Blogging from Home; My Story from There to Here
A Lifestyle Blogger & Freelance Writer...really??
It's not something I would ever have guessed I'd be doing at this stage in my life; but here I am!
My story bores me, I'd much rather hear yours, but here's just enough info so you can relate to me as another human being 🙂
One who's been struggling through life's many challenges and amazing opportunities, just like you.
Part of a course I'm currently working on by Problogger.com, (which I highly recommend by the way if you've ever contemplated blogging) suggests that we write and share our story.
Apparently it helps our readers get a better sense of who we are, and what we're all about.
And just FYI - They don't yet have an affiliate program by the way, and I don't get a kickback for referring you. The content is just genuinely solid and very inexpensive, so I like to share that.
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So here I go with my story!
I've already written a lot of the basics on my websites "Who's Liz Page" so that's a good place to go next if you want to know more.
Working hard has always been something that's come naturally to me. My personality is very task oriented, and I don't give up on anything easily.
That's mostly a good thing, especially when it comes to tedious tasks or work, but there's also a down side. That same characteristic seemed to have kept me in more than one destructive relationship long after I should have moved on.
I spent most of my career (30+ years) in Corporate America fighting my way up the rungs of the proverbial ladder.
That's normal, nothing new and mostly expected from people with goals and ambition. But when you don't really understand what's at the top of that ladder, you can lose sight of what you're fighting for.
And for me, I came to find out that all the stress I endured during my climb, weren't even close to being worth it!
Spending so much time with my eye on the ball, had me losing sight of other important things in my life; including being true to myself.
When the economy crashed in 2008 I lost that big fancy job, along with my perceived "identity." It left me with a heavy heart.
Feeling lost, I scrambled for months to figure out what on earth I'd do next.
There I was; 48 years old and completely burnt out on the "hamster wheel" lifestyle. I wanted to make some changes, but I had no idea what my options were other than getting back into that rat race.
My entrepreneurial spirit was strong, but I didn't think that was enough to get me started on something new.
Especially so late in life.
I know a lot of you can relate...
It's a scary place to be when you have huge family commitments and plenty of financial responsibility.
After a couple of grueling months spent job hunting and soul searching, I found my answer; Network Marketing.
Making this huge change stunned my peers, and I was ridiculed like crazy when I told people what my plans were.
But I carefully weighed all my options, and although it scared the crap out of me, I decided I was going all in 🙂
My main reasons being;
- It was a way to own my own business with low “start up” costs
- Although it would take some work, there was unlimited income potential
- I could stop setting that alarm clock and get my natural rhythm back
- I could work from home – in my PJ’s if I wanted...and I wanted 🙂
- No more bosses - I'd be my own, thank you very much!
- I didn't have to work with people I disliked & stressed me out
- No one could ever lay me off again - that was a biggy!
- More Traveling (if I wanted)
- I could make new “like minded” friends & find mentorship
- I knew it would involve serious Personal Growth, and renewed self esteem
So to date, I’ve been involved in 2 Network Marketing Companies and had some success in both.
I truly believe that's it's a great way to earn income and I actually experienced all of the reasons I joined.
It was one of the best decisions I've ever made; in fact I have been living off the residual (passive) income for years now. I also learned a tremendous amount about myself and other people in the process.
So I have zero regrets, and much gratitude towards the industry.
Eventually however it led to other things. I was experiencing some burn out trying to keep my team together, and decided that the "old school methods" of recruiting just weren't working for me anymore.
So a couple of years ago, during my quest 'to figure out a better way I came across Elite marketing PRO. They're an amazing group of people teaching others how to grow their businesses online using the internet and Social Media.
They focus specifically on Network Marketers, but it's not limited to just that.
Our world has changed so much, and everyone communicates differently now.
It just made total sense to me that I needed to start Branding myself and use Social Media Platforms to build my network.
I knew if I didn't, it would mean getting left behind.
The more I dug in and realized what I could learn about building an online business from home, the more intrigued I was.
If it took my existing Network Marketing Business to the next level that would be fantastic. However, I also knew the skill set I'd learn would be invaluable in today's world, regardless.
It opened many doors, just as I suspected it would, and that's how I found the world of blogging.
I could incorporate my passions with a viable, legitimate way to earn multiple streams of passive income. Relying on one, doesn't make sense to me anymore either.
Small streams of income (coming in from different sources) adds up, and equals more financial security... in my humble opinion:)
How about you? Do you agree with that theory?
But best of all...
I'm being true to myself, my daily stress is gone, and I know I'll never have to work a 9 to 5 ever again!
My mission won't be complete until I help others do the same with everything I've learned.
One of my favorite movies was "Pay it Forward" and I intend to do just that.
My website has be revised to include all kinds of straight talk and practical solutions. I focus on several different categories, all of which I'm completely passionate about;
Ways to Make Money from Home, or anywhere.
Learning to Take Your Network Marketing Business Online
Health & Wellness
Relationships and Domestic Abuse
And I've also added a Straight Talk Series to my blog so as things come up in life I have a place to vent and even rant!
A place where I can just say whatever is on my mind, just because I can 🙂
Each post will include a lesson learned or a good take away. Hopefully there will be some good laughs, but most definitely things you can relate to!
I'll also refer you to some courses I've already taken online, and others I'm taking now that are really excellent.
But only those that will get you results, and will be worth your time, effort and the cost. I'll also share pitfalls I fell into along my the way, so you can avoid them.
That in itself will save you precious time, money and frustration!
I'm also creating a series of downloadable Mini Courses just for you! They'll all tie directly to the same categories I blog about.
I've also written a book.
I started writing it back in May 2010. It sat around for years, then I picked it back up and wrote some more. The process was completely cathartic.
I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but all is forgiven.
Myself included, and I'm grateful for all the struggles I've endured.
It's made me a better, stronger person.
It set me up perfectly to be of help to others.
Airing all that dirty laundry will keep me feeling very vulnerable, not to mention taking me way out of my comfort zone...again.
It's taken years to get to this point, but I believe that it will all be worth it.
I truly want to make a difference in your life, and I have enough faith in myself now; that I know I'm capable.
I've also got a new skill set that allows me to work online and reach millions of people all over the world.
My hope is that you will learn to Know, Like and Trust me.
My journey continues...won't you please join me?
Cheers to You - Liz
P.S - If you like Straight Talk & Practical Solutions - you'll love these.