I know there are lots of bloggers out there making five figures a month and many more making four, but what about those of us in the threes?
Can I get an amen?
No, but seriously, I'd love to see other bloggers like me -- like us -- be transparent about their numbers. And I know I'm not the only one who feels that way.
Quite frankly, I'm getting sick of seeing all these Facebook groups and Twitter ads talking about the "secrets" to getting a seven-figure income (because six isn't enough anymore, apparently) and it's not that I couldn't use that type of cash (I mean, it'd be nice) but my life and my work is about more than money.
The thing is, if I decided to compare myself and constantly attempt to keep up with the rest of the online coaching/blogging/business world, I'd feel like a big fat loser. There's always a higher goal that society wants us to reach for -- whether it's a bigger bank account, a smaller waistline, a fancier car, blah blah blah. It's impossible to achieve everything that everyone else wants.
So, I don't compare myself anymore. I've stopped that shit. It's taken a lot of discipline, practice, and patience, but I'm almost 30 (okay, it's two years off, but still) and if I'm going to be happy with myself and my life it's about damn time I started already. I concentrate on my own goals and what I want and what my family needs, and I put on blinders to the rest.
To be honest? I'd love to make at least $5,000 a month between my businesses. That'd be enough to invest in my family's future, save for our wedding, pay off my debts, and get to do fun things without feel guilty or worrying that I'm funding the wrong priorities.
And I'm here to say, that I'm not there yet, and that's okay because I'm still kicking ass. When I really take a moment to look back and think about it, I'm proud of how far I've come. I'm damn proud. Myself and this space have grown by leaps and bounds and it's finally all becoming exactly what I want.
Of course, it wouldn't be here if it weren't for you, so thank you. Seriously. I don't think I say that enough.
You should be proud of yourself, too. No matter where you're at in your blogging/business/life journey, you're doing your best and that's amazing. Give yourself some credit already. No pity parties allowed here.
I think it's totally possible (and good) to be grateful for what you have and still reach for more.
If you feel the same way, you might want to join our Loudmouth Momtrepreneurs Facebook group or Loud Ladies Google+ community. We'd love to have you!
BEHIND THE BLOG
Of course, the biggest thing that happened in July was our engagement!
He popped the question on a random Wednesday, and it was absolutely perfect.
We were Skyping with my parents and grandma, as we normally do, when Trey pooped and needed to be changed. Super romantic, I know. So Brandon took him upstairs, and when he came down, he told me to look in Trey's pocket. I reached in, and there was the ring. I looked up and Brandon was on one knee and as I started crying, he asks, "Will you be my wife?" Of course, I said yes. I was totally surprised!
Quite naturally, my mom took screenshots to capture the moment...
Even though we already had many of the basic things married couples do -- the same address, a joint bank account, and obviously a child -- getting engaged makes everything more real.
I'm already in planning mode. We're aiming for May 2017, and we have our venue and photographer lined up. I know there are many more details to cover, but I'm glad we're giving ourselves ample time to sort all of that out (and pay down our debts before spending too much money).
Gotta love any excuse to use Pinterest.
I was recently asked to contribute to a future post at Jessica J's blog about... well, I'll just copy and paste (her email was super sweet):
I'm looking to round up some advice from 10-15 awesome bloggers/creative entrepreneurs on how to juggle their side hustles with the rest of their lives like BADASSES. I would LOVE it if you could share a little bit of your story, like how you work two jobs AND are a fabulous mum and wife AND run a brilliant blog, and maybe give your best tip on how to make it all work! I think that as a mother, you have a unique perspective that my audience would love to hear about. If you can do it, then there's hope for all of us!
So this is what I wrote, and it pretty much sums up my messy, beautiful life. ♥
I'm a mother and fiancée, a blogger and business coach, a beauty consultant and a communications director. I have a few different jobs and wear many different hats, but what keeps me going is my passion for absolutely everything I do. I make sure that every step I take lines up with my ultimate goals. And above all, I keep my personal needs and my family first. The people in your life should be your priority; everything else is secondary. When you are doing what you do out of love, it all works out for the best.
I couldn't be happier. But, enough mushy stuff -- onto the report!
