How To Stay Motivated When You Work From Home

I have been working for myself officially now for almost two years. During that time, I have realized that I needed to have a ton of control in my life to be successful. People tell me all the dang time, “it must be nice to work from home” or, “I wish I could work from home” or even, “I couldn’t work from home.”

I like to think that I have always been well-disciplined and can get items done that need to be done. Being an entrepreneur has its perks. Even with kids running around, cooking dinner, and doing everything in between, I am still able to get motivated and focused.


  1. SHARE GOALS AND PLANS WITH FRIENDS: I know there will be times when we all want to slack off. There are days where I go to the spa instead of working, but it is because I know that I can pick up when I get back. I am part of a mastermind, and also have a sales coach; both of these seem to help me stay accountable. Furthermore, my parents are always by my side when it comes to running my business. I keep them informed and allow them to know my business goals and plans.
  2. THINK BIG PICTURE: Your mind is going to wander, so get that straight. From writing to social media to photo editing to networking, your list will go on forever. You will want to tackle bits daily, but you need to know that you are in charge. Focusing on the end game is much more motivating than seeing each task as an individual chore. Find a way to see the big picture and the end game that you want, and what the steps are that you need to make to get there. Too often I find myself seeing the end of the results for my business but unsure how to get there, so I make a plan. I draw a huge plan and write it out on my whiteboard + make sure to have it visualized in front of my desk daily. This process helps me to stay focused and reach that goal.
  3. CELEBRATE LITTLE MILESTONES: You cannot get to the end game or the big picture unless you celebrate every little milestone and learn from the past. I will tell you that I had to do both; it is just the nature of the game and being an entrepreneur. I have learned that EVERY single small milestone matters. Sending out that email, knocking off the emails, whatever it is, it matters.

The truth is working from home is great; I don’t mind it at all. I am very well-disciplined and can manage my time and see the big picture of where I see myself, and my business. Tell me, what do you need help with working from home?

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How to Make Money Blogging?

There is a constant question of “how do I make money blogging,” and “is it even a real job?” The thing is, it can be if you know what you are doing. Nothing happens overnight, but it is well worth it to earn money each month from blogging.

Here is how to make money from a blog:

  • Set up your blog
  • Start creating useful content
  • Get off your blog and start finding readers
  • Build engagement with the readers that come
  • Start making money from the readership you have through one or more of a variety of income streams

Now let’s break this down…

  1. Start a Blog

To make money blogging, you’re going to need to have a blog. I recommend using Weebly. This selection is a perfect platform to get your blog ready and started.

  1. Start Creating Useful Content

A blog is not a blog without content. The trick here is that you need useful content. It is about you, but your audience too. What about you makes you different and draws people in to want to know more? This discovery might take some time but ask for feedback on social media, etc. Find out what people respond well to in your topic(s).  


Start by thinking about the type of reader you’d like to read your blog. Once you figure that out, you can start to plan content and targeting.

  1. Many Ways to Make Money Blogging

You can make money from blogging in so many different ways. You have to find out which methods are best for you. With so many options, finding what you want to offer and implementing it is key.

     4.   .Advertising Income

This choice is where I started. You have a monthly retainer, and it often runs in a similar matter as a magazine or newspaper sells ads. As your traffic and brand grow, you’ll find advertisers will be willing to pay to get exposure to your audience. I am not a huge fan of this for my audience, but for some, it works great.

     5. Affiliate Income

Affiliate income is when you link to a product that is for sale on another site and when someone follows your link and ends up buying that product, you earn a commission on that sale. It’s simple and easy. Here are some of my favorite affiliates; ShareASale, Amazon, and BrandCycle. 

     6. Recurring Income

This choice is where readers pay a regular, recurring amount to access either premium content, a community area, some kind of service, tools, or coaching. This method is becoming more popular and fun. For example, if you are a food blogger, you can create a membership group of recipes for your audience and make money off of it.  ‘

      7.  Promoting a Business/Influencer

This way has become extremely popular over the years. It basically means that you promote a product or service to your audience. You have to have an active and engaging audience; you do not always need to have a large following as long as it is engaging. It is one of the biggest ways I make money right now.

