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HOW TO BE CONTENT IN LIFE AND BUSINESS

Is it possible to be content in life AND business? I’ve really been praying about the direction of Live Bold Mama. I believe that just because you are good at something, doesn’t mean that should be, or is your calling. This has been something I’ve been wrestling with for a while now – God, you’ve given me the talent of writing, why aren’t you helping me write?! You see, God doesn’t work like that. He’s not a genie. And too often I forget that His thoughts are higher than my thoughts and His ways are higher than my ways. So I’ve spent some time really praying over this space, digging into His word, and opening my heart to receive whatever He has for me in this next season. THANKFULLY, THIS BLOG WAS IN HIS PLAN! I love to write. It’s always been my passion, ever since I can remember. Writing is my creative outlet. When I was little I would spend my days writing poetry, short stories, and really bad screenplays (ha!) So naturally, I wanted to keep this space open for my sanity. But I gave it all to Jesus because most importantly, I want to be used by Him. With or without this blog. He’s given me SO much to share and I’ve broken it down over the next 12 weeks. Conveniently, this is the start of Q3 in the business world. And even more convenient… This is the start of the LAST HALF of 2019. What the heck did I do with the first half?! And how the heck am I going to leave a legacy during the last half?! Well. It’s going to start with being content. Let’s dig into that word together. Don’t let it scare you… Keep reading! I’ve committed to reading Matthew 6 every week for the next 12 weeks. Here are just a few highlights I’ve journaled about so far (these may or may not make sense to you in the season you are in right now, so I encourage you to read Matthew 6 as well and write down what stands out to you too!): When you help someone – Don’t think about how you look to the world or who’s watching. You have an audience of One. Don’t be so occupied with getting, so that you can respond to God’s giving. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now! THE NEXT 12 Over the next 12 weeks we’re going to look at contentment as moms and wives, and then break it down even further to apply specifically what God is saying to our business. Maybe you’re just starting out and you’re overwhelmed with everything everyone is telling you to go with your new venture. Or perhaps you’ve been in this game for a while but are feeling called to shift the focus of your business and are kind of afraid of what that will do to your already successful endeavor. Maybe you are a seasoned business owner, tired of trying all the things to gain a little headway in the small business world and simply need some God-given direction in your life. Whatever the reason, I am confident that this theme will speak volumes to your life, home, and business if you let it. Don’t miss a single post! Click here to join the tribe of mamas who work together to support, encourage, and learn with each other! Each week we’re going to focus on a mini-theme that will direct us, hold us accountable, and inspire our every business move together! This week, the mini theme is I love Jesus, SO I am called to be generous. “…You’re far happier giving than getting.” Acts 20:35 WE ARE CALLED, AS MAMAS AND WIVES WHO FOLLOW JESUS, TO BE CONTENT AND GENEROUS. At home, this could look like giving more time to your family. Planning date nights with your husband, taking the kids to the park, making someone’s favorite meal, planning family fun nights, these are all ideas for being generous with your time and serving your family well. Now, there IS a delicate balance, because we do still have a business to run. But I am learning more and more that God can do so much more with my business during the time I commit to Him than I can. So, on days my family needs a little more mama time, I make the choice to be there for that. And I trust that the Lord is working behind the scenes to manage what He’s called me to do. OKAY! APPLYING GENEROSITY TO BUSINESS GETS A LITTLE TRICKY. Businesses cost money to run, and more times than not you’d probably rather make money for your family in the process, yeah? So being generous in business needs to be strategic. One way that I am generous in business is by sharing content that actually helps people. Not just vague, click-baity topics that force you to pay for the “real help”. UGH! I can’t stand that! Other ways you could be generous in business is by offering a referral bonus, sharing the proceeds of one of your products with a new charity each month, or planning flash sales. PERHAPS YOU’RE JUST STARTING OUT AND CAN’T AFFORD TO DO THOSE THINGS. First, I would encourage you to pray about it. Again, God can do so much more with all of your faith, than none of your trust. | Related: Mom Boss Confidence: What to do if you’ve lost it Next, you could look at other ways to be generous like mailing thoughtful words of encouragement on a postcard to new clients, sending voice memos of happy thoughts and gratitude to team members, or creating a Facebook group for your customers where you send them exclusive content and tutorials! There are so many ways we can be generous in our business. Please spend some time this week to pray about the direction God is leading you to take when it comes to...... [read more]

