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How Blogging Changed My Life

How Blogging Changed My Life

I'm so excited to write this post on how blogging changed my life!  I have been wanting to share my experience as a blogger now for quite some time.  I have been blogging now for 7 years- which sounds crazy!  I started in the fall of 2013.  I wasn't consistent though until January of 2015.  I know the statement how blogging changed my life is big but I truly mean it and want to share with you how it has. 

Before you keep reading I wanted to let you know that my friend Kate just opened her Six Figure Blogging Academy!  It's only open until Tuesday January 19th.  I took Kate's course and it completely changed my business! 

I couldn’t think of a better person to share with my audience than Kate.  She created a six-figure blog herself and then created a course that shares all of her knowledge.  I took the course and my blog has never been the same!  Even as a seasoned blogger I learned so much. I wish I would have had it in the beginning of my blogging journey.  

Kate only opens up her course once in a while, so don't miss out!  

 

Check out her Six-Figure Blogger Academy here!

 

How it all started…

 

I had wanted to blog for a couple years before I actually published my first post.  I finally just did it because I knew I would always find an excuse not too.  I had really changed my life over to a more natural lifestyle in 2010.  I read a book called No More Dirty Looks and it literally transformed my life!  I couldn't look at a tube of toothpaste anymore without wondering what was lurking inside.  I had already started to eat clean, but had no idea about all the toxins in our everyday products.  As I learned more, I wanted to share it with anyone who would listen.  Friends and family kept encouraging me to start a blog.  It seemed so daunting at first but I realized I just had to start- and so I did.  

Looking back at my first blog post I have a mix of emotions.  On one hand I'm so proud of how far I've come and the other hand I can't believe how little I knew about blogging. I was armed with passion and a desire to share with others.  This drive I believe helped me be consistent in my journey and not stop even when things got hard.

I want to share with you how blogging has changed my life.  I get questions all the time asking me how I got started, how much money I make and all the things. I get it, blogging can seem kind of mysterious in a way.  I want to demystify blogging over the next several weeks.  I'll be sharing a handful of blog posts that hopefully clear away some confusion and help convince you of the many benefits of blogging- because there are so many!  

Today I want to focus on how it's impacted my life in so many positive ways and how blogging has changed my life for the better.

 

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Blogging has given me the flexibility I craved-

 

I really got serious about blogging after my first daughter was born.  She was 6 months and I knew I had to change something.  I had my own organic salon at the time and while I loved my clientele and job, I didn't love that I had to be away from my daughter so much and in order to make money I literally had to be working on a client.  It quickly got old as my hubs would get off work at 5 and then I would start work.  Then I would work Saturdays and even Sundays.  We didn't have any family time, or flexibility.  I didn't see my hubs hardly and I had to physically be working in order to make money.  I remember thinking how am I going to have more kids?!  I started to blog but it was sporadic at night when I wasn't working.  While I did it for a couple months and I know a lot of people do it as well, it was too much for me.  I knew I needed to change something. I told my hubs that I wanted to quit doing hair and start blogging full time.  He was super supportive.  We knew for this to happen we needed to move out of our current house and downsize.  I wasn't making any money from the blog and there was no way we could support our current living situation if I wasn't working as well.  

So we downsized.  We went from living in a house to living in a condo.  It was hard but at the same time so worth it!  I remember being excited about all the time I would gain to work on the blog if I moved.  Once we moved I spent all my free time on the blog.  I would spend nap times, night time and any other time I could get.  I told myself I had to post a blog post once per week and I did.  Slowly it started to grow.  Looking back I knew nothing, but had a vision of what I wanted.  I craved flexibility and a job that I would make that a reality and that I loved.  Well, I got both!

Now, I can take time off when I want.  I can work where I want.  I don't even have to leave my house.  

