BACK IN THE DAY…
Food Wine & Poopy Diapers started as a simple blog in 2013. At the time, I was trying to find an outlet for my creativity, share some recipes with others, and talk about life as a stay-at-home-mom on a budget.
Since then, it’s become a profitable business that earns me a steady monthly income. The best part is that it has turned into an authoritative source for other people who want to work from home while spending more time with their families.
Running a 6-figure blog without losing my mind is a problem I never thought I’d have, yet, here we are! Running a business from home with little ones under foot is no easy task, but I’m here to share my secrets to how to do it all while maintaining your sanity. Scroll down to continue reading….
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When I started blogging years ago, I would start tapping away at the laptop whenever I had a great idea, whether that was at 11 pm on a Sunday or 3 pm on a Wednesday. That was chaos.
Not only did it make my life crazy, but it did no favors for my website and my search engine optimization. Google looks more favorably upon websites that post frequent, regular, and at the same time each week.
In order to run a successful six figure website, I had to schedule my time. I had to treat it like a real job (because it IS a real job). One day a week, I schedule all my posts. Another day I work on social media. Another day I answer emails.
The key to running my six figure blog is scheduling.
When I first started my blog, and I still even struggle with this today, I put myself and my basic needs last. I took care of the kids, the pets, my husband, and everyone else first, then I’d look at my unwashed face in the mirror and feel terrible.
Not showering or making myself presentable each and every day is a recipe for failure. I learned that the hard way.
Now, I start my day with good stretches and maybe some sound bowl meditation. I shower, put on a fresh face, and make myself look cute enough that I can show myself in public if anything comes up at the last minute.
I enjoy taking care of myself, and it is not a luxury, it is essential. I feel my best when I’m clean, when I’m wearing my favorite body lotion, and when I’m wearing one of my cute StitchFix outfits. It’s crazy how much better creativity and productivity flows when you feel good.
I don’t know about you, but I carry a lot of mom guilt around with me. I shouldn’t, but I do.
I am first and foremost my husband’s wife and my kid’s mom. That’s the role I was blessed with, and I try to be a good steward of those blessings. Everything else is just frosting on the cake.
While I certainly take care of myself, I also need to take care of my family. When I feel like I’m putting work first and neglecting their needs, I get stressed and I fail, and so do they. While the work I do is important, there’s nothing more important than my family.
HAVE A MISSION STATEMENT
When you own your own business, it’s important to stay focused on what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. It can be a tough thing to remember when you’re wearing so many hats, like you do when working on your own blog or home-based business.
Keeping a clear mission statement will help you remain focused. When I say clear, I mean type it up and print it out. Keep it somewhere you can see it.
I am first a child of God. I am second a wife to my husband. I am third a Mama to my kids. I am a blogger who helps other people by sharing money-saving ideas, recipes, and other high-quality content on my website. I share my path to success with others who want to learn how to make money working online from home.
It’s not perfect, but it has all the essentials of how I want to live my life, the guidelines I live by, and my personal and professional goals. It helps me keep my priorities in check, and reminds me why I do what I do.
Are you a control freak? I used to be (past tense…thank you, Zoloft). But seriously, I learned a few years ago that I cannot run a six figure website on my own. I had to learn to let go of some of the control over some things, and delegate tasks to others.
Does my husband fold towels the way I like and the way I do it? Nope. But I delegate the task to him anyway sometimes, because he’s a smart and capable man, and he wants to help. No, he’s not editing my latest blog post, but he IS helping with our family business, because it frees up my time to work on things that only I can do.
When you’re running a six figure business on your own, something’s gotta give. You can’t do it all. Delegate what you can.
This goes along with delegating. Sometimes there are things that you can easily hire a Virtual Assistant to do. Do it. Whenever it is possible and within your budget, enlist help.
You can pay a professional to do some of your website’s graphics. You can pay an assistant to manage your social media. You can even hire a housekeeper one day a week to manage things on the home front. There is absolutely no shame in outsourcing things that someone else can assist with.
I love what I do, and more often than not, I have to pry myself away from my computer. However, sometimes I find myself getting frazzled, tired, and grumpy. Those are the times I know myself well enough to close my laptop and STOP!
Work will be there when you get back, and there’s nothing important enough to cause you to lose your sanity.
TAKE A VACATION
Sometimes you just need to get away. Luckily, I feel myself slipping into that zone, and I know how to take care of it.
When I’m really feeling the itch to take a break, I schedule my blog posts far enough ahead of time that there is no break in blogging. Then, I pick a place to visit and go to my Airbnb app to find a cozy home away from home.
I typically travel alone with my three sons, so I like to find places near a zoo, aquarium, and bustling city sights. I live deep in the country, and it just feels really good to visit the city at times.
I also love Airbnb listings that have an artistic flair, with unique décor that soothes my soul. A full kitchen, additional bathrooms, and cozy amenities make me feel at home.
One day a month, I put my work aside and I give myself one day of self renewal. This involves quiet, meditation, and a detachment from electronics.
I spend the day drinking water, eating small amounts of healthy, organic food, and soaking in as much nature as I can.
The day starts and finishes with prayer, gratitude, and meditation, and it fully recharges my battery. This one simple day feeds my soul, and allows me to carry on the rest of the month at full capacity.
CHANGE YOUR SCENERY
I really like my tiny little home office and art studio. It’s actually in a large hall closet that I remodeled and turned into an office. There is a huge window that is surrounded by trees, and it feels like I’m in a tree house. The morning light is soothing in this room, and I always feel inspired to write when I’m there. My walls have a faux shiplap finish, and my vision board sits just ahead of me.
However, sometimes I need a change of scenery. And when I do, I grab my laptop and go.
It’s amazing how a coffee shop, a park, a library, bookstore, or restaurant can bring about a new muse for writing. It’s fun to people-watch, and you just can’t help but get lost in the new landscape.
As you can see, running a successful six figure website while balancing domestic life is not all about computers, codes, and tech stuff. It starts within me. It starts with self-care and organization. It starts with a good schedule.
Have you ever owned and ran your own business? How did you find work-life balance? Leave your comments below.
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