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Mom boss confidence: Here's the thing, we all struggle with confidence as a mom boss. We all have those moments of weakness. But how do we get out of it? How do we move forward? Click through to read how I'm doing it.
MOM BOSS CONFIDENCE: WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE LOST IT

Over the last few months, I have been actively searching for my purpose, my mom boss confidence, my calling. I have begged for a reason to walk away from this business and the feelings I have for continuing this journey of writing and building a legacy for our family. I’ve always loved writing. It’s always been the way I have expressed myself and the things Jesus has laid on my heart. It’s what motivates me to manage a blog in the first place. But sometimes, just having a deep love for things isn’t enough to keep you motivated to pursue your purpose. If you’ve lost that mom boss confidence that you feel began your journey as a mom who wants to build something more for her family, keep reading… Let’s get it back together. Here’s the thing, the confidence we began this mom boss journey with wasn’t just something we were born with. That confidence has been developing year after year, the moment you feel the tug to start your own business and raise a family. When you realize that the mom boss confidence you’ve “lost” is still there, it’s just buried under months of negativity, hangups, and self-doubt, then you can begin the process of bringing it back to the surface and running a successful business with Jesus’ help. After praying for some direction in this myself, the Lord led me to these five ideas that will help us keep our mom boss confidence front and center, with His guidance. I am sharing these ideas with you, but if you’re just going to read them and pin them for later, just don’t waste your time. If you are truly ready to gain back the confidence you already have as a mom boss, you must read these ideas and PUT THEM TO ACTION. Commit that effort, not to me, but to yourself and the Lord. Allow Him to help you and see what happens in the end. Ready? Let’s go! RELATED: Simple confidence boosters for the stay at home mama SPEAK WORDS OF LIFE OVER YOURSELF AS A MOM BOSS Words of life are simply affirmations that you believe about who you are, who God made you to be, and the business that He has called you to manage. I struggle with being bold and often times I lack the confidence I need to manage what the Lord has given to me. Whether that’s life, family, or my business. But mindset is everything, sister. Affirmations keep my mind focused on what I am capable of, with the Lord’s direction. Don’t discount the power that a good set of affirmations can have on you. Click here to grab a list of affirmations I’ve created. It’s free, and a great place for you to start affirming who you are as a wife, mom, and boss. But I encourage you to start adding to this list and speaking words of life that are specific to your calling over yourself as well. CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO BE BETTER AT SOMETHING YOU’RE LACKING We all have our weak points, right? For me, I am weak in follow through and execution. I am incredible as strategy, developing a plan, goal setting, dreaming, but when it comes to actually sticking with the path I’ve laid out for myself, that’s a struggle for me. In the end, my business and my calling suffer because of this weakness. However, I’ve made it my passion to turn this weakness into my biggest strength. No longer will I allow my insecurities, past hangups, and weak points to determine the success I can achieve with my business and life through Jesus. Determine the weaknesses that are holding you back and challenge yourself to improve it. Learn everything you can about it and tackle it with everything you have. PRAY. AND THEN PRAY SOME MORE. I am quickly learning that the Lord is my guide. I’ve known this my entire life. But as I am entering year 31, I am realizing that I have to invite Him to direct my steps. This blog post is the first, after many months of feeling stuck, and all the glory goes to Jesus. It is from prayer for my business and my calling that this blog post is coming to fruition. It may sound meaningless and small, but my friend, the Lord cares about the small things in your heart too, because He cares about YOU. So pray. Pray for yourself, your family, your role as a mom boss, and pray for His direction in your business. He will guide you if you let Him. SHIFT YOUR MOM BOSS THINKING INTO THAT OF POSITIVITY Remember when I said mindset is everything? Negativity births negativity. When you are focused on all the things that are weighing you down and holding you back, you will never take a forward step in your business. The last few months I’ve spent my days scrolling social media, staring at the back end of this blog, and wasting so much time and effort on meaningless fillers that I managed to fool myself into thinking was WORK. I focused on not having enough. Not being enough. Not sharing enough. And eventually, that focus drove me and my business to feelings of scarcity and overwhelming silence. Don’t let your negative thoughts drive your purpose. Use those thoughts to FUEL the very things God has called you to do! KEEP. YOUR. RESILIENCE. After everything I’ve been through trying to develop a purpose for myself and a place to share what the Lord has laid on my heart, I can honestly share that it’s been a journey to no end. There are times when I’ve completely walked away disgusted at myself for not being smart enough to make this work. The thing that keeps me going, however, is my resilience. The resilience that the Lord placed inside of me for a reason. I refuse to give up. I keep failing, but I refuse to let it define...... [read more]