According to Google Analytics, I received 3,965 pageviews last month from 1,863 people:
These were your 10 favorite posts:
SOCIAL MEDIA PROGRESS
Here's where I'm at now with my followings (changes in bold):
11,063 Twitter -1
2,473 Pinterest ^21
2,297 Instagram (personal) ^220
795 Facebook (personal) ^111
760 Facebook (business) ^68
466 Bloglovin' ^2
221 Instagram (business) ^5
185 Google+ ^7
63 YouTube ^4
I've been slacking on the video front but my goal is still to post one every Friday!
63 of you are now subscribed. Woohoo!
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INCOME & EXPENSES
Today I'm going to show you my numbers for both The Loudmouth Lifestyle and my Mary Kay business. I've been concentrating on MK a lot lately and I know many people are curious about direct sales and multi-level marketing companies so I wanted to post that info for anyone interested.
As aforementioned, I have been taking a summer break from coaching, but I'm now booking for September 2015! Check out the details here and feel free to email me with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
July 2015 TLL Earnings:
Sponsored posts: $119.82
E-books and workbooks: $44.10
Total Gross Revenue: $163.92
July 2015 TLL Expenses:
Total Expenses: $14.98
Total Net Profit: $148.94
I know there are TONS of home-based "party" businesses out there now, but the reason why I trust Mary Kay Cosmetics is because it was founded by Mary Kay Ash over 50 years ago. MK is consistently ranked one of the top direct selling companies in the United States and one of the top skincare companies in the world.
I obviously can't promise that you'll make more or less than this; keep in mind these figures are based on my own journey. But I love having these different components of my life, all which bring me so much joy.
July 2015 MK Earnings:
Personal sales: $346.86
Team commission: $9.28
Total Gross Revenue: $356.14
July 2015 MK Expenses:
Meeting dues: $25.00
Promotional materials: $8.82
Company events: $26.16
Office supplies: $12.98
Coaching calls: $20.00
Website maintenance: $13.31
Total Expenses: $269.42
Total Net Profit: $86.72
More capital is needed for a business that sells physical as opposed to digital items, so it's no surprise that I ended up having to invest most of what I made. But as my career continues to move onward and upward, my margins will begin to grow as well. I'm excited to learn even more about entrepreneurship!
TIPS & TOOLS THAT WORKED FOR ME
I have been working on becoming stronger -- mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. Mindset is everything and I have been nurturing my spirit more than ever. Reading has played a big part in this; I finally got a library card for the first time in 15 years and it's been GLORIOUS. I recently finished Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) and Miracles Happen by Mary Kay Ash; both were excellent. And now I'm reading The $100 Startup and Creative Confidence which are also wonderful thus far.
Secondly, I'm learning to go with the flow more. I'm a major planner and everything usually has to be just so, but having a kid and three jobs (and a fiance who has two jobs) has forced me to recover quickly when my schedule gets shaken up. Instead of feeling defeated and like the day is wasted, I figure out something else to do with my time that is equally productive. I've always been a lister, but I purposely keep "mini tasks" on the back burner for when I have a few unexpected moments.
I spend the majority of my daylight hours taking care of Trey, meeting with clients, cleaning house, running errands, making phone calls and doing anything else that requires me to be up, out and about. I save writing and social media for after Trey is in bed (unless it's a weekend, like right now, and he has other people watching him). I have noticed that it's impossible for me to concentrate when he's around unless he's sleeping, and when he's awake I want to make the most of my time with him.
I still end up getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night myself... for now. *knocks on wood*
I will probably write an updated daily schedule for you soon; since it changes so much, it's been hard to nail down but based on questions I've received I know you're curious! I always love reading about how other solopreneurs spend their days and manage time...
BLOG & BIZ GOALS FOR AUGUST
1. STAY consistent no matter what. Don't get discouraged when things don't go my way. Keep moving!
2. CONTINUE being open to learning. Try everything and then stick with the stuff that works for me.
3. FINISH the most important tasks during the first half of my day. Don't procrastinate.
PERSONAL & FITNESS GOALS
1. GO somewhere fun and free with the fam once a week.
2. MOVE daily, preferably for an hour or more.
3. EAT produce before it goes bad (seriously, #firstworldproblems).
And now I'm off to fill up my calendar for August! Hope you have a productive, prosperous week and a kick-ass month. I believe in you. Hope to see you soon under the #liveloudly hashtag, everywhere!