I can be with my kids all day if I want or have a babysitter come and work on the blog for 4 hours.  I set my schedule and my time and that is literally the best feeling in the world!  If my kids get sick or I don't feel well, I don't call in sick- I'm the boss.  I take the day off.  I can work on a trip if I need too.  Having flexibility with my job has been the biggest game changer in my life.  Blogging has afforded me that luxury.

 

Check out my friend Kate's Six-Figure Blogging Academy!

 

Blogging as increased my income in more ways than I thought possible!

 

Blogging has increased my income-

 

Often people don't want to talk about money, even though I know it's on everyone's mind!  Let's be real most people can't blog just for the sake of blogging.  Great if you can but eventually everyone want's to get paid- me included.  I never realized the vast opportunities and income possibilities that blogging would bring to me.  Like most people when I started I had no idea how bloggers even got paid.  Little did I know that you could actually make a decent earning from sharing your passion and helping others.

Blogging has literally helped my husband and I financially so many times.  I don't know where we would be if we hadn't had it for specific life events. For example, my husband got laid off in 2018.  My blog supported us for literally a year while he built up his business and found something new.  We weren't stressed about the future like we could have been since we had the blog to help support us during that time.  It was also huge this past year as my husband ran for a political office in our county.  He had to step away from his job for about 5 months and during that time he wasn't getting paid.  My blog was able to help us out financially during that time when he was campaigning and give us incredible flexibility.  The amount of money I've been able to make compared to my previous job, while also having the flexibility has been the real winner.  I could have had a 9-5 job but with the life events I just shared that would have added more stress to our lives.  The magic for me has been having the earning potential, plus flexibility.  It's the best of both worlds!

It also has given me the income to be able to get help when it comes to cleaning my house, and babysitting.  I can create the life I want.  I can take Fridays off because I want too and not be worried about whether I'll get paid for those hours.  My income has increased more than I ever imagined and I feel like I'm not working harder but smarter.  I don't equate hours worked to hours earned.  Not that I don't work hard, because I do but I'm not clocking in 8 hours everyday to get paid an hourly wage.  The sky is the limit for how much money I want to make.  There is no ceiling!  As a stylist there were only so many hours in a day and only so long I could work.  With blogging there is no cap on earning potential.  You really are your own boss and creator of your life.  I couldn't love this more.  

 

I didn't realize I could make more money doing something I love, while at the same time having a flexible schedule, getting more time with my kids and creating the life I love.  

 

I have been able to work with so many amazing brands and make some awesome friendships because of blogging.

 

Blogging has brought the best relationships into my life-

 

I can't even begin to tell you the amount of relationships it has brought into my life.  From meeting fellow bloggers and having them become some of my closest friends, to creating dream brand partnerships- I've met some of the best people blogging!  It's amazing when you step out and open yourself up to possibilities all the things that come your way.  I've had the opportunity to work with some of the top brands in the natural industry, consult for some of the largest corporations and meet some of the coolest people on this blogging journey.  It's more than just a job to me.  I get to share so many amazing brands with my audience and work alongside other bloggers who truly are passionate about seeing their world change for the better.  Sometimes I pinch myself that I'm able to be a part of it all!

I remember thinking that being a mom was amazing but often felt a little lonely in the beginning.  Then blogging entered my life and really changed that perspective entirely.  Even though I work from home, I never feel lonely.  I have this amazing community I've built online.  It's afforded me the chance to have adult connection and interaction, while still caring for my kids.  Whenever I talk to other bloggers they always say the relationship piece is something they weren't expecting to be as great as it has been.  I couldn't agree more.  It's like co-workers for any other job.  

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I am always learning and growing since I've become a blogger.

 

Blogging has created an environment where I'm constantly learning-

 

I'm learning all the time!  This has been such a fun aspect of being a blogger.  I'm always growing in my knowledge.  My passion for natural living and natural beauty has only grown these last 7 years.  I've had to pivot and learn new concepts and stay up to date on all the latest.  It's a little like honing your craft and becoming the best you can be when it comes to your skill or job.  They say if you are in an industry for 5 years then you are an expert.  I couldn't agree more!  The more I'm surrounded by like minded people, the more I learn from them.  