     8. Services

A common way that bloggers make money is offering services to readers. This choice can be anything from coaching and consulting, to writing or copywriting, design, training, or other freelance services.

These are just a few ways your blog can make you money, and it all depends on your audience as well. I would love to set up a time to chat with you to see how I can help you grow your blog.

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The Best Stationary

There is something about having great stationery, I love being able to write in doodle. Not everything should be done on the computer. When is the last time you took sometime to write in a journal? Or notebook? Owning a business this is critical for me! I need to constantly have notebooks.

Here are my top stationery picks.

 DaySpring – Love to Share – Stationery Set

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Notebook: Pink Notebook, Size 8 X 10, Ruled Journal Pretty Design 

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R: Monogram Initial R Notebook for Women + Girls Pretty Floral (Paperback)


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Day Designer for Blue Sky 2019 Weekly & Monthly Planner, Twin-Wire Binding

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My Infinite Agenda 2019 Daily/Monthly Planner, Teal

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Texting is HORRIBLE we should all stop doing it.

I hate texting. Texting is dangerous. As we get older we start to realize that texting is horrible and should be taken away from us. Have you ever sent a text and got it interpreted the wrong way? Have you ever sent a mean text and wish you hadn’t? Have you ever sent a drunk text? We should stop doing all these things. Its harder as adults for a few reasons.. 

Why texting is bad 

  • We cant read the attitude or sarcasm: Think about the time when you have gotten a text and read it all the wrong way. Think about the time you got a text and didn’t even understand it and instead you sent a text back that was WAYY out of line. This happens so many times to people. We just want to respond, but often times respond with the wrong words.
  • We cant go back on our word: Once we say it in a text, we can’t delete it. We can’t delete words in real life either. We need to stop and think before we respond verbally, emotionally, or through text. It is tough. We are human and have emotions, so make sure to think before acting always. Words can hurt sometimes more than actual physical abuse.
  • Screenshots or saved chats: If you are going through something, or might be in the near future, then texting can be a bad thing. People will screenshot so that they can keep it and hold it against you. This is one of the worst things about texting. Even if they have no reason to save it, they might for a rainy day. Truth.

There are a ton of reasons why texting is bad. The next time you go to send a text think about it before it happens. You can’t go back in texts so make sure that you are saying what you mean.         

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It is Okay to Cry

I wish more people would understand this. I feel like people are ashamed to cry or think it’s a sign of weakness it’s not. Emotions are real and if you don’t release them then you won’t be happy. You won’t be happy with yourself. It’s really that simple.  

Its okay to say sorry. I think people are afraid of being wrong. I don’t mind being wrong at all. I don’t mind apologizing when I was wrong. I think this is another thing that the world needs more of. If I do not let out my crying, I end up having a panic attack because I have all these emotions built up that cant be released.  

Why don’t more people understand and get that? Going through this divorce I did both of these things and I gained how to move forward. I realized that I needed to do both for my son. I want him to grow up knowing it’s okay to cry and say his sorry. It’s not a sign  of weakness and no one will make fun of you. 

I’ll tell you a quick story. When I know a divorce was coming I fought to try to stop it. I went to church and literally cried the whole time because everything made sense to me! So with that being said, I went out to breaksfat with some friends afterwards. I ordered sausage and gravy because I don’t have it enough!!I miss it in Nashville. One girl ordered steak and eggs and wanted medium rare. I bawled my eyes. I couldn’t hold it together. I had realized how much a best friend affects you. It was his favorite food, steak. I cried most of the breakfast. The girls didn’t know the whole story but they said “it’s brave of you to cry here we have all been through stuff we respect you and will pray for you.” I cried even harder knowing that I wasn’t embarrassing them and that they weren’t even asking questions. 


