Oh me oh my, I can’t catch my breath! I have been a busy little bee around here. Orders have been coming in like crazy for the business. I have had a sick family (gross, hate when they’re sick). Got invited to attend a big […]
Fear, we all feel it. Some have serious phobias, others are silly. Me, I am scared of dolls, clowns, heights, flying and any body of water bigger than a pool.
But that’s not all I’m scared of. I’m also scared of failure. Aren’t most of us scared of that? Why? What is it that is so scary? Nothing honestly. Why? Because you can always change the course yourself! Sometimes failure can be a good thing. Fail at a relationship? Good, learn from it, maybe it wasn’t a healthy one in the first place. Lose your job? You can always find another job if you look.
I was so scared to start my blog back up after it failed. Luckily, I had a group of amazing women who pushed me back into the saddle and made me try again. Now it is booming with readers. When I started Fab Flares by Audrey’s Mom I stressed out about never making a sale. I began selling at a farmer’s market and didn’t make anything. I was mad that I failed. After licking my wounds, I started doing some research. I found new ways to market myself. Tweaked my products and added new stuff. It has been 2 months since that happened. Sales are great. I have been getting custom orders and been busy.
I channeled my fears and used them for success. I made them work for me. This is advice you can use in everyday life. Channel fears of parenting and use them for good. Become super parent instead of scared parent.
Stay strong and laugh in the face of fear!
Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday, I was swamped with orders for the business and was purposely trying to keep myself busy and my mind off of today. For those of you that don’t know, today, October 15th is National Miscarriage, Stillborn, SID awareness […]
“I probably won’t get read by anyone. This will just be for me. I should use every foul word each time I write just because I can!”
Those are just a couple of the things that I said when I decided to start a blog. I honestly never thought it would have this much success. It has been a whirlwind success! I owe it all to you, my readers. It is amazing how much love I feel. I don’t use every foul word because my mom is reading this and I really don’t need a lecture on how I have a potty mouth, I already know it exists.
Yesterday I spoke about how important it is with any business to network and I need to reiterate that. It is extremely important! Your best marketing will be referrals. We always hear the bad on the news but who do we hear the good from? Friends and family. If someone truly loves something, you’re going to hear about it. I will always rave about a delicious cookie. I believe in honest reviews. I’ve received a lot of constructive criticism since I started my blog. I listened and took it all in to consideration. I have tweaked and revised posts many times before I hit publish and sometimes even after. I’m my worst critic.
A few months ago, my friend Joanna at Motherhood and Merlot, teamed up with Lauren at Twin Tested, Pin Approved to start our blogging tribe. We have women from all walks of life who have been writing for different amounts of time. It has been the best resource for all of my questions and concerns. We are all so supportive of one another in everything we do. There were times I was about to shut down my blog because I just couldn’t take that it wasn’t going anywhere but they pulled me away from that.
I wrote this post about getting back my confidence after having my daughter and a few of the members shared it. That’s what I needed. They were so moved by my honesty and knew so many other women needed to read it. Emails began pouring in about how much it helped other women and my page views sky rocketed! It was amazing to watch.
Success should not be determined by comparison to others but by your own opinion of yourself. I know most people don’t think getting a hundred plus page views per day is success but for me in this stage, it’s absolutely huge! I love getting texts from friends and family saying they loved today’s post. Believe or not but I am really a private person, even in my own family. So to share what I do about my life can be really challenging at times. Honesty is what I believe brings so many of you back.
I have finally made the leap to having a self hosted blog. I am working on writing professionally some day. So in the meantime, I will do my best to keep the laughs rolling and the crazy glass full.
Toddlers love to help us. They like feeling like big kids. Although, Audrey is only 18 months, she still has chores she does but to her, they’re just games. She helps me load and unload the dishwasher. We fold laundry together. She loves doing laundry (makes one of us). I hand her dirty clothes and she throws them in the washing machine and then helps me swap them to the dryer. Audrey also knows how to pick up her toys and put them away, when she wants to. It’s nice having her want to help right now. There are times though, that I really don’t want her help with things and have to distract her.
We got a big shipping box in and I had so much to do. I just needed it done and didn’t want her in the way so I grabbed the box and stripped off her clothes and tossed her in. Popped the lids off of some markers, gave them to her and let her make some art. She had a blast. Little fit even when it was time to get out. That box was gorgeous. She colored it and made me it her own art. The best part was how proud she was of it all. She kept showing it to me and smiling.
I am trying to avoid using the tv as a distraction/baby sitter but yea, it’s convenient at moments. It does get hard to deal because she is so used to doing everything with me. Once in a while I have to take her to my parent’s house for 2 or 3 hours so I can get some stuff done. Don’t beat yourself up because you can’t sit down right this second with them. Yes, chores can wait but when you have no clean dishes or undies, it can’t. Try and find ways to get your little ones to help. Remember Mary Poppins, one of my favorite movies, she made it a game. I’ve tried snapping plenty of times, still doesn’t work.
You can do it!