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Top ten things no one tells you about when you're starting a blog | There's a quick overview of the steps to take to physically start a blog, but then I also include advice for newbie bloggers who want to start a lifestyle blog! This post is PACKED full of value. Click through to keep reading..
ADVICE FOR NEW BLOGGERS WHO WANT TO START A LIFESTYLE BLOG

Starting a lifestyle blog can be SUPER scary, especially if you’re one who stays closed off from the outside world. Sharing your life, what you’ve learned, mistakes you’ve made, literally putting yourself on blast is intimidating. As a four-year blogging veteran (hahaha … for real though … never thought I’d be saying that!), I’ve learned so much and grown so much and I’m here to tell you that, if you’re committed, starting a lifestyle blog will change your life. A lot of people look into starting a lifestyle blog to make money. So before we go any further, let me just say this… if that’s you, go ahead and press the back button on your browser. There are 29,610,573,007 other ways to make a quick buck. Starting a blog requires consistent effort, a lot of work, and a truck-load of passion, all for little-to-no reward in the beginning. Now, I’m not saying you’ll never make money with a blog, because who knows what a little consistency and effort could bring you! However, I am saying that making money should not be the reason you start a blog. Keep reading… You need a passion. | Related: Why you should create a blog for your homeschool A passion is the thing that will get you motivated every morning to sit down and write. You need a strategy and an end-result for your audience that brings value. You need thick skin, a little bit of knowledge, and a whole lot of grace. Starting a lifestyle blog is not for the weak, my friends. But it is something that could make you a better person while giving you the opportunity to change the world, one reader, at a time. So, if you’re still with me, I can only assume that you’re ready for the challenge! That you’re committed for the long haul and ready to get started! As promised, this isn’t a fluffy, step-by-step, what everyone else tells you in a “starting a blog” kind of post. I’ve got 10 things to share with you that they don’t tell you about starting a lifestyle blog. Nevertheless, for the sake of the reader who may need a little help getting going… I will do a quick overview of the steps you should take to physically start your blog. Here we go.   Domain Your domain is the website address that will showcase your blog! Pick something fun and creative, but easy to comprehend (and say). You can use your name, like I have, or create something unique to your readers (like createyourhomeschool 😉 ). Totally up to you! My favorite way to check the availability of domain names is by using GoDaddy Who Is. You can type something into the search bar and it will tell you if it’s available. If it’s not, it will suggest other variations! When you’ve figured out what you want, you can also purchase your domain from GoDaddy! Hosting Hosting, in layman’s terms, is the service that works behind the scenes of your blog to make it show up on the internet. It’s a necessity if you want to start a blog, there’s really no way around it. I personally love BlueHost They have super affordable options for hosting and is a great hosting service for bloggers! You can click this affiliate link to learn more about them and check out their plans. CLICK HERE. WordPress Next, you’ll need a platform to create your blog on. Personally, I use, and will only ever use, WordPress. It’s professional, simple, and easy to navigate. It has everything I need to create a successful blog and I think you’ll be quite satisfied, too! There are other platforms out there, but you’ll need to research those. Basically, I’ve just listed the best one for you. You’re welcome! Theme There are SO many themes to choose from. You can use free themes, paid themes, make your own theme (if you know someone techy), the options are endless. The thing to remember about themes is, when you’re looking for one, look past the colors and photos. Those are customizable and will not download with the theme anyway. When looking at themes, you’re looking at the layout of it, what features it offers, whether it’s responsive or not. You’ll get to design it later! Plugins Plugins are miniature “add-ons” to enhance the theme you’ve chosen for your website. My favorite plugins are JetPack and Yoast SEO. JetPack simplifies your website analytics, which is super important for you to learn to navigate and know if you want to build a successful blog. Yoast helps you learn how to optimize your blog so that it will show up higher in Google’s search results. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and is crucial to the success of your blog. Pages You’ll want to create a list of pages that you’d like to showcase on your blog, then start creating them! To start out, I would create an awesome “About Me” page, a “Contact Me” page, and a “Freebies” page. The first two are pretty self-explanatory, but the freebies page may need a little explanation. Basically, you’ll want a page that has nothing on it but a sign-up form for your email list. This way, when someone clicks the “Freebies” link (or whatever you want to call it) at the top of your website, in the MENU section, they’ll have no other option but to hand over their email for the super valuable freebie you’re offering them! | Related: The top five freebies that will convert on any blog Blogs Lastly, starting a blog actually means you’ll need to write some blogs! The Yoast plugin will have you aim for anything over 300 words, which isn’t a problem if you love to write, like I do 😉 However, for the best opportunity to get your blog seen by more people, you need to create something valuable, that’s worth the read and shareable. I would personally aim for 750 words or more. You’ll want to create a few evergreen posts that will become...... [read more]

