The new year is here and I’m so excited to be launching my new blog and brand. I’m taking my online business in an entirely new direction! For the past few years, I’ve been focusing on my online writing business and now I’m pivoting to offering online business coaching.
I’m so passionate about helping women learn how to ditch change their lives by transitioning from their traditional careers to online business and blogging. My business tips can help anyone, but as a working mom and career woman, I know the unique struggles that women face and the challenges of balancing work and home.
I was inspired to start sharing business tips because of my own entrepreneurial journey. I started my first blog way back in 2008, while I was working as an English teacher. I wanted a creative outlet to share my writing, and to talk about the books and literature that I was teaching to my students.
I didn’t know anything about blogging. I started out on Blogger (which I believe was called Blogspot back then), and switched to WordPress.com. I posted often, and built up an audience, and I started working with authors to review their books. Then, they paid me to review and edit their manuscripts. That’s when I first realized that there was a way to make money from blogging.
During my first year of blogging, I stopped teaching to go to law school. I still maintained my little blog, and I started a new beauty blog. On my beauty blog, I shared my healthy hair journey. That’s when I really learned how to be a content creator, and not just a blogger. I learned about photography, and I started making videos on YouTube. I loved creating content and connecting with people online.
After I graduated from law school, I continued blogging, but I focused more on my career. I eventually shifted to creating content for other people’s businesses and brands. I became a freelance writer and content creator, and I was paid to write blog posts and ad campaigns for beauty businesses. I learned all about pitching my services, digital marketing, and being an online entrepreneur.
In 2011, I started my career as a lawyer and human resources professional. During my law school career and my professional career, I still made time to blog, create content, and launch my online writing business. But, by 2017, I was beginning to feel burned out from my full-time job.
At the time, I was commuting over an hour each way to work and back. I absolutely hated working in a cubicle all day. I would go outside and take walks on my lunch break and listen to podcasts, even in the hot Texas sun, just so I could get some fresh air! I am so grateful for those business and motivational podcasts because they kept me motivated when I felt discouraged.
As much as I disliked commuting and being stuck in a cubicle all day long, I had to do what I had to do. I was a working single mother and I needed my paycheck and benefits to take care of myself, my son, and out little dog. I was also a homeowner and I was pretty overwhelmed by the responsibility of taking care of my home, and trying to pay down my student loan debts and medical debts.
I knew that if I had more time, I would be able to grow my online business. I knew that if I was able to work from home full time, it would greatly improve my quality of life. It seemed like I would never find a way to work from home full time until I grew my business income, but I knew that there had to be a way.
I was sitting in bumper-to-bumper Houston traffic one day and all I wanted was to get home, cook dinner, and walk my dog. The next thing I knew, I was in tears. It was then, that I knew that something had to change. I made up in my mind right then that somehow, I would escape the cubicle.
Now, many online entrepreneurs share stories of how they just quit their jobs without a plan and made it work. I could not afford to take that risk with my family depending on me. I decided that I needed to start making radical changes. My Christmas and New Year’s vacation was coming up, so I spent that time decluttering my home in the hope of clearing my mind.
I was researching the Marie Kondo method when I discovered minimalism. I used the principals of minimalism to start eliminating everything that didn’t serve me. I decluttered my home from top to bottom. It helped a lot, but I knew that I also needed to work on my mindset. I started developing a plan for what I wanted my life to look like moving forward.
I started the process of making over my life in December of 2017, and a year later, my life looked totally different. By December of 2018, I had lived through Hurricane Harvey, sold my home, switched to a job that allowed me to work remotely from home full time, and I successfully relaunched my online writing business and had my first five-figure month.
Although my beautiful home was a blessing, I was glad to downsize to an apartment where I could focus more on the things that matter the most to me – my family, my health, and achieving my goals. Plus, I get to work from home sipping coffee in the comfort of my bedroom while I work in my PJ’s. No more cubicle. No more commute.
For the next year, I continued freelance writing business, but I started to feel a desire to do more. I kept encountering women, especially working mothers, who wanted to know how I managed to work from home. I tried to explain it to them, but it was hard to share all of my advice in a passing conversation or a single email.
So, I decided to take the next step and become an online business coach. I have over ten years of experience in online business and blogging. I know how to sell services online, create digital products, develop marketing campaigns, and most importantly, design a lifestyle that provides more freedom.
In upcoming blog posts, I’ll be sharing more about how I completely made over my brand, switched my website to ShowIt, and mapped out my new business plan. So, be sure to subscribe and check back for updates.
I am truly passionate about helping women change their lives for the better. I’m excited to be starting this new journey at the beginning of a new year, in a new decade. And I’d be honored if you’d join me on this journey. Imagine how far we can grow together.