||

It’s just a simple note-taking app by Google that of course syncs like the calendar. They appear like colored sticky notes altogether within the app.

 

Function & Features ||

The beauty of this over Evernote is so simply the minimalist behavior of using this. You can color code the notes and pin certain notes to the top.

 

Uses ||

For quick ideas and copy and pasting. This is what I use on the fly. Incomplete blog ideas, tasks, or reminders. Often I go to my notes when I’m lost, need ideas, or am trying to remember something from last week. Occasionally I clean out old notes. It’s always cool to see the old “thoughts” sitting at the bottom, remembering how the original idea was so exciting. And has now grown into the blog and made its home within my blog. Looking back, it’s always fun to see the progression in this way. So I continue to add to my simple notes daily.

 

Application to my life ||

Google Keep makes sure to catch me on the fly. Making it easy to add ideas to within seconds, that are easy to find later.

 

Extra Credit || 

Let’s get it out there, there are A LOT of note-taking apps out there guys, and I’ve tried a whole load of them for myself. And what it comes down to for me, with Evernote and Keep, is that they are universal. Evernote is feature packed with a great design for building plans and outlines. Keeping things organized while they are developed. Where Keep is super simple and well, I straight love Google!

 

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IFTTT

|| IFTTT Website ||

Description ||

This is probably the most useful app ever for bloggers as it automates tasks for you from different services. If THIS happens, then THAT happens in response. There a great number of different services, everything from Asana tasks, WordPress, Twitter, mobile device alarms, weather alerts, and so, so much more.

 

Function & Features ||

This services is free and has no upgrades or anything. You can make as many “widgets or triggers happen as you want. New Applets are created every day as you can customize them to your needs. Or simply make a new one!

 

App Uses ||

Here are 5 examples of how this helps me to completely automate my social media activity to cycle through the other services as I wish:

  1. A new tweet goes out to my new twitter followers every Friday (about once a month, I update it slightly)
  2. Any published WordPress post automatically makes a draft into Tumblr, so that I can easily edit it for Tumblr, and publishing there too.
  3. Any tweet I ever write is added to a Google Document so that I can easily track and improve my performance each month
  4. Any Instagram photo I upload is shared to a specific board on my Pinterest account, as well as a Facebook Album on my Page
  5. Any time I use a specific hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (#luvlifewlee) it is immediately shared to all three other profiles simultaneously (without “scheduling” anything).

 

Application to my life ||

It allows me to automate tasks to trigger when I do something once, I don’t have to manually do it several times in other places. It helps me track my progress too.

 

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Post Summary

All in all these five apps run my entire life as a mom blogger. I don’t know what I’d do without them. If I had to choose one as my favorite though it would have to be Evernote. I am so extremely thankful for this service because in the last ten years I have created multiple businesses and creative projects to completion with this platform. Ultimately it’s helped me organize my dreams by providing me a place to blossom my ideas into completely formed creations.

 

Posts I Want To Write Soon ||

  • Top Evernote Tips [for Loving Life With A Business]
  • Wonderful IFTTT Widgets for Automating Your Social Media Accounts [for Loving Life With A Blog]
  • Details about how I use multiple Gmail Accounts…

 

Here’s an extra sharable graphic just for Evernote ||

 

 

Click the image to sign up for your account now. I am a proud affiliate for their service, as I have used it continuously since the beginning. I hope it changes your life for the better like it has mine. I love Evernote so much, it really is the best online note services for personal and business uses. It’s free to sign up. And I’ll be making an “Evernote Organization Tips” post next month.

 

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Such as Evernote. If you sign up by clicking an Evernote link found within this blog post today. Then I get a small bonus commision from them, at no cost to you. It’s a great way to help support my blogging efforts, and it’s easy and free for you to do. All other links provided today are direct links, from their own original destinations. I’m always happy to share great resources!

 

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