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THE TOP 5 FREEBIES THAT CONVERT ON ANY BLOG

You’re ready to start an email list but have no clue how to get your audience to hand over their email? Well… You’ve come to the right place! When you decide to start an email list (which, by the way, should be a part of your startup blogging plan, not an afterthought), the two biggest questions you are probably going to ask yourself is, how do I get their email? and what the heck do I send them? Today, we’re going to tackle the first question! Let’s get going! Okay, you’ve made the decision to start an email list, you’ve chosen your email marketing provider (I like MailerLite), integrated the service on your website, created a form, and are now ready for the emails to start rolling in! Only… they’re not. You have two things going against you in this day and age. The first, people have an expectation that, in order to give away something of theirs, they need or want something in return. This is where an awesome freebie would come in handy to grow your list. The second thing you have going against you is, people are no longer satisfied with a free printable calendar, coloring page, or worksheet. There’s SO many of those floating around that you’ll be lost at sea if you try to promote it. | Related: Advice for new bloggers who want to start a lifestyle blog I daresay, should someone happen upon your site and see something to that effect being promoted as “free” they’ll just roll their eyes, keep reading what they came there to read, and leave without thinking twice about signing up for your email list. You have to provide something with ridiculously high value in order to convert your audience into raving fans! Here are the top five freebies that will make you stand out in the world of overused, generic freebies! A masterclassThis is a very specific class that you will teach as an expert on a specific subject. The most important piece to the masterclass puzzle is, you have to clearly define what they’ll learn, and what immediate result they will walk away with after the class is over, and then DELIVER what you’ve promised. That’s the piece that will set your masterclass apart and have your audience entering their emails so quickly you won’t even understand what’s happening. A crazy couponThis can’t be a coupon for free shipping or 10% off, it’s got to be good! I mean, you’ll have access to their direct email inbox for a good while, it’s going to be worth it in the long run! So brainstorm what you can do, without losing money on your products or services. Typically, a 25% or 30% discount is a great place to start. You could also do a free chat (like a consultation, but do not use the word consultation… people hate that word!) – If you choose this option, make sure you list the amount of information you’ll provide and in what amount of time, as well as list the value of what that call would cost without an email address. A resource libraryCheck out my resource library here!This is an incredible way to convert an audience! A resource library is basically an area that you only give access to those who are on your email list! It’s FULL of things like workbooks, cheat sheets, training materials, printables, etc. So much value packed into one completely awesome freebie! An exclusive videoThis could be a one-time or multi-part series that you email to your list! Choose a topic that you can really dive into, that leaves your audience wanting more from you! Include at least one actionable step they can take to improve whatever the topic of your video is in their own life, but make sure they know that they need you (and need to stay on your list) to continue learning and growing! A challenge + workbookA free challenge is so much fun! It offers direction, accountability, and support, all of which are so appealing to any person who’s struggling in your particular niche. The key to making your challenge stand out is not only making sure you’ve provided a solid explanation of what your participants will accomplish by taking your challenge, but also including a workbook! Workbooks add so much value to the challenge itself because people know that you’ve taken the time to make sure they “get it”, therefore, already proving that your challenge isn’t just another basic waste of time! So there you have it! Five, super high value, not too difficult to pull off, absolutely non-generic types of freebies to make you stand out as you start an email list for your website!... [read more]

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