I didn’t care if people stared. I didn’t care that my make up was a mess. I didn’t care about any of it because If I didn’t let it out I would of had to leave or have a panic attack or both. I knew that I had good friends by my side and made it all better. 

So cry more and apologize more. We need more of it. And uplift someone when they are having a hard time.   

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Office Gadgets Every Entrepreneur Needs

I love finding new things for my office, house, and life. I love practical things that are different and fun. I thought that you could enjoy some of these great findings. If you need a break from your office, these will help you release some stress and time.

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What is Self Growth? 

Have you ever faced self doubt and low self esteem head on? I mean you are only human so I am sure you have. I know I have.. I have faced it for years because I didn’t take care of myself. I doubted myself and everything around me. It is hard for many reasons to have self doubt.. 

So what is self growth? 

Since going through a divorce, I took control of my life and all that I needed to do. I needed to better myself. I did it for ME. No one else. It’s more than pedicures and massages.. In fact it’s beyond that. I made changes because I needed to find myself. We all need to think about ourselves more often; you aren’t being selfish by doing this. 

  1. I listen to a podcast every single morning. It helps me get motivated and focused for the day. We all need something! It literally gives me the reality check that I need, so that I can feel good about myself for the day.
  2. I love music. I have different songs for different moods. I like to listen to just about everything, so I don’t discriminate when it comes down to it.
  3. I read something daily. I have backed away from social media and only use it for work now. But I read something daily, whether its just quick news online, or a book from my nightstand.. I take the time to read something different for each day.
  4. I find inspiration quotes daily. I love scrolling through the internet while eating breakfast and finding quotes that I can relate to. It helps me get motivated and uplifted for the day.
  5. I text affirmations to friends daily. I have a group of people that we send positive vibes only to one another. It really truly helps, we know what we need to send to each other, so that can get excited for the day.
  6. I believe in God. I have started going to a great church. It has been great to be able to confine in him. I have been able to take care of myself and gain the confidence that I need in life.
  7. I do breathing exercises. Whenever I feel stressed or overwhelmed I take deep breaths. I fill my head with positive thoughts and repeat this several times until I feel better.
  8. I exercise. I like to exercise to let out stress. I don’t do it to lose weight (although it is nice). If I don’t work out for one day I can feel my body being tense and my emotions all over the place.
  9. I use essential oils. Essential oils have helped me through some of the hardest times. I love smelling good, but there is something about them that makes me feel better mentally.
  10. Focus and making lists. Planning ahead. You need to make lists of things to get done each day so that way you can feel accomplished and not worry.

And of course I allow the me time that I need…. For pedicures and massages. But those happen once a month or so where as the other things are daily 


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What is an entrepreneur? 

We live in a generation where everyone wants to be a business owner, or an entrepreneur. It takes a lot of time and dedication. It never happens over night regardless of what their sales funnel says. I feel like people throw around this word entrepreneur too much. It is one of those words that people just say it and have no clue what it means. People say it when they have a ton of businesses, but non are successful. 

Here’s some thoughts for you to ingest: 

Entrepreneur is a mindset, or a way of thinking; Entrepreneurs just think and do things differently.  They have real streams of income and are always looking for new opportunities.  It means that they know their industry inside out, and use that to exploit  to create new opportunities.  Being an entrepreneur can mean knowing the failures and growth that happens each day.  There are so many opportunities out there for people to start their own business and be successful. If you ask someone what it means, you are going to get a different answer each time. I encourage you to do this, so that you can understand it from a different perspective. 

Here are some ideas that entrepreneurs have: 

1.  Think ahead – Where do you want to be in  five to ten years?   Entrepreneurs are good at thinking and try to have a vision of the future.  They find ways to achieve those goals and put things into action. They are always two steps ahead of someone else, because they see the growth.

2. Working across disciplines – Think about the picture and the impact. Entrepreneurs see opportunities in many different ways and in ways that others might not see it.  The best part though is that they are able to implement it in order to achieve those future goals.

