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*This post was originally published July 9, 2018
The entrepreneur game is far from easy. We have seen over the past few months famous entrepreneurs ending their lives, and it’s been hard for us to understand why someone who seemed to “have it all” would want to end their life.
I tell you from firsthand experience, building a business is hard. Many late nights, moments alone with your thoughts wandering “Can I really do this?” “Do I have what it takes to live my dream?” These thoughts alone are scary and can be isolating if you don’t have the right circle.
Through my many successes and failures over the past four years, I realize more and more just how hard this business building business really is. Ideas ever evolving, trying to fit within a niche, trying to execute your dreams in a sensible and tangible way. Add to that family life, personal life, and hobbies, it’s just a lot to deal with on a daily basis.
I took another break.
I am not ashamed to admit. Things got hectic again, so while I continued to work on my business offline. I took a step back online. At the rate I was going, I was going to reach burnout sooner than later. Since I want longevity, and to make this business a lifestyle, I knew I needed to scale things back and do it sooner rather than later.
Over the last few weeks, many of my blogger friends shut down their FB groups, close their blogs and businesses because they had various issues occurring in life and could no longer, keep up the schedule they had initially set. I didn’t want that to happen to me so I knew I needed to regroup.
I have missed all of you so much! Things in my life got a little hectic and I needed to take a step away from blogging. In generating traffic to my blog, building my social media, etc. I lost sight of the whole reason I started blogging anyway.
As a mom, wife, with a full-time job, kids in activities, leading ministries at church, and building a business, I needed to find the appropriate balance, which wasn’t being on social media every free second of each day and night posting to groups, implementing strategies, visiting different sites.
Yes, it’s important to engage with others, but I was going overboard and neglecting the whole business aspect fo my business. I had to realize I had all the tools I needed to reach success in the appropriate time and that there is no quick fix or strategy that will have me making thousands overnight.
No more busy work or following trends
I was doing a lot of busy work for my blog while neglecting the necessities that I need to succeed. Everyone was talking about growing their followings, growing traffic to blog, and all of these other shortcuts and I will admit, I got caught up in that.
I had to take a step back and Remember My Why. Even in remembering my why it was still easy to get caught up in the trends of the field and lose sight of the big picture. So while I’m learning trends and trying to grow in “popularity”, I was helping others monetize their blogs and grow their traffic by subscribing and taking courses and downloading freebies, etc while neglecting my own true growth and monetization efforts.
Now don’t get me wrong, we must support each other, but when the support becomes stifling and you find yourself just trying to learn the next trend, it is important to take a step back.
Soon I realized that I needed to focus my energy on areas where I can truly grow. I also realized all of those who are successful now, did not get rich overnight. Many of them started in an isolated world 4 to 5 years ago and over time have evolved into what we see now.
A New Start
I still have great features for you, don’t be alarmed if you don’t get all the trendy, cute topics each week. This is not what blogging is about. I will still shine the spotlight on the amazing ladies doing great things in this crazy world.
Self-care is important, but don’t be alarmed if I don’t have a post for you every Monday and Tuesday. I keep trying and getting stalled, but I refuse to quit. I now realize I have to make this work for me, so if I can only blog once a week, I promise to deliver my best content to you ever.
In the meantime, I have been working on some exciting things, like my new book and new business ventures that I can’t wait to share with you,
Also, this is a call for guest bloggers! I am not the only one with a story of inspiration or motivation. While I am working on my other ventures, I would love to fill this page with the motivating content of others. If you would like to guest blog, please contact me.
As always I am looking for ways to make my platform better so don’t hesitate to contact me.
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Until Next Time,