It's clear to see that blogging changed my life.  It made what was once was a passion of mine and turned it into a full fledged job that now helps others on their health and wellness journey.  It's amazing what one step can create.  

I'm so glad I branched out, took the first step and didn't wait.  Today there are so many more resources and tools you can have that can really help accelerate your blogging journey.  I wished I would have had these resources when I started off, it would have helped me so much and sped up my growth.  One resource that is my friend Kate's blogging course.

I wanted to let you know that my friend Kate just opened her Six Figure Blogging Academy!  It's only open until Tuesday January 19th.  I took Kate's course and it completely changed my business! 

I couldn’t think of a better person to share with my audience than Kate.  She created a six-figure blog herself and then created a course that shares all of her knowledge.  I took the course and my blog has never been the same!  Even as a seasoned blogger I learned so much. I wish I would have had it in the beginning of my blogging journey.  

Kate only opens up her course once in a while, so don't miss out!  

 

Check out her Six-Figure Blogger Academy here!

 

I can't think of a better time to start your journey then now.  Especially with a new year just upon us!  

Stay tuned for more announcements on how to turn your passion into your paycheck.  

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Hi!  My name is Suzi, thanks for stopping by.  If you have perused my blog at all, you realized I’m kind of into natural and green products.  I would love to fill you in on my story and how I got here.

What do I do??  I’m glad you asked!  I am an organic hair stylist…I’ve been obsessed with hair since I can remember and have been licensed for 12 years.  I own my own salon and use natural, organic and ammonia free color.  I also am a licensed esthetician, and nail technician, and have worked in both fields for 12 years.  I went to college and graduated with a BS in PR/Advertising in between all my haircutting, facials and nail work.  After working a bit in the field, I realized my love for people and creating was not being satisfied as I sat behind a desk.  So… I started creating again…cutting, coloring, styling, painting and giving facials.  Yep, I was in love.  I live in probably the most beautiful state in the U.S….(Ok Hawaii you have a few cool things on us…namely sunshine) But us Washingtonians do have these mountains, trees and water that make it pretty breathtaking.  You’re probably asking why “Gurl Gone Green”…???

So here’s the short of my journey so far.  This quest on becoming obsessed with what I was putting on my skin, in my hair and everywhere else started when my mom bought me a book 5 years ago for Christmas called “No More Dirty Looks”…yes, please read it, and then read it again!  It will hopefully change your life as it did mine.  Now I can’t look at a tube of toothpaste without checking the ingredients.  I had been aware of what I was putting in my body but had no idea what we put on our eyes, hair and everywhere else mattered too!   Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those granola eating, no makeup wearing chicks!  On the contrary, I still wear makeup, love experimenting with my hair and love being girly…(ok maybe I do eat granola…homemade of course).  I want people to know you can still look fabulous even with natural products…Yes, look fabulous and feel good!  As much as I love beauty, I’ve also become obsessed with eating clean, and living clean.  It seems silly to be so careful with what skincare products you use yet go and grab a bag of Doritos…get my point??  I may not be putting chemicals on my face, but I’m certainly ingesting them!  And don’t get me started on living green…did you know those chemical products you use to clean your bathroom with are actually doing you more harm then good?!

The largest part of my life is my family.  I’m hardcore loyal and they are my biggest supporters and fans.  My husband is everything I’m not and more.  We welcomed our first child, our baby girl Finley into our lives in June 2014.  She is everything I ever thought I wanted and more. This blog has definitely taken a new spin since becoming a mom.  Can’t wait to continue this amazing adventure with you!

Trust me, I get it, switching products over can be expensive and mentally exhausting. But I’ve taken out the guesswork with my top 10 Best Budget Friendly Green Beauty Swaps!

Trust me, I get it, switching products over can be expensive and mentally exhausting. But I’ve taken out the guesswork with my top 10 Best Budget Friendly Green Beauty Swaps!

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