3. Develop transferrable skills – Think about the skills you have and how you can use them daily and differently. Entrepreneurs are very diverse; they are the developer, marketer, salesman and accountant for their idea/service. They know that before they can scale they need to do it their self.

4. Meeting people – Growing a network is critical. A business will not be successful if there is no network, thus no sales.  Just by meeting people and networking you can get sales, collaborations, friendships, and referrals. Never turn someone away or burn a bridge just because you never know.

5. Be in Charge  – Entrepreneurs are generally agile and adaptable. They work around issues and find ways to improve and make things better.  They know when it is time to hire out or let go and make changes. They are constantly evaluating things, to make sure that they are getting a bam for their buck!


6. Take a risk – Taking a risk is the single most important thing any entrepreneur needs to do.  If you do not take a risk, then you aren’t going to move forward. I remember when I hired my sales coach is was a huge risk and a huge investment but I realized it was well worth it.

There are so many traits to being an entrepreneur. It is more than having one business, or two, it’s having the traits to carry out and be successful. I am sure you all have heard the saying have ‘multiple streams of income.’ The only way you can do this though is if one is successful first.

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The Top 10 Best Entrepreneur Books

Growing is a critical part of being a business owner. Sometimes we don’t have the right tools to move forward. What ever happened to just a simple book? A simple book can go a long way, and can help you develop professionally and personally. I am getting into reading more books lately, and enjoy these ones. I hope you can benefit from them too!

Best Entrepreneur Books

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The Best Entrepreneur Books

Being an entrepreneur has a lot of up’s and down’s. It requires a lot of knowledge and up keep. You have to constantly be growing each day, otherwise you might fall behind.

I do enjoy podcasts and audio books, but every now and then I do enjoy a nice reading book., It’s a great way to sit down at night and unwind. Reading really is good for the soul.

Here are some of my top favorite entrepreneur books.

  1. Start Your Own Business, Sixth Edition: The Only Startup Book You’ll Ever Need 
    Tapping into more than 33 years of small business expertise, the staff at Entrepreneur Media takes today’s entrepreneurs beyond opening their doors and through the first three years of ownership. This revised edition features amended chapters on choosing a business, adding partners, getting funded, and managing the business structure and employees, and also includes help understanding the latest tax and healthcare reform information and legalities.
  2. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur  Women around the world have responded to Cara Alwill Leyba’s Girl Code with a resounding YES. Companies like Kate Spade and Macy’s have brought her in to teach “the Code.” Inc. magazine named Girl Code one of the “Top 9 Inspiring Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read” alongside Lean In, #Girlboss, and Thrive.
  3. The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage  The instant New York Times bestseller from Shark Tank star and Fubu Founder Daymond John on why starting a business on a limited budget can be an entrepreneur’s greatest competitive advantage. Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. With a $40 budget, Daymond had to strategize out-of-the-box ways to promote his products. Luckily, desperation breeds innovation, and so he hatched an idea for a creative campaign that eventually launched the FUBU brand into a $6 billion dollar global phenomenon. But it might not have happened if he hadn’t started out broke – with nothing but hope and a ferocious drive to succeed by any means possible.
  4. Get Over Your Damn Self: The No-BS Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business Romi Neustadt is passionate about helping others build lucrative direct sales and network marketing businesses that help create lives with more freedom and flexibility, greater purpose and a lot more fun. In this book she offers you the same direct, no-BS coaching she’s given to tens of thousands to help you acquire the skills to build this sucker and teach your team to do the same. And, equally important, she’ll work on your mindset so you stop over complicating it all and stop letting the negative voices in your head win.
  5. She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur  Are you ready to turn your ideas into reality and build a wildly successful business?There has never been a better time to say yes! With a computer and an Internet connection you can get your ideas, messages, and business out there like never before and create so much success.In this book, Carrie Greenshows you how.Carrie started her first online business at the age of 20—she knows what it’s like to be an ambitious and creative woman with big dreams and huge determination . . . but she also knows the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, overwhelm, confusion, and blocks that entrepreneurs face.

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